Connect to the academic and creative life of the university by building relationships with supportive peers and faculty in your campus communities.

Find a Mentor

Start conversations with the people around you and consider finding a mentor working in an area of interest to you. Check out our guide for advice and tips on "where to look."

    Connect with Faculty

    Check out our guide to connecting with faculty for advice about making contact—including a "first contact" email template.

    Explore Methods and Plan

    Explore methods and find resources to guide you through the development of projects in all fields of study.

    Stay Curious

    Your curiosities empower your creativity to create change, discover new insights, and grow as a leader and global citizen. You are more than your academic interests and abilities, and your goals involve more than a degree and career. You have strengths and experiences that give you unique insight and the ability to contribute to changes you want to see in communities you care about. 


    It’s easy to imagine that your professors and peers have always known who they wanted to be and followed a straight path to success. Faculty have also wondered about their next step and even tripped a few times. Failure is part of everyone’s story. Don’t let perceived deficits stop you from following your curiosity and exploring new goals—even if you don’t yet know where you’re going or are very proud of your past.

    Lightbulb Moment Stories

    The Lightbulb Moment story initiative invites the university community to reflect on their interests and experiences as they share the unexpected insights that have illuminated their paths. We encourage you to check out the stories.