College of Business senior Archie Lytle says he always knew that he had an interest in finance — he started watching YouTube videos by personal finance radio personality and author Dave Ramsey in grade school. He also knew UM-Dearborn was the right school for him. His dad is an engineering alum and Lytle attended events on campus starting in middle school.
But what the College of Business senior didn’t know was which experiences would be best for his professional path. That’s where the Wolverine Mentor Collective — and specifically, its professional mentoring program — comes in. The WMC, managed by Experience+, is a yearlong program that helps students get familiar with available resources to advance their individual goals at the university and beyond.
“My time with the Wolverine Mentor Collective gave me insight on what I want after graduation,” says Lytle, who signed up for the professional mentoring program last academic year, the first year offered. “In finance and accounting, there are a lot of directions you can go professionally. The Wolverine Mentor Collective connected me to someone who’s successful in their career and who really listened and answered questions I had.”
In addition to the WMC’s career-focused professional network, which connects juniors and seniors with a UM-Dearborn alum, there are peer mentor programs for new undergraduate and graduate students. Since its beginning in 2021, Experience+ Project Manager for Experiential Learning Kelsey Parker says the WMC has supported more than 2,200 Dearborn Wolverines.
Parker says the popular program provides a go-to person for students who have questions about anything and everything — like where they can get a good cup of coffee or who they can reach out to when they’re experiencing a hardship. Interested students can register to join the WMC.