Mentoring in Action: Jane Hardy

Jane Hardy (MSBA ’17)

Mentoring Program: Peer mentoring in Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) Program in the WFU School of Business

Peer Mentor: Denise Dubick (MSBA ’17)

 

How did you get involved with your peer mentor?

I was really struggling in prescriptive analytics and I reached out to John White (Executive Director, MSBA Program) for help. He connected me with Denise.

How have you benefited personally from being in a mentoring relationship?

Denise made me feel so much more confident in my ability and she also made me feel like I wasn’t alone. It was so nice to be honest with someone that I was having a hard time and hear that she really struggled with some of the concepts herself. It felt more like a mutually beneficial process than anything.

Give an example of a significant conversation you’ve had with your mentor. What did you take away from it?

Denise came prepared for every meeting we had, and met with me spontaneously a few times as well. I remember she was trying to teach me this interactive process for solving a problem by hand that we needed to know for our final exam. I didn’t really understand and kept getting the wrong numbers. She spent 45 minutes with me on that one problem until we both got it right. I nailed the problem on the test because of how she explained it and because she took the time for me to feel confident with it.

What impact has this mentoring relationship had on your Wake Forest student experience?

Not only did Denise help me get through a couple of the classes in our graduate program, she become a really good friend of mine and someone I looked up to.

Why is mentoring important to you?

It can be scary to be in a graduate program and have it feel like everyone else is getting the concepts and you’re not. It’s intimidating to admit that you need help. This mentoring relationship gave me an outlet and showed me how much the people in my graduate program cared.