Who Are Your People?

What do you need?

Consider what needs you may have before you identify who can best support you. What you need may be around getting connected to the Wake Forest community socially. Or, maybe you’re grappling with decisions around choosing a major/minor or career path. Whatever your needs are, what’s important is that they are yours and that you take the time to identify them.

Take a minute and write down 2-3 needs that you have.

Ask yourself:

  • Where are the areas in my life in which I’m struggling?
  • Where could I use some direction, wisdom, and guidance?
Who do you need to talk to?

Now that you’ve identified what you need, download this worksheet to begin identifying who you can talk to about what you need. Also, this gives you an opportunity to determine any gaps in your network of people. Use the chart below for examples.

Finding friends and community

Managing academic course load

Making major and career path decisions

Figuring out what I believe and value

Build relationships how to do this


  • Reflect on your needs (step one) and the types of people/offices you need to talk to (step two)
  • Think about who you already know in those places
  • Make a list and identify where your gaps are



  • Ask for time with those you already know
  • Make an appointment, go to office hours, look for ways to engage with the offices/people who could fill your gaps
  • Keep your commitments: show up, on time, prepared to discuss your needs


  • Be prepared to share your needs (step one) and why they are important to you
  • Be prepared to share what you have already done to work on your needs
  • Be prepared to share why you think that person or office could help you


  • Ask for feedback on the steps you are taking and what you can do next
  • Ask for guidance on other people or places where you can build relationships
  • Ask for time for a future conversation to continue to build the relationship

Wake Forest people tell us about their people
Helen Morgan ('19): “Heidi Robinson has been the greatest mentor I could have asked for at Wake Forest. She has become my role model, confidante, and Wake Forest mom. I will always be thankful for her kindness, willingness to listen, and the wonderful laughs we have shared together. I somehow went from feeling like I was going through a difficult season alone, to becoming confident that the 'universe would conspire for good,' a quote that she has shared with me on multiple occasions. She has made me a more confident, stronger, individual and has inspired me to find a career where I can find meaning in the same way she has. I hope to one day work in career development and have the same impact on students that she has had on me. It’s been so helpful to have her as a mentor.”
Maggie Cancelosi
Ainsley Rickard ('19): “As I finish Senior year and look back on my time at Wake I am so thankful for Dr. Rowie. She has been my biggest cheerleader and encourager on campus. She has invested in me, taught me, and given me the chance to discover my strengths and passions. I am so grateful to Dr. Rowie for investing in me during my time at Wake.”
Kyle Adams ('21):
Coleman Greene ('20): “Dr. Michael Lamb has had a tremendous impact on my development as a student and an individual during my time here at Wake. Ever since taking his
Jayson Pugh (18):
Matthew Connor ('18): “When it would have been easier to mentally coast, Dr. Foskett really pushed me to be bold about my dreams and what I have to offer the world. Finally, she shared wisdom with me that was candid and honest but also always laced with aspiration. As I was starting to think about careers and life after college, she gave me really honest insight into the challenges of leaving or remaining in academia and into life as a social worker and so on that helped me assess the challenges I would need to think about, but always with the preface that the obstacles are not insurmountable. Overall, she helped me develop a sense of what I would call 'well-informed hope' for the future.”

Zack Chan head shot photoSpecial thanks to Zack Chan (’18, MSA ’19) for contributing photographs to this project. He started photography in high school, eventually developing his passion for portraiture. He has photographed various events around the University and has been featured in Wake Forest Magazine, Wake Will Lead Campaign, and the University’s Tumblr. Zack hopes he can use photography as a lens to share stories and bring people closer together. Zack will be working as a Audit Associate at KPMG in New York starting in the fall of 2019.