My name is Jason Au, a third year finance student at San Francisco State University. I was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Singapore. I moved to the United States from Singapore in 2008 and attended Castro Valley High School. I am the first in my family to attend college and my brother is a current freshman at UCLA. The transition from Singapore was tough, I had to overcome language and cultural barriers. Although I had been educated in English since I was little, I still found it difficult in the beginning to adjust to a whole new environment. My family is not well off and I am fortunate to receive financial aid in order to attend college. I have worked since the summer of my freshman year, but I was fortunate enough to find internships and jobs that I was interested in.
I was introduced to StudentMentor.org by a friend and decided to try it out. I have mentorships with 4 professionals that have provided me with great advice for my career. I am interested in pursuing a career as a financial advisor and was seeking advice on how to attain my goals. I sent over my resume to all of the 4 mentors and they provided me with great feedback to improve my resume. I also had the chance to speak with 3 of the 4 mentors on the phone, learning about their career backgrounds. I was able to ask them specific questions about their job responsibilities and they also helped to explain technical questions I did not understand.
I would definitely recommend StudentMentor.org to anyone who wants to seek advice. It has been an awesome experience for me and I have benefited so much in the short time since I joined. StudentMentor.org helped me to remove the barrier of asking a professional for advice. It is daunting to ask someone that you do not know for advice, but knowing that the mentors in the program volunteer their time to help you, it definitely feels great.