Starting a conversation with an advisor can be intimidating. Luckily, every advisor in Wisr's network has self-selected to be mentors, and most look forward to hearing from students. You can start a conversation by selecting "send a message" on an advisor's profile.
A good first message should have a friendly but professional tone and accomplish three things:
- Let the advisor know who you are
- Explain why you got in touch
- Outline what kind of guidance you're looking for
Here's an example of a well-written introduction:
(1) Hi Addison, my name is Mindy, and I'm currently a junior studying marketing at Wisr University. (2) I noticed that you've worked for a digital marketing agency for the last few years, so I'd love to chat about your experiences. (3) I'm starting to look for summer internships in the Cleveland area and would appreciate any advice!
There's no rigid rule for how long an intro message should be, but a good rule of thumb is to keep it to a paragraph at most. Advisors can learn more about you by checking out your profile, and you can always provide more information later in the conversation.