“Being involved with Fuse my first year was the best idea I had while at college. Not being from Kingston originally, Fuse allowed me to network and talk to the right people, who I would not have found otherwise. I was very fortunate to be matched with such an involved and motivating mentor who truly wanted to help me succeed.
“Our relationship and the resources provided allowed me to secure a great summer job as well as a placement within my interests. Being matched with a professional who shares the same industry interests as you and works in the field itself was not only extremely helpful but also inspiring. Fuse-ignite the fire inside you and join!”
(Kallie Papkie, IMC graduate 2011)
“Being matched with a mentor was an enriching experience that allowed me to gain knowledge and insight from a real world professional. In particular, I have had the opportunity to see what it is like to be in the shoes of the President of the United Way, Bhavana Varma. Bhavana has taught me much about the non-profit industry and has guided me through the connections between both marketing/advertising and non-profit.
“Perhaps the greatest way I benefitted from having a mentor through Fuse was that it provided me with a direct experience in marketing. Ultimately, Fuse revealed to me how relevant the knowledge and skills I am currently learning at St. Lawrence College are in the real world.”
(Chris Green, IMC student 2012)
“Fuse was, without exaggeration, a turning point in my college career. As a direct result of being involved in the program, I was able to gain practical working experience, industry insight, an internship, and full time summer employment within an active marketing communications agency.
“This program is a living example of SLC's ability to afford students with outside-the-classroom learning opportunities, creating long-term benefits and opening doors for future employment. Fuse is an embodiment of St. Lawrence College's ‘live it’ mantra.”
(Brook Johnston, IMC graduate 2011)
"Meeting with my mentee reminds me of what it is like to have your mind boggled by possibility. It is easy to forget that those same possibilities are open to anyone in my profession at anytime. The real challenge is to focus on one or two possibilities to explore and advance. Being a mentor reminds me how difficult – and exhilarating – it is to move toward fulfilling a dream.
"Those of us who have been working in the field for upwards of twenty years can certainly make use of the fresh perspectives of those just coming into the field. Communications styles, and especially communications technologies, have changed vastly over the last decade and it’s instructive to learn which ones are considered 'key' amongst younger communicators."
(Sara Withrow, Communications Officer, City of Kingston)