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Students: First Messages

Here are some tips to make the right first impression with your first message.

Advising Connection: First Message

1. Address the potential adviser with their formal title.

Example: "Dr./Mr./Ms. _________,"

2. Introduce yourself by briefly sharing your background.

Example: "I am in my third year at Wheaton and am pursuing a degree in Interpersonal Communication. I currently serve on the Solidarity Cabinet and have a passion for racial reconciliation."

3. Explain what interests you about their profile.

Example: "I noticed in your profile that you have extensive experience in conflict resolution. Although I don’t know too much about it, I’m interested in being involved in conflict resolution within corporate America."

4. Ask if they would be willing to connect and thank them for their time.

Example: "Would you be willing to answer these questions? I would love to connect via phone or skype. Thank you for your time and for being on WiN. Please let me know if you'd like to know more information about me."

Mentoring Connection: First Message

1. Address the potential mentor with their formal title.

Example: "Dr./Mr./Ms. _________,"

2. Introduce yourself by briefly sharing your background.

Example: "I am a sophomore at Wheaton and am studying psychology. I am applying for the HNGR program and hope to serve at a community development organization in India."

3. Explain what interests you about their profile.

Example: "I saw in your profile that you volunteer with a prison ministry and that you’ve spent significant time overseas. Although I’m not exactly sure what I want to pursue after college, I am interested in working with an international nonprofit."

4. Ask to connect and briefly share your goals for the relationship.

Example: "Would you be willing to serve as my mentor over the next six months? As I anticipate going on HNGR, I hope to gain more clarity on ways I can prepare to live and serve in a cross-cultural environment. I would appreciate the chance to hear your story and to learn from your experiences."

5. Close by thanking them for their consideration.

Example: "I understand that your time is valuable and I am grateful for your willingness to participate in WiN. I appreciate your consideration."