by W2WM Senior Program Assistant Andrea Baker
Recent Hood College grad, Jordan Reed-Estes graduated with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy Major with a concentration in Chemistry, and we couldn’t be more excited for her! She also successfully completed her internship with the Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs where she worked with the water team to address water reuse and security priorities in foreign countries.
Jordan first came to Woman to Woman Mentoring, Inc as a mentee in the first ever cohort of the Women in STEM Program. She says that at the time she “…was really lost in where I would take my undergraduate career and future professional career in environmental science. There are so many avenues and trying to find the right one can be really challenging for an 18-year-old. I was looking for a mentor who could give me guidance as to where to go with my studies and how I could build my resume.” When Jordan joined the program, she was looking for life advice, how to better organize her priorities to build her resume effectively, learn how to network, and explore career options.
Jordan wants new mentees to know that “mentorship is not about a professional speaking to a student; it’s the relationship built along the way! Go into the experience expecting that what you hope to get out of it might not be exactly what you get; you probably will get some of your ambitions, but you will also learn other skills you didn’t know you needed.”