Founded in 1993, the Asian American Interactive Mentoring Program (AIM) program matches Asian American sophomore students with Asian American faculty, staff and alumni for one-on-one mentoring experiences. AIM seeks to provide these students with mentors who are sensitive to cultural differences that may affect a student’s experience and success at Stanford. AIM also seeks to provide faculty, staff and alumni with a means of interacting with undergraduates in a meaningful way.
A letter from the AIM Coordinator
Congratulations on finishing your freshman year! I am sure your first year at Stanford was filled with lots of memorable and enjoyable experiences. In addition, I hope your summer has been equally delightful and that you are looking forward to a new and exciting sophomore year!
My name is Nujsaubnusi Vue, a rising junior from Minnesota. I am currently on the pre-med track and double majoring in Biology and Asian American Studies. I am a member of Stanford’s Hmong Student Union (HSU) and also served as an Asian American Sib (AASIB) Coordinator. Last year, I was a participant and the Coordinator for the Asian American Interactive Mentoring (AIM) Program, and I highly encourage you to apply to this program.
AIM is a program designed to help students develop relationships with Stanford staff, faculty, and alumni within the Asian American community. This enriching opportunity enables a unique relationship to blossom between each mentor and mentee. Past participants have found the program to be a valuable and enlightening experience; a former AIM Coordinator, Jenny Nguyen, recounts her own AIM experience:
“As an AIM mentee during my sophomore year, I had the great privilege of being paired with an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor. I had never met a doctor so warm, friendly and cheerful. She put a lot of effort in getting to know me as a student and as a person despite her very busy schedule. We planned dinners and scrap-booking nights, volunteered together and had many fun as well as intellectual conversations. I learned a great deal about life and career choices from my mentor and she definitely guided and supported me throughout my sophomore year, especially with the selection of my major. Our relationship was more than just as mentor-mentee, she was and still is my career adviser, moral supporter, and most importantly, a wonderful dear friend.”
Although the AIM program runs throughout the entire year, a typical relationship involves one meeting per quarter, which usually happens during the optional, quarterly dinners provided by AIM. Other meetings can be scheduled between each pair, allowing both student and advisor to work around their schedules. Most mentees appreciate the flexibility of AIM.
This program is a unique and worthwhile opportunity only available during your sophomore year. Therefore, I hope you take the time to seriously consider applying to AIM. I look forward to seeing you in the fall!
AIM Coordinator 2011-2013
If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.