For this month's edition of The Experience Company's series of success stories, Erik Goodwin and his mentor Michael Nikuen, share their experiences and relationship growth through The Experience Company mentorship program.
Mentee Side- Erik Goodwin
My relationship with Mike started off like every Beta Experience Company mentor/mentee relationship usually does. We weren’t super close because he lived in Seattle, and we stayed pretty surface level in our conversations. We started to become close during this summer as we continued to call each other every week. I served on the Recruitment team for Beta, and Mike was the Recruitment Chairman during his time in Beta, and he was able to help me with some of the struggles that I was facing while recruiting new members. We also bonded over soccer - a sport we’ve both had a passion for since we were young. This was the start of a great relationship between Mike and me. After maintaining steady contact for the past few months, I now consider Mike a good friend and advisor. He has given me great personal advice, kept me updated on his interesting life, helped with my school projects, and he even sent me a Seattle Sounders sweatshirt for my birthday in September. I am so grateful to have a Beta mentor that invests so much of his time and effort to help me succeed in every aspect of my life. Mike’s selflessness in helping me grow personally and professionally is unmatched, and I can’t thank The Experience Company enough for matching the two of us together.
Mentor Side- Michael Nikunen
It has been both a pleasure and a learning experience to be involved as a mentor in the Beta Experience Company. My first thought was, "I wish I had access to this type of program when I was an undergrad at Nebraska!". Meeting and working with Erik has been rewarding both personally and professionally. I love his commitment and engagement - the desire to achieve. It's inspiring. And I strive to not only be a friend and mentor but to make a difference, to have relevance in his journey. The distance is a barrier at times, though we connected last fall, and that was great. The scheduled calls, using video conference, has also helped us to get to another as well. I want to be a resource to Erik in whatever way that makes sense to him - and not to assume or to mentor in ways that are not meaningful. I've enjoyed getting to know him, his wit, humor and intellect. Can't wait to see where he goes with his talents, and look forward to being a support and mentor!