Malcolm Dixon is one of our many inspiring mentee alumni who participated in an Authentic Career Experience (A.C.E.) program.

26 June 2015 | News

He recently completed a turn at the Naval Academy Preparatory School and will be attending the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, this summer. We decided to sit down with Malcolm and ask a few questions about his current successes and future aspirations.  

What was your most memorable experience from Mentor?

Three years ago, we took a trip to the SKANSKA Building where we had the opportunity to create a project with the employees. We were provided with a location in Alexandria, VA, that needed remediation work. Our role was to make it energy efficient and appealing for tourists. During a later visit with Mentor, I had the opportunity to meet Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden.

What are you pursuing now?

At the moment, my goals are to attend the Naval Academy and become an officer in the Navy; I will be majoring in electrical engineering. I haven’t made a decision on a career yet, but it will be involve surface warfare or submarines.

What did you learn from Mentor that has helped you after high school?

When we did the SKANSKA project, I realized I wasn’t enthusiastic about working in an office setting; I wanted to travel. Also, my mentor, Mr. Dan Nelson (Chairman of Mentor Foundation USA), taught me the value of time management when I was overwhelmed with a heavy load of homework.

Why do you think people should participate in this program?

It will help you get to where you want to go. There are lots of people involved that have years of experience and resources who can guide you in the right direction.

How will you give back when you have the opportunity?

I would love to mentor someone in the future. At the moment, I can help someone interested in applying into the Naval Academy. I can guide them through the process and share my experience from prep school.

Interview conducted by John Robinson, Marketing Associate and Graphic Designer at Mentor Foundation USA