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Ask a Mountaineer

Access the knowledge and expertise of nearly 146,000 App State alumni. All you have to do is ask.

You ask.
They answer.

Mountaineers love helping students and fellow alumni. So what’s one question you have for someone who’s done what’s ahead of you?

Need inspiration? Here's what others like you have asked.

How It Works

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You ask.

Need help with an idea or active startup? Wondering about career options?

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We recruit.

Our technology (powered by Protopia) uses AI to find the best experts to answer you.

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Get answers.

We “hunt” until you have one or more responses. Delivered right to your email inbox.

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Say ‘thank you.’

And build your network by continuing to stay in touch (such as via LinkedIn).

Not sure how to ask? We’ve got a short video that will turn you into a networking rock star.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT CAN I ASK?

Literally anything to help with your academic or professional development. There are thousands of alumni that can give advice on transferable skills, building and growing a startup, or figuring out career options.

WHAT'S A GOOD QUESTION?

Think of your question as an advertisement. Share who you are, what you are doing, and what you need help with. Keep it short and sweet. Here’s a short video on how to craft a great question that will get you results and help build your network.

WHO WILL SEE MY QUESTION?

We send your request to the best alumni in your area of interest.

CAN I REQUEST SOMEONE SPECIFIC?

No. We make our matches based on availability, proximity, experience, and skills.

CAN I ASK A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION?

Yes, of course! Once we make a match you’ll have direct, one-to-one communication and can ask additional questions. 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET AN ANSWER?

Our goal is to get you answers within three business days. But it depends on what you’re asking. It can go as quickly as an hour to as long as 10 days or more.

WILL MY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS BE CONFIDENTIAL?

Your question will not be made public. It will be seen only by matched alumni and a handful of administrators.

IS THERE A LIMIT TO HOW OFTEN I CAN ASK?

No. You can ask as many questions as you would like. In fact, we encourage it as this is the simplest way for you to build your professional network.

As an alumnus, how do I get involved with Ask a Mountaineer?

Great question. A great aspect of Ask a Mountaineer is that all alumni are automatically included. It’s an opt-out system as opposed to opt-in. We use our alumni database, so whenever a question comes in, the system uses what data we have in our system to match with the best alumni to answer that question. The most helpful thing alumni can do is ensure we have their updated contact information, which they can do here. We do not manage who a question goes to; it’s based on AI. So, if you haven’t gotten a question yet, either we haven’t received one that fits your background, or we don’t have the most up-to-date information on you. If you are interested in other ways to get involved, please email alumni@appstate.edu.

Go ahead and ask

It has never been simpler to get help from others that have done what’s ahead of you.

Seriously.

The use of Ask A Mountaineer is subject to our Terms Of Use. Questions? Contact us at askamountaineer@appstate.edu.