Ask A Matador

With a community of more than 370,000 alumni, Ask A Matador will connect you with the best CSUN alumni experts who can help you with advice and introductions.

You ask.

They answer.

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

How It Works

You ask.

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

We recruit.

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

Get answers.

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

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.

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

“My name is Isabella Martinez and I am a sophomore studying criminology. I have taken several psychology courses and have enjoyed these classes. I’m trying to decide if I should double major or minor in psychology, and I’m not sure it is worth extra stress and workload. It would be great to hear from law enforcement officials, judges and defense attorneys how helpful an extra degree might be.

Thank you so much for your help!”

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

“I am participating in the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), which trains engineers and researchers in developing a viable start-up. I also am a member of a student aerospace group that has launched multiple sub-orbital payloads. I would like to work for a small- or moderate-sized aerospace company to continue to pursue my passion. I would like to learn more about how to position myself for success from alumni who have experience with these firms.

Thank you,

Pat Smith”

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

“Hello, my name is Nia Gomez, and I am finally entering my last year (hopefully) at CSUN. I would like to speak to alumni who share either of my majors (Sociology / Gender Women’s Studies) for advice on a career path, internships and how to prepare myself for life after graduation. I am interested in helping to provide resources to marginalized groups of people. My goal is to be able to help people overcome inequality and oppression.

Thank you for your time and interest.”

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

“Hi! I am Willow Dominguez, a junior with hopes to become a high school counselor. I have experience working at the high school level as an academic mentor and peer education.

I am thinking about obtaining a masters in school counseling, but not sure if that is right for me and if it will substantially help me obtain my professional goals. I would like to chat with alumni about their experiences and journeys as well as get advice about grad school.

I appreciate your assistance!”

Got a question on how it works?

What can I ask?

Literally anything to help with your academic or professional development. There are thousands of alumni, faculty, staff and friends that can help with class projects, 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, faculty, and staff 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 follow-up questions?

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 3 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.

How many answers will I get?

The number of answers depends on how many experts we have available with relevant experience. It may be one, three or more.

Will my questions and answers be confidential?

Your question will not be made public. It will be seen only by matched experts 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.

This resource is an awesome way to make the Matador community even closer by connecting you with alumni who are either working towards or are currently in careers I am seeking to get into after graduation. The responses I received were amazing. Ask A Matador is extremely helpful in regards to networking with possible future contacts and understanding what the next steps could possibly be after graduation.

Ashley D.

Class of ’22

I absolutely love Ask a Matador as it is great to be able to provide mentor support to current students. I feel it is a blessing to be able to share my experiences and wisdom. I value the questions and the fact that the students reach out for help. This is a great experience and I am always happy to help.

John H.


I was so pleased that someone seeking support and guidance for a path I have already taken was able to utilize this program to find me. It was very fulfilling to be able to be helpful.

Carolyn J.


I appreciate the input and willingness to respond to my request. It means a lot that someone from outside my circle is willing to give insight and advice. I did find this helpful, and I’m thankful alumni took the time to respond; especially now with everything going on. I am really glad that I received multiple responses from alumni, giving different perspectives.

Christian M.


Go ahead and ask

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