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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Honors

Honors Mentors

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/honors/mentors.html

The Honors Mentors are a group of students who are available to lead and advise students in the MSU, Mankato Honors Program. The Mentors have completed or are enrolled in the Developing Your Mentor Philosophy Honors course, where they develop mentoring and leadership skills through discovery of, utilization of and reflection upon mentoring experiences. These students are continually developing their mentor skills and abilities, but have developed a foundation of how to be effective, confident, and relatable mentors. The Mentors are involved in various areas of Honors including the First Year Experience Honors course, orientation, and Honors co-curricular events. The Honors Mentors help aid in building an Honors community that is inclusive and motivating, through building relationships and connecting individuals to others and the Honors Program. Featured below is a brief introduction to our Honors Mentors. If you would like to meet up with, get to know, or simply ask some questions; feel free to email them through their mnsu.edu email!

 


 

Lauren

   Lauren Bach

  Hometown: New York Mills, MN
  Junior
  Major: Psychology
  Minor: Sociology
  Second language: American Sign Language

What is your favorite aspect of the Honors Program?

I love many aspects of honors. However, my favorite aspect is being involved in a community of highly skilled, driven, and supportive students. We truly are unique, both challenging and strengthening each other throughout our college years. Together we compose honors, for honors is a student-based program.

What type of mentoring experience have you had in the past, as a mentor or a mentee?
 

I have had a lot of mentor and mentee experiences throughout my life. Particularly, I have been mentored by many faculty members, deans, and staff on campus. These people have challenged me to become an even more driven student and leader. I have also been a mentor in many instances. I am a mentor of new Student Ambassadors, I mentored new students at orientation as an Orientation Peer Assistant (OPA), I mentor other student leaders as an Orientation Student Coordinator (OSCer), and I was the Honors Student Council President last year.

What has been one of the most valuable experiences you have had in college so far?
 

My most valuable experience in college so far has been serving other students on campus in various leadership roles. As an OPA and OSCer, I have had the great opportunity to help new students and other student leaders, as well as connect with MSU, Mankato faculty and staff. Also, as the Honors Student Council President last year, I was able to represent the honors students on the Honors Council and in the Mankato community. I have grown so much from these experiences, and I would not give them up for anything.

What would you have liked to know as an incoming freshman to the Honors Program?
 

I wish I would have known how valuable honors was going to be when I came in. No doubt, Honors is difficult and challenging. The requirements can seem pretty overwhelming at times! However, in such times of stress, I wish I would have known how much my hard work would pay off in the end because it has! I have learned so much and grown from my honors experiences. I have developed life-long skills and friends I never would have acquired otherwise. If I could tell my freshman-self anything I would say, “Do not fret; you will be thankful for the honors experience!”

 


 

Krisit

   Kristi Paulsen

   Hometown: Anoka, MN
   Junior
   Major: Psychology
   Minor: French
   Second Language: French

What is your favorite aspect of the Honors Program?

That’s really hard to narrow down! I think my favorite aspect of the program is that I really love the community it provides. Being at a larger state school can be really overwhelming and students easily seem to fall beneath the cracks. But, getting involved with the Honors Program makes a school of 15,000 students seem really small. I can’t go anywhere on campus without recognizing someone along the way. In addition, all of the students are extremely supportive of every test, project, and other endeavors that their peers are involved in. Overall, the community that Honors has provided has definitely been a defining aspect of my college career.

What type of mentoring experience have you had in the past, as a mentor or a mentee?

Throughout my life, I have been involved in numerous meaningful mentoring experiences. To start, I have always had prominent leaders supporting me. This gave me a good idea of what effective (and ineffective) mentoring entails. In addition, I have also had a lot of experience in mentoring others. Through various jobs, student council organizations, church groups, and classroom settings, I have practiced valuable mentor-mentee relationships. I have found that the mentoring experience is extremely rewarding and valuable, which is why I am very open to additional experiences.

What has been one of the most valuable experiences you have had in college so far?

My most valuable experience in college so far has been the growth I have experienced outside of the classroom. While in-class learning has been very beneficial, I have found that the experiences and situations I encounter outside of the classroom have been the most exciting. For example, through Honors I have met many international students. Because of this exposure and friendship, I have become more knowledgeable and passionate about other cultures. I have learned that global citizenship is one of the most beneficial competencies one can possess.

What would you have liked to know as an incoming freshman to the Honors Program?

To be honest, now that I look back on my freshman year, I realized that I was extremely naïve and unrealistic. I expected Honors to be a program with unreachable expectations that I would most likely fail at. But, now that I have been in the program for over two years, I can definitely say that with self-motivation and hard work, everything is possible. Honors may seem like it has scary requirements, but when you break them down into four years and actually start the journey, you start to see why they are required and what they can do for you. I wish I would have known how valuable my college experience through Honors would be and to not be as apprehensive about the process. If you are a freshman, jump right in and don’t look back!

 


 

Maggie

  Marin Beck

  Hometown: Chaska, Minnesota
  Junior
  Major: Elementary Education
  Minor: Scandinavian Studies
  Second language: Norwegian

What is your favorite aspect of the Honors Program?

When I think of the Honors Program, the academic rigor is not the first thing that enters my head. I instead think of the community. I have been so blessed by all the people I have met through the program, whether they be friends, faculty, or alumni. The connections I have created have made my college experience much more intimate.

What type of mentoring experience have you had in the past, as a mentor or a mentee?

Mentoring can take many forms. Though I have never been a part of a mentoring program such as this one, I have held many roles in which I acted as a mentor, in student government, in church leadership, and as a team captain. My favorite "mentoring experiences", however, have been within friendships, because authentic questions could be asked, and honest answers could be given.

What has been one of the most valuable experiences you have had in college so far?

One of the most valuable experiences I have had so far was participating on a research team with Dr. Stark. I had never done research before this, and was frankly not excited to, because I did not think that anything I was capable of researching would be helpful or applicable to real life. I was wrong. The research we did culminated in a trip to the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation in Owatanna, MN. We were able to give recommendations to this organization, so that they could put our ideas into practice. I can honestly say that there are few things better than knowing your work is making a positive difference in the community.

What would you have liked to know as an incoming freshman to the Honors Program?

I think the most important thing to realize is that the Honors Program is for the students. It provides countless opportunities to network, build your resume, or just find where you belong on campus. All of these things help differentiate you from the other students in the huge student body at MSU, and taking advantage of these opportunities will help you get the most out of your college experience. Not only this, but Honors students have a say in what the program looks like, and are constantly working to make it better. So get involved, voice your opinion, and make the program your own!

 


 

Erika

   Katie Westermayer

    Hometown: Mankato, MN
    Junior
    Major: Psychology
    Second Language: Spanish

 

What is your favorite aspect of the Honors Program?

My favorite aspect of the Honors Program is the sense of community. The Honors Program is very supportive of the students and provides ample opportunities for them to learn, grow, and succeed. It was very apparent from the beginning of my first semester at MSU that the Honors Program truly cared about the students and them succeeding. Honors students are very friendly, welcoming, and fun to be around. I have greatly enjoyed the events the Honors Program has held because they have not only allowed me to learn more about the world around me, but they have also provided additional opportunities to get to know other Honors students.

What type of mentoring experience have you had in the past, as a mentor or a mentee?

In high school, I was a mentor to other students through leadership positions in Band, Link Crew, Key Club, and Scarlet Ambassadors. I also experienced the role of the mentee by taking private flute lessons from Ruth Giles, a very skilled flutist who I looked up to and highly respected. Additionally, I have spent three summers volunteering at Royal Family Kids' Camp, which is a camp for abused and neglected children. During two of those summers, I was a counselor for two girls, and mentored them throughout their week at camp. During the Fall of 2012, I took an Honors mentor course and learned a great deal about being both a mentee and mentor. Currently, I am a second-assistant manager at a local grocery store and am able to be a mentor for my co-workers, especially those I supervise.

What has been one of the most valuable experiences you have had in college so far?

One of the most valuable experiences I have had so far is working on a research project through the Honors Program and the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. This project researched the usage of Parent Aware in local preschools and was worked on continuously through the 2012-2013 school year. This opportunity was brought to my attention through the Honors Program and because of this project I was able to greatly develop my research skills. The skills I learned through this project will most certainly help me in my future research projects.

What would you have liked to know as an incoming freshman to the Honors Program?

It's never too early to start working on your research skills! The Honors Program provides a plethora of research opportunities that allow students to learn more about research and even work on research projects. /p>

 


 

Erika

                Emma Stong

                    Hometown: Fargo, ND
                    Junior
                    Major: Biomedical Sciences
                    Minors: Chemistry and Biology
                    Second language: French
 

What is your favorite aspect of the Honors Program?

My favorite aspect of the Honors Program is the status that it gives you when applying to graduate school or even when looking for a job. The program truly pushes you in the right direction and gives you all the help you need to get to that next step of your life!

What type of mentoring experience have you had in the past, as a mentor or a mentee?

I have not had any experience in being a mentor, however, this summer I will be a mentee to a dentist in an internship.

What has been one of the most valuable experiences you have had in college so far?

I have learned so much in my time here at MSU Mankato, however I believe that my most valuable experience has been getting to know my advisor and professors well. I say this because the better they recognize you, the more helpful they become.

What would you have liked to know as an incoming freshman to the Honors Program?

I would have liked to know more about how the program works according to workload and credits. If I would have known how flexible and helpful the Honors professors were with getting you through the program I would have felt a lot more comfortable!

 


 

Regan

   Regan Knapp

    Hometown: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
    Junior
    Majors: International Relations and Spanish
    Second language: Spanish

 

What is your favorite aspect of the Honors Program?

I love the people I get to meet and the experiences I have as an Honors student. I feel like we have a lot of opportunities with the honors program to not only learn, but reflect on what we learn.

What type of mentoring experience have you had in the past, as a mentor or a mentee?

My experience as a Learning Community Coordinator was an experience where I acted as a mentor to my students.

What has been one of the most valuable experiences you have had in college so far?

Everything I have participated in along with my involvements have been such valuable experiences for me. I have met amazing people and accomplished many things.

What would you have liked to know as an incoming freshman to the Honors Program?

As a freshman, I didn't fully understand what the Honors Program was/did, so I would've liked to have a better knowledge of the program.

 


 

Andrew

   

     Andrew Nicholson

      Hometown: Wayzata
      Junior
      Major: Chemistry BA – Biomedical Sciences BS

What is your favorite aspect of the Honors Program?

My favorite aspect of the honors program is how it makes you so well rounded. With all the unique classes that you are offered it helps to broaden your transcript to something larger than just your major selected classes.

What type of mentoring experience have you had in the past, as a mentor or a mentee?

Mentoring experiences that I have had in the past would be doing things like being a camp counselor and helping guide children through their younger years, trying to impart as much helpful knowledge I can upon them in just a short week.

What has been one of the most valuable experiences you have had in college so far?

The most valuable experience that I have had in college is going from almost flunking out of my first calculus class to coming back and end up acing the class. It showed me that if I put my mind to it, there is nothing too difficult to overcome.

What would you have liked to know as an incoming freshman to the Honors Program?

That it (college) shouldn’t be easy, classes should be difficult, things should have to be sacrificed, so find a dream to chase and never let it go.

 


 

Austin

   

     Austin Rau

      Hometown: Farmington, MN
      Junior
      Major: Geography, French
      Second language: French

What is your favorite aspect of the Honors Program?

My favorite aspect of the honors program is all of the resources one gets connections to after joining. Through the honors program and events they have hosted, I have learned more about opportunities I was barely familiar with such as: fellowships, scholarships, and undergraduate research.

What type of mentoring experience have you had in the past, as a mentor or a mentee?

In the past I have had experience as a mentee. My current academic advisor has helped mentor and guide me with my classes and future possibilities for my life. I value his guidance because of the wisdom and experience he has, and also because of his genuine interest in my future. This allows me to trust his advice and helps put my mind at ease.

What has been one of the most valuable experiences you have had in college so far?

One of the most valuable experiences I have had in college so far was living in the residence halls for my first year. It was during that year in the dorms that I meet some of my best friends and got involved in the campus community through different organizations like IMPACT, NRHH, and community council. I experienced so much growth during my first year that I feel like a different person. Living in the dorms was so impactful on my happiness and growth that I became a CA so that I could give a similar experience to other students.

What would you have liked to know as an incoming freshman to the Honors Program?

As an incoming freshmen to the honors program, I would have liked to more about what each of the different competencies and what they mean to the program which includes what I should know after completing a competency.  

 


 

 

 

 

Tyler

   

     Tyler Conlon

      Hometown: Sheffield, Iowa
      Junior
      Majors: Urban and Regional Studies
      Minors: Public Administration and Nonprofit Leadership
      Second language: Spanish

What is your favorite aspect of the Honors Program?

My favorite aspect of the honors program is all of the resources one gets connections to after joining. Through the honors program and events they have hosted, I have learned more about opportunities I was barely familiar with such as: fellowships, scholarships, and undergraduate research.

What type of mentoring experience have you had in the past, as a mentor or a mentee?

I’ve had a lot of people in my life that I can, in retrospect, say were big mentors for me in my life. However, it wasn’t until I came to Minnesota State University, Mankato that I sought out and sought to be a mentor. I had the fortunate experience to have some people from high levels of the university leadership sit down with me and answer many of my questions. Some even meet with me on a regular basis. I have had the privilege to help out a few first year students during my time at college and can’t wait to help some first time Honors students!

What has been one of the most valuable experiences you have had in college so far?

Of all my experiences, I have appreciated my time in student leadership positions the most. Working in service to students through organizations like the Residence Hall Association and the Minnesota State Student Association, has given me an opportunity to not only apply what I’ve learned in my classes but also to grow in the Honors Program competencies.

What would you have liked to know as an incoming freshman to the Honors Program?

I would to have liked to know that you really can get involved at any level very early on. It can seem very intimidating at first to think that you can make a difference on campus. There’s definitely a learning curve to this new environment so that can be a challenge to overcome. But if you have passion for anything, there are so many people and potential mentors on campus to help you find your way.

 


 

 

 

 

Julia

   

     Julia Hamann

      Hometown: Mankato, MN
      Junior
      Majors: Social Work
      Minors: Sociology
      Second language: Spanish

What is your favorite aspect of the Honors Program?

My favorite aspect of the Honors Program is the diverse community of motivated and talented students. It is so interesting to get to know my fellow honors students as we all come from different backgrounds and have a variety of interests and goals. It is so fun to explore the many different perspectives of each Honors student, but I also appreciate the common motivation to make a positive difference in the world that binds us together. Honors students are truly an inspiring bunch with all the different things they do inside and outside of the classroom in the pursuit of making themselves better people and the world a better place. I am “honored” to be a part of such a distinguished group.

What type of mentoring experience have you had in the past, as a mentor or a mentee?

My past mentoring experiences include being a team captain, being a leader in student government, and being in a peer mentoring program in high school called “link crew.” I also feel as though some of my best friendships have included a mentoring relationship as many of my friends often come to me for advice. As a mentee I have found several mentors in professors and deans here on campus.

What has been one of the most valuable experiences you have had in college so far?

The most valuable experience I have had in college so far is the opportunity to participate in many different clubs, groups, and programs outside of the classroom. These have allowed me to really explore my interests and talents and have helped to facilitate a discovery of self.

What would you have liked to know as an incoming freshman to the Honors Program?

As an incoming freshman to the Honors Program I would have liked to have had a better understanding of how important it is to start working on developing the honors competencies right away. The sooner you start the more developed you will become and the more material you will have to prove how you have grown in each of the competency areas when it times to defending your e-folio. I also wish I would have realized how important it is to start putting items and reflections in my e-folio as soon as I can after the event occurs so as to have it fresh in my mind and formulate the best reflection possible.