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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Meet the Mentors

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Leona Diggs

Peer MentorLeona Diggs

Hometown: Zimmerman, MN

Major: Psychology  

Plans for after Graduation: Doctoral degree in the School Psychology program

Advice for first-year students: Coming into college may be a confusing time in life. Later on, as you go further into your degree you may find out that the plans you had for your career may turn out to be something completely different. Know that that is an okay thing and life is full of many opportunities. Do what you think is right. If it turns out great, wonderful. If it doesn't, that's still great too because being optimistic about everything may seem hard at first but trust me, hardships in college are a stepping stone for reaching your greatest potential in life and becoming what you're destined to be.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: I chose to become a peer mentor because this was an opportunity I grabbed firmly by the horns. I never had something like this when I was a first-year student and I never even knew what SSS was as a first-year student. I know helping students with a difficult family background, letting their voices be heard and teaching them the fundamental processes according to the human mind is my ultimate goal in life. So, when I heard about the peer mentoring program, I never hesitated, I immediately took the chance!

Why students should have a peer mentor: The reason students should have a peer mentor in a college setting is for one reason. That reason is to relate. Not being able to relate and connect with someone on an intellectual level causes uncertainty and anxiety especially if that person doesn't have a clue for example if you're among the few who is a first-year generation student. Having a mentor who is can really help pave the road for students where a known individual to them who don't know the process of college can't. That's the main reason students should have a peer mentor! Because of connection and relatedness.

What I like about SSS: What I like about SSS is that they give you services needed in order to help you succeed in school. They really care about all students but mainly students who are less fortunate than others!

FUN fact: I play the flute and I've composed my own music, then played it for an audience.  


Baolia Moua

Peer MentorBaolia Moua

Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Major: Family Consumer Science

Plan for after Graduation: I plan to attend graduate school and hopefully work with families or work as a professor.

Advice for first-year students: College is a new beginning and it's a time for you to become the person you want to be.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: I chose to be a peer mentor because bringing positiveness in people's lives matters to me.

Why students should have a peer mentor: Students should have a peer mentor because they serve as a support. Having a peer for encouragement is a way to improve the positiveness in one's life.

What I like about SSS: I love the family friendly environment SSS offers with an abundance of resources provided to students such as tutoring, free printing, scholarship opportunities, advisors, and peer mentors.

FUN fact: A fun fact about me is that I'm a big Overwatch Fan.