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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Meet the Mentors

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Meet the Mentors!

Ebony Wilson-Sinkfield

Publicity & Communications CoordinatorEbony

Hometown: Saint Paul 

Major: Social Work     

Family Background: I am an African-American Women

Plans for after Graduation: I would like to go to Grad school and try to get my Masters and maybe my PHD in Social Work and/or Psychology.

Advice for first-year students: The advice I would give to a first year student is to stay focused because once you get off track, it is hard to get back on track. I also think first year students should complete their homework a few days in advance to the due date, because you can get really stressed out if you wait until the last minute to complete an assignment, unless you are used to doing your homework at the last minute and you get good grades along with it. Also depending on the assignment it’s hard to give your best work when you do homework assignments at the last minute. 

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: I chose to be a peer mentor because I really like to help and see people succeed. I also believe everyone should have someone to go to if they are struggling or needs to talk to someone when school or life is getting difficult for them. 

Why students should have a peer mentor: I believe that all students should have a peer mentor sometime in their life because even though we try to say we don’t need any help, most of the time we stress out because we need the help we do not want. I believe that someone that comes into something that they have never done before such as a freshman need a peer mentor the most because they are experiencing college or whatever they are first experiencing for the first time and it can be really overwhelming. 

What I like about SSS: What I like most about Student Support Services (TRIO) is that everyone in the program tries to help to their best ability. The program and staff gives you so many opportunities and information that will help you get through college and beyond. 

Fun fact: I have loved the color orange all my life and I don’t think I will ever stop loving the color.

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.”      ----Calvin Coolidge


Bella Lam

Activities & Event PlannerBella Lam      

Hometown: Saigon, Vietnam. Lived mostly in Farmington, MN!

Major: Community Health Education

Family background: My whole family moved here when I was 6 years old. I am a first generation stuent and had to work hard to be where I am today!

Plans for after Graduation: I wanr to do outreach and promotion focused on health and wellness for a company. I also want to become a yoga instructor, have an online presence for my writing on the internet, and eventually have my own business someday! The possibilities are endless for me!

Advice for first-year students: Be organized, take care of yourself first, keep in touch with your family, get involved, and don't be afraid to ask for help!

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: I understand what it's like to feel lost and overwhelmed. I've had to go through many situations similar to that. Being the first student to go to college in my family make me have to go through many trial and errors. But I feel like I have experienced Mankato to the fullest so far and I want every student to have that experience. I want to be a part of that process for incoming students and be their guide to success here at MSU.

Why students should have a peer mentor: Having extra support and help at college does so much for students. It will do nothing, but benefit and enhance your experience here at school because it allows you to have access to great advisors and peers.

What I like about SSS: I love how SSS gives all their students supplies and any needed resources fir their students. I appreciate how they trust the Peer Mentors to facilitate and organize programs and workshops. This program gives students a more personal approach to anything they need help with. And free printing!

Fun fact: Lately, I've been obsessed with cooking and I secretly dream of being on Food Network some day.


Jennifer Enter

Activities & Event PlannerJennifer Enter

Hometown:  St. Peter, MN

Major: Psychology

Family Background: I have both parents, but they never went to college. My brother dropped out of college.

Plans for after Graduation: Work, then graduate school or PH.D.

Advice for first-year students: Ask questions, talk to teachers and professors about a class one might take or is interested in. Find out about what those classes are like and take classes that you normally wouldn't take.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: Because I wanted to help other students to be the best that they can and to help them.

Why students should have a peer mentor: Peer mentors can answer questions or provide friendship or help students be more involved.

What I like about SSS: I love the people and the fact that I have someone to go to when I need answers.

Fun fact: I love to read, go fishing, and I am a go-getter.