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Centennial Honors College
Meet the 2014-2015 Mentors
Minor: Creative Writing
Year in College: Junior
Hometown: Blue Island, IL
Hobbies: Reading, writing, and shopping
Organizations You Belong to Currently: Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, National Society of Collegiate scholars, FYE peer mentor program, and the Elements Literary Magazine editorial staff.
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? I enjoy the honors courses because they give me a chance to learn about things I normally would not have the opportunity to, such as Horror Fiction and Postmodern Thought.
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student? I enjoy the academic atmosphere. Professors really push students to do their best and grow as learners.
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? I wanted to be a peer mentor because I remember all too well how stressful it can be to adapt to college and a new program. It's my goal to give students the advice I wish I had gotten back then.
Major: Biology Medical Sciences and French
Minor: Chemistry and Neuroscience
Year in College: Sophomore
Hometown: Macomb, IL
Hobbies: Swimming, karate, and biking
Organizations You Belong to Currently: Pre-Professional Health Club- Treasurer, Student Honors Assoc.- Fundraising Chair, Roteract-Service Chair, Honors Council Representative, Judicial Review Board
Favorite part about the Centennial Honors College? I love all the opportunities and challenging but fun classes.
Favorite part about being a WIU student? I have become so involved and made long lasting friendships.
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? I want to share my experiences and help other find their niche at WIU.
Major: Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Minor: Homeland Security
Year in College: Senior
Hometown: Chillicothe, IL
Hobbies: Watching and playing sports, drawing, listening to and playing music, gardening
Organizations You Belong To Currently: Western EMS (Assistant), Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Concert Safety Corps, Alpha Phi Sigma, Big Brothers Big Sisters of McDonough County
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? The thing that I love about being a member of the Centennial Honors College is that I have the opportunity to interact with other students who value their educational opportunities as much as I do.
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student? The things that I have loved the most about Western Illinois University have been my classes. Since I have been at this university, I have had the opportunity to take some really fascinating and fun classes with some amazing professors.
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? I want to be an Honors Mentor because I want to help other students have as many positive experiences as possible while they are here as WIU.
Minor: Journalism with emphasis in Public Relations
Year in College: Junior
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa
Hobbies: Yoga, watching movies, going on walks, any function with music or entertainment
Organizations You Belong To Currently: Alpha Sigma Alpha, Homecoming committee
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? I enjoy the small class size of my honors courses. I also feel pride from being an honors student and am working hard to complete upper division for graduation.
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student? I love the size of this campus. It has been so easy to get to know people from living in resident halls for two years and through joining a sorority. I love all of the opportunities available at this school. Also, once I declared a major, I got to know a lot of students and professors more personally so it makes classes more enjoyable.
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? I love being a resource for people. I have been the “new girl” twice in life: when I moved to a new town my junior year of high school and when I came to WIU as a freshman. I understand how overwhelming change can be and I want to provide assistance and a connection for students who are looking to get involved and succeed in their studies at WIU.
Year in College: Sophomore
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Hobbies: I love being outdoors, volleyball, listen to music, going to the movies, hanging out with friends, dancing and just having fun in general.
Organizations You Belong to Currently: Programming Chair for SHA, Girl Scouts
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? I like the opportunity to take courses that are not offered to other students. I also like to be a part of a group of students who support not just my academic goals, but my overall success in school.
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student? I like that there are a variety of activities offered on campus at all times. They allow me to meet other students from a variety of backgrounds.
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? I wanted to be an Honors Mentor so I can assist students adapt to a new environment. It's important to have someone help when you are starting anew.