Office of Multicultural Affairs
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Office of Multicultural Affairs
Meet the Mentors
My name is Racquel Kaizer and I am going to be a sophomore this coming academic year. I am originally from Liberia. I am chemistry major and also enjoy reading. What I find most inspiring about being a mentor is that my perspective is going to grow wider. When you are mentoring somebody, you learn a lot from the person that help you to become better than you were when you first met them. As an ex-mentee, I have become better at understanding and accepting people for who they are and also working with them to make our community a better place.
Hi! I am Jasmine. I am a sophomore majoring in Media Studies. I am half South Korean and am involved in many different student organizations, including WSA, BSU, Cru, OMA, Intramural Volleyball, Tennis Club, Scuba Club, The Stinger as well as the French Club. I love to go snowboarding, do yoga and just hang out with my friends. What I find most about being a mentor is that I can help someone ease in to their new life at college without them having to worry about everything alone. I have had a mentor in the past and I found that it was a great way for me to find new people that I could relate to and hang out with. It showed me that there are a lot of people in the world that you may think won't have a lot of things in common with, but the fact is, is that everyone thinks of the same things. It made me ease into the college life a lot easier and I was able to have a number of different experiences because of the program. I would advise anyone who can apply to be a mentee to go for it. There's nothing to lose but a lot to gain.
Arne Nyeck Nyeck
I am a sophomore student at UW-Superior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and I have as career objectives to be a Mechanical Engineer and work with companies like Rockwell Automation. Since my enrollment in January 2012, I have been a member of several associations such as the World Student association (WSA) and Black Student Union (BSU). I have also taken part in leadership conferences such as the American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (AMSLC) at UW-Stout in March 2011 with the Multicultural Students and Alumni Group of the UW-Superior. I don't intend to stop here. I want to get more involved in school activities during the coming semesters, especially where I will put my knowledge in practice to help others, get help, enriched myself with new experiences, and get to establish a wide network with new people every day. Concerning my hobbies, I have passion for drawing, painting, piano (my favorite), listening to music, watching TV shows and movies, singing, dancing, sporting activities such as basketball, parties, family and friends. My favorite color is blue and my favorite food is "fufu and eru," which is a Cameroonian food. My interests are getting to know people because I am in a new country, know more about different cultures. My favorite place in UW-Superior is the Yellow Jacket Union (YU) because I hang out with friends, I always play the piano. I am motivated to become a mentor because I want to help new students not to be lost, I want them to feel safe, help them to manage their time, know the importance of school before parties, and other hobbies. I want to help them to make good choices for their present life and also for the future.
Is a junior student at UW-Superior majoring in Chemistry and has as career objectives to be a pharmaceutical chemist. Since his enrollment he has been a member of several associations such as the World Student association (WSA), Black Student Union (BSU) and the UWS Students of Science. He has also taken part in leadership conferences such as the American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference at UW-River Falls in March 2013 with the Multicultural Students and Alumni Group of UW-Superior. Augustin doesn't intend to stop here as he plans to get more involved in school activities during the forthcoming semesters, especially activities where he will put his knowledge into practice for others and at the same time enrich it with new experiences. In terms of hobby, Augustin is very passionate about drawing and painting, loves listening to music, watch TV shows and films, loves singing and dancing, enjoys doing some sport activities such as Soccer and likes to have fun with friends. His favorite color is light blue and as for his favorite food, "fufu and eru," a Cameroonian food, is what makes him happy the most. Augustin's favorite place at UW-Superior is the Yellow Jacket Union (YU) as he has the possibility of hanging out with friends, relax, read and eat at the cafeteria. Augustin's main motive of becoming a mentor is because he sees the importance of guiding new students into a new school and a new lifestyle as it will be very beneficial for these students not only in college but also in their respective lives in the future. Augustin had the chance of having people guide him through his insertion in UW-Superior and will love to provide that help and experience to others.
Year in school: Senior
Major: Social Work
Involvement on and off campus: Black Student Association, World Student Association, Social Work Student Committee
Hobbies and interests: Dancing, Cooking, Sleeping, Reading
Favorite color: Green-Orange-pink (all in one!)
Favorite food: Lasagna
Favorite place on campus and why: Circle of Native Nation Center, because I get to meet friends, socialize with others including professors, and work on assignments.
Why did you became a peer mentor?: To meet you and together learn and grow together as we explore school at a university level.
Year in school: Sophomore
Involvement on and off campus: I work at Gender Equity Center on campus, off campus I enjoy reading and seeking out other events being held by our wonderful clubs.
Hobbies and interests: Working out
Favorite color: Black, and yellow.
Favorite food: Ramen Noodles
Favorite place on campus and why: Multi-Cultural Center, because I can relax and sleep. Almost forgot, free TEA! :D
Why you became a peer mentor: Being a first generation college kid, I felt like there were times in my life where I wish I had someone there to help and motivate me. I left my all family, and friends behind. It's like going into college blind. You see students around you, similar of age debating over old Supreme Court rulings and using big words. You get imitated and then you start questioning yourself a lot, like: why did I come to college in the first place? All you want to do is go home, where you are comfortable. But being comfort is your enemy and you can't be there. You have to learn to grow and be independent. If I would have left during my freshmen year, I'm pretty sure I would not be here today. I want to help my mentee grow and chase what they're passionate about!
Gina (Kolitem) Wayas
Year in school: Senior
Major: Legal Studies and Media Communications
Involvement on and off campus: President of Black Student Union, member of World Student Association, and member of Pre-Law society.
Hobbies and interests: Dancing, singing, fashion
Favorite color: Black
Favorite food: Vietnamese pho.
Favorite place on campus and why: The library because there are so many nice places to chill, relax and meditate.
Why you became a peer mentor: I want to be a shoulder to someone because it would have been great if I had one to lean on in my freshman year, and I also want to have fun and learn new ideas and maybe a new culture from someone else.
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