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Leadership Impacting Freshman Transition (L.I.F.T.) Peer Mentoring Program

We know that the transition to College can be a tricky one.  New faces, places, and expectations all await new freshman.  In order to help the freshman successfully transition to the Mount Aloysius community, the L.I.F.T. program has been created so new students can learn from students who were in their shoes not that long ago.

L.I.F.T. Mentors are ingrained members of the LIBA 150 – College Success & the Mercy Experience course in the fall semester. Mentors work and plan with the faculty member teaching the course to develop and co-facilitate activities in the course to assist freshman in transition to higher education.    Mentors are expected to be engaging, enthusiastic about Mount Aloysius, resourceful, dedicated to their development, as well as the development of students they are mentoring.    Serving as a LIFT Mentor not only supports the development and transition of the new students at the College, but allows mentors to develop their leadership, communication, and creative capacities.

Not only will the L.I.F.T. Mentors play a pivotal role in the College Success course, they will be available to the freshmen students during weekly office hours in the L.I.F.T. Peer Mentoring Office in St. Gert’s Room 40.

For fall 2019, the College has L.I.F.T. Mentors in twelve of fourteen sections of LIBA 150.  Meet the the 2019 mentors below:

Matt Blose

Major: Accounting with a Business Administration minor

Year: Sophomore

What I like about Mount Aloysius: I like the small campus atmosphere where you get to talk and meet with your professors face to face.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: I chose to be a peer mentor to help students succeed in areas in which they struggle, and to have them set goals and watch them accomplish those goals by the end of the course.

I can’t wait to meet my students and really get to know them, while watching them succeed in their studies!

Elizabeth Burkardt

Major: Pre-Law with a minor in Sociology

Year: Junior

What I like about Mount Aloysius: The people are so friendly here. I like the fact that we are a smaller campus because everyone knows each other.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: I love meeting new people and I want to help them with some similar issues that I may have had in past years.

I’m so excited to guide the freshman class in the right direction, learning and growing with them along the way. I feel like this is going to be a great learning experience for me as well.

Corrin Dagostin

Major: History and Political Science with a concentration in Secondary Education

Year: Sophomore

What I like about Mount Aloysius: The family atmosphere between professors, faculty, staff and students.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: To help give me experience in a classroom before having to manage a classroom by myself.

I look forward to connecting with students and helping them through their first semester at the Mount, along with creating new friendships.

Allison Ishman

Major: Biology with a Pre-Dental Specialization

Year: Junior

What I like about Mount Aloysius: I like that it a close knit community. I know all of my professors personally and have a good relationship with them. It is nice being more than just a number to them, and it really helps me learn at a higher level.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: I chose to be a peer mentor because I like being involved on campus, and I also love to help others. This role lets me do both, and it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

I look forward to meeting all the new freshman coming in the fall and I am excited to get the opportunity to help them along their journey.

Mariya Kozhukh

Major: Accounting

Year: Senior

What I like about Mount Aloysius: The small classroom size and the contact with professors.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: I chose to be a peer mentor to gain leadership skills and share my college experience.

I am excited to meet the upcoming freshman and help them in their transition.

Luke Lockard

Major: Business Administration (4+1)

Year: Sophomore

What I like about Mount Aloysius: My friends and the staff are like my second family and being involved in different activities on campus.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: Being a peer mentor gives me a chance to show the incoming freshmen the information I’ve learned from failing and succeeding and my goal is to teach them some valuable life lessons.

I’m looking forward to making friends with some of the new students while also providing them a helping hand with any problems they may have.

Katie Mirance

Major: Criminology

Year: Senior

What I like about Mount Aloysius: What I really like about MAC is how intimate the campus is. As soon as you step onto campus, there is such a strong sense of community. I have always felt like everyone at MAC really encourages me to be the best version of myself.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: I decided to be a peer mentor because I wanted to continue making a difference on campus. I think when new students arrive on campus they can often feel lost and unsure about college, so I wanted to get involved in a way that I could help them succeed.

I am looking forward to helping each student succeed in whichever way they deem as success. Whether it’s exploring new study habits, passing a class, or getting involved in campus activities. I feel this part of the peer mentor role is going to be extremely rewarding.

Sara Ollinger

Major: History and Political Science with a Concentration in Secondary Education

Year: Senior

What I like about Mount Aloysius: I love the size of Mount Aloysius! I have never been in a large, impersonal lecture hall for any class.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: I transferred from another institution to the Mount during my second semester of my freshman year. I was looking for my fit, which I found at Mount Aloysius! I hope to help the incoming freshman with their transition to this major step!

I look forward to helping all of my mentees with this life step! I have learned many tips to pass on to them. Also, I am excited to implement some of my activities I have learned in my education classes.

Nicole Petonic

Major: Psychology with a specialization in Counseling and minor in Expressive Arts Therapy

Year: Junior

What I like about Mount Aloysius: I enjoy the friendly environment and when I need to talk to someone the professors and advisor are able to help me out with anything I need.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: I dealt with a lot my freshman year and would love to be able to pass on some of that experience to others.

I look forward to meeting everyone and getting to talk and present somethings in class to hopefully help the class go a little faster for everyone.

Taylor Plunkard

Major: Physical Therapist Assistant

Year: Sophomore

What I like about Mount Aloysius: I love how friendly the students, faculty, and staff are at the Mount.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: I chose to be a peer mentor because I think that it is an awesome opportunity to meet new students and gain leadership training.

I look forward to working with the students and staff in a classroom setting.

Purity Hileman

Major: Nursing

Year: Sophomore

What I like about Mount Aloysius: What I like the most about Mount Aloysius is how the staff embody the Mercy Values while teaching, assisting and advising the college students. Never have I attended an institution where the professors are receptive to a student’s needs and focus on ensuring their success more than I have here as a student. I have received more help than I could have imagined and felt such a kindness in the staff’s actions. This altogether gives the Mount a sense of community that may not be achieved in a larger school and also a sense of pride while being a student here at Mount Aloysius.

Why I chose to be a peer mentor: I chose to be a peer mentor because while the staff and instructors at the Mount have been great, it helps to have a resource available at the same level as the student. A new college can be a huge life change for some and I am hoping to make that transition a little easier by way of my experiences and education from being a student myself.

I am looking forward to getting more involved with the resources and instructors here at the Mount and to help create a culture for new students that is welcoming and inviting so they can have a successful college experience.

 


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