Alaina Carrion

Alaina Carrion

2013-2014 LINKAGES Intern- Sophomore

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I want to be a Linkages Intern to get more involved with the St. Thomas community. Being a Linkages Intern will give me the opportunity to partner incoming minority freshmen with upper-class St. Thomas students and coordinate events to build their relationship. It will also give me the chance to promote activities through Student Diversity and Inclusion Services. I like to spend time with family and friends, volunteer, dance, draw, cook, complete outdoor activities, help people in need.
Major: Criminal Justice     Minor: Psychology or Family Studies
High School: Humboldt Senior High
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Latinos Unidos, Sociology and Criminal Justice Club, Hana, Pulse, Linkages Mentor Program, Dining Services - The View Student Worker
   
Shanea Turner-Smith

Shanea Turner-Smith

2013-2014 LINKAGES Intern - Senior

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My educational background has prepared me for the role of Linkages Mentoring Program Intern. In particular, my study of Social Work and American Culture and Difference has given me a solid background in working well with diverse populations. I am eager to contribute my enthusiasm and up-to-date skills to the Student Diversity and Inclusion Services team. My previous experience working as a resident advisor for University of St. Thomas John Paul II residence hall, gave me a great deal of experience working with first year undergraduate students. I have an excellent track record of program development during my position as a resident advisor.
Major: Social Work     Minor: American Culture and Difference
High School: Highland Park Senior High and DeLaSalle High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Black Empowerment Student Alliance, Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program, Students Today Leaders Forever, Real Program, African Nations Student Association, Social Work Club, Child Development Center Student Worker, Resident Advisor
Joel Alemseged

Joel Alemseged

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want to be a mentor so that I can guide my mentee in their transition from high school to college as well as offer advice from my own experiences as a freshman.

Major: Undecided
High School: Como Park Senior High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Linkages Mentor Program, BESA

Rey Andrade

Rey Andrade

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I would like to be a Linkages mentor because I want to pass on the helpful guidance that I received as a freshman from my mentor. I want to show my mentee all the helpful resources that are available here at St. Thomas.

Major: Mechanical Engineering  
High School: Northfield High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Tutor-Mentor Program, Linkages Mentor Program, Dease Scholar, Volunteering, Intramural Sports, Soccer, Music, Video Games

Priscila Barron-Sanchez

Priscila Barron Sanchez

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I would like to be the one that someone comes to when they most need me, and help them through the situation in any way. I want to share what I know now and be the support they need to be successful here.

Major: Sociology     Minor: French
High School: Austin High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: RHA South Campus Representative, South Campus Hall Council, Sociology/Criminal Justice Club, Pre-Law Society

Lisette Cando

Lisette Cando

2013-2014 LINKAGES Intern - Sophomore

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I want to be able to guide others who are going to be incoming freshmen. I love to help those who need it and as a first-generation college student I really have learned the importance of resources.

Major: Undecided     Minor: Sociology
High School: Patrick Henry High School 
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Tutor-Mentor Program, Tommie Ambassador

Abeye Cherinet

Abeye Cherinet

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want to be a Linkages Mentor because I love helping others. I want to help incoming freshmen get adjusted to their first year of college and help them feel comfortable on campus.

Major: Finance
High School: Hill-Murray High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Linkages Mentor Program, Finance Club

Victoria Colston

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Senior

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I was a Linkages mentor my sophomore year and I loved it! It was a wonderful experience. I hope to bring joy to another incoming freshman and provide support for them during their transition.

Major: Criminal Justice     Minor: American Culture and Difference
High School: Como Park High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: PULSE, Gospel Choir, Women's Choir, Sociology/Criminal Justice Club, Linkages Mentor Program

Nikhil Dama

Nikhil Dama

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want to help an incoming freshman adjust to college. I would be willing to help anyone with whatever problem they have, and work hard to find a solution to that problem. 

Major: Computer Science
High School: Spring Lake Park High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Office of Campus Life Student Worker, Research Assistant, HANA, Linkages Mentor Program

Tanisha Duwearatchi

Tanisha Duwearatchi

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I would like to be a Linkages Mentor because I want to help incoming freshmen with their transition to college life and hopefully give them the same great experience that I was fortunate to have.

Major: Actuarial Science
High School: John F. Kennedy High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Aquinas Scholars Program, Math & Actuarial Science Club, Linkages Mentor Program, HANA, Badminton Club, Intramural Tennis

Oge Edward

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor- Senior

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As an international student, I know there are some challenges we face when we change from one cultural environment to another, and these challenges can sometimes affect our education. I want to help these newly admitted students get used to the college.

Major: Accounting
High School: Hopebay High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Soccer

Annette Eneanya

Annette Eneanya

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want to help incoming freshmen adjust to the Saint Thomas community and academics. I want to help them get through any troubles they are dealing with or any questions they have.

Major: Accounting
High School: Mounds Park Academy
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Hall Council- JP II Hall, Linkages Mentor Program, Inroads Candidate, Art Club, Women in Business Club                               

Russell Esguerra

Russell Esguerra

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Senior

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I want to be a Linkages Mentor because I want to share my experiences at UST with first-year students of color and help them get comfortable with the UST community, get them involved in activities and events on campus, and help them grow into student leaders.

Major: Operations Management
High School: Tartan High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Hana Board Member

Glynnis Forsberg

Glynnis Forsberg

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I enjoy helping someone find their niche into a new place. I believe that I can give helpful advice to have a fun, but safe time while they are at UST. I want to build long-term relationships and I think that I would be great being a Mentor.

Major: Justice and Peace Studies: Conflict Transformation    
Minor: American Sign Language
High School: Benilde-St. Margaret's School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Women’s Choir, Photography, Song Writing

Dee Her

Dee Her

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Senior

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In my first three years, I think I've familiarized myself with the UST culture, annual campus events or traditions celebrated by the students of color, and I'm very comfortable with sharing my advice and experience with underclassmen.

Major: Entrepreneurship, Business Economics
High School: North High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: HUSA, HANA, Pulse

Maddie Hodapp

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Senior

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I would love to be able to have a strong connection with a student coming into an environment that may not be what they are used to, and also to become an influence in that student's life with them influencing me as well.

Major: Sociology     Minor: Women's Studies
High School: DeLaSalle High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: BESA, ANSA, Tutor Mentor/Reading Buddies, GMSA

Abdi Inshar

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want to be a mentor so that I can meet a new freshmen and help them get through the school year a little bit easier, just like my mentor did for me this past year.

Major: Biochemistry
High School: Al-Amal School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Linkages Mentor Program, Muslim Student Association, Off-Campus Commuters

Miranda Jerabek

Miranda Jerabek

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want to help freshmen out in their first year and help guide them through their journey during this stressful but fun change.

Major: Communication and Journalism
Minor: Business and English
High School: Tartan High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Communications Club, Tutor-Mentor Program, IRT Tech Worker

Ebony Kargbo

Ebony Kargbo

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want to be a Linkages mentor because I have had a great experience being a mentee in the Linkages Mentor Program. Being a Linkages Mentor would give me the opportunity to give another person the same great experience I was fortunate to have.

Major: Biology
High School: Tartan Senior High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Tutor-Mentor Program, STEM Learning Community, Pre-Optometry Club

Kinza Khan

Kinza Khan

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want to help make the transition smoother for an incoming freshman. I am outgoing, outspoken,charismatic, and a compassionate individual. I love to talk, and to listen, and I cannot wait to meet my mentee!

Major: Operations Supply Chain Management     Minor: Economics
High School: International School of Minnesota
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Global Minded Students Association, HANA, Ski and Board Club

Sai Lee

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Junior

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I would love to help an incoming freshman feel welcomed to St. Thomas.

Major: Exercise Science    
High School: Como Park Senior High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: HUSA, HANA, Dease Scholar, Linkages  Mentor Program

Johnnay Leenay

Johnnay Leenay

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Junior

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I think I would be a good mentor to a student to talk about different issues that students face. I want to see a student learn and I want to be the person they know they can come to when they need an extra hand their freshman year.

Major: Communication and Journalism
High School: Apple Valley High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies:  Communication Club, Student Worker for the Art History Department, Designer for TommieMedia , KUST Radio Show Host, Rock Climbing Club

Eyerusalem Lemma

Eyerusalem Lemma

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Junior

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I want to be a mentor because I feel that it is important to have a guiding force during your first year in college. I had a great mentor my first year, and I want to pay it forward. I'd love sharing advice and past experience, especially if it can help others not live through my mistakes!

Major: Biology
High School: Woodbury High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Colleges Against Cancer, Tri-Beta Biology Club

Nina McCarty

Nina McCarty

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want the incoming freshmen to know that there is an older classmate that is willing to help them out, be there for them, talk to them, and hang out with them. I want to know that I helped a younger student have the feeling of being welcomed, safe, and loved.

Major: Biology
High School: Appleton North High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: HANA, Linkages Mentor Program

James McMillion

James McMillon

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I would like to be a Linkages Mentor, because I understand the value of a peer relationship in the college setting. Also, I know how nice it is to have someone you can go to no matter what, who won't judge you or make you feel convicted in any matter.

Major: Entrepreneurship
High School: Omaha North High Magnet School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Tommie Ambassador, St. Thomas Track and Field, St. Thomas Jazz Ensemble, St. Thomas Symphonic Band

Siham Mohamed

Siham Mohamed

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want to help new freshmen get comfortable with college and be there as a support if they need anything.

Major: Health Science and Arabic
High School: Southwest High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Muslim Student Association, Pre-Dental Club 

 

Luis Nava-Torres

Luis Nava Torres

2013-2014 LINKAGES Intern - Junior

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It is a rewarding experience that helps me grow as a person. It is very enjoyable to help a person navigate the overwhelming experience that college can be.

Major: Spanish and Sociology     Minor: Family Studies
High School: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: HANA, Latinos Unidos, Linkages Mentor Program

Raymond Nkwain-Kindva

Raymond Nkwain Kindva

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Senior

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I want to assist incoming freshmen to get acquainted with the St. Thomas culture and community. I will help them achieve their goals and interests, and guide my mentee and help them navigate through college coursework and activities.

Major: Biochemistry
High School: Progressive Comprehensive High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: HANA, UST Biology Club, UST Pre-Health Club, STAR

Kayla Null-Gracia

Kayla Null-Gracia

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want to be a Linkages Mentor because I feel like my first year in college was a tough transition and I am grateful for all those who helped me get through it. I feel it is my job to hand over my experiences and advice to an incoming freshman who will perhaps go through the same obstacles I went through.

Major: English
Minor: Arabic and Philosophy
High School: South Saint Paul High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Air Force ROTC

Luis Ortega

Luis Ortega

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Senior

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I have been involved with Linkages ever since my freshman year at UST and I would like to pay the favor forward of making the transition from high school to college smoother for incoming students.

Major: Neuroscience     Minor: Justice and Peace Studies
High School: Park High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Hana, Undergraduate Student Government, Student Diversity and Inclusion Services, Minnesota Future Doctors, Page Education Foundation Scholar

 

Angel Paucar

Angel Paucar

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want to be a Linkages Mentor to get more involved with diversity on campus. I want to help incoming freshman feel better about being in college and give them helpful advice.  I want the mentees to feel welcomed at this university.

Major: Mechanical Engineering
High School: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Linkages Mentor Program, Latinos Unidos, Hana, Badminton Club, Journey of Faith Group

Chelsea Phillip

Chelsea Phillip

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want to be a Linkages Mentor so that I can help the mentees make their transition to UST as smooth as possible. I want to be the friendly face the new mentees see on campus and are comfortable talking to.

Major: Business Management & Leadership     Minor: Spanish
High School: Maranatha Christian Academy
Campus Involvement/Hobbies:  Pulse, Linkages Mentor Program

KC Preska

KC Preska

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Junior

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I would like to be a Linkages Mentor again because I enjoyed helping my mentee this year, and I believe that the Linkages Mentor Program really does make a difference on campus. 

Major: Operations Management
High School: East Ridge High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Latinos Unidos, Supply Chain & Operations Management Club, Research and Publishing Assistant

Joelle Prunty

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Senior

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I like being a role model for people and I have a lot of advice to give as a Linkages Mentor.

Major: Business Communication
High School: Antigo High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Linkages Mentor Program

Laura Roberts

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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Linkages was the first club I joined on campus and it really helped me meet people that I would not have met in class. I am excited to be involved in this program as a mentor!

Major: Psychology and Justice & Peace Studies
High School: St. John's Preparatory School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Students for Justice and Peace, Feminist Community, Linkages Mentor Program

Xavier Roberts

Xavier Roberts

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Junior

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It is a great experience and opportunity helping the new incoming generation of freshmen.

Major: Operations Management
High School: East Ridge High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Latinos Unidos and Linkages Mentor Program

Kevin Schneider

Kevin Schneider

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor- Sophomore

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I feel that I could help minority students adjust to this campus because I feel like I have adjusted well to this campus.

Major: Business Marketing/Management     Minor: Psychology
High School: Minnetonka High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Linkages Mentor Program

Devyani Sharma

Devyani Sharma

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Senior

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I believe the most important part of feeling welcomed and at home at any college campus has a lot to do with meeting the right people and knowing that you have a support group to rely upon. I hope to be that welcoming person for my mentee as support.

Major: Mechanical Engineering
High School: Ch Chhabil Dass Public School, India
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Learners to Leaders, Assistant Project Manager, President for Bharat (Indian Student Group), Volunteer for MISA and SUA groups, A Phi Theta Kappa Organization, TRiO Mentor

Russell Smith

Russell Smith, Jr.

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Junior

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I want to be a Linkages Mentor because have a lot of insight to information that I could pass on to an incoming freshman. This program has helped me in many ways and I want to better serve the St. Thomas community by giving back. I love communicating with people and I enjoy helping others.

Major: Business Communications
High School: De LaSalle High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: PULSE, VISION, Linkages Mentor Program, Loft Student Worker

Codi Soeun

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Senior

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I want to be a Linkages Mentor because I want to give first year students the best possible on-campus experience. I want to be able to introduce them to all of the opportunities available on campus that many students are unaware of.

Major: Human Resources and Leadership and Management
High School: Eagan Senior High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Hana Executive Board, Pulse, Summer Orientation Leader

Robby Vang

Robby Vang

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Junior

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I want to be a Linkages Mentor in order to be the resource for students who are transitioning from high school into their first year of college.

Major: Communication & Journalism
High School: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Linkages Mentor Program, HANA, HUSA, Badminton Club

Gary Vu

Gary Vu

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Senior

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I want to be a Linkages Mentor because I want to be able to help incoming freshmen feel comfortable with their education at the University of Saint Thomas and provide a safe place for students of color.

Major: Electrical Engineering     Minor: Physics
High School: Woodbury High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: HUSA, HANA

Sue Yang

Sue Yang

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Senior

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I want to become a role model, a great friend, and a positive influence on my mentee.

Major: English     Minor: History
High School: Johnson Senior High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Badminton Club, HUSA

Yaia Yang

Yaia Yang

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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I want to become a Linkages Mentor because I can be a role model for an incoming student and can assist them with campus resources and be a friend for them, someone they can relate to and make them feel more comfortable here on campus.

Major: Civil Engineering
High School: Blaine High School
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: HANA, HUSA, Student Diversity and Inclusion Services Intern

Samira Yusuf

Samira Yusuf

2013-2014 LINKAGES Mentor - Sophomore

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By becoming a Linkages Mentor, not only will I help my mentee receive a smooth transition from high school to college, but I will also be able to learn from them as well. I will be able to somewhat pay back to a community which helped me become who I am.

Major: Public Health
High School: Higher Ground Academy
Campus Involvement/Hobbies: Muslim Student Association, Linkages Mentor Program