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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.


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Read College Guide

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Visit Campus

Truly the best way to learn about a prospective college. Schedule your visit to Lake State ! You will be able to stroll through our campus, talk with faculty and even have lunch at the Quarterdeck on us!


Take ACT

One key to success in meeting students' personal and academic goals is the development of a course schedule that matches their career interests and levels of academic preparation. In order to build students' class schedules, we use their ACT and/or SAT and/or LSSU placement test scores to place them in courses which, foremost, are required for their degrees, and which also seem to match their levels of academic preparation as predicted by their test scores.

Don’t forget to have your ACT or SAT I scores sent to us by ACT or the College Board. Our institutional code for ACT is 2031; for the SAT it is 1421.


Apply to LSSU

The most important step! We provide many different ways to apply to Lake State. Use our Online Application to ensure the quickest response!

Our advice is to apply as early as possible. Though you can apply any time up to the beginning of the semester, for full consideration for financial aid and scholarships you must apply by March 1. 


Apply for Financial Aid

Prospective students wishing to apply for financial aid should complete the financial aid section of the application for admission; forms may be obtained from high school principals or counselors.


Apply for Housing

On-Campus housing is the best way to start your college years. This is often the easiest way to make new friends. You don’t have to worry about shopping for food or learning to cook as all your meals are served at the Quarterdeck!


Return Fin. Aid Letter

It is important that you return your financial aid award information to the Financial Aid Office.


Attend Orientation
During the orientation program, you will

  • Meet with faculty and advisors to develop a plan of study and class schedule for the fall semester
  • Get to know current students and fellow classmates
  • Learn about the campus (its resources and student organizations), the community, and our online student information system
  • Develop academic and social connections that will last throughout your Laker Experience!
  • Orientation web site


Buy Your Books

Barnes & Noble at Lake Superior State University carries course required and recommended books for all LSSU classes. Books may be ordered online at or can be purchased in store. Summer hours, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (906) 635-2227.


Register Vehicle

All students must have a parking permit to park on campus. Parking permits may be picked up and paid for at any of the orientation programs, or at the Student Service Center in the Fletcher Center . Summer office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Move In

Lake State Faculty and Staff will assist students with moving in! Just look for the people in the yellow t-shirts.


Make New Friends

Many students think that it’s easier to make friends at a big university, because there are so many more people to choose from. In fact, the opposite is true.  Introduce yourself to those in your dorm and class

  • Show up early for orientation.
  • Attend parties, sports events and special gatherings where people socialize.
  • Remain open to new cultures, ideas and values
  • Invite people to join you for a bite to eat and a drink.
  • Study in groups
  • Reach out to others when they need help
  • Join a student group or sports team
  • Explore the Greek system
  • Give people a second chance if they make a bad first impression.
  • Let people open up to you slowly. Make sure you are not forcing yourself upon someone.

Start Classes

  • Attend all your classes, even if you think you don’t need to.
  • Don't try to write down every word the professor says. It is sometimes better to concentrate on listening to what they say and to write down the key points. A tape recorder might help.
  • Don't be intimidated by the class. Don't be afraid to ask questions in fear of looking stupid Other students are probably in the same boat.
  • Don't be intimidated by professors. It may be scary the first time you call your professor in their office or at home, but here at Lake State our professors will take the time to help.
  • Don't drop a course at the first sign of trouble. Ask the professor to help or to recommend a tutor.
  • Learn to write well. Even if you don't have all the information, you may get some credit on an exam if you make yourself clear.


Have Fun!

This your college experience! Make it the best you can. Study hard, make new friends, join a club!


Ready for the Challenge


First Place
Lake Superior State University

2007 ASME District B Student Professional Development Conference

Impromptu Design Contest

March 30-April 1, 2007
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Hosted by ASME Student Section, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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