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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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Rayann 'Ray' Basawa

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Activities on and off Campus:

  • Lake State Student Nurses' Association (LSSNA)
  • Intramural (Broomball, Flag Football)
  • Cheerleading (Soo, Canada)
  • Maintain two jobs and school

Favorite thing about Lake State:

  • Beautiful campus
  • Great programs
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Small classes
  • Close to home

Best thing about going to school in Sault Ste. Marie:

I was able to get the university experience while staying close to home; just like my father.

What are some “Words of Wisdom” you would give to new LSSU Students?

Don't be afraid to ask questions - everyone wants you to succeed. "Trust your struggle, everything happens for a reason".

Favorite Thing to do in the Soo:

  • spending time with friends
  • swimming
  • hiking
  • camping

 

 

 

Psychology Driven...

Mary-Ellen

Mary-Ellen
Psychology

"LSSU is a relatively small school and I believe for this reason I have received a better education. The close atmosphere as opposed to a larger university has provided me with an opportunity to become acquainted with my professors. The professors therefore have an opportunity to assist with problems fairly easily, especially in upper level classes. The classes are fairly small also which provides one on one conversations which is very helpful."

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