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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.

Parents at Lake State

The Housing Dilemma

Where Should I Live?

A place to hang your hat—we know how important that sense of place is. And at this time of year, many students are beginning to figure out their place for the upcoming year. Where will they call home in the fall?
As students struggle to answer “Where should I live?” they will likely face the following concerns:

WHO? Who should I live with? Is it healthy for my current roommate and I to keep rooming together? Do I want to try living with a group? What if I can’t find anyone who wants to share a space with me? Will my friends and I remain friends if we live together?

WHERE? If I live on campus next year, what environment would be best? Should I live in a campus apartment, a suite, a theme house or somewhere else? If I live off campus, should I live with my family? Or should I get a place with some friends? How far away from campus do I want to be? Will I still be able to be involved with activities that are important to me?

HOW? How will I pay for my housing next year? Do I have enough for the deposit that’s required now? Where will I store my belongings during the summer? Do I need to find separate housing for the summer? What will I do about a meal plan? Will I need to get a job?

If your student wants to talk through the options with you, pose the above questions to help him or her look at the big picture. It’s not just about holing up with three of their best buddies in an off-campus apartment or an on-campus suite. It’s about how this decision will impact other areas of your student’s life, from involvement to finances to wellness and beyond. Home sweet home… it’s a big decision.

Fisheries and Wildlife Mgmt...

Thaddeus Lewandowski

Thaddeus Lewandowski
Fisheries and Wildlife

"The opportunity at LSSU to do research is amazing. This past summer I motored through coves and islands with Prof. Garvon surveying water birds for the affects of pollution. I spent the other part of my summer on the shore of Lake Superior monitoring nests of the endangered Piping Plover."

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