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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

Preparing for Move Out

If your student lives on campus, chances are he has a good deal of stuff crammed into his residence hall space. And he’ll need to move that stuff at the end of the semester. Discuss a few things now to help this process go smoothly:

  • Is storage available on campus for larger items such as rugs and fridges?
  • If not, is there storage in town that might be a viable option?
  • If your student is moving off campus, when will her new apartment/house become available? Can she store items there even if she’s not living there this summer?
  • Is there a quick turnaround between when your student moves out and when he needs to be to his summer job/internship/etc.? How will you handle this?
  • If your student is staying on campus this summer to work and/or take classes, will she need to move to another building or can she stay where she is?
  • What vehicle will fit your student’s belongings effectively?
  • Who can help your student move?

While it may seem early to discuss these details, starting the conversation now can go a long, long way in preventing end-of-the-year hassles and stress. Best of luck!

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