Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success

ExSEL Mentors

Clare Biolchini

Clare Biolchini

Hometown:  Almont, MI
Year: 
Senior
Major: 
Biomedical Engineering
On-Campus Involvement: 
ExSEL Peer Mentor, Success Course Peer Teaching Assistant, Michigan Tech Student Foundation.
Why I chose to enroll in ExSEL: 
After 4 years at Michigan Tech, I have participated in a lot of activities and had a lot of different struggles.  I hope to use my experiences to help others navigate through their own college experience.
Benefits I received from ExSEL:
Working with the ExSEL Program has really shown me that help is only a question away and that there is so much support for students on campus.
Favorite Michigan Tech activity/experience: 
I love broomball!

Haley Galindo

Haley Galindo

Hometown: Northville, MI
Year: Senior
Major: Communications, Culture and Media
On-Campus Involvement: Vice President of Membership for Delta Zeta National Sorority, member of Circle K International, Orientation Team Leader, ExSEL Peer Mentor
Why I chose to enroll in ExSEL: I applied to be an ExSEL Peer Mentor because I love meeting new people and helping others.  I enjoy helping people find solutions to issues they are having trouble figuring out on their own.  I want to be a great resource, mentor and friend to my mentees.
Benefits I received from ExSEL: It makes me happy knowing I can help make a positive difference in someone else's life!
Favorite Michigan Tech activity/experience:  A few of my favorite Michigan Tech experiences include participating in the events during Homecoming and Winter Carnival.  I also enjoy volunteering for Make a Difference Day and 31 Backpacks.

Maria Huber

Maria Huber

Hometown: Crandon, WI
Year: Junior
Major: Civil Engineering
On Campus Involvement: ExSEL Peer Mentor, Wahtera Center Teaching Assistant, Mind Trekkers.
Why I chose to enroll in ExSEL: I am an ExSEL Peer Mentor because I believe I have a lot of knowledge of Michigan Tech, academics, and the surrounding area to share with incoming students.
Benefits I received from ExSEL:  The ExSEL Program gave me the confidence to speak with faculty and staff, improve organizational skills and time management skills, and allowed me to make friends along the way.
Favorite Michigan Tech activity/experience:  My favorite Michigan Tech experience would be every single hockey game that I have attended.

Kyle Koetje

Kyle Koetje

Hometown: Montague, MI
Year:
Junior
Major:
Chemical Engineering
On Campus Involvement:
ExSEL Peer Mentor, MTU Fishing Club and Sponsorship Chair, Library Cafe Worker.
Why I chose to enroll in ExSEL:
I was in the program freshman year and thought that it really helped me transition from high school to college life.  I want to be a resource for others in the same position.
Benefits I received from ExSEL: 
The ExSEL Program has helped me through school issues and personal life, and now as a mentor it allows me to do the same for others.
Favorite Michigan Tech activity/experience:  Fishing all the time and Broomball.

Alayna Merten

Alayna Merten

Hometown: Montague, MI
Year:
Sophomore
Major:
Statistics
On Campus Involvement:
Math Learning Center Coach, ExSEL Peer Mentor, Pavlis Honors College.
Why I chose to enroll in ExSEL:
I applied to be an ExSEL Peer Mentor because I want to Help others thrive at Tech and the Wahtera Center is the perfect place to do that.
Benefits I received from ExSEL: 
This will be my first experience with the ExSEL program.
Favorite Michigan Tech activity/experience: 
My favorite Michigan Tech activity is without a doubt Broomball.  It is such a fun way to enjoy the winter and find camaraderie with a team.

Avery Mosley

Avery Mosley

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Year: Senior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
On Campus Involvement: ExSEL Peer Mentor, OTL, Motorcycle Club, Society of African American Men.
Why I chose to enroll in ExSEL: Having that meaningful impact on a new student's first semester means the world to me.  I'm able to have not only been in their shoes, but I'm where they will be in a few years.  Showing them everything I've learned to be successful is beyond helpful; it's like a life hack for college.
Benefits I received from ExSEL: From ExSEL I was able to have a close relationship with upperclassmen, become acquainted with college life, and learn how to manage my time better.  Mentoring has thoroughly given me a best friend and I was able to push every mentee I had further and give them the necessary tools to be successful.  It means a lot knowing that I played a role, no matter how large or small, in them being successful.  Mentoring taught me that no matter how little I THINK I'm doing, I'm actually doing a lot for my mentees.
Favorite Michigan Tech activity/experience:  I really love Move-In Day every year.  It's such a happy/sad/lost/confusing/exciting time for everyone!  There are confused parents trying to get everything ready.  Dad can't figure out how to read the map, Mom has all the papers, and the student is trying to keep up Guiding them to the right place,  Making sure everything is smooth is my biggest pleasure.  I love Move-In Day!  The mix of emotions over the course of the day is just like my first day at Tech.

Mary Repp

Mary Repp

Hometown: Port Huron, Michigan
Year: Senior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
On-Campus Involvement: ExSEL Peer Mentor, Math Learning Center Coach, His House Christian Fellowship.
Why I chose to enroll in ExSEL: I chose to apply to be an ExSEL Mentor because I love spreading encouragement and sharing my love for Michigan Tech.  The mentorship program is so important for incoming students in their transition to college life, and I'm excited to be a part of it!
Benefits I received from ExSEL: It is so fulfilling to know that I am in the position to help someone grow and succeed in their interests.
Favorite Michigan Tech activity/experience:  Spreading love with my friends in His House!