ExSEL Program

ExSEL Program

No matter your interests or what you are studying, the Excelling the Student Experience of Learning (ExSEL) Program can be a great resource in helping you achieve your academic goals. ExSEL offers academic support through services including:

ExSEL is a comprehensive partnership between the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success and all of Michigan Tech’s schools and colleges. The program is aimed at increasing student success and retention.

For more information, contact exsel@mtu.edu.

ExSEL Mentor Spotlight

Matt Alexander

Matt Alexander

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Year: Second
Major: Mechanical Engineering
ExSEL Member: 1st Year
ExSEL Mentor: 1st Year this fall 2016
On Campus Involvement: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), ExSEL and ExSEL Mentor
Why I chose to enroll in ExSEL: I love progressing to become a better overall person, so when I found out about ExSEL and all of the ways the program was designed to help my progress as a college student, I was all for it.
Benefits I received from ExSEL: I learned essential studying skills. ExSEL provided a great foundation for beginning college and it allowed me to view my future years of college with a greater perspective. I was able to build a personal relationship with Jeanne (The ExSEL Coordinator), who helped me tremendously throughout my first year. I received tips to approaching companies at Career Fair. I became a part of a family that cares for one another and looks to help each other succeed in all we choose to do.

Gage Heeringa

Gage Heeringa

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Year: Senior
Major: Computer Science
ExSEL Mentor: 3 years
On Campus Involvement: Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Keweenaw Pride, Canterbury House and ExSEL Mentor
Why I chose to enroll in ExSEL: I want to help first year Computer Science students discover the pleasure of studying computer science, a major unlike any other.  I struggled at first too, and I want other students to build the confidence to accomplish things they never saw themselves doing.
Benefits I received from ExSEL: Helping first-year students navigate through the challenges of a new life is rewarding as you see them develop throughout your relationship with them.  After my first year mentoring, one of my mentees wrote this comment:  "I was not only fortunate but blessed to have Gage as my mentor." That made me decide to continue mentoring.

Isaac Hermann

Isaac Hermann

Hometown: Marquette, MI
Year: Junior
Major: Computer Network and System Administration
ExSEL Member: 2 Years
ExSEL Mentor: 2 Years
On Campus Involvement: St. Albert the Great's University Catholic Church, Peer Assistant for Success Courses and ExSEL Mentor
Why I chose to enroll in ExSEL: I was concerned I would have a difficult time adjusting to campus life and I felt that being enrolled in a Success course and having a mentor would benefit me as a student.
Benefits I received from ExSEL:  Being in ExSEL has been extremely helpful.  Having a mentor my first semester was beneficial.  He let me know that I wasn't the only student who was struggling with the academic adjustment from high school to college.  UN1000 (required for ExSEL) taught me good study habits and organizational skills which helped me balance school work with extra-curriculars.

Gina Roose

Gina Roose

Hometown: Alpena, MI
Year: Junior
Major: Accounting anf Finance
ExSEL Mentor: 2 years
On Campus Involvement: Circle K International, Quiz Bowl, Kappa Sigma Iota Accounting Club, Residence Life, St. Albert the Great Campus Ministry and ExSEL Mentor.
Why I chose to mentor: I wanted to be able to share the knowledge I gained from my experiences at Michigan Tech and to help other students learn to love Michigan Tech as much as I do.
Benefits I received from ExSEL mentoring: I learned so much more about our campus, the resources available here, and different learning styles.  I also made some great new friends, both with co-workers and with my mentees.

Kristina Rushlau

Kristina Rushlau

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Year: Senior
Major: Environmental Engineering
ExSEL Member: 2 years
ExSEL Mentor: 4 years
Peer Assistant: 1 year
On Campus Involvement:  Mind Trekkers, Academic Success Coach, Society for Environmental Engineers, and ExSEL Mentor.
Why I chose to enroll in ExSEL: Joining ExSEL was required for one of my scholarships and I am really glad it was!
Benefits I received from ExSEL: ExSEL was a great experience my freshman year!  It introduced me to new people and taught me techniques to be successful in college.  After the first year, the program also offered me the chance to work in the Wahtera Center for Student Success as an ExSEL Mentor, Academic Success Coach and Peer Assistant helping others to succeed in college.

Rebecca Spencer

Rebecca Spencer

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Year: Junior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
ExSEL Member: 2 Years
ExSEL Mentor: 2 Years
On Campus Involvement: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Intellectual Sisters (SIS), Orientation Team LEader (OTL), ExSEL and ExSEL Mentor
Why I chose to enroll in ExSEL: I was the first person in my immediate family to attend a 4-year college.  I didn't know what to expect from a university, let alone one 10 hours away from home and based on engineering and I thought ExSEL would help me with the transition.  It did!
Benefits I received from ExSEL:  Knowing what to expect from my years as I pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering, gaining a lifelong friendship with my mentor and exploring the Upper Peninsula away from the college campus.