Outstanding Peer Mentor: Breann Baranski
Name: Breann Baranski
Involvement: Secretary of the Honors Programming Board, Pre-PharmD Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Fall 2013 MHA Conference Representative, Peer Mentor for the Honors Peer Mentoring Program, 4H, Volunteering for Rake-n-Run, the Big Event, Honors Peer Mentor, Honors’ Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup, Crop Walk, Career Fair, Honors Variety Show, and Halloween Fest
Achievements: High School Class Valedictorian, Fall 2013 Outstanding Peer Mentor Award, Founder’s Scholarship, Honors Residential Life Scholarship
From Dr. Peter Bradley, Honors Program Director:
“Honors Peer Mentors help ease students into the college routine, acclimate to the program and the community, keep students apprised of the requirements of Honors, (such as cultural events, RSO, community service, etc.), increase bonding within the community, lend a helping hand when needed, and meet with new Honors students multiple times during Welcome Week. Each fall, we ask the first year students in Honors to nominate an individual peer mentor who has demonstrated these skills at an outstanding level.
This year’s Outstanding Peer Mentor would have been nominated “ten times, if that were possible!” She is commended by her nominators for being “awesome,” answering any questions a peer mentee might have, making her mentees feel comfortable while adjusting to college, and providing sage advice on textbooks and professors. After consulting with the Honors Peer Mentor E-Board, we are delighted to recognize Breann Baranski as the 2014 Outstanding Peer Mentor. Good work, Bre!”
Honors Peer Mentors leave a lasting effect on incoming students. Whether it is bonding throughout Honors Fun Day, going tubing down the river, or exploring their new Big Rapids home together, Honors freshmen have an older, already-adjusted upperclassman to confide in when they still have yet to meet the other incoming students. Some mentors go above-and-beyond, forming more than a mentorship bond, and more of a brotherly or sisterly type of bond. After her mentee had mentioned that he nominated her for the Outstanding Peer Mentor award, Breann did not think of winning the award, as there are many Honors Peer Mentors. “Charlie Malone mentioned that there was a number of people that were nominated,” she explained. “But it was an honor, especially since it wasn’t a shared award!”
Honors thanks Breann for all that she has done with her mentees and for the program in general. Students like Breann are the reason Honors and the Peer Mentoring Program are so successful.
This article was written by the Endeavor editor Logan Bixman.