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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.

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Meghan Drobish

Major: Exercise Science - Pre-Physical Therapy

Hometown: Durand, MI

Activities on and off Campus:

  • Volleyball
  • Exercise Science Club

Favorite thing about Lake State:

The small class sizes allow professors to get to know you - it's really personable.

Best thing about going to school in Sault Ste. Marie:

There is always something to do outdoors.

What are some “Words of Wisdom” you would give to new LSSU Students?

College is a balancing act: work hard with your future in mind, but live a little and enjoy this time while you have it.

Favorite Thing to do in the Soo:

  • The Soo has amazing sunsets. Driving around finding places to watch sunsets.
  • Go sledding the the winter.
  • Go driving in the country in the fall - the colors are amazing.


 

 

 

Political Science ...

Krystal Bosley

Krystal Bosley
Political Science

"The study of political science/law is basically the path of least resistance for me. It is a subject that has always interested me, and one that I have proved to be naturally insightful in. Studying political science isn’t just the study of how governments function or how it is composed, but the study of why it exists and to what ends. In short, it is the study of what makes everything else possible."

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