Chibueze Onwunaka '15
Major: Environmental Marketing
Union, N.J. | Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Pa.
Clubs/activities: Presidential Fellow, Support U, Phi Beta Sigma, Homecoming Committee, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) scholar mentor
Post graduation plans: Graduate school, then eventually start a carbon-neutral energy business
The most satisfying thing about being a scholar mentor: I like watching my mentees grow. I’m a pretty competitive person, so I push my mentees hard. I want them to make the Dean’s list and get the highest grades possible. I have seen their communications and networking skills improve, and I’ve watched them step out of their comfort zones and try new things. It’s cool because they seem happier when they have the confidence to succeed.
How does peer mentoring enhance my leadership skills: Being a peer mentor makes me a role model. Younger students look up to me now. I have to lead, but I also have to listen. When I’m talking to my mentee, it’s important for me to take a step back and not be judgmental. I had to learn how to adjust to different people and different situations and to be more patient.
What have I done at Susquehanna that makes me proud: I’m the president and founder of Support U, a new organization that aims to create a stronger community among students on campus. We try to build support for everything from athletic events to theatrical performances, service projects and campus issues. Our motto is:“Disregard the differences and accept the unique!” Not surprisingly, Support U has a philosophy much like CDSJ.
The best thing about CDSJ: Ms. Hinton and Ms. Salerno are like family! When you have good news, they’re ecstatic. When you have news that’s not so good, they care enough to listen and help you figure out what you can do to make it better.
Advice to future peer mentors: Ask your mentee what you can do to help make them a better student.
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