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Global Scholars Program (GSP) Mentors for Summer 2017

L Santi

Laura Santi - Class of 2019

Hi All- I'm from the Chicago suburbs and am an English-Creative Writing major and a French minor. I'm a rising junior and am involved with CC's chapter of Spoon University (an on-campus food resource for students), the Shove community and the CC Concert Band. I spent the past semester studying abroad in Tours, France and learning French. In my free time, I enjoy writing (mainly short stories) and exploring the outdoors. One of my favorite things about CC is how accessible the surrounding nature is, including Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. I'm excited to meet you all!

My Advice:

1.  Find a club or organization on campus to join--it's a great way to get involved early and meet new people.

2.  Don't be afraid to ask questions! People on campus are very friendly and helpful, whether you're talking to students, professors or other staff members.

3.  If you're feeling overwhelmed by being in a completely new environment, it helps to make a routine--make a set time to eat, work out, do homework, etc. Having a set schedule in place may make you feel more at home.

Silas Babilonia

Silas Babilonia - Class of 2018

Hello, my name is Silas Babilonia. I'm a 22 year old philosophy major/english minor from Aurora, CO. I've been involved in a lot of different clubs and activities on campus, including the student radio station and theater department. I am currently involved in the Kappa Sigma Fraternity as well as events hosted by the chaplain's office. I love being outside in nature and relaxing in the sunshine. I look forward to getting to know everyone this summer!

My Advice:

1.  Just be yourself, people want to get to know you for who you are.

2.  Be open to change and trying new things, you'll be surprised at what you find.

3.  Reach out if you ever need help, adapting to a new place can be tough.

Salem Tewelde

Salem Tewelde - Class of 2018

Welcome to CC! Dearest mentees, I am very excited to meet you. I was born in Ethiopia, but raised in Colorado, so I consider home to be a number of places and never fixed. I am a Feminist and Gender Studies major and I am honestly excited to begin my thesis this fall! Throughout my time at CC I was involved in the BSU, worked as the Communication Intern for the CCE, as well as a cashier at the C-Store in Mathias. You can often find me laughing with friends or in the corner of the library, 100 pages deep in homework. I love cooking (Japanese, Indian, Ethiopian, and Central American food!) with my roommates as we discuss everything from the latest Majid Jordan music video to afrocentric feminist epistemology - there is never a dull moment amongst my friends and I, and I hope the same goes for us. 

My Advice:

1.  Be patient with yourself and remember to check in with yourself.

2.  Stay true to your roots. Whether it is through food, rituals, music, etc, remember to keep up with the things that keep you sane and happy.

3.  Don't rush yourself or what you're experiencing.

Ula Adamska

Ula Adamska - Class of 2020

Hi everyone! My name is Ula and I’m really excited to serve as a mentor for the new international students! I was  born and raised in Poland, and I finished my high school in a UWC college in India. This year I am starting my second year of college. My passion for travelling has taken me to many places all around the world, and currently I am studying Chinese in Shanghai, China. I love adventures and anything that involves being outdoors: hiking, cycling, the mountains, sun, and snow, or just laying down in my hammock. At CC, I am involved in many clubs and organizations, so don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! Have a great summer and see you soon!

My Advice:

1.  Drink lots of water! Colorado is on a high altitude, so it’s easy to get dehydrated!

2.  Don’t be afraid to talk to people, everyone here is really friendly and excited to get to know you!

3.  There are many resources on campus for students, and you can use them whenever you need help or support!