Mentors

 

 

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Name/Grad Year: Jordan Bates ‘23 (he/him/his)

Position: 2021-22 Academic Year Mentor

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Major: Chemistry (minors in Education and REMS)

Why I wanted to be a part of Stroud: I remember first reading about Stroud and being amazed at how much was being offered to the scholars. As a Black person, the fact that Stroud is all in the name of two spectacular Black individuals is particularly heart-warming, and as someone who is invested in equitable education, Stroud represents an educational opportunity that is so amazing and rare and beautiful. I knew that I had to be a part of it in whatever way I could.

Favorite thing about CC: Campus Activities has been giving out a lot of free stuff recently, and I'm a huge fan of not paying for things.

One piece of advice I'd give to high schoolers: Keep a journal. It's a great way to learn more about yourself, and looking back is a good reminder that you can always change.

 

Dani BohartName/Grad Year: Dani Bohart '24 (she/her/hers)

Position: 2021-2022 Academic Year Mentor

Hometown: New York City, New York

Major: Sociology

Why I wanted to be a part of Stroud: When I learned about Stroud, I immediately wanted to be a part of it. I think the mission of Stroud is super powerful and the work it’s doing is really important. I’m very interested in college access and equity, and I also love working with young people. Being a mentor is such a cool opportunity and I’m super excited to get to know my mentees and build community.

Favorite thing about CC: I love the people at CC! Almost everyone is friendly and even though it’s a small school, there’s always a new friend to make. I also love the sunshine and the view of the mountains- it's’ so nice to be able to sit outside and do your homework, hang out with friends, and just enjoy the outdoors, especially if you’re having a bad day.

One piece of advice I'd give to high schoolersDon’t take things or yourself too seriously! Enjoy all the little moments and take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way. Also, be kind to yourself and to those around you!

 

Chloe Brooks-KistlerName/Grad Year: Chloe Brooks-Kistler '23

Position: 2021-22 Academic Year Mentor

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Major: Political Science major (minor in Italian Language)

Why I wanted to be a part of Stroud: I have been a mentor for Stroud since the start of the program. Being a native to Colorado Springs, I feel a personal connection to the Stroud Program and love being able to help students from my home learn more about Colorado College. I was once a high school student looking to go to Colorado College, so now knowing that I can help students in the same position I was in is the best part of being a part of the Stroud Program.

Favorite Thing about CC: I love the small classes and the connections I can make with my professors. I wouldn't get an experience like this at any other school. CC is very unique. 

One piece of advice I'd give to high schoolers: Have fun right now and explore! Figure out what you love to do!

 

Psalm DelaneyName/Grad Year: Psalm Delaney '24

Position: 2021-22 Academic Year Mentor

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Major: Classics & Education Double Major

Why I wanted to be a Stroud Mentor: As a woman of color raised in Colorado Springs, I wanted to be a mentor and resource to students from my hometown who share similar experiences.

Favorite thing about CC: I love the block plan and the view of Pikes Peak!

Piece of advice: Begin with the end in mind. Establish your goals and make a tangible plan of how you are going to get there. A great way to practice this daily is by using a planner!

 

 

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Name/Grad Year: Jessa Granata '23

Position: 2021-22 Academic Year Mentor

Hometown: Pueblo, Colorado

Major: Psychology

Why I wanted to be a part of Stroud: I am so passionate about its mission! There are so many intelligent, creative, hardworking students out there who would excel in college, but face barriers due to their circumstances. This is a loss to us all, but especially to those individuals.

Favorite thing about CC: The amount of support and opportunities available

One piece of advice I'd give to high schoolers: Don't take things too seriously, you can make mistakes, learn from them, and come out alive.

 

 

Clara HaileyName/Grad Year: Clara Hailey '22

Position: 2021-22 Academic Year Mentor

Hometown: Center City, Minnesota

Major: Spanish (minors in Anthropology and Chicanx Studies)

Why I want to be a part of Stroud: I want to be a part of this program because I believe that it is such an amazing opportunity to make a difference in someone's journey. As a queer woman of color from a low-income family, I know how stressful and hard high school can be, especially when thinking about college. I hope to make these times even a little bit better by offering my support, energy, and time.

Favorite thing about CC: I love Sacred Grounds, a cool little nest of calm & good vibes under the Chaple, and the study nights and other events they do!

One piece of advice I'd give to high schoolers: Take care of yourself. You are so important and your experiences are valid. You don't need to be anything more than who you are.

 

Shekinah OloyedeName/Grad Year: Shekinah Oloyede '23 (she/her/hers)

Position: 2021-2022 Academic Year Mentor

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Major: Economics and Business

Why I wanted to be a part of Stroud: I wanted to be a part of an equitable program that would help the greater Colorado Springs community.

Favorite thing about CC: I really like Outdoor Ed and being able to travel on block breaks.

One piece of advice I’d give to high schoolers: Every master was once a beginner

 

 

 

Kylie OrfName/Grad Year: Kylie Orf '24 (she/her/hers)

Position: 2021-22 Academic Year Mentor

Hometown: Carbondale, Colorado

Major: Environmental Studies and Spanish Minor

Why I wanted to be a part of Stroud: I decided to be a part of this program because I want to be a recourse for younger students to turn to and to be a part of helping students through their throughout high school transformation. I believe that the Stroud program’s goal to create equity starting in the critical development time in high school is very important and I wanted to be a part of supporting that goal in away possible. I believe that CC’s community is like no other and I want to share this with other students as they are thinking about college! 

Favorite thing about CC: My favorite thing about CC is the inclusive and welcoming community! The small size of the school allows you to really get to know your peers and the walk across campus can be uplifting with so many friendly faces.

One piece of advice I'd give to high schoolers: Take advantage of every opportunity that you are interested in! Do your research and use your resources to make the most of your time doing the things you love and trying new things.

 

Julissa TorresName/Grad Year: Julissa Torres '24

Position: 2021-22 Academic Year Mentor

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Major: Psychology

Why I wanted to be a part of Stroud: A program like STROUD is exactly what I wish I could have had back in high school. I know how beneficial a program like STROUD can be for students with underrepresented backgrounds, and this is exactly why I wanted to help out in any way! I’m excited to have been given the opportunity to be a mentor and I hope to be able to support students in any way I can.

Favorite thing about CC: My favorite thing about CC is the trees and the view of the mountains in the back. When I need a study break, I just take a walk around campus and take in the beautiful sight of nature.

One piece of advice I'd give to high schoolers: One piece of advice I’d give to high schoolers: Don’t be afraid to set high and risky goals because you might surprise yourself.

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