Students in the 3 or 6 month mentorship programs are matched with a mentor that shares similar academic interests and goals. Our mentors represent top schools and top programs from around the country.  They are a successful group of current college students, recent graduates, teachers, business owners, and some are even Fulbright Scholars!  We are proud to have them as part of our team so that they can share their experiences with you!

meet some of our mentors!

 

  Elisa - Princeton University, Fulbright Scholar    
  
   
  
    
  
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     Elisa Steele is a 2017 graduate of Princeton University. She studied at the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs majoring in Education Policy. While at Princeton, Elisa enjoyed taking courses across the social sciences and writing applied policy papers that addressed issues such as educational inequity, urban poverty, and the role of race in the classroom.  At Princeton, Elisa was very involved in campus life. She was a 400 meter sprinter on the Track and Field Team for four years and team captain during her senior year. She was also a four-year member of the co-ed a cappella group Shere Khan and spent three semesters as the music director.  In addition, Elisa worked at the campus recreation center.  Elisa is A Fullbright Scholar and currently working as an assistant English teacher in the European Union.

Elisa - Princeton University, Fulbright Scholar

Elisa Steele is a 2017 graduate of Princeton University. She studied at the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs majoring in Education Policy. While at Princeton, Elisa enjoyed taking courses across the social sciences and writing applied policy papers that addressed issues such as educational inequity, urban poverty, and the role of race in the classroom.

At Princeton, Elisa was very involved in campus life. She was a 400 meter sprinter on the Track and Field Team for four years and team captain during her senior year. She was also a four-year member of the co-ed a cappella group Shere Khan and spent three semesters as the music director.  In addition, Elisa worked at the campus recreation center.

Elisa is A Fullbright Scholar and currently working as an assistant English teacher in the European Union.

  Ryan - Harvard University, Northwestern University    
  
   
  
    
  
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     Ryan is a graduate of both Harvard University and Northwestern University.  with a primary concentration in Economics and a secondary concentration in Government. My career focus was real estate and urban development, so I took courses in urban economics and real estate finance, and I also enjoyed taking classes in history, environmental science, and statistics. On an extra-curricular level, I was involved with the Harvard Institute of Politics and the Harvard Urban Studies Society, and I worked various jobs within the library system and Dorm Crew. I was also involved in Greek life on campus as a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Since graduation, I have worked for real estate development and energy efficiency / renewable energy firms, and I attended business school at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. In the last year, I started a company to focus on real estate development projects in my home town of Detroit, MI.

Ryan - Harvard University, Northwestern University

Ryan is a graduate of both Harvard University and Northwestern University.  with a primary concentration in Economics and a secondary concentration in Government. My career focus was real estate and urban development, so I took courses in urban economics and real estate finance, and I also enjoyed taking classes in history, environmental science, and statistics. On an extra-curricular level, I was involved with the Harvard Institute of Politics and the Harvard Urban Studies Society, and I worked various jobs within the library system and Dorm Crew. I was also involved in Greek life on campus as a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Since graduation, I have worked for real estate development and energy efficiency / renewable energy firms, and I attended business school at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. In the last year, I started a company to focus on real estate development projects in my home town of Detroit, MI.

  Amanda - Michigan State University     
  
   
  
    
  
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    Amanda Berzins graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Relations. During her time at University she volunteered as a peer mentor for three years through a MSU student support program and had several public relations and communications internships. Her internships ranged from healthcare marketing to public policy and advocacy communications. She also enjoyed working as an undergraduate Teaching Assistant in communications and as an Assistant Firm Director for a student run public relations organization. Shortly after graduation Amanda received her TEFL certificate and moved to South Korea. She was a full-time English teacher to advanced learners from grades 1-5. During her year and a half teaching role she had the opportunity to travel and experience southeast Asia. Currently, Amanda is back in the U.S. exploring her next career move and professional role.

Amanda - Michigan State University

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  Kristina - University of   Michigan     
  
   
  
    
  
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    Kristina Krautmanis is a 2014 graduate of the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She completed a degree in the Program in International and Comparative studies. This included a wide variety of courses such as language, linguistics, history and economics. Her focus was in global health and environment. During her time at Michigan, Kristina played volleyball at the club level, participated in the Baltic club and worked part time on campus. Kristina also studied abroad in Italy for two months, learning the language and the culture. Kristina is currently working full time in Detroit, MI as a logistics supervisor for a food production company.

Kristina - University of Michigan

Kristina Krautmanis is a 2014 graduate of the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She completed a degree in the Program in International and Comparative studies. This included a wide variety of courses such as language, linguistics, history and economics. Her focus was in global health and environment. During her time at Michigan, Kristina played volleyball at the club level, participated in the Baltic club and worked part time on campus. Kristina also studied abroad in Italy for two months, learning the language and the culture. Kristina is currently working full time in Detroit, MI as a logistics supervisor for a food production company.

  Gabriel - Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Fulbright Scholar   Gabriel Burkett received his Master of Architecture from Columbia University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude. Following the completion of his undergraduate study, Gabriel conducted research on architecture, urbanism, and post-Soviet identity as a Fulbright Fellow in Riga, Latvia. Gabriel currently works as Project Director at Leong Leong in Manhattan, New York. Upon joining Leong Leong, he worked in both a design and project management capacity on the U.S. Pavilion for the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. He has since served as Lead Designer for the Anita May Rosenstein Campus at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, among other projects. 

Gabriel - Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Fulbright Scholar

Gabriel Burkett received his Master of Architecture from Columbia University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude. Following the completion of his undergraduate study, Gabriel conducted research on architecture, urbanism, and post-Soviet identity as a Fulbright Fellow in Riga, Latvia. Gabriel currently works as Project Director at Leong Leong in Manhattan, New York. Upon joining Leong Leong, he worked in both a design and project management capacity on the U.S. Pavilion for the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. He has since served as Lead Designer for the Anita May Rosenstein Campus at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, among other projects.