Wednesday, November 19, 2014

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Agricultural Business Learning Community Wrap Up

Last week was the last organized meeting I had with the Agricultural Business Learning Community I peer mentor. It was actually kind of sad to stand at the front on the class collecting student evaluation forms, congratulating each kid on a successful semester thus far, knowing I would never teach the class again. On the other hand, I couldn't help smile with each "Thank you", "I learned a lot!", or "You helped Iowa State feel like home."

Since the last Wordless Wednesday featuring our group, the team has done some exciting things! The pumpkins we decorated were personally delivered by a group of Team Leaders and Peer Mentors to Northcrest Community and received by smiling faces eager to hear about our Iowa State experiences.

Three faculty members came to class to answer questions about future coursework and their classroom policies. Each shared valuable advice about balancing involvements, studying abroad, and searching for jobs. As a student I feel so fortunate we have the opportunity to get to know our professors personally.

Our students were generously hosted by Roger Underwood for one last dinner with faculty and staff. As always, it was a great time of casual networking and delicious food. His beautiful barn was full of freshmen, transfer students, and Peer Mentors. Meals like that are what really makes the Ag Business program feel like family.

Finally, freshmen met in small groups to register for spring classes and ask questions regarding their coursework for the next 4 years. Of course the night wasn't complete without pictures and pizza!

Looking back, applying to be a peer mentor was one of the best decisions I've made in my college career. The past two years have flown by and I feel so privileged to have been a part of tomorrow's leaders' college experience. I can't wait to work with them all to feed and fuel the world in a few short years! Thanks for reading!

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