Summer Bridge Program, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Brooke Ryan, a junior majoring in architecture at OSU and a counselor/mentor for the CEAT Summer Bridge Program, was selected as the program’s Outstanding Mentor, because she always places the needs of the mentees as her top priority. Ryan currently has several mentees, including Sydney Blatt and Dakota Plummer, whom she has mentored for one year.
She also was lauded as being a role model for other counselors and mentors in the program.
One of Ryan’s mentees wrote, “Because Brooke and I share the same major, she was able to encourage me and give me advice about my degree. She was also someone I talked to before I came to OSU, so she was involved in recruiting me. That makes our relationship even more special, more long-term.”
“Brooke was very encouraging and told me to never give up!” says another mentee.
Lance Millis, director of CEAT Student Services, says, ““Through Brooke’s involvement as a CEAT ambassador and building on her success as a Summer Bridge counselor/mentor, Brooke has truly developed as a leader. She is a visible, contributing member of the college’s student leadership.”
About the Program: The Summer Bridge program helps introduce incoming freshmen to the courses, people and activities of OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. The two-and-a-half-week program includes mini-courses in pre-calculus, physics and tech writing, as well as design projects, industry presentations, community service projects and team building. The program is led by 11 counselors, with each assigned a small group of five to six students to oversee. In addition, the counselors assist with class attendance, design projects, group activities and study hall.