Scholars Mentoring Program, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Courtney Andrews, an OSU sophomore biosystems and agricultural engineering student from Stillwater, is being honored for helping her freshmen mentees learn the ropes in a rigorous academic major and helping them become more engaged in the community.
Andrews is matched this year to three mentees: Daniel Albrecht, Craig Odom and Logan Taber. She said being a mentor has allowed her the opportunity to help others with the information and experience she has gained.
“As an engineering student, I have taken a bunch of difficult courses that many freshmen can find to be quite intimidating,” she said. “In my role as a mentor, I am able to assist individuals when they are struggling and encourage them to persist through the difficulties that they encounter. I am able to provide advice on what I have done and what I have seen others do, in order to help them with their engineering coursework. I enjoy being in a position where I can assist others and hopefully allow them to have an even easier time going through college.”
Andrews has shared professor recommendations, course reviews and informed mentees about resources available on campus. Her favorite activity she arranged to do with her mentees was a community service project.
“The four of us got together, picked up an Angel off the Salvation Army Angel Tree with the information about a child in need,” she said.” Together, we went around town shopping for items to give the child for the holidays. Individually, there’s no way we would have been able to get enough items for one of the children, but together, we were able to provide an individual a bunch of necessities as well as fun holiday gifts.
“This act of service helped show that through teamwork, one can accomplish much more together than they would be able to accomplish individually while also reinforcing the idea that – even as college students – we are able to give back to our community and help others.”
About the Program: Each year, OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology selects top incoming students to become a part of the CEAT Scholars Program, providing participants with professional development, community service, industrial explorations, international experiences, and cultural experiences. The Scholars Mentorship Program pairs together CEAT Scholar upperclassmen with CEAT Scholars in the freshman class to provide advice and academic support.