Fall 2016| Posse Veterans Quarterly


​Wesleyan Scholar Gives Back as Mentor, Peer Advisor

Wesleyan Veterans Scholar Michael Smith and his mother, Pamela Hickman.

Wesleyan University Scholar Michael Smith is finding that he has a lot to offer as a mentor in his community and on campus. Michael, who served in the Army Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve, provides support to refugees, mentors at a local school, serves as a peer advisor, and was selected to serve on the Student Judicial Board.

Through the Wesleyan Refugee Project, an organization founded by a close friend, Michael supports Iraqi soldiers who have worked with the U.S. Armed Forces with their refugee applications. In addition, he mentors a student at a local elementary school.

“I am really proud to serve as a mentor,” says Michael. “When I was a kid, I didn’t have anyone to support me in this way, and I can see how the students really benefit from mentorship.”

On campus, Michael is a peer advisor at The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, where he helps support students interested in developing programs and businesses that advance the public good.

With a strong interest in business, Michael earned a seat in Wesleyan’s College of Social Studies, a rigorous multidisciplinary major that combines government, history and political and social theory. After spending the summer at the intensive Middlebury Language School to expand his fluency in Chinese, he will study abroad in China this fall. 

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