- Secondary Social Studies Education
- Noblesville, IN
- Survivor, soccer, video games, music, basketball
Q&A with Connor
How has INSPIRE or the School of Education helped you grow as a future teacher?
INSPIRE has been a life changing opportunity to further my understanding and education of teaching and it’s connections to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In INSPIRE there are a variety of experiences to use for your future career as a teacher.
What has been your favorite experience as a member of the INSPIRE LLC so far?
My favorite experiences have been the people on the floor that have lived with me. I have been blessed to be able to come out of my dorm room and have a bevy of like minded, caring, and thoughtful people to share my college experience with. Then adding in the group activities and seminars that we get to listen to and bookmark in our minds for the betterment of our lives.
What influenced your decision to become a Peer Mentor?
I knew I wanted to continue my college education on this floor because the environment and community the floor creates. I felt that the opportunity to help incoming freshmen have as great of an experience as I did was too good to pass up.
I went into college thinking I would have no friends, living by myself and staying in my room all day. Thanks to INSPIRE I can come out of my room and see at least five people who want to know how I’m doing, what I'm doing, asking questions in regards to my concerns, etc.—something I wish everyone could have wherever they go.
What are some responsibilities you have as a Peer Mentor?
My biggest responsibility is to create a positive community for the incoming freshmen. It’s not explicitly stated what to do to make their freshman year experience the best it can be; however I am constantly out and about doing my best to make sure everyone feels welcome and vindicated in their decision to come here. I take people places, host events formal or informal, and come running if anyone is needed.
Do you have any advice for anyone who might be thinking about applying to INSPIRE?
I highly recommend it. I went into college thinking I would have no friends, living by myself and staying in my room all day. Thanks to INSPIRE I can come out of my room and see at least five people who want to know how I’m doing, what I'm doing, asking questions in regards to my concerns, etc.—something I wish everyone could have wherever they go.
What would you say to someone considering joining INSPIRE?
College is one of the most impactful, confusing, and wonderful experiences you can have in your life. You’re figuring out what you want to do, making your friends for life, and beginning to see the impact you will have on your community, country, world. So what better way to do those things than in a place where you can flourish and learn how to be the best educator and person you can be.