Graduate Finds Success Through Dowling Mentor Program
May 30, 2006
Miranda Petersberger, a 2006 graduate of Mount Union, spent her college years mentoring an Alliance High School student as part of the Dowling Mentor Program, a program she also benefited from while a student at Alliance.
This program, which has been mutually beneficial to Alliance and Mount Union students for twenty years, is designed to enrich young students' lives by pairing them with mentors for tutoring, cultural, recreational and community service activities. It is hoped that with this support, the students will improve and maintain academic skills and establish ideals of citizenship. The program also benefits the college mentors by allowing them to broaden their understanding of individuals, to develop leadership skills, and to become involved in solving society's problems.
Petersberger has benefited from this program in every possible way.
'Miranda is a student who had the wisdom as a seventh grader to actively participate in a program that could make a difference in her life,' said Lorie Miller, director of the Dowling Mentor Program at Mount Union. 'Not only was she able to excel as a middle school and high school student, she turned around and became a mentor herself and went on to graduate from Mount Union.
'This is the ultimate goal for the program,' added Miller. 'It doesn't get any better than that.'
Not only was Petersberger a mentor while a student at Mount Union, she joined Alpha Chi Omega sorority, was inducted into Alpha Lamda Delta honorary, served as secretary of Tau Pi Phi and was named to the Dean's List numerous times.
She hopes to continue her relationship with her mentee now that she has graduated. 'We have a lot of fun together,' said Petersberger. 'I would love it if we could still get together and catch up.
'Having a mentee has also made me learn how to budget my time,' she said. 'Having to work her busy schedule into my own life was challenging at times but taught me important scheduling techniques.'
As a high school student, Petersberger was paired with two mentors that were also sisters.
'Participating in the program allowed me to do things I otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity to do,' said Petersberger. 'With the program I had the chance to go ice-skating, complete a ropes course and go horseback riding for the first time, among many other new experiences.'
Petersberger has also kept in contact with her with her mentors. She was included in the wedding party of one and has had the opportunity to visit with both of them as well as their family on several occasions.