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SPARK Mentors

Lana Blankenship

Lana Blankenship

SPARK Mentor

Hi there! My name is Lana and I’m a junior from Plainfield, Illinois! I’m a double major in Creative Writing and Elementary Education which basically just means my personality is kids and books. You’ll probably see me quite a bit around campus, so feel free to say hi! I’m a tour guide, Editor-in-Chief of Cellar Door, a member of the educational studies club, an office assistant in the Ed. Studies department (come visit me in GDH!), and I dabble in a little bit of theatre from time to time. At home, I’m a kids’ Swim Instructor at Goldfish Swim School and a regular nanny. I also volunteer as a gymnastics coach for Special Olympics and I’m a Golden Apple Scholar, which gives me the awesome opportunity to teach in a classroom each summer.

I chose to be a SPARK mentor again this year because when I was a first year, SPARK really helped me get adjusted to campus. As a first generation college student, I was really anxious about figuring it all out and being on my own for the first time. SPARK helped me find my best friends who I still currently live with, and gave me the confidence to succeed. My experience as a SPARK mentor last year made me want to be a part of this amazing program again!

anblankenship@knox.edu

Lizzie Brazelton

Lizzie Brazelton

SPARK Mentor

Hello! My name is Lizzie Brazelton and I am a junior at Knox! I am majoring in psychology and minoring in social services. While at school I work in the archives that are in the library. I also am secretary of Improv at Knox so if you’re feeling spontaneous I know the place for you! This is my third year participating in the SPARK program and my second year as a mentor. I love the community and connections that we build during the program. SPARK is one of the most important parts of my time at Knox and I hope you can love it as much as I do! See you soon!

embrazelton@knox.edu

Kelly Feng

Kelly Feng

SPARK Mentor

Hey ya’ll! I am Kelly Feng, raised in the good ol’ Idaho, the land of potatoes. I am a first-generation ABC (American Born Chinese). Currently, I am a Senior on the pre-med track studying biology, business, and Chinese. I am involved in Student Senate, Pre-Health Club, Best Buddies, Ultimate Frisbee, Literacy Tutor, Alumni Ambassador, Lab Assistant, and Red Room tutor. I wanted to become a SPARK mentor because I want to be part of the incoming students’ support system where you can ask me questions or seek advice while exploring your new college life. Entering into this program, you will gain friendships, obtain tools to become acclimated with college life, and, most importantly, crank those gears in the brain to begin absorbing knowledge. During your time with SPARK, take the time to explore your new home and push your comfort zone meeting new students, professors, and staff from all different parts of the world. We want you to take advantage of everything Knox offers in order to make your college career fulfilling and successful. 

Spark a conversation with me if you want to get to know me or campus organizations or helpful Knox College 101 survival tips :)

kfeng@knox.edu

Hannah Hamlin

Hannah Hamlin

SPARK Mentor

Hi! I’m Hannah, a junior this year at Knox. I currently reside in Kansas, Illinois which is a small town in the middle of nowhere. I’m a Creative Writing major at Knox which means I enjoy the finer things in life like staying up until 2 am to finish 10-page papers and talking people’s ears off about the five novels I’m probably never going to be satisfied with. When I’m on campus, I mostly do theatre and spend time with my friends. My favorite place on campus is anywhere that I can get a cup of coffee!

I’m continuing my SPARK mentorship because the program has taught me a lot. In freshman year, SPARK created such a fluid transition into college life; it helped Knox feel like a home within a week. Last year, being a mentor taught me a lot about myself and those around me. I believe in SPARK because I believe in those who are in the program and value everything that SPARK has provided me, including but not limited to: helpful resources that I have and will continue to use every year at Knox, the opportunity to make the campus my own, and friendships that will last far past my time at Knox. This is what the program can and will provide to any incoming student who utilizes it, and I consider it an honor to be even the smallest piece of making that happen for those students.

hmhamlin@knox.edu

Ashley Pearson

Ashley Pearson

SPARK Mentor

Hi! My name is Ashley and I am currently a sophomore at Knox College. I am from Monmouth, Illinois, which is about 20 minutes from Galesburg. I am Korean-American and use she/her/hers pronouns. I am planning to major in either Neuroscience or Biology. I also am interested in minoring in Spanish and or Health Studies. Additionally, I am on the Pre-med track with hopes of attending medical school in the future. At Knox, I have been involved in the Spark Bridge Program, TRIO, Korean Club, and Asian Student Association. I am also employed as a Library Circulation Worker at the Seymour Library and spend a lot of my time there. Outside of Knox, I have shadowed at my local hospital and am involved in volunteering. In my freetime, I enjoy watching competitive figure skating, watching YouTube (commentary, urban and rural exploration, and fashion are my favorite topics), listening to music and podcasts, playing the guitar, and collecting K-pop albums and photo cards. I also enjoy spending time with my family, dog, and going out to eat at local restaurants.

The Spark Bridge Program was a very helpful experience that I am grateful I signed up for. Without the program, I do not believe I would have been able to adjust to classes and other parts of life at Knox as easily as I did. Furthermore, I was able to make some great friends in the program who I still continuously keep in contact with! Since I had such a positive experience during the Spark Bridge Program, I wanted to be able to give back by becoming a peer mentor. It is important to me that I am able to contribute to a fun, productive, and educational week. I hope that everyone will find something they enjoy about the program and come out of the program being more comfortable at Knox. Furthermore, I am excited to be a peer mentor for the first time! It will be interesting and inspiring to improve my leadership and social skills. I’m looking forward to meeting you all in September and I hope you stop by to say hi!

anpearson@knox.edu

Kamille Sloane

Kamille Sloane

SPARK Mentor

Hi everyone, my name’s Kamille and I’m entering my sophomore year at Knox. I’m from Maryland, so pretty far from Knox, but I wanted to attend a school a decent distance from my home state with my major and small class sizes so Knox checked all my boxes. I’m planning on majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Film Studies in the hopes of one day becoming an author or screenwriter. Some clubs I’m in include Alpha Phi Omega, a service club/co-ed fraternity on campus, Best Buddies, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) so if you’re curious about any of these clubs and want to know more, hit me up. I’m excited to be a SPARK mentor this year because I was in the SPARK program last year and it allowed me to meet new people and get to know the campus and its resources in a way that proved beneficial throughout the year, so I’m excited to help you all learn the ropes too. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and it’s going to be a great year.

ksloane@knox.edu

Koji Wittmer

Koji Wittmer

SPARK Mentor

My name is Koji. I am a junior. At this moment I live in Bettendorf, Iowa, just an hour north from Knox. I am a Japanese-American  military kid, and have spent a lot of my life in different countries (you can ask me about it anytime!). I am majoring in computer science and business/finance. I am involved in many cultural clubs, like Japanese club, ASA, and International club. I spend a lot (too much) of my free time watching youtube videos and League of Legends content, laughing at memes, and listening to music.  

My experience as a SPARK student was very helpful, and gratifying; many memories and friendships were made that I have even now. I was very happy to get a chance to explore the college, understand where everything was, and live in an empty suite for a week (it was pretty cool).  Because of this, I wanted to give back to the program that had helped me ease into life at Knox. Becoming a mentor would give me that opportunity, in addition to improving my leadership, communication, and organization skills. I am looking forward to working with everyone, and don’t hesitate to say hi!

rkwittmer@knox.edu

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Printed on Tuesday, August 11, 2020