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Student Ambassador Profile: Mizelle Joy Hornilla, BSIE ’20

Name:  Mizelle Joy Hornilla
Class: 2020
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Major: Industrial Engineering
Minor(s): Mathematics

Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?
I wanted to be a student ambassador because I remember wanting to be a part of the College of Engineering after hearing the student panel talk. I hope I can inspire and tell others about the CoE so that students also want to go to school at UM.

What advice would you offer to new engineering students?
You are smarter than you think you are. Don’t give up too quickly; you’re an engineer for a reason. You’ll learn by struggling!

What do you feel is unique about being a student at UM College of Engineering?
Being a student at UM College of Engineering is unique because as an engineer you get to be considered some of the smartest students by your peers. Being an engineering student at UM doesn’t limit you to excelling in academics, but you can be really involved on campus and get to know students outside the CoE.

Describe what you are doing in this position.
As an Engineering Student Ambassador (ESA) member, I get to be a liaison between the CoE at UM and prospective students, alumni and/or adults. I get to represent the students in the CoE and show others what it’s like to be a student here.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you in your position?
I learned how to interact with strangers or groups that I haven’t dealt with before. This improves my skills in interpersonal relations and interacting with those I don’t know.

Which College student organization stands out to you and why?
I think the student organization that stands out to me the most is student government. The people that come out of this group are leaders of the campus that a lot of people on campus know. Additionally, they have so much power when it comes to planning events, making changes in the school and so much more. I have several friends who went through Freshman Leadership Council and Senate, and they are very bright people whom I know will be successful later in life and have a strong influence on the world.

What do you feel you are getting out of this position?
I think that I will improve my public speaking skills and maintain good relations with those younger than me and alumni.

What did you do during your summer 2017 break?
I studied abroad in Italy for four weeks. I took an art history class for cognate credit. I went to Florence, Milan, Rome, Padua and Pisa to learn and visit museums. A couple of my friends and I made it out to Cinque Terre for pleasure traveling, and it was beautiful, right near the ocean. It was a quick and busy four weeks, but I enjoyed it so much and can’t wait to go back to Italy again.

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