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Mentor Spotlight: Mariah Kneeland

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Sprouting Leaders is thankful for the wonderful mentors and leaders that help our organization every week. Mariah has been involved through the UIC campus and has done a great job volunteering at the school. We could not thank her enough – but we were able to ask her some questions! Here are Mariah’s responses:


What do you currently study/plan to be?
I am studying criminology law & justice. I plan to be a lawyer one day.
How did you first hear about Sprouting Leaders and why did you decide to join?
I found out about Sprouting Leaders when I went to the involvement fair my freshman year. I talked to Rafael and he spoke about helping and mentoring children and making an impact in their lives and that made me want to join.
What is your favorite place you have traveled to and why?
Florida is my favorite place I have traveled to. It’s gorgeous and it has beautiful weather.
What is one thing you wish you knew about life when you were age 10?
When I was 10 I wish I would have known how quickly time goes by. At 10 you want to be older so you can do more things but that comes with a lot of responsibility.
What motivated you to attend college?
My mom motivated me to attend college. She was only 16 years old when she had me so she didn’t attend a university or graduate college.
Who has been an inspiration in your life?
My mother has always been my inspiration. Whatever I do good or bad she has been there for me through everything.
What is your definition of a leader?
A leader is someone who can take control of a situation and create a good outcome for everyone involved.
What is the most random thing you’ve ever watched all the way through on Netflix?
I usually don’t watch random things on Netflix. If I don’t like it I find something else to watch.
If you had complete freedom of choice, what would you choose to be doing at this stage in your life?
If I had the choice I would travel the world even though I’m terrified of flying.
What is your hardest course in school?
My hardest course is philosophy 102. It’s not extremely difficult, but it makes you think critically.
What are the qualities that make for a great organization, in your opinion?
In my opinion a great organization has to have great people that are willing to help others and help improve their organization in any way they can.
What is your opinion on our School Improvement Days?
I think the school improvement days are good. Not only do they help out the teachers, but it gives students the opportunity to communicate with each other and with us (the mentors) in a postive way that involves helping others.
Shark diving, bungee jumping, or sky diving? And why…?
None. Things like that scare me and I don’t like heights.
If you could only keep two possessions, what would they be?
My phone and my “M” necklace would be the two possessions I would keep.
How do you spend your free time?
I spend my free time watching tv and sleeping.
If you won the lottery, what would you do?
If I won the lottery I would buy my mom a house and a new car and take my entire family on a vacation.
What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?
I want to learn how to be a better writer. Writing is important and even though I’m not a huge fan of writing the only way to get better at any skill is to practice.

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