Being a true rookie to the research program I was very nervous about finding the right mentor for me. Initially, I thought to stay in my comfort zone and choose someone I know, (Dr. Aurand), but after hearing about Dennis Barsema and being encouraged by one of my professors to pursue him as a mentor, I had no intent to do so. Of course Dr. Aurand was a great option along with Professor Mooney but after meeting with Professor Barsema I knew I had made the made the right choice.
As I am currently an undeclared business major, I expressed to Barsema my passion for people and how I want to help. He introduced me to social entrepreneurship and had me sold. Without Research Rookies I possibly would not be heading down the path I am about to embark on and that would be much more than disappointing to me. I am extremely excited to take on this research project and I cannot wait to see what I have to discover.