EDGE Mentor makes impact on campus in many ways
Sociology major Nick Perry aspires to become a police officer after he graduates from Millikin University, and possibly join the FBI. But before he takes the next step, the senior from Bolingbrook, Ill., is hoping to affect as many lives as possible on campus, as both an EDGE Mentor and president of the Sociology Club.
Perry has been an EDGE Mentor for the last three years through Millikin's EDGE Program. Called Excellence Developed through Growth and Experience, the EDGE Program helps first-year students make the transition from high school to college by teaching the best ways to achieve academic and personal success before classes start.
Those selected for the EDGE program come to Millikin's campus in early August to complete an intensive course prior to the start of First Week orientation. EDGE students receive assistance from peer mentors who serve as guides for academic success throughout the student's freshman year.
"I was an EDGE student my freshman year, and I thought it was a great program that helped students get introduced to college," Perry said. "I love being able to share my knowledge with first-year students."
As president of the Sociology Club, Perry recently led an initiative on campus called Hope for Houston where the club collected donations to help all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The club received over 500 items of clothing.
Perry is also a member of the Millikin Football team where he is a starter on the offensive line, and a member of the Environmental Club.
In describing his experience at Millikin, Perry said, "I love smaller classrooms, and I love how much the football team and the faculty members want me to succeed – which drew me in to Millikin."