Educating others about the importance of mentoring

NAME: Hailey Schmitz 

CLASS YEAR: 2020

HOMETOWN: Plainfield, Iowa  

MAJOR: Neuroscience

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Baldwin Leadership Fellow, Orange EXCELeration, Dance Team, Scholars Program

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS AFTER GRADUATION:  After graduation I hope to attend medical school to become a dermatologist.

Hailey is one of four Wartburg students chosen to attend the National Character & Leadership Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 22-23, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, as part of Wartburg’s Baldwin Leadership Fellows Program. 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: I chose Wartburg College because the small campus allowed me to have a personalized experience in my education, while being able to work and be involved in opportunities in the community.

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH THE BALDWIN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM: Someone referred me, and I initially thought that it could be a good resume-builder. Now that I know what my project is, it’s helped me realize that when you’re passionate about something you can implement a lot more change than when you feel obligated to do a project.

Bailey Schmitz

WHAT PROJECT ARE YOU DEVELOPING: I am working with the igKnight Mentors Program and Orientation staff to make the programs better. I want to make it easier for new students to be paired with mentors and make the igKnight program more widely known on campus. My plan, since I’m on Orientation staff, is to do more of a student-led presentation during SOAR where the students get to know more about what the program is. I also want to create a universal system for mentors to log hours and descriptions of what they do with their mentees and implement an anonymous phone system that they can text with questions they wouldn’t feel comfortable asking us.

HOW WILL THIS EXPERIENCE CARRY FORWARD INTO YOUR FUTURE: I’m a neuroscience major with a leadership minor. The plan right now is med school, though I’m not sure what school of medicine I want to go into yet. Significance is one of my top five strengths, so I know that I want to be important in people’s lives whether that’s being a doctor or pursuing something more with leadership like hospital administration.

HOW HAS THE SCHOLARS PROGRAM ENHANCED YOUR EXPERIENCE OR INFLUENCED YOU: The volunteer work I have done through the Scholars Program allowed me to build relationships within the community at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE SCHOLARS PROGRAM: My favorite part about the Wartburg Scholars Program is the relationships I have built. From truly caring professors to the living/learning community with my peers, I don’t know where I would be without this program!

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU COULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: I went to a small high school where you could be a four-sport athlete and be in all of the clubs and still be fine. I always thought I was going to have to quit all those things just to be in school and dance, but I realized how much I can actually do. The whole support system at Wartburg helps you be involved and be in school to do what you want is why it’s worth it.