Carolyn Simon

Connect Four creates valuable connections for Carolyn

Carolyn Simon came to Iowa State this fall ready to get involved. She helped out at Sir Magazine, joined a hip hop dance group, and became a member of Connect Four, a group for first-year students of color in the College of Human Sciences to develop a community and learn about campus resources.

Carolyn received an email inviting her to join the Connect Four and decided to try it out. She attended the first meeting and enjoyed it. She said the other members were nice and welcoming, and she got to pick her own mentor.

After that first meeting, Carolyn made a note to attend the other meetings, which happen once every other week.

“We do a lot of different things,” she said. “One time we talked about midterms and what to expect on your first exams. Another time there was a mixer with professors.”

Carolyn and other students enjoyed the mixer. Hickory Park catered, and the students spoke with different professors about their future plans. In turn, the professors gave them valuable career and academic advise.

Another valuable connection Carolyn made from the Connect Four was her mentor. She took Carolyn around LeBaron, showing her the different labs and resources available to her. They also meet every couple weeks for coffee to talk about any concerns Carolyn has. Now, Carolyn sees herself becoming a mentor in the future.

“I see how mine has helped me,” she said. “It makes me want to help someone else in the future.”