Mentor of the Week: Annie Pudvah

Mentor of the Week

Congratulations to our newest mentor of the week, Annie Pudvah!

Here is a little more about Annie:

1. If you could pick any nickname what would it be?

My nickname now is Deuce because I’m the second kid in my family, but if I could choose a nickname it would be Pudacris because people used to call me Puda because of my last name and Pudacris is the cooler version.

2. When did you start BnB? Why do you continue doing it?

I started the beginning of my Sophomore year because my awesome suite mate Gabby convinced m I should do it and I keep doing it because I love the time I spend with the kids and how excited they get once they get to know you.

4. Name one spot on campus you would want to go, kick your feet up, and tilt your head 45 degrees upwards to admire whatever is above:

Anywhere but Olin haha but really the new B School building because it’s beautiful and I don’t really know what it looks like yet.

5. Which part of the campus has the best scent?

I wouldn’t know because I was born with a really weak nose and don’t have a sense of smell.

6. How do you like your broccoli?

Steamed.. wait no it gets mushy. Grilled. Wait I don’t know if I’ve ever had grilled broccoli. Any samples?

7.. A mix between a tiger and a silverback gorilla is threatening the very existence of BnB, how do you stop it?

I would summon the Avengers and have them handle it.

8. What would be your BnB pitch to a specific mentor?

Its a really rewarding experience for both the kids and mentors because the mix of recreational activities and tutoring allows you to form a strong bond with the kids you work with because you can interact in casual and academic settings and its fun to see young kids so excited about learning!

Congrats Annie!  Thanks for all your hard work and commitment to B&B!

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Mentor of the Week: Alex Liguori

Congratulations to Alex Liguori, our most recent B&B mentor of the week!

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Here is our interview with Alex:

1. What are you studying and why?

Environmental Policy- Whether I’m skiing, hiking, or just walking to class, I love to be outside. I want everyone to be able to appreciate the earth in the same way I’m able to every day, so I’m motivated to learn everything I can about how best to fight climate change.

2. When did you start BnB? Why do you continue doing it?
This is my first semester of BnB. I love seeing the kids’ faces light up when we walk in the door. It’s amazing to me that I can bring so much excitement to someone just by spending two hours a week with them. Each week, I challenge myself and the kids who I’m working to earn the time we spend in the gym by doing a great job-me on mentoring and them on their homework. It’s the feeling of satisfaction I get from knowing we both worked hard that keeps me coming back for more.
 3. What is your nickname?
In highschool, people called me Ligs -its a nickname I inherited from my Dad. I’ve also been called Zander by a select few.

 4. Name one spot on campus you would want to go, kick your feet up, and tilt your head 45 degrees upwards to admire whatever is above.

The observatory- looking at a full moon on a clear fall night through the telescope was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had at Wash U.

5. Which part of the campus has the best scent?

Ibbys for lunch on chicken parm fridays-unbeatable.

6. A mix between a tiger and a silverback gorilla is threatening the very existence of BnB, how do you stop it?
 I charm it with my exceptional good looks and convince it to come to BnB. Once it sees how much fun we have with all the kids, it won’t be able to resist joining in. The beast will have such a good time playing tag with two of the kids I mentor,  Amelia and Brielle, that it won’t want to destroy BnB. Instead, it will come back every week to join in the fun!
Thank you Alex for your contributions to B&B!
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Mentor of the Week: Nick Spittler

Congratulations to Nick Spittler, our first mentor of the week this semester!

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We interviewed Nick to find out what makes him such a great mentor:

1. What are you studying and why?

I’m studying biochemistry. I liked drawing molecules in orgo, and I like understanding how those molecules fit into biochemical pathways and cycles. I think it’s cool learning the flow of chemical energy. And I want to be a physician someday.

2. When did you start BnB? Why do you continue doing it?

I started BnB 4 semesters ago as a junior. It’s for the kids, but it’s also really rewarding. I try to instill values in the kids that were important to me throughout my childhood—staying physically strong and mentally awake. I try to put concepts in terms that the students will understand and will want to understand. For example, when I was trying to teach Tyler, who was pretty unenthused about learning math, how to average three values, I asked him about his favorite basketball player. Then I asked him if he wanted to find out the player’s average number of points from the previous three games. I saw his eyes light up as he went on to calculate LeBron James’ point averages, and then assists, and then rebounds. It’s really gratifying to see kids like Tyler get excited when you walk in the door. I believe that mentors like myself have the ability to make a real impact on the kids’ lives. We try to set an example and be role models as students who have worked hard and attend college, something that many of the kids lack.

 3. What is your nickname?

On the court they call me The Penetrator. I’m strong under the hoop, and I get there every time.

 4. Name one spot on campus you would want to go, kick your feet up, and tilt your head 45 degrees upwards to admire whatever is above.

 The rooftop of Louderman on a clear spring night

5. Which part of the campus has the best scent?

 The Women’s Building where all the sorority girls are always walking in and out of has the best scent. I’m sensing that Flowerbomb is gonna be hot this spring.

6. A mix between a tiger and a silverback gorilla is threatening the very existence of BnB, how do you stop it?

I had a dream one time about a bunch of crazy hybrid animals.  And in my dream they could all talk, so I’m guessing this gorillager has the power of speech. I’d put on my gorilla suit and talk with the gorillager as a long lost brother. I’d serve him/her some wild game and a banana smoothie and ask about his/her problems. We’d quickly become best friends, and I’d show the gorillager all the good BnB does at local St. Louis schools. The gorillager would no longer want to rip BnB apart but strengthen the bonds of our great organization. Together we’d make a great team.

Thanks Nick for all of your hard work and dedication to Books and Basketball!