Mentor Spotlight: Harrison Moynihan and Dave Bonsall
Nolan Craft, Communications Committee
Harrison Moynihan joined the SLFP with hopes that it would help him develop into an influential leader. Harrison wants to become a Pararescueman for the air force after he graduates. From there, he hopes to become a physician’s assistant or a paramedic.
He recognizes his mentor relationship with Dave Bonsall as an essential factor in developing his skills as a leader. Dave, who was the former director of the Center for Student Enrichment at NMU, challenges Harrison to reach for even the loftiest of his goals. He does this by helping him organize his thoughts and develop a realistic plan to make sure he meets his goals. Harrison appreciates the experience that Dave has accumulated through his years at NMU. He is helping Harrison grow both as a student, and a leader.
Initially Dave and Harrison bonded over common interests like weightlifting, sports, and good food. They frequently go out for coffee and eat at various restaurants to talk about goals, current educational activities, and life in general. Knowing that the mentor relationship is not a one-way street, Harrison is excited to introduce Dave to things he might not ordinarily be interested in. Though Dave is not a “winter person,” Harrison is planning on convincing Dave to go cross-country skiing in an attempt to find more things to love about winter in the UP.
Dave and Harrison have found many ways to make their mentor/mentee relationship strong. They plan to continue meeting on a regular basis after winter break.