By Carol J. Carter, July 21, 2015.

Elise Tran has overcome many obstacles to make it to her sophomore year at Colorado School of Mines. Not only was she the first in her family to graduate from high school, she is now the first in her family to attend college, currently studying to become a mechanical engineer.

In high school, Elise had a dedicated network of teachers who mentored her and encouraged her to get involved in clubs and in the community. Elise found the value early of having a support group for her academic life among her peers, community, and school. Now an active student leader at Mines, she shares her passion of networking, connecting, and mentoring with her college community. I was able to interview Elise to learn more about her extraordinary vision for herself and the causes that she undertakes.

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