Mitchell Lipke is a first-year student living in Bergstrom Hall. Hailing from Hartland, WI, Mitchell has decided to start his journey in the St. Norbert College Honors Program. This enthusiastic pre-med Biology major with a Spanish minor has big dreams, and already demonstrates the motivation to achieve them. In fact, he is already quite on his way! Academically, he is already earning his Spanish language proficiency certificate at the end of this semester, whereas he started off the year enrolled in an impressive 300 level Spanish course. However, this is not enough for this go-getter, whose goal is to become fluent in español and one day become a physician in South America to provide healthcare for those who need it most.
Mitchell’s path toward this philanthropic vocation began through his unique high school experiences and community leadership. His background in volunteerism and the Spanish language has certainly prepared him for his studies at SNC. A self-proclaimed “nerd-and-a-half,” Mitchell focused his accomplishments away from his participation in multiple sports and toward his passion for service and education. Despite the large size of his high school, he managed to design biotechnology lab projects for underclassmen at Arrowhead High School. In addition, he volunteered at the local hospital every week, helping the nurses with general tasks and directing visitors with his friendly personality. Above all, Mitchell glows about having been able to combine his passions for helping others and Spanish by serving as a translator at an event for low-income families receiving Christmas presents for their children.
Mitchell Lipke continues to make his mark in numerous ways at SNC. He is a member of the Pre-Health Club, the Spanish Club, and Habitat for Humanity. In Habitat for Humanity, Mitchell enjoys the “humbling” experience of helping the disadvantaged acquire housing by participating in club activities such as fundraising for the Green Bay Habitat, sleeping outside in the cold all night for Shack-a-Thon, and building the Habitat houses themselves. Mitchell also chose to be a part of the SNC Honors Program, because he looked forward to the community-based environment and opportunities it opens up for its members. He particularly appreciates the alternative class style, which features smaller class sizes and offers new perspectives of the world.
After college, Mitchell aims to make a further impact on the world as a physician in South America. “I don’t want my life here to be wasted,” he says, adding that his goal in life is to use his privilege to create real, positive change for those who aren’t as fortunate. We are glad to have such a kind-hearted changemaker here in our program. Welcome to the Honors Program, Mitchell!