News icon An Appreciation at Graduation: Jean-Daniel Liwanga

If college graduations are a time of celebration, May is one joyful month. And not just for those graduating.

Jean-Daniel Liwanga, the 2020 Mitchell Scholar from Baxter Academy for Technology and Science and a rising senior Computer Science major at the University of Southern Maine, has one more year to go before his graduation. But he’s happy and filled with gratitude for one fellow Mitchell Scholar who received a degree in Applied Social and Cultural Studies at the University of New England this month: Osage Crie.

“He was almost like a big brother, looking out for me,” Liwanga said. “I’m really grateful for that connection and that friendship that was formed through the Mitchell Institute.”

Find out how Crie made an impact on Liwanga’s life and what advice Liwanga has for new Mitchell Scholars in these videos recorded in Glickman Library on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland Campus.

How Fixing a Tie was the First Gesture of Friendship

Why the No-Agenda Coffee Meetings and MILE I Weekend Are Among His Favorite Mitchell Scholar Activities

How the Mitchell Institute sets Scholars up for career success with MILe II

Why it’s important to get out of your comfort zone