Thank you, Mentors!
Before Senior Scholars graduate from High School, they are each assigned a College Connections Coach, a mentor to help support them through their transition to college. Through events like the Mentor Brunch and Amazing Race, Scholars and their mentors have opportunities to connect over the summer before going off to college.
Here is what some of our Scholars had to say about their mentors:
|Carolyn and her mentor Lindsay.|
"The phone calls [my mentor and I] shared at the beginning of the first semester really helped me mentally since I really don’t like to brag and it was the only space which required talking about self-accomplishments. Thank you for boosting my ego!" Alexander Olvera, Wesleyan University '20, North Chicago Community High School '16
"My mentor, Supriya, has helped me with my transition to college. She has told me about her own experiences at college, which has helped me better manage my time and become more involved. Whenever she calls me I tell her about any struggles I'm facing and she gives me advice on how to get out of them and how to better prepare for future ones. A cool fact about Supriya is that she has traveled to Peru and seen the Machu Picchu." Riya Parikh, Gettysburg College '20, Maine East High School '16
|Kerr and his mentor Ronnie.|
"Having a mentor is like having a cheerleader/advisor/coach. I was surprised to find how helpful it was to have a supportive mentor and how often I sought her help. The best part of having a mentor is enjoying another friend, who is guiding and influencing me on my path to success as a first generation student. My mentor played a big role in my transition to college, whether it was asking a simple question like what should I bring to college? Or asking a more complicated question like should I continue to pursue this major or minor? A cool fact about my mentor is she has lived in four different continents." Jessica Ilc, Macalester College '19, Maine East High School '15
"The conversations I had with my mentor were helpful for me to truly reflect and think about how my college transition has been going. It gave me a good 30 minutes or so to just sit and talk with someone about my college experience, and I think it was a good way to debrief and see where I was doing well but also some aspects where I wanted to improve." - Han Ju Seo, Washington University in St. Louis '20, Warren Township High School '16
"I did not know what to expect when I knew I was going to have a mentor. Then, I found out my mentor was going to be my previous Scholar Coach, Ellen! Right away, I felt comfortable sharing my concerns, stories, and adventures with her. It surprised me when Ellen offered to come to campus so that we could have coffee. I realized I am very lucky to have my mentor so close to me, geographically. I appreciate the fact that Ellen checks up on me and I can catch her up on things through text/phone calls. I find myself reaching out to her in my most stressful moments and seeking her advice. As a first-generation college student, having someone who has gone through the experience at the same college as me makes me feel at ease." Cristina Martin, Macalester College '20, Collins Academy '16
|Mentors and Scholars at the Mentor Brunch 2016.|
"I met Susie in the year 2009 almost 7 years ago! Thank you Susie for keeping in contact and proving advice when I ask for it. I am very happy to have gained not only a mentor but a friend throughout these years." Yarisamar Cortez, Bates College '17, Highland Park High School '13
I appreciate having Erin as my College Connections Coach because I can trust her opinion and we have built a strong relationship. What has surprised me about having a mentor is how similar we both are. Besides having a similar interest in business, we both like to travel, live in a different state from our family, and love dogs. What I have enjoyed most about having a mentor is hearing a familiar voice when I am at college. I can ask for a second opinion from Erin and I know she will sincerely tell me the truth. Furthermore, Erin has helped me transition into college by telling me her first-year experience and what she would have done differently. I listened to her and instantly joined clubs once I arrived on campus. I instantly felt integrated into the community and made a lot of friends. Overall, my mentor has been like a second parent and friend who has helped me transition into college." Evelyn Torres, Lycoming College '20, Round Lake High School '16