“I'm a part of First in Line, which is first-generation college students. I actually became a mentor after that because I just really love the program so much, and I met some good friends from that program. ...
"I realized, ‘Wow, I love this. I wanna help other people in my situation whose parents had never experienced college and weren't able to push them to do certain things because they just didn't know about them.’ And I ended up applying to become a mentor. My sophomore year was my first year doing it and I just loved it. I felt that I was able to help my mentees grow and see them really change from the beginning, before coming to college, to the end.
“There was one mentee, her name is Andrea. When I first met her she was super bubbly; I definitely connected with her just because we had a similar personality. But I could tell she felt kind of lost here, as in she hadn't really found a friend group. And I noticed that she wanted to grow more within that sense, and grow in general.
“So I started getting lunch with her more and talking to her, and she really inspired me in a sense because she was able to go out of her way to meet a bunch of different people. She started hanging out with people I never thought I would see her hang out with, and I was like, ‘Wow, I'm so proud of you.’ And she told me one day, ‘I really hope I become a mentor. I'm applying to be in that position.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! I hope so!’ I just was super proud to see that she ended up getting the position."
-- Sophomore political science major
-- Carpentersville, IL
-- One of thousands of #BaylorLights