Quite Literally: Mentor Appreciation Post
In high school I was part of a program called Girls Write Now, through which I met my former mentor and current friend, Christy. Christy is a beyond-hilarious, incredibly supportive, and all-around amazing individual. Although our projects for GWN dealt with multimedia, digital, and literary tools, Christy and I often deviated from the “expected.” We spent days sipping coffee and devouring Chipotle bowls, often talking about life, drama, and boys. Of course, Christy kept me on track with our program. We created a number of multimedia pieces together, including one that received a Silver Medal for the Scholastics Art and Writing Competition. We had multiple back-and-forth conversations about my career ambitions, and it was Christy who ultimately encouraged me to pursue a career in Journalism – a choice that has solidified my passion for writing and social justice. She was (and still is) someone I can count on for support and guidance.
I believe that having a mentor who truly understands you, is a privilege. I attribute a lot of my own success and personal growth to Christy. She was always the first person to push me out of my comfort zone. Through our weekly chats and writing sessions, I found myself exploring my heritage, identity, and persona. Unknowingly, Christy was the catalyst who gave me confidence in my academic and creative pursuits. Looking back, I truly appreciate her ability to empathize with the struggles of a seventeen year old Asian-American teenager in high school. Christy approached every obstacle I threw at her with grace and direction. I think what makes Christy such a special mentor is her genuine concern for the people she cares about. It did not take long for Christy and I to connect. In fact, Christy has a way of making any environment feel comfortable and welcoming. I always admired her way with words, whether they were on paper or in person. As a psychotherapist, Christy is an expert conversationalist and listener; she knows how to balance dialogue perfectly. All of these characteristics are unique to Christy and I am really grateful to have had her as a mentor for two years. I’m glad that we continue to keep in touch despite our own busy schedules, Christy has definitely had a lasting impact on my life.