We've got another great blog post from Pepperdine student, Annie Chambers.
Forever my Role Model
I always wanted to be just like my older sister. I would steal her clothes, borrow her makeup, and hangout with her friends. I wanted to be just like her.
Whenever my parents were not home, I could turn to my sister for anything that I needed. When I started taking high school classes, my parents often didn’t know how to help me with my homework. My sister was always there to tell me what classes to take, to help me with assignments I didn’t understand, and to encourage me to do my best.
Early on I always knew that I wanted to go to the same school as her. As I began applying to colleges, I realized that the application process was a lot more difficult than I expected. Should I take AP classes? Will I do okay on the SAT? Am I even ready to move away from home?
As time went on, I began to get discouraged. I wasn’t doing well in a few of my classes, and I decided that I could just go to a local college, and later transfer to a university. Once my sister saw that I was discouraged, she immediately stepped in to help. She tutored me in my classes and helped me study for my AP tests. She found somebody who could help me study with the SAT, in order to ensure that I did well. She sat down with me and walked me through the application process, which made it less intimidating than it was when I was alone.
I got to attend the same school as my sister. I was able to ask her any questions that I had along the way. Who are the best professors? What is it actually like living in a dorm? Where should I study abroad?
She was always there whenever I doubted myself, or worried about anything.
I could not imagine my life without my mentor. I would not be where I am today if she wasn’t there to support me through everything that I do.
In more than 50% of households throughout the country, both parents work full time. Kids often are not able to receive the help from their parents because they are not around. A study from Johns Hopkins University shows that students who attend school less than 80% of the time, or are failing English or Math in middle school are more likely to fall behind.
Would you be where you are today if you didn’t have somebody there to support you?
The Emily Shane Foundation works to create student success stories. Their SEA (Successful Educational Achievement) program provides at risk students with the support of a mentor. Students are not required to pay for the services, but rather asked to pay it forward with an act of kindness.
By volunteering to be a mentor, you could help students to avoid falling off track.
By being that person and showing that you care, you could help students achieve their academic goals
By taking time out of your day to mentor a student, you could be the change that they need in their life.
This is Michael and his mentor Justin working on some difficult long division problems together. They're a great team.