Wednesday, February 20, 2008

She got in!

Got some great news yesterday. When I met with my mentee from the Mazie Foundation, she handed me her acceptance letter for a local community college.

I'm stunned, she's in! It was the school of her choice, and she'll be studying what she wants. Now we just have to file her taxes, apply for FAFSA, mail in her acceptance confirmation, finish some essays for another scholarship—oh, and get her graduated from high school.

She'll be the first in her family to get an actual diploma rather than a GED, not to mention the first to go to college. I am so stoked. I can't tell you the disadvantages this young woman has had to deal with, and to see her now so determined and upbeat is truly amazing.

I get the privilege of a ringside seat for all this, just for putting in a few hours a week. The return on investment for this kind of activity is off the charts. I didn't have to *do* anything really, just be there for her and guide her steps. These are things I knew anyway, but she had no one in her life to tell her. Simple for me, invaluable for her. What a payoff!

We may think we have little to offer. We may think there's nothing in our life experience that would be of value to someone else. But there's always someone, somewhere, who could benefit from what we know and have learned. It could be our own kids, it could be our kids' friends, it could be any person, young or old, who is walking a path we've gone before.

Look for those opportunities. Offer that help. Pave the way for them. It's so simple for us, and can make all the difference for them. Who knows, maybe someone will do the same for you when you need it.

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At 2/20/2008 10:33:00 AM, Blogger Kate said...

YEA!!!! How wonderful for you both....hugs,

At 2/20/2008 03:01:00 PM, Blogger red_soul_girl said...

It is so true...and something our society never really acknowledges, but it's the tiniest things in life that really make a difference, that smile you gave to the DD worker having a bad day or reaching the top shelf to get something for a stranger at the store...


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