Mentor Appreciation: Learning from someone who inspires you
Sometimes people find their inspiration in places and situations where they least expect it. I found mine at Lone Star Community College in Misty Sabol, my part-time job’s supervisor, International Studies Club advisor, and personal mentor at the time. A thirst for knowledge simply cannot be quenched without the right mentors and without her guidance, I would not be as successful and prepared as I am at this moment, attending the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a scholarship.
A leap of faith
As I began my higher-educational career at Lone Star Community College, I got involved in campus leadership and applied for part-time jobs on campus. The president of the International Studies Club informed me of an open officer position within the organization and offered it to me, which I enthusiastically accepted. I soon became acquainted with other officers as well as the advisor, Mrs. Sabol. Little did I know this was the same Misty Sabol who I had been communicating with for a work-study position in the Innovation Room. Possessing no work experience except for a desire to learn, Mrs. Sabol took a leap of faith in hiring me and her belief is something I will be grateful for forever.
Throughout the next two years I got to know her better and her boundless passion for utilizing business and innovation for the benefit of others became an inspiration to me. From having worked as a woman in corporate America for several years to having children while creating her own business; from becoming a professor and taking the role of Program Manager of the Innovation Room to being an advisor for the International Studies Club and everything in between – I admire her tenacity and ambition in pursuing her goals. As a mentor and friend, she encouraged me to seek out camaraderie, solidarity, and share my passion for business through a vast array of opportunities and experiences including studying abroad in Germany and Poland during the summer of 2017. I aspire towards becoming the kind of professional and woman she is today.
Pay it forward
I am a product of amazing mentoring and I thus want to help other students be successful and pursue the opportunities and resources that are available to them, just like Mrs. Sabol helped me. I began paying it forward by being a mentor at my community college within the honors college and I continue to do so as a mentor for the Undergraduate Business Program to freshmen seeking to apply to the Business School. Success manifests in many ways and I believe everybody has something to teach someone, no matter their differences.
If you had a mentor who was of tremendous help to you, I encourage you to reach out and stay in contact with them as well as pay it forward by being a mentor to someone currently facing the same challenges you faced not too long ago.
If you do not have a mentor, I encourage you to find one. Choosing a mentor does not need to be stressful or complicated. Find one who fits your ambitions and work to make it a rewarding experience. You will not only find the best version of yourself, but will also have gained a life-long friend and supporter.
To Mrs. Sabol during National Mentoring Month,
When I came to you, I was inexperienced and seeking guidance. Now I am able to stand on my own and even guide others. I am so grateful you took me under your wing because you helped me become who I am today. Thank you for being a wonderful mentor.
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