A Stranger Became My Mentor
When I first heard that I had been named a recipient of the 2016 Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education, I was ecstatic! As part of the award, I learned I would be paired with a mentor to guide me throughout my academic journey for the next 3 years. As the over analytical person I am, I did a lot of research about mentoring and what that means. My initial reaction was that the program would to be socially awkward. To be paired with a stranger and seek guidance from an adviser that I had never met seemed strange. How could I possibly connect with a stranger who knows nothing about me?
From a stranger to a friend
Now, after a year of monthly calls with my mentor, Nicole (my mentor) went from a stranger to a close friend. We have so much in common. I began to eagerly anticipate speaking to her every month and connecting with her on my academic progress. As a first-generation college student, there were not many people in my life that I could share my academic goals and milestones with. With Nicole, I was able to express my transfer stress and college milestones as well as get feedback from someone who has already experienced college life.
Nicole has guided me through transfer stress as I searched for the right university for me. She has also offered insights on student organizational projects and personal life struggles. My mentor has greatly contributed to my success by offering me endless support. She has counseled me through many stresses during my college journey.
More than a mentor
I appreciate my mentor Nicole because she is very understanding. She makes me feel safe to confide in her for all of my issues whether school related or personal. I know that when I start my classes, finish a lecture, work with a tutor, or get involved with campus activities or organizations, Nicole will appreciate my hard work. With her support, I am confident that I have a successful future. Now when I hear my phone ring and see that it is my Pearson mentor, I am still shocked how fast our relationship has grown. I am grateful that I have her in my life. Nicole is continually motivating me and encouraging me to utilize my strengths.
Nicole is more than a mentor and I am grateful to have her as a part of my Pearson Scholarship Award. I am continually improving academically in my new college, and I would not be as comfortable in my transfer and college academia without my mentor.
Trisha Norfleet is a U.S. Air Force veteran who began her education at Ivy Tech Community College before transferring to Indiana University Kokomo. She is studying Psychology with a minor in Business. Trisha has a career interest in Human Resources Management and hopes to continually work in the veteran circuit. She is actively involved on her campus in many student organizations including Stars and Stripes Student Veterans Organization, Human Resources Student Organization, and Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority.
Trisha is a Pearson Scholar and Pearson Student Insider. To learn more about the Insiders program and apply, click here.