It is crazy to think I am sitting here writing my own summary of the mentorship experience. I feel like it has not been that long since I first walked into my first ACES meeting as a new freshman. I am so thankful to have had such an amazing mentor as Lauren was to me and I wanted to create the same, positive experience for someone else. I vividly remember the “speed-dating” workshop we did in the beginning of my first semester and I was overwhelmed but the people I have met though ACES are some of the coolest, most inspirational people I have ever met. I couldn’t wait to meet more ACES members as a second year and I got so lucky with my mentee.
My mentee was Abby Williams. I am not a person to judge off of looks or take appearance too seriously but Abby lit up a room when she walked in. I remember wanting to talk to her so badly and luckily I had gotten that chance in my second “speed-dating” workshop. I enjoyed everyone I talked to and couldn’t wait to get to know them some more but Abby and I had too much in common. I remember how natural the (very quick) conversation was and it had felt as though I had known Abby forever.
After our very quick conversation in the ACES speed-dating, we had our first semester interview. Abby and I found out we were way more similar then we could have ever anticipated. We both are from Cincinnati and that played a large role on what we had in common. After chatting about our favorite hometown things, we discovered we actually only about five minutes away from each other (what are the odds!). Not only are we from the same city, but Abby and I are both education majors. I am Special Education and Abby was Early Childhood Education. We first talked about why we had chosen that path and we found we had the same love for people and children.
There wasn’t a lot Abby and I disagreed on. We had a lot of the same interested and likes and found it very fun to be around each other. I loved watching Abby grow from the first time I met her until now. I was able to see and help her grow in ways I don’t even think she knew she capable of. Abby has a very big personality but started off a little shy. After breaking her out of her shell I loved being someone Abby could come to and feel comfortable around. Not only did she share all positives of her life and adventures with me but I was able to learn where Abby gets her strength from from her sharing her “not-so-good moments.” I am thrilled she found friends as good as she had found and can’t wait to see her grow even more in the coming years.
I loved being Abby’s mentor. I am a big sister of three and the oldest cousin of ten. From a very young age I adopted the “motherly” role and loving being someone people can come to. Being away from my family was really hard at times and Abby helped me more than she knows. She was like a younger sister and reminded me a lot of home. Through the mentorship program Abby helped me to hone in those “motherly” leadership skills and advance them even more. Having Abby as a mentee helped remind to act like someone I would want future generations to look up to. I wanted to be fun, relatable, and approachable but I also had to be someone responsible, determined, and ambitious. I remember how scary OSU seemed at first. Having a mentor helped me in more ways than one. I hope one day Abby can reflect and say I had a positive impact on her college experience.
Reflecting on my experience in the mentorship program, as a mentee and a mentor, I find there to be so many benefits. Ohio State is big and can be very overwhelming at times. Having the ACES mentorship program not only made such a large place seem that much smaller but also gave me people I could come to when I was disoriented or unsure. Sometimes resources can be hard to find and adults can be difficult to approach but having a mentor like the one ACES gave me, gave me someone I could look up to, someone I could seek information and advice from, and a friend that will last forever.