Cross Country Collaboration : A West Coast Student with an East Coast Mentor

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Taylor Kim
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Last year, I was honored with the privilege of being paired with a mentor through the Pearson Scholars program. I had never had a mentor before and didn’t quite know what to expect. I learned a lot through the experience that I would like to share with you.

Mentorship set the scholarship apart

The Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education is different from other scholarship programs because it is all encompassing, meaning they provide support in multiple areas. In addition to providing financial aid, they also pair the scholar with a mentor from Pearson who helps guide through the transfer student journey. I had always wanted a mentor and was ecstatic when I was paired with Julie Watson. No one can contest that a scholarship is helpful in paying for school, but a mentorship is a bit harder to quantify. There is no dollar amount you can put on a mentorship, and with relationships it’s often said that, “you give what you get”.  

Finding a way to connect

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