Personal SupportMrs. Karen has also been a significant help to me through personal trials. During the Spring semester of my sophomore year, my mom (pictured with me in the photo at the top of this blog) was involved in a car accident that resulted in her right knee being shattered. After running tests in the emergency room, doctors also identified a mass inside of my mom’s heart. It was a benign tumor in one of her atriums. I spent a lot of time that semester traveling between home and school to help my mother with simple tasks as we prepared for her open-heart surgery. I was under a lot of stress because I was not sure how to balance both my school work and the attention my mother needed. Mrs. Karen calmed me down and assured me that I was not alone. She encouraged me to speak to my professors, school staff, and extracurricular advisors as soon as possible to fill them in on my situation. Mrs. Karen checked in with me several times and gave amazing encouragement and support during my mom’s surgery and recovery.
I never expected to have a mentor, but Mrs. Karen has been that and more because I also got a new friend through her as well. Mrs. Karen went beyond her commitment of being my mentor. That Spring semester was a difficult time, but with my mentor’s personal and professional support I was able to stay on track to transfer to a university and continue my education.