This past spring, at a Teach for America event, the Alum leading our session handed me a single sheet of paper and I recognized it immediately.
In my TFA application essay, I wrote about my visit to a placement school in Charlotte. Every question a student asked me was about college: Just how hard was it? Was it scary at first? Did I miss home? How did I decide my major? Did I get scholarships to help pay for it? And, of course, from the class clown: Are the parties as fun as in the movies?
The last sentences of my essay read something like this: “I hope to be a mentor for the students who may not have anyone to ask questions about college to. I hope to support them in high school and on to higher education to find their place in this world.”
As I read it that evening, I got goosebumps. It seems that my next role as a College Counselor for low-income and minority students was the next stop on my path all along-even though it had taken me nearly two years to realize it.
As I transitioned to my new city and new role, I have been continually reminded of the fact that I am right where I should be. I can’t wait to share the ups and downs of my new adventure and the stories of the inspiring young people I will work with.
It is well with my soul.