Mentor Spotlight: One word — Rewarding

Posted on July 25, 2016

“Volunteering with College Re-Entry is extremely rewarding,” said Jessica Perkiss, an invaluable mentor at College Re-Entry, who had an opportunity to help one of our students, Shannon Pagdon, find stability in her life despite struggling with her diagnosis of Schizophrenia. In the following article, Jessica shares her experience in helping a young adult struggling with a psychiatric disability find hope in rebuilding her life and seeking a brighter future.

“It was a pleasure getting to know the student I mentored, and we still keep in touch. Hearing about her life experiences and how she has learned to manage and thrive in her college classes were inspiring and therapeutic for me, as I went through some similar struggles. As a mentor, I supported her with phone calls, walks, coffee breaks, and lunches.

One large change that I witnessed in small yet powerful increments over time was how much her confidence increased. By the end of her time at College Reentry, she sounded ready to jump into her future. She was making sound and deliberate decisions with regards to her college career. It has also been exciting to hear that her social life has expanded.

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This experience has been wonderful for me to see how this student has grown into a confident young woman who has a clear plan for her future. It has truly been a pleasure going on this journey with her.”

By Jessica Perkiss, College Re-Entry Mentor

Being a mentor can be very rewarding. It allows you to draw on your experience, share what you have learned, and turn what might have been a great challenge in your life into something positive. If you're inspired to be a mentor at College Re-Entry, we would love to hear more from you! 

Click here to download the mentor application.