Even after 15 years of working with and around students, I am still learning what it means to be an advisor, a listening ear, and -- when they would like one -- a mentor for young adults.
Some days I am full of confidence that I have the skills, the experience, and the expertise to help them navigate the increasingly complex path from high school to college.
Other days, they school me, introducing me to a resource I've never heard of, an institutional barrier I can't find my way around or the natural limits of one person's ability to influence another person's journey.
Whether I am on my game or off it, it is always a gift to play a role in students' revelations and successes. There is a lot of joy in seeing them identify a possible career path or submit that first college application or open their first acceptance email or letter.
College Access Plan provides an additional resource on college to help students make their way into the world. I am grateful for the opportunity it provides to the young adults in Pasadena Unified School District, and the opportunity it provides me to do work that is meaningful to me.