When I first got involved with Minds Matter Boston, I was a sophomore at the Josiah Quincy Upper School. I applied on a whim because my favorite teacher told me she thought I'd be a good fit for the program. Little did I know that Minds Matter would end up exposing me to opportunities that I never knew I wanted or needed. I was paired with two mentors, Josh and Caroline, who were the only adults in my life that could really prepare me and get me excited for the transition to college life. While my own parents were extremely supportive in my education, they simply didn't have the language for what college would look like because they hadn't attended themselves. I attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Brown University for two summers, where I was exposed to what it might be like to live on a college campus and to dip and dabble in classes that piqued my interest. I had the opportunity to blog for the Huffington Post about my college application process throughout senior year (which honestly made it way more fun!). This program was so impactful for me that when I went off to NYU, I knew that I would be involved with Minds Matter Boston again in some way shape or form after I graduated. Now, I'm delighted to be the Program Associate for this empowering organization. For me, this campaign means helping another student, like myself, leverage their academic potential and broaden their horizons. You never know where they might end up.