Merriman-Webster defines a mentor as “a trusted counselor or guide, a tutor, or coach.” But College Possible Minnesota coaches are so much more to the students they serve. We asked students why their coach matters, and received some powerful responses that accurately portray the impact a near-peer coach can make on first-generation college students.
“Katelyn has been a huge influence in my life, particularly during my college years. She’s been there for me through thick and thin, offering guidance, support, and a listening ear whenever I need it.
As my friend and mentor, Katelyn has helped me to navigate the challenges of college life and beyond. She’s helped me to set achievable goals, make a plan to reach those goals, and stay accountable along the way. She’s also been a valuable sounding board for my ideas, providing thoughtful feedback and insights that have helped me to grow and develop as a person.
But perhaps most importantly, Katelyn has been a constant source of support and encouragement. Whether I’m facing personal struggles or academic challenges, Katelyn is always there to offer a kind word, a word of advice, or a shoulder to cry on. She’s helped me to believe in myself and my abilities, and to persevere through the toughest of times.
Overall, Katelyn matters so much to me because she’s more than just a friend – she’s a true mentor and role model. She’s helped me to become the person I am today, and I know that I can always count on her to be there for me, no matter what.”
– Muna, College Possible Minnesota college student
A service year at College Possible Minnesota offers a tangible way to empower college opportunity in your community, and it’s an excellent avenue for those deciding between disciplines for master’s degree programs, or for those seeking practical experience before entering into the nonprofit or education work field.
If gaining invaluable professional skills while empowering education equity sounds like a year well spent, check out our open AmeriCorps coach positions.