|When Emily met her mentor Jocelyn two years ago, it took a few weeks to make a strong connection. Jocelyn said, “The closeness builds up over time and can sneak up on you both – in a good way!” They very quickly began a routine of seeing each other almost every week. They love to get their favorite boba tea and talk. Emily expressed how special it’s been to have Jocelyn as a mentor. Emily is grateful to have “someone to listen if I’m going through something rough. I can trust Jocelyn.” Emily shared, “Before I met Jocelyn, I wasn’t sure of my personal decisions. I didn’t have someone encouraging me. Jocelyn really helped change who I was as a person.” Jocelyn has her own take on it. She told Emily, “I’ve loved being part of your learning. You’ve uncovered yourself and are able to see who you really are — compassionate, authentic, grounded – your friends are so lucky to have you!”
Emily will be the first in her family to attend college and she is thrilled for the opportunity. Her plan is to attend Foothill College for two years, studying business and taking her core courses. From there she plans to transfer to San Jose State to complete a business degree. She sees so many possibilities for her future including marketing and managing a store. There is no doubt that Emily and Jocelyn’s relationship will not end with high school graduation.