Point’s Mentoring Program means more to me than any other aspect of the scholarship award. Of course the funds are wonderful, and meeting other scholars has allowed me to enhance my family, but the Mentoring Program has given me something I could have never imagined having. I’m thankful for my mentor Alan, and I am so grateful to be paired with someone who completely understands me, and is there for me 120% of the time.
Alan is always honest, and he’s always supportive. I think that what has been most helpful is his ability to keep me motivated. With his honesty, he allows me to pick goals that I know are attainable, and then he is there the whole time to help me reach them. I have learned simple things, such as time management and organization. But I have also learned how to approach difficult tasks, and how to handle unforeseen problems.
If someone were to ask me what we’ve done to achieve a successful mentoring relationship, I think it would be our commitment to meet once a week. I know that not every pair has a chance to do this in person, but even simply texting each other once a week or talking on the phone makes me feel like he is there for me no matter how busy his schedule is.
Through my mentorship with Alan, I have learned how to really push myself. I’ve seen an incredible amount of confidence grow within myself. He has helped me feel like I can achieve anything as long as I put my mind to it. Most importantly, he has taught me that if I need help, it’s okay to ask. By asking for help, and having someone be there to guide me through something difficult doesn’t mean I’m any less capable or strong. It’s also very nice to have someone there sharing my triumphs and accomplishments as they happen.
|This post was written by Jacob Rostovsky, 2010 Point Scholar|
|Jacob Rostovsky is a senior at American Jewish University majoring in psychology. He hopes to work with the LGBT community, and start a non-profit group to offer support for transgender individuals and their families. One of his goals in life is to help make the world more aware of the struggles transgender individuals go through, and to help eliminate the bigotry the LGBT community faces. Learn more about Jacob.|