Earlier this week we caught up with Jaushai, who has been matched with her mentor Stacia since Jaushai was a high school freshman at Elizabeth Seton High School in 2009. Throughout their seven year relationship, Stacia, also an alumna of Elizabeth Seton, has supported Jaushai through her high school and college experience. Today, Jaushai attends Bowie State University and is on track to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2018. And Stacia is still her mentor.
Jaushai’s story illustrates the power of the CPE mentoring relationship. By matching and supporting 1:1 mentoring relationships that last many years, CPE helps each student earn a college degree that will lead to better economic and life opportunities. Mentors also help CPE students deal with the many obstacles that arise during the college years, keeping them on track toward college graduation.
How has your relationship with Stacia changed since you were first matched with her?
At first, back when I was in ninth grade, I was kind of uncomfortable because I never had a mentor before and didn’t know what it was. But as we grew together and Stacia was always there, she was like a second person I could come to, a person to look up to, another supporter. Growing close was just a matter of time, but also when we talked it was always focused on academics instead of just socializing over lunch. Stacia dedicated her time to me as opposed to herself.
How has Stacia been able to help you during your college experience, and specifically in transferring schools?
I realized I needed to attend a different college than the one I originally picked if I wanted to study nursing on campus. When I was trying to transfer to the nursing program at Bowie State, Stacia laid out my financial options, with all the loans. She gave realistic options for me on what I should or shouldn’t do. Stacia gave advice on that and knew about it because she went to college herself.
What makes your relationship with Stacia unique?
I feel like she’s like family now. My grandparents and mom didn’t have experience with college – Stacia was always a supporter, and we’ve been through a lot, so now that I’m in college, I can’t forget her. She’s just family now.