By Shelby Hatz ’15
The first words that come to mind when I think of a mentor are: advisor, helper, encourager, listener, counselor and teacher. The person who has been all of these and more to me is my mother. From the beginning, my mom has been there for me through my successes and my failures. She taught me through elementary school, coached me in middle school, advised me (even when I didn’t want her to) in high school and has supported me through college. Her role as a mother has changed throughout the years, but she has always been my mentor.
It started out small with math questions and spelling. She would help when I needed her but pushed me to work for myself. She helped me develop a work ethic that has stayed with me for years and will be with me the rest of my life.
Next, we learned how to play soccer together. My mom knew little to nothing about the sport, but she learned the rules and goals in order to help coach me at a young age. From then on I was hooked, and I haven’t stopped playing since. She instilled in me the skills that have placed me in college soccer and helped me pay for school.
In high school I experienced the usual growing pains and learned to deal with boys and peer pressure. Still my mother was there to help me make the decisions that helped me become a strong woman and not accept anything less than the best.
And now we have faced college together. Even though I no longer need help with homework, soccer and my social life, she is still there to support me in times of stress. I don’t know where I will be going next in my life, but I
know my mom will always be there to help guide me. I will be forever grateful to have been given such a wonderful mentor, friend and teacher—but most important—mom.