Kenia is an SV-SLI high school scholar who dreams of attending the University of Virginia and becoming a pediatrician. Learn about Kenia in this video produced by undergraduate students of James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design for their digital production course. You’re the best, Kristi and Erin! Thanks!
By: Jett Reed
The centerpiece of SLI’s success across its different chapters is mentorship. College students and working adults help to guide high school students by developing a strong, positive relationship as they progress through their education. I interviewed Andrea Gonzalez, a James Madison University Centennial Scholar and a founding SVSLI college student mentor to learn what it’s like to be a SLI mentor!
Andrea Celeste Gonzalez, 20 years old, James Madison University
(Major: Health Science with a concentration in Health Assessment and Promotion)
Q: What led to you being a mentor for SVSLI?
A: The director of the Centennial Scholars Program, Mrs. Strawbridge, asked if I was interested in being a mentor to a Latino high school student who wanted to further their education. Being the first in my family to attend a university, it would have been extremely beneficial if I had had a college student to mentor me through the college process. Of course, I was immediately interested.
Q: What’s an average day like spending time with a student/students?