By Mentor Jon Dehlinger
I first met Amy Lavender during the interview process for new RCM Scholars in 2013. Behind her shy, soft-spoken demeanor was a fierce determination to succeed that impressed members of the selection committee. Now, almost four years later, that impression has not changed. As I have come to know
Amy better I have been impressed with her work ethic, clear though still quietly expressed views, and continued growth to adulthood. Reading from Amy’s own words – a journal of sorts of her college experience – will likely impress you in the same way.
Throughout my time in college the Rotary Scholar and Mentoring Program has helped me tremendously. To start, the mentors and students in Rotary have been a great academic support system for me. Being able to communicate with the Rotary scholars who already started college was helpful during my freshman year because I gained useful academic and social advice. Working with my mentor Jon Dehlinger has been useful because I am to able get a new perspective on academic issues, apart from the advice that I have received from academic professionals at school. Jon has provided me with solutions and suggestions when I am struggling in certain classes, such as biology. To help me with my writing skills my mentor connected me with another Rotarian, Jim Miller, who provided me with writing tips and feedback on an essay. Aside from academics, my mentor has really pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and try things that I otherwise wouldn’t have. Financially, the Rotary Scholarship Program has helped me in purchasing school supplies for each semester and has decreased my academic loan each year.
Amy anticipates graduation from UW-Madison in Spring 2017 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Presently her cumulative GPA is 3.04 with Dean’s list honors in two recent semesters. Her resume is available in the Rotary office should you be aware of job opportunities in her area of interest.