Another RCM Scholar Graduates

By Paula Penebaker
On May 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., Rotary Scholar Jasmine Bray will graduate from Mt. Mary University with her Bachelor’s degree.  What a joy to have served as one of her mentors during her time at Mt. Mary!
My mentor relationship with Jasmine was a first- of-its-kind relationship for me. Having not served as a Rotary Scholar mentor, I wasn’t too sure of what to expect relative to its impact on me. It wasn’t long before the mother in me started to worry about Jasmine’s struggle to balance family responsibilities and her needs as a student.  I could see that it was in her best interest to leave her parents’ home, but felt it was inappropriate to impose that personal value on her.  I listened and offered her a shoulder to cry on.
Rotarian Jackie Barber helped me see that I shouldn’t be too timid in helping push Jasmine to create her own place in the world.  While listening to her challenges, I learned that Jasmine is wise beyond her years and that she listened and took to heart my encouragement that she push back against some of the unfair demands made of her. In February 2015, I wrote that Jasmine had a good head on her shoulders and that she had blossomed from the shy high school grad to a “mature and delightful young person with a bright future ahead of her.”  I am even more convinced of that picture for her future, today.
Jasmine hopes to become employed as an elementary education teacher in the fall.  She awaits responses to applications.  In the meantime, she is looking for a summer job.