What do you do when Meghan Trainor announces in a room full of celebrities and executives, that you just won a full ride scholarship to Loyola Marymount University? The answer is cry, you cry.
On November 2014, I was chosen to be part of the 2015-2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Women in Entertainment program. The all-girl program matches you up with a female executive whose job reflects your career interests for a whole year. The mentorship consists of three-hour bimonthly SAT prep sessions, as well as two-hour bimonthly site visits to the mentor’s office, in which the matches explore the professional world.
Through this program, I was fortunate enough to meet an extraordinary human being that I’m proud to call, my mentor. Rebecca Campbell is the President of ABC Owned Television Station Group and ABC Daytime, but to me she is so much more.
When you look up the word “mentor” in the dictionary, the definition given is “an experienced and trusted adviser.” However, Campbell has been so much more than just a mentor to me. She is my friend, my confidante and partner in crime. Over this past year, Campbell and I have made some incredible memories together, memories that will always be in my heart. From Disneyland to college tours, she has supported my growth and development in every way she could, and of course, made sure that we had fun along the way.
Our bond isn’t an average one, which is exactly what makes it so great. Campbell, her family and her team, all welcomed me with open arms, and that is something I truly appreciate.
I remember like it was just yesterday, when she let me sit on her very fancy- executive desk, and write the essays for what could possibly be, a life changing-opportunity. The emotions I felt while sitting in that desk are impossible to describe, all I knew was that one day I wanted to be just like her, and I was going to do everything possible to make it happen. Now that essay, that was just the beginning.
Dec. 9, 2015 is a day that I’ll always remember. That day, The Hollywood Reporter’s POWER 100 breakfast was held. This time, the honoree was Barbra Streisand, however, that wasn’t the highlight of my day. Every WIE participant knows that December is the most exciting month of the year. It is exciting not only because we are in a room with some of the most important, talented and powerful people in Hollywood, but also because it is the end of the year celebration, where they announce the LMU full-ride scholarship recipients. And this year, I just happened to be one of them.
I applied to the scholarship with the thought of “winning” never crossing my mind. I wasn’t sure where to start with the essays they required, all I knew is I did what I do best, and that is- write my feelings away. After months of Saturday SAT prep sessions, site visits, and many essays, it all paid off in the end. Hearing Meghan Trainor say my name (even if it was mispronounced) was the best thing that ever happened to me. I was so in awe of everything that was happening and could not hold back the tears, but of course, they were tears of joy.
Now, five months later, I am incredibly happy and proud to be able to say that thanks to the hard work and dedication I put into the program; I will be attending Loyola Marymount Universty on a full-ride scholarship this fall.
Through this program, not only did I gain financial support for my college education, but confidence in myself, and a life-time friend on the way. If it wasn’t for all the support Campbell, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and my family provided, I would have never made it this far. If there’s something I have learned throughout this program, it is that a mentorship can go as far, and as long as you allow it to. Luckily for Campbell, she will never get rid of me, even if she tries.
Moral of the story is, always reach of the stars, even when they seem far away, because like David Beckham would say, “impossible is nothing.”