At the time, I didn’t realize what a mentor was, but now I can say you were my mentor. I remember I met you in either 1998 or 1999. WOW!! That seems like such a LONG time ago, I was only 16 or 17 years old.
While I was in high school, I participated in the Project Excel program that gave additional college credits to high school students, while simultaneously giving them the opportunity to attend college courses. For me, the closest I could get to theater was a radio class offered at Kennedy King College in Chicago, IL. The class was taught by a morning show producer for one of the top radio stations in Chicago. In this class, I learned how to work the boards, record a commercial, do live shows, conduct interviews and an array of other aspects of radio. And it was there that you, my professor, became my mentor.
I was going through a tumultuous time at home. One day after class, I was having such a hard time and we talked for about an hour after class. You offered to help me get an apartment in your name, just to get me out of my current situation. At the time, I was not only a high school student, but I also had a part-time job where I would spend all of my extra time. I’ll never forget how easily you offered to get me this apartment. I didn’t take it because I was afraid and unsure of how to live completely on my own. You would always offer to drive me anywhere I needed to go and helped me with the opportunity to intern at the radio station where you worked. All of these opportunities eventually helped me land one of my first internships at a major record label when I attended college.
Over the years, we grew apart just from life but we always kept in touch. Your impact on my life at the time meant so much and has stuck with me all these years. I always tell people about you.
You never know how you are impacting someone’s life and how it can change them.
I am and will always be forever thankful for you being in my life and being so nice to me.
Thank you to Dawn Edwards, your presence in my life means the world to me.