In order to be successful in college (and in life,) I think it's crucial to find someone to mentor you. It should be someone in your field who has the best of intentions for you, all while giving you guidance, encouragement and advice.
For me, it has always been Melissa Blake.
Before I even met her, Melissa was already a known name in my home. She was a columnist for the local newspaper, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out she'd be my adviser when I started working at the community college newspaper almost six years ago. From day one she went out of her way to inspire me, encourage me, and simply be there for me.
I just wanted to use this blog post to say thank you to Melissa.
Now that I'm back to
blogging regularly, it just seemed like the right time to thank Melissa
for everything she's done for me. I don't think I'd be where I am today,
as a writer or as a person, if it wouldn't have been for her.
She encouraged me to freelance for the local newspaper, she gave me my first Associated Press stylebook, and she convinced me to start a blog. At the time those things may have seemed like small, simple gestures, but each one created a huge impact in my life. They led me to be the person I am today: a hard-working writer with a passion for journalism, blogging, and telling a good story.
I hope everyone has a Melissa in their life -- someone who will encourage you, give you feedback, and guide you along your way. If you don't have someone like that in your life, be that person for someone else.