In 2015 I became involved as a mentor with the East Bay College Fund (EBCF), a bay area non-profit that helps resilient public school students, under
–represented in higher education, access and succeed in college, expanding their life opportunities. Being a mentor to my friend Oscar (blue jersey) has been a tremendously rewarding experience for me. As a young professional/individual, it’s easy to spend most of my time selfishly: focusing on my career, things that I want to do and things that I want to accomplish. When my roommate (who is also a mentor) introduced me to the EBCF mentorship program, I jumped at the opportunity to redirect some of my energy and invest in someone other than myself. When I look back at all the people that invested in me personally and professionally, I have to attribute a lot my success to them. These people are my parents, friends, classmates, teammates, colleagues and even some formal mentors. The guidance and support I’ve received throughout these crucial college/post-college years are invaluable. I wouldn’t be where I am today without that which is why I want to do the same for someone else.
Now for the cool part. Last month Oscar entered an essay contest hosted by EBCF and the Golden State Warriors…and he won! In addition to some solid tickets, we were awarded the pre-game/VIP experience and watched the warmups courtside. Per usual, the Splash Brothers put on quite a show.
You can check out Oscar’s essay here.
Disclaimer: I’m a Laker fan but ever since moving to SF back in 2014, it’s hard not to get stoked about our Golden State Warriors.