Pearl, left, and Rachel
Even though Pearl and I have been matched for a relatively short amount of time, it’s been wonderful to hear and understand the perspective of someone who is just getting their footing in the adult world. She brings a fresh energy that has helped me put things in perspective.
Something both of us are working on this year is goal setting and follow-up. One of our first 1-on-1’s was a dinner/cookie decorating session where we were able to have fun and also discuss some of our personal and collective goals for the year. It set the precedent for the rest of the year, and it’s been fun to check in during our other 1-on-1’s to talk about the challenges and successes of the goals we set.
My favorite memory from CfY so far was a family group evening where we planned to do a taco night and vision board activity. In reality, we all got our food and had such great conversation that the activity didn’t end up happening. What was so significant and wonderful about that was how apparent it was that we were collectively interested and invested in each other’s lives, even within the short time we had been together as a family group.
I think that both Pearl and I are pretty laid back and go with the flow when it comes to the expectations of the mentor-mentee relationship. Neither of us requires a bunch of rules in order to make it work out. In many of our interests, we are vastly different, which has been the best. I love learning about the newest video games from Pearl and sharing my interests in cooking and yoga with her. I really admire her straightforward attitude and understanding of things. I tend to be a chronic overthinker, so when I go to her with things that have been on my mind, her perspective is direct and so often what I need to hear.