Michaela Martin, The Ohio State University

What is your favorite thing about College Mentors for Kids?  “Seeing how excited the Little Buddies were each and every week getting off the bus on campus. Even if I was tired or stressed out, seeing their smiles instantly brought me joy and pushed me to make the activity as fun as possible.”

What did you learn from being in College Mentors for Kids?  “I learned that we all need someone to look up to and support us. Seeing how much my Little Buddy grew from week to week inspired me to connect with someone I considered a mentor. Each week, my Little Buddy helped me take life less seriously; to laugh and share the silly joke they had to share or the funny story. Being fortunate enough to work at Ohio State, I still see some of the Little Buddies I knew when I was a student and I have learned that even the smallest gesture can have such a large impact.”

What else would you like us to know about your College Mentors for Kids experience?  “College Mentors helped shape my college career. It gave me friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. College Mentors provided me with clarification of the direction I want in my life, post-college, to take.”

Michaela participated in College Mentors for Kids from 2011-2014, serving as a mentor for little buddies Kristin and Kaela, attendance and events coordinator, and 3rd grade general manager. Now, Michaela is the Wellness Coordinator at the OSU Office of Student Life Student Wellness Center, an OSU graduate student, and a mentor in her community.