The San Juan Mentorship program was built to allow students to closely observe a career in their field of interest. I have had the privilege of participating in this program both semesters of the 2014-2015 school year. My first semester was with a lawyer and my semester has been spent with a marketing agent. Both experiences have given me a valuable insight into what I want to do, or not do, with my future. At the end of each mentorship, students give presentations of their experiences and the knowledge they gained. Along with this, I have also participated in a panel with the gifted department of FHS, as well as other schools in the district, to talk about why opportunities such as these are important for students. Teachers and parents asked questions about what we learned and how we felt about the experience. Every student had something positive to say about their mentorship and even though some students talked about their newfound disinterest in a certain career, they also shared how it was excellent to not only see what they want to do but also get a taste of what they do not want to do.
In the two semesters I have been in this program I’ve seen a large range of mentorships students have participated in. The program has grown immensely since its beginning and continues to each year.