Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Artisans Reflection: Meaghan Murphy

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to work with Artisans. I had heard amazing stories about the relationships built between mentees and mentors and I so desperately wanted to experience the same thing. However, my experience as a mentor has gone above and beyond my wildest expectations.

My first day at Artisans was exciting but also so nerve wracking. I met my mentee, Zita, and soon realized that she was incredibly shy and quiet. I was so nervous and I had no idea what to do. Everyone else seemed to be having amazing conversations with their mentees but I was struggling to get a few words out of her. As time went my relationship with Zita grew stronger. She slowly began to open up and before long I learned all about her. I l found out that she loves to dance and is always down to bust a move. She told me that her favorite animal is a werewolf and for Halloween she dressed up as werewolf-vampire. Zita has so many incredible talents but her bowling skills take the cake. Zita doesn’t talk very much, but when she does it is the most exciting thing ever. Her laugh is contagious and her smile lights up the whole room. Whenever I see her she nuzzles her head on my arm and mumbles my name under her breath. Wednesdays with Zita are the highlight of my week and I know that my time spent at Artisans will be the highlight of my college experience. Zita has taught me more about myself than I could have ever imagined but most importantly she reminds me to find happiness in all aspects of life.

- Meaghan Murphy
Seton of Gonzaga

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