One of my favorite things about my past eleven months as a Seton is the relationships it has brought into my life. Back in April 2016, I was welcomed into the Knights and Setons family, surrounded by 59 of my new brothers and sisters—some faces old, some new, and some familiar. Time has now flown by, and those same 59 people have changed my life and Gonzaga experience in ways too copious to name. While it is bittersweet that less than 50 days mark the end of our year as active Knights and Setons, I know that the interpersonal connections this organization has fostered will continue to grow and flourish as we move forward in our lives at Gonzaga.
A special relationship I hold close to my heart is the one I share with my mentee, Tara. It has been incredible watching her grow, and watching myself grow with her as her mentor. She has taught me just as much as I have taught her, if not more. For the first three weeks she could not remember my name and was somewhat reserved around me, understandably so. Since then, we have shared countless laughs, high fives, dance parties, snacks, and have sung “Let it Go” too many times to name. The most rewarding part of my relationship with Tara is helping her realize she can do so much more than she thinks she can. Whether it be making homemade popcorn, going bowling, or going to the movies, the smile that illuminates her face when she achieves something she thought she couldn’t is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. I am so grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in our community weekly, and to do so alongside 59 incredible brothers and sisters.
- Jenny Sanchez
Seton of Gonzaga