I have often reflected on how the impact of a single meaningful encounter can have such enormous consequences, for the good. Andy Andrews says, "Every single thing you do matters. You have been created as one of a kind. You have been created to make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world." (From the book The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters, 2009).
That's why I do what I do now. As a college consultant at Amber Lights Educational Consulting, I hope to make a difference like the actions of a single butterfly, one encounter at a time.
The single biggest reason that I went to college following high school was due to adult mentors that brought me to their college, gave me a tour, and let me sit in on a class with them. I remember sitting in that class and thinking, "I can do this." One weekend made all the difference! Three years later, I was going to the same college that I visited, the only one that I visited.
I was the youngest of 5 kids being raised by a single mom and we did not have money to go to college. I think my mom breathed a sigh of relief when we all got through high school! None of my family members finished a 4-year college degree, including my 4 siblings. I never met with my high school counselor--my family and my school did not expect me to go to college. Neither did I--until that weekend. Someone else saw beyond my circumstances when I could not. I had no idea how to apply to college, financial aid, or to even look at options that might have made my path easier. But somehow, I stumbled my way through. The trajectory of my life changed.