“I was very stubborn about coaching the summer before my freshman year. I wanted to be independent, mature, and to have as much fun as possible. I wanted to make my own mistakes and to not be judged for them. I didn’t think that I would be able to do that if I was being coached… especially if my coach was my aunt. Kim wanted to “practice” on me, and I was certainly in no mood to be her experimental coaching client. So, I went through my whole freshman year without a coach thinking that no matter what kind of challenges or successes I was faced with, I could handle all of them on my own. Boy, I was wrong.
I went through my whole first semester without any real academic or social problems, and I thought that second semester would be just as easy. I had achieved everything that I wanted to without a coach, so I was not about to give in and let her start dictating my life in college. Well, to my surprise, halfway through my second semester, I had a mid-life crisis, and I was scared. My grades were struggling, I wanted to change my major, my social life was stressful, and I was having an extremely hard time balancing both. Although it was hard, I reached out to Kim. One of the hardest things that I did was ask her for help. And sure enough, she was there for me. She was there for me as a support system and as a mentor, not as a counselor or parent, but a friend. She helped me make goals that helped me achieve the grades that I needed so that I could change my major to something that I was actually excited about. She helped me decide how to go about addressing my social situations in my friend group, she guided me through conversations with professors, and more importantly she was always there to listen.
Kim has been nothing more than an advocate, a friend, and a voice of reason for me while I have been a student at college. It is because of her that I not only feel more confident about the choices I make, but I also think through my decisions more clearly, I am more focused on the things that are important to me, and I am more prepared for the tasks that lie ahead.”