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    • Tasha Matthews, Peer Advocate


    A mentor, what’s a mentor to me?

    What’s the ideal mentor that’s helped me to be

    The best person that I could possibly be

    So that I may be mentor too for people like me

    A mentor, a mentor

    Unlocks unopened doors

    Of the untapped chambers of my heart to what’s more

    To project a perspective of the potential of what’s in store So I’ll have dove eyes and eagles’ wings to sore

    I’ll have to be honest,

    Most my mentors were female scholars,

    Teachers and some doctors,

    Soul survivors called to take me higher

    A Mentor, a mentor

    Instead I say a femtor,

    What’s that you ask?

    I can answer that at best, no second guess, and pass the test:

    A femtor is the female version of a mentor, of a mentor, of a, of a mentor…

    Alright, alright, I digress, more or less I must still share with you the ones that had me impressed:

    My 7th grade teacher Mrs. Greene

    Who thought my poetry was very sweet,

    Encouraged me to enter contests and knock the judges of their feet

    Now that’s a mentor to me

    Or my teacher Mrs. Jones

    Who would listen to me with open arms

    To all my poems that I wrote

    And said writing for me was not so hard

    She was embodiment of mentor

    Male mentors to mention,

    Casey, Chatham, & Granite

    Teachers of science and theatre

    And one a doctor who helped to manage

    Vision issues on the real that was a hurtle and a challenge

    Mentoring me to see past what I could ever fathom

    And then college suddenly appeared

    And femtors were certainly revered

    In the hardest seasons of my life throughout all the years

    To help me flourish for the moments of my future career

    Femtors like Sara and Kathleen and Joan,

    Debbie, Kris, and Stephanie and Maryann

    All these femtors have helped me see just how tall I can stand

    And finish with Bachelor’s in the rarities that is

    And just a quick word

    I’d be remissed if you hadn’t heard

    A huge part of my life

    Was the faith built and lessons learned

    The mentors, the femtors

    Were people at my church

    Who listened in my hardest times

    And helped me see my worth

    The mentor, the mentor

    The mentor is my Lord

    Who healed my spiritual wounds

    And touched my heart the deepest core

    A mentor, what’s a mentor to you?

    What’s the ideal mentor that’s helped you to bloom

    Helped you to soar zoom, pulled up from your doom

    So that you can a mentor too for folks now in your shoes