2016-05-11 / Front Page

Growing up with guidance

High school students and their mentors

Lina Geyer (right) with her mentor, Springfield High School teacher Stephen Lawrence. — ERICKA SCHOFFLina Geyer (right) with her mentor, Springfield High School teacher Stephen Lawrence. — ERICKA SCHOFFStarting as young child, children need someone to look up to for guidance. By giving students a mentor, or someone to go to for advice, they are able to release their emotions in a healthy way. Springfield High School students were asked to reflect on how the mentors in their lives have help them become the people they are today.

Lina Geyer, a junior, believes that having a mentor, like her high school teacher Stephen Lawrence, while growing up can play a crucial role in the development of a child.

“Having someone to go to throughout my high school career has been so helpful,” she said. “They’re like a security blanket. It's just nice to know that someone is there to help you with things that you may be going through, whether it is academically or socially.”

Kelsey Gould, a senior, emphasized the importance of students having someone to trust, aside from their parents.

“Having a mentor who isn’t necessarily a parental figure gives students more opportunities to open up about things they might not be comfortable talking about with their parents,” she said. “Being able to talk about what's going on emotionally, mentally, and physically just leads to better health in general.”

While mental health is a very important aspect of being a successful student, sometimes teenagers need someone who will motivate and push them to work to their full potential. Many students look to their teachers, older siblings, or their coaches for this nudge of encouragement.

Jonathan Courchesne, a junior, explained that the qualities he looks for in a mentor are someone that is honest and someone who will push him to become the best that he can be. Courchesne has found that his coaches are the people he trusts the most.

“It's important to have someone to guide you when you’re young and inexperienced because we don't really know what life has in store for us,” he said. “It takes someone who is experienced in the obstacles of life to be able to give advice worth taking.”

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