Opportunity Inspires Student

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Anthony Iannone

We have all been blessed with individuals who have guided us, pushed us beyond the boundaries that we originally set for ourselves and inspired us to reach for greater heights. We call these individuals mentors. They can come from a variety of different places in our life: a coach, parent, teacher, brother, sister, neighbor and many more. The patience, love and commitment they have to help others are unprecedented; a gift we are more than lucky to have.

Throughout my life I have always found my mentors to be my family members or coaches. However, during my time here at Assumption, I was blessed with a mentor I have never had before: a professor. He was much more than that.

In applying to a new program at the time, the SOPHIA Initiative, I received così tante opportunità (so many opportunities), one being guidance from a passionate and dedicated faculty mentor.

My mentor was and is still currently Associate Professor of Biology Dr. David Crowley. At first, I was skeptical. I thought, a science professor? I have never taken a science course, nor will I ever here at Assumption, so how did this happen? I had no clue about the reasoning behind this match. But there was no reasoning needed, for he continues to be the best mentor I could have found.

Professor Crowley challenged my way of thinking, questioned me to think deeper and really focus on my vocational journey. He advocated for the importance of living a life of service, being the best family man one could be, always taking each opportunity as a learning experience and staying “the Good Busy,” which was the theme of his Agape Latte talk.

He encompasses what it means to be a great mentor in the classroom, SOPHIA program17 and around the community as he continuously strives to bring out people’s full potential and motivates those around him to serve and be the best they can be. I hope to be just as good a mentor to others as he has been to me.

Here at Assumption, you have countless opportunities to help, guide and inspire others. You have the opportunity to be a mentor. I encourage and challenge you, like Professor Crowley has done to me, to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Act on that burning passion within and go out to serve those around you.

At the Reach Out Center, you can be a mentor to children at Flagg Street School in the Bigs program by helping with homework, reading books and playing games outside; in the St. Peter’s Mentoring program, in which you are paired with a child from ages six through 15, you can have a lasting impact on their life; on a SEND trip, you could have the opportunity to work with youth and show them that mentors are willing to spend their vacations building relationships with others even outside their hometown. Ultimately, you can lead by example. It is in you; keep striving to be the best you can be and striving to bring out the best in others.

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