My nephew recently left for his freshman year of college. As he did, my sister was told that there are three times through the first semester that her son will be most homesick - at 3 days, when the newness fades and he realizes this is it, at 3 weeks when he realizes how much work is involved and at 3 months when finals hit.
For most colleges in the area, we are at three weeks right now, and those first year students are in deep with papers, reading material, quizzes, presentations and more. If/when they begin to feel overwhelmed, many will call home to talk to their parents, their grandparents, even their siblings for an ounce of reassurance. But what about the students who don’t have someone to call or whose phone call only adds more stress to their day?
For many young people who have aged out of foster care, they do so without a caring adult or only with caring adults who came into their lives as professionals (case managers, counselors, etc.). At the R.J. Leonard Foundation, we aim to match Fellows with that caring adult - someone they can call when the course load feels like too much or even when it feels like too little.
If you’d like to be that person, that Mentor, contact the R.J. Leonard Foundation here.