There were a record-breaking fourteen mentors in today’s In True Fashion class. In addition to the sheer impact in number of mentors, the impact of our two guest speakers left a visible impression, particularly on the females of the class. Entrepreneur Ali Brown who has been featured on ABC’s hit show Secret Millionaire was first to speak, telling her inspiring story of persistence and self-discovery. The students capitalized on Ali’s massive Twitter following, asking her for advice on how to get their voices heard through social media. Next to speak was Paula Golden, Executive Director of Broadcom Foundation. Paula encapsulated her long, successful business career in a nutshell, using most of her time to impart the importance of John Lennon’s words, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” Though the messages of both women transcended gender lines, there was palpable excitement amongst female students particularly.
As a rebuttal to the students’ common excuse of lacking time to complete assignments, Nancy chose the following for her Quote of the Day. In the words of H. Jackson Brown, Jr., “Do not say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
However, the amount of excuses has reduced remarkably from week to week. In fact, between last week’s class and today occurred what the mentors consider the biggest breakthrough of the semester. Students are stepping up in big ways, taking initiative, taking responsibility for their actions and their lives, and we could not be more proud. If this kind of progress is any indication of the strides that will be made in the remaining weeks of the semester, we can safely say that great things are in store for In True Fashion.