We have an update on one of our favorite mentor pairs. Kira Arnott, a 2012 CRLS grad, took part in the College Planning and Essay Writing (CPEW) program during the 2011-12 academic year, working closely with with college mentor Courtney Cox.
Last spring, to celebrate the conclusion of another successful CPEW program that served 79 college-bound seniors, a party was held for all tutors and students. Organized by CSV’s Laura Margosian, the event featured ice cream sundaes and raffle prizes. Toscanini‘s generous ice cream sundae donation was a big homerun on the celebratory party. Seniors showcased highlights from working with their CSV mentors, shared their upcoming college plans and took notes as mentors offered helpful first-year college success tips. Kira was fortunate to win the grand raffle prize – two tickets to a July Red Sox game at Fenway!
Now a freshman at Mount Holyoke College, Kira has continued to communicate with her mentor, Courtney. Courtney reports that Kira is doing well, won a scholarship with the essay she worked on with Courtney, and has joined the crew team as coxswain. Kira says classes are hard, and that she’s made a lot of friends in crew.
Courtney, too, has been changed by the mentoring experience. Since her work with CSV last year, she has decided to change careers from magazine editor to school counselor. Now living in the Pittsburgh area, Courtney continues to search for a meaningful volunteer program like CSV, telling Laura “how lucky Cambridge is to have such an awesome volunteer program.” She will soon be applying to grad school in school counseling. You can read our earlier story about Courtney here.
If you know of other success stories with CSV, let us know! We would be happy to feature them on our blog, Facebook or e-newsletter.