Spring Reflection from Magdala / by Evey Sekajipo

This year was my first year being a mentor with MA and I really didn’t know what to expect. I had heard so much about what MA does and how great it was, but I had never seen it up close. I knew I wanted to be a mentor, so when I first started meeting with the high school girls I spent a lot of time listening and watching the other mentors. I wanted to know how to be a good mentor, but I also wanted to know what was so special about MA. 

Looking back now, I came to realize that everything we did was normal. We were normal mentors who met with normal high school girls once a week to have normal meals and normal conversations. So you might ask, what is it that makes MA so great? I think it comes down to just being there. Each of the girls came from different walks of life and every week they came with different needs. Sometimes they need to talk, sometimes they needed to cry, sometimes they needed to laugh, sometimes they needed advice, and other times they just needed to be with their friends. 

Being a mentor has shown me the value of being present. As people we all want to know that someone has our back. As children of God, we need people, like mentors, to be there just as Jesus is. I’m thankful that I had an opportunity to be a mentor this year. Moving forward, I will continue to be whatever the MA girls need me to be.

Magdala Saint-Louis
Bulls Business Community Adviser
University of South Florida