Richelys was especially nervous about her Junior Review, an opportunity to publicly reflect on three years’ worth of academic work and personal growth. She was at the Museum of Science, about to present in front of a large audience of teachers, peers, and community members. As she waited by the side of the stage, she was surprised to spot a familiar face in the crowd — her mentor, Andrew.
Richelys began to cry. She was overwhelmed — not by nerves but with relief. With a boost of confidence from her mentor, Richelys took the stage and described how she had grown over that year — from being afraid to ask questions to being able to face her fears on a public stage.