To name a few, there are: the pediatricians, doctors, professors and lawyers who worked as counselors in my summer programs, the teachers who were once tutors for my office, the lawyers who were once student aides and the artists who are now graphic designers. Also: the talented student who spent countless hours putting together a scrapbook marking my fourteen years at the University; one young mentee, who completed her doctorate in higher education at one of the finest programs in the country and made difficult life decisions that make me so very proud; students whom I still call upon to count on their respective areas of expertise, and the thoughtful student who showed up on my last day of work just to be present when I drove away for the last time. The saintly student who started a movement called Students Helping Honduras. His goal was to build a school and help support orphans penny by penny. Being around that modest, heart-filled young man was a privilege. Watching him bring his dream of building a school to fruition while involving thousands of volunteers from across the country and continuing that work even now, so many years later....indescribable!
Granted, there was the student who inspired my first gray hair! And the ambitious aide who could talk himself into and out of any situation. He worked for a California governor and I'm certain he will someday will serve in politics (and I'll vote for him)! There were the professionals I trained as students, one of whom now works in the very office in which she started; the student who assembled a group of alumni to host a party for me when she found out I was leaving the University....years after she was already off working in the "real world." The professionals who came back to honor and thank me...little did they know that I am the one whose life was enriched in so many ways just because they happened to set foot in the office that was my home for over a decade. And now, years after leaving the University, one of my former students who works in Japan designed a logo to help commemorate my growing obsession with cakes. Thank you Fumika and thank you to all of my students. Because of the many years of training, love and support you have provided me, I feel like the best-trained mom on the block!