My name is Joyce Jiao I am an immigrant and come from a low-income family. I am the first person in my family to go to college. I started at a community college and eventually transferred to a four-year university. I majored in Genetics, and graduated in 2010. I originally wanted to pursue a PHD right after graduation, as I explored other career paths, I found my true passion in the medical field and working with people. However, by the time I realized my passion, I was out of school and did not have access to school counselors/advisors anymore. I looked up medical school advisors online, but I couldnt afford the expensive counseling fees.
I came across StudentMentor.org while I was finding volunteer positions. I posted a request on seeking advice about medical school admission. Quickly, a physician responded to me and offered me a mentorship. We introduced ourselves to each other, and communicated through emails. As time went by, we started using Skype. My mentor gave me tremendous help not only on medical school admission process but also on how to improve my English. Moreover, he generously shared his life stories and experience with me. He is one of the best mentors that I’ve had in my life. I feel more secure and confident as I travel down the road to achieve my goal because someone that I trust is out there with me whenever I need some advice.
I HIGHLY recommend StudentMentor.org to others because I want more people to benefit from this program just like I did. Thank you for initiating this great program not only for helping people like me but also for giving an opportunity to others who are kind and want to give back and share their experience with people who are in need.