What It Means to be a Role Model
By Kenny, a freshman at MHS
I came to Milton Hershey School in 2013 when I was in fifth grade. I was very shy when I first came, and I didn’t want to open up to anybody. That was until my sixth-grade year when I met new houseparents in a new student home. They really taught me how to go out, get involved, and connect with people.
There is one person in particular who has really helped me at MHS and that’s Mr. Gilbert. I met him my seventh-grade year, and we automatically connected. I’m interested in law enforcement and Mr. Gilbert is the Senior Director of Campus Safety and Security. He has provided me with essential connections in the field, and he has even helped me find opportunities to gain hands-on experience.
I remember a time when I wasn’t feeling well, and Mr. Gilbert made it a point to check-in and have dinner with me.
He’s the base of my support system at MHS. He has also really helped me build my leadership abilities.
A strong support system is essential to your success in and out of MHS. I feel it’s important to get my name out there while I’m young. People remember you when you can approach them in an appropriate manner. The more comfortable you are when you’re younger, the better you will be as you progress through life.
Mentors can be there to help with anything from academic guidance to building your professional network. However, role models don’t always have to be adults. Kids can be role models, too. I have a younger brother in middle school and I like to think I’m a role model to him in many ways. I’m urging him to make connections while he’s young and maintain them. In addition to my brother, I still try to stay in touch with students in my old student home and be a support system for them when needed.
I understand I’m fortunate to be in an environment where I can find support among so many adults who truly care about my success.