Little Sister Sophie, matched in Highlands-Cashiers with her Big Sister Lynne Keating, will be entering college this fall with plans to become an art teacher and, eventually, an art therapist.
Sophie met Lynne in the sixth grade. They did jigsaw puzzles together in the school library, and Sophie would show her Big the art she had done in her sketchbook.
“It is funny to think how far our friendship has come since then,” Sophie said. “My relationship with my mentor has been extremely valuable to my development and making decisions for my future.”
Asked what advice she would give her younger self if she could, Sophie said, “I would tell myself to be more grateful for the resources I have been given and not to let opportunities pass me by. Big Brothers Big Sisters has given me so many opportunities and continual support throughout the years I have been involved.”