Oh, the places you’ll go, oh the people you’ll meet, and oh the paths you’ll take. Seven years ago if you had told me my path would lead me back to Northeast Georgia, I may have looked at you like you had two heads. At that point in my life I had a one track mind that was headed straight toward the western part of the state and wasn’t looking back. What I failed to realize that the connections I was making and had made would lead me back to where it all began. This sounds much more like a story than a synopsis, but for me this journey has been exactly that. The Honors Mentorship Program gave me the preparation for internships, involvements, and the maturity to handle criticism and success. During my collegiate time at the University of West Georgia, I became a leader in student government, Greek life, and a student ambassador. HMP teaches you to grab life by the horns and never look back and that’s exactly what I did. I landed a two year internship with a campus entity that challenged my creative mind and pushed to me to be the best I can be. I grew as a leader and was able to be a part of some great marketing campaigns while there. Before I knew it, I was accepting the Public Relations Award for the entire College of Social Sciences and was well on my way to accepting my degree! If you know me, however, you know it wouldn’t stop there. A jump, hop, and a giant leap later and I was boarding a plane to the UK to get an additional certificate in advertising at the University of London before returning to Georgia for graduation. Stepping out of the normal, comfortable bubble was the beginning of a new chapter for me. I learned so much about myself and ability to go out into this world and make a difference. I didn’t know that opportunity would come in the form of a phone call with a mentor and friend of many years. Next thing I knew, I had agreed to come back to Hall County and began assisting in expanding the local marketing and community outreach for Milton Martin Honda. Jump five months into the future and I was standing in the rotunda of the Georgia State Capitol helping constituents from all over the 49th district and representing Senator Butch Miller. August marked a year that my crazy, fun, unexpected journeys begin and I wouldn’t trade it for a second. What I didn’t expect from HMP was for the program to provide me the opportunity for its benefits to come full circle. All the challenges, the successes, and the hard work are now being placed in my hand to show to a mentee. Seeing it from a different perspective challenges and rewards you in a completely different aspect and thus far has been humbling. The fact that I am helping shape another student’s journey and path, I hope it will be to them, everything and more that it was to me. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead Ashton Blackwood Marketing and Community Outreach- Milton Martin Honda Constituent Services- Senator Butch Miller
Alex Hutcheson attended West Hall High, and then the U.S. Air Force Academy. Alex is now an Air Force C-17 pilot. The benefit of Honors Mentorship that stands out most to Alex is it taught him how to be a professional in an environment outside an office. The etiquette classes, the emphasis on helping out in the community, and community service are all tenants that Alex felt professionals and leaders need to learn. In his few years in the Air Force, he has already put to use what he learned from HMP. From leading an aircrew of 5 to a squadron of 120, to heading up the organization of group formal/social events, or being able to sit down at a military equivalent of a black tie event/dinner with Generals and other officers and to be able to hold his own, and to be given a chance to understand the importance of charitable work, Alex has drawn on the skills learned in Honors Mentorship. Looking back a few years removed, those skills things stand out the most to Alex and he appreciates the opportunity to be exposed to them in high school. The program provided an introductory look at a career he had hoped to (and did) pursue was definitely a great opportunity, but the professionalism aspects really stuck with him down the road. Thank you for your service Alex!
Tiffany Muñoz is a proud Honors Mentorship Program (HMP) alumna! During Tiffany’s senior year of high school she was accepted into HMP, after which she was given the opportunity to intern at Crown Financial Ministries. The exposure that she received during this internship allowed her to have a true experience of what Corporate America is. During her internship with Crown Financial Ministries’ accounting department, she was able to shadow various accounting professionals, including the Chief Financial Officer. This experience marked her first steps in pursuing a career in business. Tiffany graduated from Flowery Branch High School as Valedictorian and attended Georgia State University as a Goizueta Scholar – a four year full ride scholarship. HMP taught Tiffany the value of internships and the importance of pursuing opportunities that help develop success in the long run. Throughout her undergraduate studies she completed four internships at highly reputable named companies: Qwest Communications, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and Target. She was given these opportunities through professional organizations such as INROADS and Management Leadership for Tomorrow. Tiffany’s involvement in college also included serving in various leadership positions. She served as President of ALPFA, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. Additionally, Tiffany Co-founded the Alpha Pi Chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. at Georgia State University and later served as Vice President and Director of Internal Affairs. While in college, Tiffany also studied abroad on two separate occasions. She completed a semester-long Spanish immersion program in Valencia, Spain and a two-week cultural and economics study program in South Africa. Tiffany graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and a Certificate of International Business. She currently works at Target as a Sourcing Business Analyst.