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Letters to John Wilson

Dear Godfather,

I hope you know how much you meant to me and so many others that you touched during your time here amongst us.  When I was a child I didn’t believe in angels, but now I know the truth.  You are an angel indeed.  I owe my determination to persevere in spite of some difficult times to you and your counsel.  You told me I could do it!  You told me I could make it!  You told me that it wont be easy, but I possessed the qualities to come out on top!  I will never forget how you believed in me when I lost confidence in

As my professional mentor, you instilled in me the philosophy that I will govern my life by.  You taught me that “multiculturalism is an all inclusive term; it doesn’t exclude anyone on any basis; but instead it embraces everyone.”  I will miss dialing 3249 just to hear you say “hi sweetheart!”  I will miss coming to visit you in your office to get my boost of self esteem.  Although, I cannot do any of those things anymore, I can and will forever carry you in my heart.  I proclaim that I will produce the greatest return on investment; by living the kind of life that reflects your legacy.

Your legacy lives on!  I love you forever,
God daughter


Dear Mr. Wilson,

I want to extend a special thanks to you for being such a strong supporter for me, and the many students and alumni that you’ve had such a strong impact on.  You were more than a boss, mentor, role-model to me.  You were a good friend.  You taught me that friendships have no age standards.  I felt like you were someone I could relate to a lot easier than others, including some of my own peers.  At first, you were someone who I viewed solely as an influential leader and a mentor among many Springfield College students and alumni.  Eventually, our friendship grew to a more casual level where I felt like I could share a lot of personal things with you.  You were a great resource for many minority students at Springfield College who faced ethnic and cultural issues here in our campus community.  We shared many happy moments, laughing, and some hard times where you were able to console me.  I’m grateful for you being someone who I was able to vent to about my financial situation, family issues, and personal problems in general.  I am going to miss our daily conversations about sports, politics, careers, and your life lessons.  Considering I did not have my father around for most of my life, I felt like you were more of a father-figure that molded me.  You taught me how to conduct myself as a young professional and deal with my problems appropriately.  You taught me that it was important to be a role-model, and empowered me to fulfill the role as a leader in the Multicultural Affairs Department, that I initially believed I was not capable of fulfilling.  I learned a lot from our personal conversations, coordinating programs and events beside you, and attending advisory board meetings among other faculty members, discussing significant issues about adversity minorities’ face, relative current issues in the news, and a lot of presumptions generally associated with minorities.  As everyone else who you’ve impacted may feel, you were someone special that always found a way to instill motivation and confidence in people.  I will do my best to uphold your legacy and reputation.  You shared wise words, and had a heart of gold.  You will be greatly missed in the hearts of many people who looked up to you.  
Thank you for believing in me!



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