NASCAR Diversity Mentorship in Atlanta

I've been in Atlanta the past four days for work. I got back last night and I'm spending my Labor Day doing laundry and packing because I leave for Charlotte early tomorrow morning.

I was in Atlanta for a program I manage, for minority college students, called the NASCAR Diversity Mentorship Program. This past weekend was the first of the last three mentorships we'll have this race season. We had ten amazing kids from the Atlanta area as "mentees" for the weekend. I love this program because we get to introduce young people to the sport of NASCAR as well as the business behind the sport. Hopefully they become lifelong fans and maybe even pursue a career in the industry one day. I was blown away by the professionalism and genuine willingness to learn that these students had, they were truly amazing!

My co-worker Alejandra and I with the ten diversity mentorship students before the Nationwide race.
Perron, one of our NASCAR Diversity Interns from this past summer, goes to school in Georgia and he came to help out for the weekend!
I was also able to sneak off on a few dinner and breakfast dates to catch up with some old friends. Being able to see my longtime friends when I travel, makes living so far away in Daytona a little easier. My friend Ryan and I had a long conversation about the irony of our sport. Most people in the industry have a passion for what they do, and even consider their current position their "dream" job. However, despite having a "dream job", it's more of the norm rather than the exception, to meet 25-40 year old singles who haven't had time to date or start families because of all the travel involved with their work. I love what I do, and I'm only 22 years old, but I don't want to be one of those people who forgets to balance work and personal life, and then one day look back and realize that I've missed out on the "living" part of life.
"and in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years"
So, life is all about balance, and that's something that I'm learning to do every day. 

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