The medical term “threshold” can be defined as “the maximum level of radiation or a concentration of a substance considered to be acceptable or safe.” In the context of the role of Project Threshold here at The University of Oklahoma, one of its goals is to create a safe space where students can flourish and excel. This space creates a sense of belonging by establishing a community for the students. One of the methods of doing this is having a staff that helps establish and contribute to this safe space. As stated by the director of Project Threshold, “Many of our staff have backgrounds similar to the participants we serve which inspires our passion towards a commitment of ensuring that every student admitted to the program be provided with the best quality of academic support.”
For many students, Mrs. Carter has been the sole reason why they have remained in school and graduated. She goes above and beyond her job title every day. For her, her job doesn’t stop when she leaves her office. Through the years that I have known Mrs. Carter, she has given me a sense of belonging and family. She has been more than a counselor for school; she has been my life counselor. Most things that end up disrupting or hindering the progress of a student are the outside factors and events that life throws at you, and she has been there through everything.
It is not just Project Threshold that we need, but also these specific counselors. They are what make Project Threshold the success it has been. The passion that Mrs. Carter has for her students is unmatched. She dedicates herself to us when she really doesn’t have to. She ensures that you will not only graduate college, but succeed and prosper in every aspect of life. The work, time, and love that Mrs. Carter puts into us is mind blowing. I honestly do not think this program can have this same effect without her.
Tori Mongo is a senior at The University of Oklahoma studying African American Studies, Pre-Medicine. Post graduation she aspires to go to medical school and work in primary care. Her greatest aspiration in life is to travel overseas and be able to do pro-bono work for underdeveloped countries.