I became a part of Project Threshold as a freshman in fall 2011. Throughout my entire college experience, Project Threshold has been a family setting for me. My counselor, Deborah Binkley-Jackson, has been an amazing advisor to me. During my sophomore year, I became a mother. Although I was frustrated with myself, Mrs. Jackson never allowed me to quit school. She helped me find online classes that would satisfy my degree sheet, and helped me continue to work toward my degree. I always faced academic or personal issues, and she made sure she was available when I needed her. I will forever be grateful for all that Mrs. Jackson has done for me over the years. Even though I have graduated, she and I talk regularly and I keep her up to date on my life. Mrs. Jackson is someone who never leaves your life.
Another person who has tremendously impacted my life is Mrs. Crystal Carter. Mrs. Carter is the kind of advisor that gives you life. Her personality is magnetic, and she quickly became one of my greatest mentors. Over the years, Mrs. Carter has gone above and beyond the call of duty as an advisor to do whatever she could to assist me. As a student, I would sometimes call her after midnight to discuss my academic and life stresses. No matter the time, she would always be there to assist me.
Ensuring that all of her students understand the power of giving, Mrs. Carter also got me involved in J.U.M.P. Academy, her non-profit organization that has partnered with the Oklahoma City Police Department to offer mentoring to young girls from inner-city areas, as well as community service projects with the homeless, the elderly, and woman in domestic violence shelters. What has been most rewarding about these different annual experiences is that Mrs. Carter is right in the trenches with you, changing the lives of at-risk youth, clouded with hopelessness. I will never be able to repay her for all of the “Taste and See” moments she has exposed me to, not for all that she has done,and poured into me.*
The Threshold community is a family. No other resources on campus offers the same sense of family and belonging that Project Threshold does, and this resource is crucial for student success.
*”Taste and See” refers to a famous Hymn.
Monet Caddell graduated from The University of Oklahoma in 2016 with a bachelor’s in Sociology. She currently works as a Case Manager for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.