Project Threshold was a safe space. It was a space that poured into me and fostered growth from the time I stepped foot on campus until I walked across the stage to graduate and beyond. Threshold brought me up to speed with what I needed to know as a college student, things that many first-generation students weren’t aware of. They provided me with resources that I took full advantage of, from computer availability to printing services.
Crystal Carter, my Project Threshold advisor turned mentor turned friend; has helped me in ways that I could never repay. Her guidance, as simple as that may have been at times, has led me toward some of my greatest accomplishments. From landing an internship that took me to D.C. for 9 months as an undergraduate student, she made sure to keep me full time and eligible for all of my scholarships during my time away. Crystal was my supporter when I began and accomplished my journey to become a Fulbright Scholar. She has written an outrageous amount of recommendations and referrals on my behalf, and even when she was not acting as my personal mentor and sponsor, she has always been my advocate. I remember having a conversation with her before I graduated. She told me, “Regennia, you’re different. There are certain people who go to the edge of the mountain, and then there’s you. You are the type of person who goes to the edge of the mountain, then jumps.” Those words have never left me. I’m not one who lacks confidence, but we all have reservations, we all have moments of doubt. I come from a single-parent, lower socio-economic household. I am the youngest of three. First-generation, lower socio-economic, woman, Black, Queer… all demographics that have in some way been a disadvantage at times.
Project Threshold saw fit to make sure I thrived anyway. I still feel safe when I sit in Crystal’s office. I still have an ear. I still have guidance. I still have a friend and a resource. Her job never stops. I am eternally grateful for the growth I achieved as a Threshold student. I can only hope this program expands to impact even more lives. I currently work in Diversity & Inclusion, trying to make the same difference that was made in my life.