Week of 12/2

Welcome back Mentors! Big, big, big week coming up!!!

This Wednesday, from 4:30 pm to 6:15 pm in college hall, will be our semi-annual field trip! Kids from each school are coming to WashU, and we want everyone to be there! You do NOT have to be a day leader or hold a leadership position to attend. We want as many mentors as possible! The kids are beyond excited, and it would mean the a lot to them to see their favorite mentors.

On Thursday, we are having a fundraiser at Market Pub House. The cover is $5, and please bring identification showcasing that you are above 21. Party with your fellow mentors as you celebrate classes coming to a close!

That’s all for this week folks, see you Wednesday! Our Mentor of the Week for this week is Robert Gallo, self proclaimed billiards extraordinaire.


1. When did you first start doing Books & Basketball?

I got interested in Books and Basketball at the big activity fair at the beginning of my freshman year, but I didn’t end up joining that semester because I was so disoriented by all the clubs and activities I had heard about that day. That year I realized a lot of people that I respected on campus were in Books and Basketball, so I decided to look into it more seriously. I signed up the fall of my sophomore year and now I am so glad I did!

2. What is your favorite Books & Basketball moment?

 Every semester there is that moment when a kid that you worked with the previous week gets really excited when you walk in and asks if you’ll work with him/her. Each time it is gratifying to know that they look forward to you coming on that day every week.

3. What would you say to someone thinking about doing Books & Basketball?

I would tell them that it is a lot of fun, but that’s not what Books and Basketball is  really about. It’s about being there for a kid like maybe an older sibling, cousin, or somebody else that you looked up to was there for you when you were their age.

4. Do you have any tips you would give to other mentors regarding being a better mentor?

 Be excited about the work they are doing, and they will have fun and be more engaged.

5. Why do you think it is important to do Books & Basketball and be involved with the greater St. Louis community?

Wash U has so many conveniences that you could go all four years without leaving campus and be fine, but then you’re missing out on the opportunity to be a part of the greater St. Louis community. Books and Basketball has given me a greater appreciation for the community that I have been calling home the past three years.

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