MATCH OF THE MONTH | MEGAN & ALARISS
Each month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin shines a light on the relationships that we are helping build within our community. Please help us congratulate Megan and her Little, Alariss — our Brown County Match of the Month for February.
Where did you hear about Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Megan: I heard about BBBS through a coworker of mine.
Why did you want to have Big Sister?
Alariss: Because I didn’t have a lot of people to connect with that are female.
Why did you want to become involved?
M: I wanted to become involved because I had a student that I thought would benefit so much from having a Big. However, when I heard that there was a long waiting list for littles to be matched, I thought I would do my part and help reduce the waiting list by joining and becoming a Big.
What do you do when you spend time together?
M: We go to the library, go out to eat, attend REACH activities and sometimes we hang out at my house and watch movies.
A: We go to the library and get books and play on computers or we do BBBS event.
Is there something in particular that stands out as a memorable time with your Little?
M: The first time we met was very memorable. Our conversation just flowed nicely, like we had known each other for years.
A: When we first met, when we went to Golden Corral.
Is there something in the future that you would like to do together, or that you look forward to experiencing together?
M: I look forward to continuing watch her grow and mold into the young woman that she is becoming. Starting with Alariss when she was in 5th grade and now see how far she has come as a freshman in high school has been a rewarding and neat experience.
A: I see us hanging out a lot and doing more together.
What have you enjoyed about being a Big?
M: I enjoy being there for Alariss when she needs me and taking on the role of a big sister again.
What have you learned from your Big?
A: I have learned to be patient and that I don’t always get what I want.
In what way has being matched with your Little affected you and your life?
M: Being a Big has given me a new perspective on life and has taught me to slow down and appreciate the small moments more.
How has being matched with a Big made a difference to you?
A: I feel my attitude has changed for the better.
If you had a crystal ball and could see five years into the future, what do you see for yourself and your match?
A: Being closer together and still hanging out. I believe I’ll be starting college by then. I think even though I’m in college we still be hanging out.
What would you say to others about Big Brothers Big Sisters and to others who are thinking about becoming a Big?
M: I would tell others that being a Big is super rewarding and is worth every moment.