As you all may know, I have been having a great year so far in ISM. However, I faced my first obstacle last week in ISM. In my last post, I talked about how I was going to request a professional to be my mentor. I sent an email later that week asking if she could be my mentor. Within ten minutes I got a reply from her saying that she was honored that I would consider her as my mentor and that she would look through the handbook to see what the mentorship is all about. Unfortunately, the next day I got another email from her. However, it wasn't the reply I was looking for. She told me that she was leaving the DFW area for research purposes for a semester and because of that she doesn't think that she would be the best mentor. I was definitely upset at first but I realized that everything happens for a reason. I honestly am glad that she is going to do research because her work will probably help the scientific community with its understanding of dark matter/dark energy. Additionally, I also think this situation is going to be helpful for me. Yes, it is disappointing but everyone needs to have hardships in order to grow. Like I said before, ISM so far has been a smooth ride for me. Having an obstacle like this will make me get out of my comfort zone and try different things. This is how I am looking at this situation. I could either cry about it and get nothing done or I can move forward. Tomorrow, I am going to discuss with Mr.Wysong about my options and take it from there. I am excited about what is going to happen. Obstacles aren't meant to stop you. They are there to lift you up.