I had never thought that mentors were needed to apply to boarding schools. Going into my first session, I thought that Danny was going to ask about my grades, my scores, and talk about the essay topics like other counselors do but instead, he asked me about my life, my passion, and he genuinely wanted to build a relationship with me and my family. It didn’t feel like Danny was my mentor or my counselor, but instead, it felt like he was my brother.