Greg and Shobanni have been match for 2 1/2 years. They were matched during the height of COVID, where everything was virtual, and it was very difficult to bond and truly make a connection. Despite having a difficult start to their relationship, once they met in person, their friendship truly began and since then has grown immensely and continues to grow with every hangout.
“My role as a Big Brother, is being the there for Shobanni in whatever capacity that requires. Whether it’s sending a text to check in on how is he doing, hanging out together, providing guidance on schoolwork or my point of view and most importantly just listening” says Greg.
Shobanni appreciates how Greg gives his upmost support to him and is very understanding of his personality. “Having a Big has changed the way I talk and interact with people, but also how much I should open my eyes to certain things, such as my future goals in life or things that most kids don’t know about when becoming an adult” says Shobanni.
Every hangout is special, but the one memory that stands out in Gregs’ mind, was when him and Shobanni participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Catwalk for Kids Fashion Show last year. “We were both hesitant but went outside of our comfort zones and had a great time,” said Greg. For Shobanni, the special memory that stands out for him was “the conversation of what career I should go into for college, because I would always think of what I should do or what career I would really enjoy for the rest of my life but never made up my mind until my Greg steered me into the right direction.”
Not only has Greg impacted Shobanni’s life, but Shobanni has also made a huge impact on Greg’s life as well. “I’ve been able to get involved in activities and experiences that I never would have considered if I wasn’t a Big. I am humbled and grateful for the experience,” says Greg. As for Shobanni, there have been some challenges in his life but with Greg by his side, he has been able to navigate those challenges. “Greg helps with my school needs, the support to be better and do better, things to know during college, and how much I should appreciate the life I have,” says Shobanni.
If you’re considering becoming a Big, “Do it! You will meet great people, participate in fun activities, make a difference in someone’s life,” says Greg.