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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

Student-athlete mentors during COVID-19

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Quinlin Fischer a four year veteran for Sac City College Soccer Team, She hopes to transfer UCLA or USC (Diana Martinez/[email protected])

Every week, this City College student-athlete video chats and mentors nine freshmen about time management, study skills and school resources via Zoom. She separates the mentees into two different groups to focus on each individual and asks how they are doing in school. 

Quinlin Fischer, a City College student-athlete, mentors freshmen student-athletes in the Panther for Panther program. Panther for Panther or P4P is a student mentoring program for student-athletes during their first year of college. Fischer does this while balancing school, soccer and work.  

“Right now, I started out with nine girls that I am mentoring, and they are all on the soccer team this semester,” said Fischer.

Due to COVID-19, the CCCAA has postponed all fall sports to spring, canceling the soccer season, so Fischer and her mentees meet remotely. 

“I’d definitely say it’s been rough. I know we all miss being out there on the field and being able to kick the ball around together,” said Fischer. “It’s hard motivating myself to do school, go to work, do my workout after, eat right every day and mentor my girls. You just have to have the internal motivation to do the work all by yourself,” she said.

Fischer is in her fourth year at City College and hopes to transfer to either UCLA or USC.

“I got an AA in communications, which is my main major. I have enough units for an interdisciplinary social science AA, and now I am working on a third AA for intercultural studies,” said Fischer. 

In the past spring semester, Fischer mentored freshmen on the baseball, softball and water polo teams. Usually, the program groups are not large, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of mentors is limited. 

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“Quin is very committed to keeping these nine girls on track and helping them navigate throughout the semester, so I would say she has her hands full,” said Alexia Poon, Fischer’s soccer coach. 

Victoria Labrado, one of Fischer’s mentees, called Fischer a smart student mentor who stays on top of all of her work and is a thoughtful person. 

“She’s helped me feel comfortable within our team and has given me great advice on where to access certain programs and other things,” said Labrado.  

Fischer looks up to her grandpa and her coach as inspiration. Fischer admires coach Poon because of the number of achievements she has at a young age. Poon, who has coached Fischer since high school and a year and a half at City College said, “She is awesome, responsible, hard-working, committed to everything and anything she does.” 

Poon sees Fischer as a role model to herself and others. “She just cares so much that it reminds me all the time of why I do what I do and what impacts I can make in my students and student athlete’s lives,” said Poon.

“She’s just a great example of someone who has faced some very hard times but was able to overcome those hard times and turn them into something positive,” said Poon, “I am going to be really sad to see her leave Sac City, but I am also very excited for her.”

Fischer likes to give this advice to incoming student-athletes even when they’re not currently playing as a team. 

“Make sure you’re playing a sport for the right reasons, make sure you are dedicated… and make sure your heart is in it.”

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