Krista Boyles believes that you shouldn’t let perfection ruin good, advice she lives in order to demonstrate to her students that success is not always immediate, and often, progress in an incredible journey. She’s been a mentor with ESM since 2015, where she excels at tutoring students across a variety of disciplines, including her personal favorites: math and science. More than that though, Krista says she offers support to students in their everyday lives.
“I came into this job expecting to form relationships with my students, but I have been wholeheartedly welcomed into my students’ homes and treated as though I am one of the family,” Krista says. She aims to achieve success through student success, and says nothing is more important to her in her job then finding ways to help her students. And, she admits, goodbyes are hard – her biggest challenge isn’t working with students, but watching them leave for college, no longer needing her help.
It’s also one of the the things she’s most proud of. Krista continues to be motivated by the enthusiasm and excitement her students provide, and, she says, as her students know, she’s always excited to talk about their lives and futures, something she attributes to her success as a mentor because of the bond it creates.
Krista’s mentor philosophy comes from mentors she’s had in her own academic career, and identifies one doctor at a veterinary clinic she worked at during her undergraduate experience at Texas A&M. “The veterinarian was always overjoyed to be seeing their clients and patients, which has definitely rubbed off on me. This vet influenced me because I was able to learn so much from them, not only medically, but also personally on my path into the veterinary field.”
As someone who has always loved working with kids, Krista was excited to discover an opportunity with ESM, even if it meant driving from Davis, where she is a third year veterinary student at University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her college experience has been largely positive, which she partially attributes to her initial college search. Krista looked for schools that provided a direct path to veterinary medicine, and visited campuses to make sure that the environment, students, social life, and academics would be a good fit. “If a student is unsure of their career path,” she says, “then make sure you visit, visit, visit colleges, because you never know which one will feel like the right fit until you are walking around the campus and meeting the students.”
In her extremely limited free time, she loves watching college football, crafting, getting outdoors, and visiting family and friends. Of course, while Krista certainly has a passion for people, she’s most definitely an animal lover too.
During her first year of veterinary school at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, she got involved with the Orphan Kitten Project, and organization that takes in kittens too young to be placed in shelters and provides all medical care until they’re old enough for adoption. Krista has fostered 15 kittens, and is enthusiastic about the work the organization does.
If you’re interested in supporting the Orphan Kitten Project, please make a donation or join Krista at the Pet Food Express in Davis on Sunday, October 22 from 11-3. They’ll have more than 20 adoptable kittens, homemade catnip toys, and baked goods!