Why You Should Have a Mentor
A mentor can best be described as an “experienced and trusted advisor.”
You might have a specific idea of what a mentor is. Maybe the word brings to mind a teacher or a grandparent. A mentor should be someone in your life you’re able to confide in, someone who can give you wisdom that springs out of experience, and someone who will pour honesty and encouragement into your life.
If you have somebody who embodies those things for you, you have a mentor. And if you don’t, here are a few reasons why you should consider finding one.
Mentors Help You Learn
As a college student, there will be those days when you may feel extremely discouraged and unable to make decisions.
Whether you’re concerned with school or a job, a mentor can be your voice of reason. This is someone who has been where you are. He or she has an idea about how to handle situations that every college student faces.
Having someone there for you to give you advice and reassure you when it comes to what you’re going through makes being in college so much easier.
Mentors Help You Grow
A mentor is someone who sees the potential for you to be the best version of yourself you can be — and will help you get there! Mentors do this by being completely open and honest with you. This can be scary, but it can also be an opportunity to mature as a person and even to learn how to receive and handle helpful criticism.
So How Do I Find a Mentor?
Now that you know why it’s a good idea to have a mentor, it’s helpful to know how to actually find one.
The best advice I can give college students is to get involved with student organizations that put upperclassmen with underclassmen. Whether that is through a fraternity or sorority or through some kind of church-affiliated organization, this is a good first step.
It might be intimidating at first, but rest assured that if someone is a mentor worth having, they’ll want to invest in your life. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and build relationships with other people.
When you find that person, be honest. Tell him or her that you’re seeking counsel and want them to mentor you. More than likely, he or she will be honored and beyond willing to do so.
This whole process may be scary for some but the effort is worthwhile. No matter if this person is a counselor or just someone older than you who shares your academic interests, the benefits of having someone you consider a mentor to advise you, to help you over the rough patches, is undeniable.
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