I have two official mentors here; two people who experienced the Academy years before I did but still went through the same obstacles. They’re a couple years apart, one works here and the other travels the world. However, although they pursued different post-Academy endeavors, I’ve learned so much from their personal stories and their actions of taking the time to mentor me. Having a mentor here is extremely important because mentors make you think about your actions and motives. Frankly, it’s less about oversight and more about guidance. And while it takes time to build trust and be comfortable with talking to someone more experienced; sometimes self-reflection is easier when someone else is holding the mirror.
Through the year I’ve seen myself develop into more of a mentor figure. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that, at least in Chase Hall, strong mentorship takes time. At least one party has to take the first step in reaching out, and interactions should be consistent and positive. Ideally, I hope that most underclass feel like they’ve walked away with something worthwhile after talking to me, be it a lingering thought, more motivation, or even a better mood. I’m still learning what questions to ask as a mentee, and how to answer questions as a mentor, and hopefully I’ll never stop.
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