“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” -John Crosby.
All of us have felt the need to have a mentor at some point or another in our lives. A mentor provides wisdom which comes only with experience.
I had my first session with a mentor today. One that I’ll probably always remember. Being my teacher, he knew a lot about me even before I entered the room. He made sure that I was comfortable by starting the conversation with my strong points(which currently happens to be academics). It felt like I was talking to a friend and not a teacher. He went on to ask me about what was going on in my life. He listened intently when I told him about the problems we face at the college and assured me that he’d do everything possible to make the changes required. He also told me about his personal experiences, imparting invaluable advice and lessons with every story.
He ended the session by talking about my flaws and how I should work on them. He helped me see things in a different ways, encouraged me to work towards achieving my goals and advised me to engage in activities which would help me to achieve the goals which I have set for myself.
I never felt the need to have a mentor. Even when I was made to go to him to talk about my problems, I just had the thought of it being just a formality. To my surprise, upon leaving the room I felt like a burden was off my shoulders; a burden which I never knew even existed.