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Finding your Yoda
June 3, 2016
Everyone needs a mentor in their lives. College allows you to have so many in one place, but make sure you find someone who you will really connect with. It will pay off in a big way.
You meet a lot of people in college, and hopefully, one will be a wonderful mentor.
I am not just talking about your professors, internship coordinators, job supervisors and administrators. These people all serve as excellent resources with valuable advice and can play a large role in your college experience.
What I’m talking about is a mentor that is only a year or two older than you, who may not even know they are a mentor. This person might be involved in the same club, Greek organization or major as you.
I found mine while working for the campus newspaper.
As a freshman, I walked into my first newspaper staff meeting nervous but excited to jump into my intended career field. I walked out with a story assignment, supreme joy and a major friend-crush on my news editor Marais.
She was bubbly, funny and insightful. I saw the way she interacted with the rest of the staff and how she genuinely wanted to get to know me and see my writing grow.
Over the year, we became better and better friends. Marais offered great advice for my articles, my classes and my life in general. She was never more than a text message away, and whenever we ran into each other on campus she took the time to ask me for updates on everything.
Our friendship continued even though she graduated, and I still text her for advice about professors I have not taken yet or to complain about how sources never answer my emails.
Everyone deserves a mentor like Marais. She made my college experience a lot easier and so much more fun.
Look around for upperclassmen you admire. Maybe they are sitting next to you in a core requirement class or are the vice president of the club you joined.
Find that person you can go to and ask questions. They might not even know they mentored you until you write a blog post about them. (Hi Marais!)
But seriously, find some friends who are older than you who can pass some of their wisdom down to the younger class.
And to upperclassmen – do your part and make friends with the scared freshman on campus. It will definitely be worth it.
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