Characteristics of a Good Mentor: Seeks Understanding & Your Best Interests

A good mentor will be interested in how your upbringing and experiences influence your perception of the world and your decisions. . . . wanting the best for you doesn’t necessarily mean always telling you that everything you are doing is great. . . . Gaining perspective on your role in God’s bigger picture is one of the most valuable outcomes of a healthy mentoring relationship.Read more…

5 Characteristics You Probably Didn’t Know to Look for in a Mentor: Introduction

How can grad students identify good mentors? In this series, we’ll look at 5 characteristics that are useful to look for in a mentor. Keep in mind that it may not be realistic to find a single individual who exhibits all of these characteristics. You might need to look for a group of people . . .Read more…

Encountering God in the Liminality of Graduate School, Part 2

It was 1991, during the summer between my first and second years of medical school. I was in the basement of a Christian clinic in Times Square. The clinic provided free medical care for homeless people in New York City. I was filling up a tub with warm soapy water so one of our homeless clients could soak his feet.Read more…