Last week, I gave some general thoughts on finding good mentors as an undergraduate. This week, Iâ€™ll talk a bit about finding mentors who share your beliefs. This is not in any way to minimize the value of mentors who have different views about life. Iâ€™ve learned valuable skills, knowledge, and virtues from mentors who had completely different assumptions about the way the world works. Itâ€™s often quite helpful to have a mentor who will challenge your deepestÂ beliefs about the world. But, as in most things, itâ€™s also helpful to find some mentors who see things from a similar angle and can deepen your understanding of how your faith and your field interact. And it can be a difficult task.
Many professors are hesitant to talk about their own epistemology in class, in the commendable desire to give students room to express their individual viewpoints. And as a student, it can be intimidating to ask a professor what he or she believes, even in an individual conversation during office hours. Leaving those issues aside, itâ€™s simply hard to build community in the rush of managing course schedules and extracurriculars. Here are a few ways to look if youâ€™re trying to find mentors who share belief in Christ. Some of these thoughts are easier to apply in graduate school (the suggestion about going to conferences, for instance), but I hope that theyâ€™re helpful to think about in undergrad as well. If you are interested in graduate school, applying some of these suggestions will help to prepare for that as well. [Read more…] about Finding Mentors Who Share Your Faith