Three years ago, I had no idea how to obtain a mentor or how you would go about finding one. Through God’s grace, I’ve actually found three mentors since then in different ways.
I love the academy. I love having smart conversations with my colleagues and students. I love seeing young people’s eyes opened to new ideas and a critical perspective on all manner of topics and issues. I love seeing older students who return to school and find a new or refreshed love of learning. I am a vocal proponent of the enduring value of higher education for all who choose to pursue it.
Does the existence of a mentoring opportunity create an obligation? Or, to put it slightly differently, can we rely on potential mentees’ desire for mentoring to tell us when we need to start? Here’s where I think The Force Awakens is illustrative.
Do you have experience, on either end, with cloning-as-mentoring or apprenticeship-as-mentoring?
Why and when should we start mentoring and investing in those younger or at a less advanced place than we are academically?