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The Importance of Mentorship

Tara Patwardhan sheher

By Tara Patwardhan sheher11 May 2021

How can we #learn from others’ #mistakes? Where can we go for #advice when we don’t know what the best #path is for us to take? Who can we talk to when it feels like to world is against us? Enter mentors. #Mentors know what’s up, because they’ve been through it before. They have been through the trials and tribulations of #college #applications, job searches, and building a name for yourself in whatever field you want to get into. Think about a time when you had to lean on someone for advice. Whether that person is a parent, friend, #professor, teacher, coach, or anyone else, we know that two heads (or 3, or 4!) are (almost) always better than 1. I was thinking about how our world has changed so exponentially within the past 200 years. The reason society as a whole has been able to progress such leaps and bounds is because of shared #knowledge and shared learning. It’s because we know, for the most part, not to repeat the mistakes of the past (take the dust bowl and advances in agriculture afterwards). History is taught in order for us to learn what worked and what didn’t, and how we got to where we are today. The same principle can be applied to mentorship. A mentor-mentee relationship exists to benefit both parties, but the reason it benefits the mentee is clear: mentors provide knowledge, help them improve, and are there to help the mentee broaden their #professional #network. They are also there to provide much-needed encouragement, lessons from their experience, and a shoulder to lean on when the world feels like it’s going up in flames.