The dictionary defines “mentor” as an experienced and trusted advisor. Further, Susan E. Metros and Catherine Yang in their book “Cultivating Careers: Professional Development for Campus IT” (Chapter 5), define mentorship as “… a professional activity, a trusted relationship, a meaningful commitment” They later go on to state “the origins of mentoring can be traced back to ancient Greece as a technique to impart to young men important social, spiritual, and personal values. Mentoring as we know it today is loosely modeled on the historical craftsman/apprentice relationship, where young people learned a trade by shadowing the master artisan” A later study lead by Metros and Yang at Ohio State University expresses that when senior advisors at the University of Southern California were interviewed, a set of ‘mentor guidelines’ was developed. This list included: striving for mutual benefits, agreeing on confidentiality, a commitment to honesty, a promise to listen and learn to and from each other, building a partnership, leading by example and being flexible. Everyone should have a mentor in their life, whether it be a family member, work colleague or a close friend. I am blessed enough to have encountered multiple valued mentors in my life, both out of my family tree and within. But, in my opinion, being a mentor is just as important as having quality mentors.
I would define a mentor as someone who pushes you to be the best version of yourself, someone who gives advice, and someone who reminds you to never be afraid to chase success. Personally, I believe that every human should be a mentor at some point in their lifetime. Being a mentor teaches responsibility, self composure, patience, and most importantly, selflessness. The trait of patience and responsibility in mentorship is most evidently seen in the association of teacher-student. A good teacher takes the time to sit down with each student and make sure that the student knows beyond a doubt that they can complete the task at hand. Although, in my experience as a mentor, selflessness and self composure are more salient. Being an athlete, I’ve learned that there are always younger kids looking up to you. Whether it be on or off the volleyball court, I’ve learned that showing enthusiasm, being respectful, having a positive attitude and always wearing a smile is the best way to lead by example, and mentor others without even knowing that I’m mentoring them. This has taught me to always be aware of how I am acting, and how others would perceive me. I believe that this is one of the most important lessons I have learned and I will definitely carry it with me through high school, into college and later in life.