making the most of a mentor.

I was asked by the folks over at  The Hidden Curriculum to answer a question prompted by my recent scatterplot post: (grad)student-faculty interaction.  Specifically, readers were curious about how to identify mentors and make the most of those relationships, as well as any advice that I had on bridging gender gaps in mentoring.

The take-away is that it is possible to establish some of the qualities of interaction that those more informal encounters foster regardless of where the specific interactions take place. Whether in an office or on a soccer field, an open and honest relationship – with good communication and shared expectations – with a faculty member will enhance the mentoring you get. Check out the post for more, including my distinction between advising and mentoring and resources for students (and faculty) interested in improving mentoring experiences.

 

1 thought on “making the most of a mentor.”

  1. Thanks for linking to your post,Jessica. Your post connected with some information I heard at a forum recently that stressed the importance of identifying multiple mentors and treating them as limited relationships, not expecting one person to be everything to you. There was also a good discussion of distinguishing between mentors and friends as well as your important distinction between advisors and mentors.

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