How to identify a mentor:
Finding someone to mentor you sounds more daunting than it is. Let's break it down:
Ways to stay in touch with a mentor:
Fast-forward a few months or years and maybe you are moving towns...or switching schools...or heading to college. Whatever the reason, you are leaving the vicinity of your mentor. It's important to stay in touch! Why? Two reasons: (1) You will never stop learning from this wise person, even as you grow in your field, and (2) Mentors take pride in their proteges and will want to follow your progress. How to do this:
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How to ask that person to be your mentor:
If you've found the right person and your family agrees, then it's time to ask your future mentor if they'd like to help. Options:
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Finally, ways to pay it all forward:
Think you're done now that you have an awesome mentor who has inspired and guided you? Oh, you are SO not finished! Time to pay it forward and help someone else! Here are a few ideas to start you off: