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Yesterday, I sat on my bedroom floor drinking iced tea, eating pizza, and watching reruns of The Voice. I did not crack open a single textbook, nor did I consider doing such a thing. Yet for some reason I have people asking me for help in school, work, and life. Imagine a caffeinated college student with pizza sauce smeared on her face replying to emails about writing papers. Sometimes I wonder.

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We may not realize it, but there are a lot of younger people who (for whatever reason) look up to us. Think about it this way – there must be some highly successful professors who drink iced tea and eat pizza while responding to emails, and we look up to them. So somewhere lower on the continuum of wise people, there are people who are less wise than we are, and seek wisdom from us. Does that make sense? I feel like we need a diagram.

UntitledThanks, Paint.

Horrible diagrams aside, we have all been through ups and downs – emotionally, academically, in work, and in life. This experience is useful to people, and we should be willing to share. After all, where would we be without our mentors? So, what does it mean to be a mentor?

Mentors don’t always have fancy titles.

They’re not always a top student or the president of something. Most of the time they’re just people that you meet – your friends who give you relationship advice, your TAs who help you with your papers, your roommate who took that course last year. Never underestimate what you can learn from the people who you interact with every day.

You might not have a fancy title.

You could still be somebody’s mentor. Never shy away from this role. Besides, all you have to do is talk about yourself and what you’ve been through. People want to know, and they can learn a lot from you (especially from your failures).

So really, what I’m saying is to reach out and be reachable.

Let’s learn from each other.

Who’s your mentor?