I recently received an email about becoming a mentor in a Big Brother and Big Sisters program where I would then work with younger people as a mentor.…

I recently received an email about becoming a mentor in a Big Brother and Big Sisters program where I would then work with younger people as a mentor. Mentoring is a very common occurrence both in organizations in college or at schools in general. You are provided with someone who has more experience in either school, life, or the organization and they will guide you through various aspects while providing you advice. Personally, I think it’s generally a good thing — except when expectations of yourself are created in comparison to your mentor. It goes back to the issue of role models. It’s good to have a person to go to for advice but it’s not necessarily the best thing if you go blindly with their advice without thinking about how you as a person would go about with doing things. You have to make your expectations of yourself realistic and not just go fully with what your role model/mentor has to say or become fully dependent on them.
– Vivian

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