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How to Find a Mentor
Written by Christi Given | July 11, 2017
If you’re looking for a mentor or counselor outside of family and/or friends regarding school or your faith, this article will help you out.
Most schools have counselors on campus available for you to talk to about academics or just for advice. When I went to Vanguard University of Southern California, I had a campus counselor, but I also had a mentor or two in my life to help me and to speak into my life. If you don’t regularly contact your student advisor, you should know that is what they are there for—to help guide you through picking classes and even your major. Ask them for advice and don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and ask questions.
If you are seeking a spiritual mentor, such as a youth leader or someone you can go to for prayer and personal advice, I would suggest going to a local church that aligns with your faith and inquiring if they have a young adult, high school or college group. Most healthy churches will have a place where young people gather for Bible studies and/or fellowship groups. It’s wise to be planted in a fellowship group (Psalm 92:13), so you can not only stay strong in your faith, but also grow in your walk with Jesus.
Another way to find a mentor is to pray and ask God to send someone more mature in the faith. God sent the wonderful, ultimate counselor called the Holy Spirit (see Isaiah 9:6). The person of the Holy Spirit is the greatest mentor of all and will guide you into all truth.
Tips for Finding a Mentor
1. Academic mentor: If you decide to seek out a mentor for academics, search for people at your high school, college or university.
2. Spiritual mentor: Seek out your local church for a youth leader or mentor. Try to find someone you know personally.
3. Ask the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide you: The Holy Spirit is our comforter, counselor, mentor and navigation in life. God will never fail us, and if we ask for wisdom, He will give it to us generously.
4. Career mentor: If you are seeking out a mentor regarding your career, look to someone who is steps ahead of you, doing what you want to do. Read the article on Forbes.com called “How to Find a Great Mentor—First, Don’t Ever Ask a Stranger” by Kathy Caprino. I agree with this advice (regarding asking a stranger), unless you find someone you admire career-wise who is willing to take you under their wing. Regarding school, you sometimes may not know your counselor, but you can develop that relationship with them.
5. Help mentor others: Not only is it wise and healthy to seek out a mentorship, but it’s also important to help others who are younger than you (see Titus 2:4).
“Once you figure out what you really want when you say, ‘I want a mentor,’ you can then ask yourself, is that reasonable to ask of someone?” (Relevant magazine)
PI Girls, do you have a mentor or are you seeking a mentor? Comment below!