Finding A Mentor
You may have never considered finding a mentor, but it can be a very worthwhile and valuable experience. All of the issues that you are currently worried about regarding trying to find the right college can be brought into greater clarity if you can find the right individual to assist you. But how does one go about finding a mentor to help with college?
If you are successful in finding a good mentor, you will be able to gain the assistance of someone that can help you even beyond how to survive college. A great mentor will be able to help you with your career as well. The first step in finding this resource is to take a mental inventory of the accomplished people that you know.
You might discover that you already know someone that is accomplished and that you think would be a solid mentor. The main thing that you want to look for is someone whose opinion you respect that you believe will give you advice you can trust.
Since we are specifically discussing how to get into college, it is best that you find a mentor that has personally gone through this process. After all, you want good advice specifically on how to survive college, financial aid and grants, how to find scholarships and other college related topics.
As you take inventory of the people that you know or have access to, consider if there is one or two people that stand out. In fact, it may be possible to have several people mentor you in different ways. This is more common than you might think, as it is a very practical approach and option.
If you are having trouble finding a mentor, reach out to friends and family. For example, you might have a friend who has a parent that is a doctor, college professor, or who has an MBA or a range of other valuable academic experience. This presents an opportunity to get some experienced advice. Since you want to find the right college, experienced advice is a must.
Ultimately, there are lots of options for finding a mentor. In addition to asking your friends and relatives if they know someone, you can always ask your teachers and school facility. Two great people to talk to are your school principal and vice principal. They will appreciate your enthusiasm. Most likely, they have also attended graduate school. The odds are that they may know someone (perhaps a retired associate) that would be willing to mentor you. You never know what might happen if you find a mentor that is a retired school superintendent or principal with thirty-five years of experience!
Quite often people will surprise you in their willingness to help. Remember that your own preconceived ideas about what is and is not possible may influence your outcomes. If you believe that finding a mentor that will help you through the process of getting into college is impossible, then you are making your search harder. Be optimistic! People generally appreciate it when young people show initiative and indicate that they are taking something seriously, especially anything education related. You can use this fact to your advantage.