ANN ARBOR, MI –
It seems that with every activity I’ve pursued, I’ve been urged to find a mentor. “Finding a mentor” seems to be a milestone – something to be achieved – but in reality, it’s a relationship – something to be continuously worked on. So, while I’m incredibly thankful for my research mentor, Joe, I don’t believe it’s enough to just find a mentor. I believe it’s important to find mentors.
To me, a mentor is someone who you see as a role model in some regard. He/She doesn’t have to be perfect in every way, older than you, or more educated than you. When I see someone as a mentor, I see something in them that I myself aspire to develop. I see many of the members of my lab – including my undergraduate coworker, Halimah – as mentors.
From the post-docs in my lab, I’ve learned how to be meticulous in my protocols. From the graduate students in my lab, I’ve learned how to commit to successful projects and drop unsuccessful ones. From the undergraduate in my lab, I’ve learned how to better collaborate. Each of these mentors has made me a better researcher, and for that, I’m thankful.
Thank you for reading.