It turned out that we were both working on research projects at the same time, and she gave me a lot of tips on planning and time management. I couldn’t have started it without her!
She was also really fun to talk to; we had so much in common that we could recommend restaurants and Korean dramas to one another. It made it much easier to speak to her about the more difficult things because we had that foundation. A good connection allows you to speak more openly.
I have an older sister who’s similar to me, but my mentor was in the same position as me; she had the same uncertainty. I knew I could tell her anything and it would stay confidential. I could speak to her comfortably and I knew I could trust her.
It’s important for young people to have a mentor because there are so many more perspectives out there than the ones in your school. You can learn about apprenticeships and careers to help you make your decisions. I’ve saved some screenshots of the advice she gave me: she even reminded me to look after myself and not to work too hard!