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Subject: Re: [APG] Mentoring
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 23:08:23 -0600
> Carolyn asked:
>> Isn't this exactly what you want in a mentor/mentee relationship?
> Well, maybe. I think the list is still waiting for an answer to Elissa's
> questions specifically asking what prospective mentees wanted from a
> It really *is* a critical question. Before we can successfully seek
> something, we have to define what it is we want and need, no?
Yes, I'd be very interested in hearing what the prospective mentees on this
list want from a relationship of this type. Hard to believe, I know, but not
everybody is just like me!
I was drawing upon my own time as a mentee rather than as a mentor.
Beginning thirty years ago, I sought direction as well as reassurance and
constructive criticism from anybody I could buttonhole. The top people at
our state archives taught me a lot, but of course, I wasn't particularly shy
about tracking them down to elicit information from them <g>.
In the 1980s, I found a lot of what I was looking for by attending local and
national conferences, where I not only heard great lectures, but was able to
network with a wide variety of people, many of whom were generous enough to
give advice to a relative newcomer. A lot of what I learned came after a
lecture when I discussed it with other people who had attended the same
But, in the end, I found so many of the true mentor/mentee relationship
aspects I had sought through college classes and courses at Samford (such as
your course, Elizabeth <g> -- and yes, I AM A SURVIVOR of Elizabeth's course
wayyyy back in the 80s!).
In all of these venues, I found people with knowledge about a whole range of
issues--people with whom I could talk and, sometimes, in asking some of the
same questions I had, led me to work with them to find answers. Just working
with another researcher/genealogist on a project is always like a
co-mentoring experience. Regards, Carolyn