The Power of a Mentor

By Brooke Steinberg 

It wasn’t until my junior year of college that I found a mentor – someone who genuinely cared about how my school work was going, how my life was outside of school, how my internship and job search was going. Someone to be a teacher in more than just the classroom.

As soon as I realized I had someone looking out for my best interests in all aspects of my life, I was honestly surprised that it took me this long in my college career to find this person.

On my first day of my first class with Miss Andrea Billups, she told the class that if we ever needed a “person” in the journalism school who would always be there for us, she would be more than happy to be that person. That was the first time a professor has ever said that to me, so I took it upon myself to make her my person.

I’ve always been a driven person, but ever since I met Miss Andrea, she has pushed me to go above and beyond and put myself out there. Applying to internships and jobs and being confident in yourself is a little easier when you have someone whispering in your ear that you can do anything you set your mind to.

Having Miss Andrea in my life has made me more self-assured and a better person. I truly do not think I would be where I am today without her constant support and advice.

No matter how driven and independent you are, finding someone with experience who is willing to put in the time to understand you and care about you can really help with your drive for success and your confidence. I suggest everyone trying to find someone to be your person and your mentor. You won’t regret it.


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