An Open Letter to My Mentor

Dear Mentor,

Maybe I say it too much, maybe I don’t say it at all, but let me put it out there right now: thank you.

For all that you’ve done, do, and may do in the future. You are so appreciated. You swept in to guide me, even when you didn’t need to, selflessly, patiently, and full heartedly. You knew coming into this type of relationship that they serve mainly as a one-way street, where you teach and give all that you can, and I attempt to absorb it all, and you stayed anyway.

But I do hope that you benefited from this, as I most certainly have. Hopefully, the part of your soul that has a penchant for teaching lights up as you guide me, and you find this worthwhile.

Honestly, there is no other relationship like that of a mentor/mentee. It’s like a mix between a teacher and student relationship, a parent and child relationship, and a friendship – all in one! You teach me, guide me, and allow me to confide in you. Thank you for always being here.

Thank you for your patience. Because if I knew everything and didn’t ever mess up, we wouldn’t need to be here, right? Your patience pulls me through all the trials and tribulations, and makes me confident that if I stay patient too, I will have success.

I hope you can learn from me, too. I hope that maybe after a long day, you can think about all I’ve accomplished with your help and you can think to yourself, “This is why it’s worth it.” I hope helping me lifts your spirit in some way, like it does mine. Let my vigor inspire you, as the reciprocal to your wisdom.

Remember that I’m here for you too. Just because I’m the “mentee” doesn’t mean I’m not interested in your problems. I love listening to what you have to say, and it all reminds me that you’re human, too. I would like to give back to you in any way that I can.

Sincerely,

Your Mentee

April Fisher, Penn ’18April Fisher Blogger

April is a student at the University of Pennsylvania. She grew up in Maple Shade, NJ with a love for field hockey and thirst for science. After taking a year off, she plans to graduate in 2018, hoping to pursue a career in neuroscience.