Mentor Boost, Anyone?

Krasi Shapkarova

Krasi is Carey the Torch's Editor-in-Chief and also represents the Career Development Office in Washington, D.C., working with students on career exploration and development. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

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“Learning sometimes occurs because someone insists that you recognize the excellence in yourself.”

Rita Pierson

I am a learner. And I am also a mentor. As a mentor, I strive to encourage others to get out of their comfort zones and pursue activities and careers that allow them to discover and express their genuine selves. Every person has a unique combination of characteristics that make her who she is as a person and as a professional. Often, however, she doesn’t recognize that uniqueness because no one has pushed her to see it. You know yourself best; yet, it is almost impossible sometimes to describe to others who you are. That’s when a mentor comes in and forces you to identify and accept what makes you you. So if you are not sure who you are and what you bring to the table, I have a task for you: Find a mentor, someone who challenges you to be the best you can be. Even better, find two or three people who can offer a collage of backgrounds to boost your career knowledge and expand your skillset.


Already have a great mentor? Check out Kathy Bovard’s piece A Mentor is Good, but a Sponsor is Better to find out what to do next.

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