By: Diana Tsai

  1. SET A PURPOSE. What knowledge would you like to acquire? Express your goal in the first 5 minutes of your conversation.
  2. BREAK THE ICE. Break the ice by asking your mentor for his/her story. Listening builds camraderie and context. Your mentor has taken time to be here for you, get to know them on a personal level. Life is too short for just transactional relationships, build authentic friendships.
  3. GIVE THANKS. And finally, mentors all love a thank you letter. All our mentors are volunteers and here for you, and they treasure hearing from you.

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Author - Diana Tsai

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