The author examines the role that a mentor plays in the transitional phases of one's life. Throughout life, people are educated and socialized, passing from one stage in life to another. From a child to an adult, from a dependent to an independent, or from a student to a scholar, in each of these transitions exists a mentor to guide the way. Mentors may take the form of a parent, a friend, or a teacher, but what exactly is the role of a mentor in these transitions? What qualifies a person to be a mentor? Does one even have to be able to identify with his mentor for it to be a successful relationship? And just how vital is the relationship between a mentor and a mentee in any transitional phase in life? Methodology includes an examination of the relationship between mentors and their mentees through anthropology graduate school programs. The author focuses on the importance of mentors at the graduate level and the role that mentors play in a student's overall graduate school experience
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