January is a wonderful time of the year. It’s the time in which we unload the baggage from the previous year, and envision brighter days throughout the coming year. Unbeknownst to many, including myself, January also marks the beginning of what is known as National Mentoring Month, a time in which we are encouraged to remember the positive effects of mentoring the youth, and volunteer with local mentoring programs.
Constantly surrounded by peers of the same age, the notion of mentoring is often lost, or undermined. However, as we begin to map out our annual resolutions in the early days of the year, we must remember those who have guided us throughout our lives, and given us valuable advice. Although we are still students and our accomplishments may appear to be fractions of what life has to offer, it is important to remember those who walk in our footsteps, and who strive to be presented with same opportunities that we—as Boston University students—have been given. Mentoring, whether it be in the context of an official program, or simply “keeping an eye out” for those who genuinely seek assistance, can be an immensely rewarding experience.
For anyone who is still in search of a new year’s resolution, perhaps mentoring could serve as a possibility.
For anyone looking to get involved, visit the national mentoring month official website, where you can search to find mentoring programs in your area.