GUEST BLOG Katie R. Day, Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D. Candidate 2018
an amazing group of people ranging from law school classmates, college friends, professors, and employers who are there to help and support me in different ways.
When I first started law school, almost everyone recommended I find a mentor.
They said it would be extremely beneficial for me to have someone I could go to for career and school advice, and who could potentially help me secure a job and make connections. In fact, mentorship was emphasized so much that I felt pressure to find this one person who could make or break my career.
Confession: I’m a 3L now, and I don’t have a mentor. And you know what, I don’t think I need one.
Let me expand on that a bit. While I don’t have one designated mentor that I always go to for advice or internship leads, I’m far from alone. I have what I like to refer to as a “Board of Directors.” They are an amazing group of people ranging from law school classmates, college friends, professors, and employers who are there to help and support me in different ways.
They have given me advice on what classes to take, provided networking and internship recommendations, and have been a shoulder I can lean on when law school feels like it’s too much. Each one brings different expertise and a different perspective. Getting all of their feedback has led me down paths that I never would have found on my own and presented me with multiple ways to analyze the decisions I’ve been faced with.
The point is, if you don’t have a “mentor,” don’t worry. Chances are, you have a lot of people in your personal and professional life who would be happy to lend a hand. Take some time to reach out, not only when you’re faced with a tough decision, but any time you need advice or a fresh perspective. I’m sure you’ll be surprised by the responses you get and the relationships that form.