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Sense of humor. I like to laugh. I joke around a lot. I don’t know that I could work closely with someone for a whole year if we couldn’t laugh together. Because sometimes kids do gross things or deadlines get missed and you just have to laugh your way through to the other side of whatever mess you are in. So we'll start with an ideal mentor who is 1 part Wanda Sykes:
Patience. Like I said before, I ask a million questions. As a child, I got the distinct impression that my teachers didn’t always appreciate my curious nature. As an adult, raising a miniature version of myself, I now understand the patience it requires to deal with someone who Must Know All The Things At All The Times. Not understanding something is not an option. Therefore, my mentor should also be 1 part Fred Rogers:
Ingenuity. But I’m still paying off student loans, so I'll do best with someone who can help me brainstorm marvelous lesson plans and therapy ideas out of common household items and supplies found around the workplace. Here we’ll add a dash of MacGyver:
Looks. I'm not saying it's a requirement, but it wouldn't hurt to have a mentor who looks a little like Zachary Quinto.
Regardless of who I end up with, I look forward to the experience and I am glad that ASHA provides us a little safety net before we are thrust out there into the world of Speech Pathology on our own. While I may need a little nudge from the nest, I hope it’s a gentle nudge and not a full forced shove. Either way, I’m going to have to learn to spread those wings eventually.