What Makes A Mentor?

1240 WordsNov 11, 20155 Pages
When you’re a teenager, you need someone to look up to, you need a mentor. You need an inspiration. This person can be anyone. It could be a teacher, a friend, a sibling, a parent, an aunt or uncle, a grandparent, anyone. For me, this person is my dance teacher Erica Ireland. Webster 's Dictionary defines a mentor as “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person.” Erica fits into that definition. Not only is she my mentor, but she is also my inspiration. Webster’s Dictionary defines an inspiration as “something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create”, or “a force or influence that inspires someone”, as well as “a person, place,…show more content…
Whenever you are feeling down, this person is right by your side, and knows exactly what to say. At this point in my life especially, I need someone that is going to be a good influence. I need to know that there’s someone that is a quick phone call or text message away. An inspirational person isn’t necessarily someone that just “makes you want to do or create something.” It’s a person that you look up to. We often mimic what our inspiration does. We want to be just like them. You see your inspiration and you think to yourself, “How can I be more like them?”; you are constantly thriving to do things how they do it. This person may often take risks or leaps of faith. You observe them, watch them do whatever it is, and it encourages you to want to do that thing as well. These inspirational people often give you helpful hints in how to go about life by sharing personal experiences, making them very relatable. Often times a mentor can also be an inspiration, but your inspirational person isn’t always a mentor. The biggest influential mentor in my life (aside from my parents) is Erica Ireland by far. Erica is my dance teacher and has always been that person who can make me smile when I’m having one of the worst days. Not only that, but she’s someone that will listen and will make sure that I know everything is going to be okay. She’s been my dance teacher for only about four years, but ever since I started dancing at Studio Dance, I
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