Vignette From a Mentoring Relationship

By Mary Beth Burns, Ed.D. – In the last edition, we read an informal letter of introduction Emily had received from her new mentor, Sara. What we didn’t know was that before Sara wrote that E-mail, she had cautiously weighed her options concerning how and when she would begin her relationship with Emily. After all, when she told Dr. Burns in late November that she would be was interested in working with Emily she hadn’t given careful consideration to the number of obligations and responsibilities that the holiday time can bring.

At first, Sara considered asking Emily if she wouldn’t mind waiting until after the holidays to start their work together, but then she remembered how thirsty she had been for knowledge and support when she first was diagnosed, so she decided to make the time to contact Emily. Yet in retrospect, Sara realized that if she wanted to fully

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