Being a mentor provides experience in guidance and offering advice in a positive and encouraging way. I think I could use these skills in any position of authority in the future, whether it is working in a similar educational setting or simply in any career. This process has shown me the importance of providing help to those who are trying to start up a sustainable program or simply become more sustainable themselves.
While it would be difficult to do cross-country, I now really want to help start up some type of green club at my high school as there is currently no type of sustainable program. I've also been able to see how we don't even need to necessarily attend every meeting or be physically there with the high school, but we can accomplish alot just by being there to answer emails.
As a new recycling intern, I could really use these mentoring skills to encourage sustainability on campus. There are a number of people on campus who don't care about being sustainable, but I think there is a greater number of students and faculty who want to get involved but just don't know how. I hope that I can eventually provide guidance, support, and education to these people.
One of the most important aspects of this process is staying positive and offering constructive criticism, rather than shutting down ideas or adamantly enforcing a certain attitude or lifestyle.