By Aiesha Little | July 10th, 2008
I just turned 31 a few months ago. No, this isn’t a post about being “traumatized” by getting older. It’s about recognizing when you’re old enough to be another person’s mentor. I simply don’t feel like I’m old enough to guide other people in their pursuits of journalism careers. I did my first journalism internship in 1995 and I still have a lot to learn. But here I am, managing my magazine’s editorial internship, letting high schoolers shadow me on the job, helping a former intern get his first freelance magazine assignment, organizing a half-day high school journalism retreat, and giving professional advice to a local collegiate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. So what makes a good mentor? Does it come with age? Experience? (Are those two things the same to you?) Or is it simply helping where you can and not thinking about it too much?