Title

Stories of a Transformative Mentorship: Graduate Student Glue

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Publication Title

International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education

Volume

6

Issue

2

First page number:

143

Last page number:

152

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to narrate authors’ personal and professional experiences as doctoral graduate students, highlighting the personal and academic growth fostered through an organic peer mentorship and advocating that these relationships be cultivated actively by faculty advisors. Design/methodology/approach: The concepts of purpose, planning, and positivity are employed to organize the discussion, which is based on relevant literature and the authors’ lived experiences. Findings: Like most students who pursue and complete doctoral degrees, the authors experienced transformative learning. The authors acknowledge myriad ways their informal peer mentoring relationship was a critical component of successful degree completion. Originality/value: While their relationship remains unique and perhaps inimitable, the authors seek to extrapolate the universal qualities relevant to others seeking a deep and personal support system during their doctoral degree-seeking journey. © 2017, © Emerald Publishing Limited.

Language

english

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