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What Makes a Good Mentor? The Mentors' Practices of Student Affairs Professionals

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This study examined the way in which good mentorship relationships with student affairs professionals aid in students’ development of a larger life narrative. This study generated themes that considered: (1) skills practiced by good mentors; (2) the formation of the mentorship relationship; and (3) the effect of that relationship on the mentees’ development. This study found that mentors used specific practices, (i.e., providing wisdom, offering alternate perspectives, and asking good questions), to help their mentees reframe their current circumstances. As a result of this reflective practice, a more cohesive narrative took shape in the life of the mentees. This paper concludes by offering specific recommendations for student affairs professionals when considering their roles as mentors outside of the classroom context.