Finding a mentor is a great idea. A mentor can steer you around the potholes and buoy you up when you are drowning in confusion.
I have been fortunate to have several mentors, who played a significant role in my life.
My first mentor was the late Dr. James Julian, a respected and feared professor who taught media law at San Diego State University. He was tough, demanding, and grouchy. I was afraid of him, especially when he peppered us with complicated legal concepts and rattled us with eye-crossing exams.
One day, he abruptly stopped lecturing to reprimand me for whispering to a friend. I was mortified. He told me to meet him in his office immediately after class. I was shaking when I sat down across ...