1. What has been the most difficult mentoring challenge so far? Why?
The most difficult mentoring challenge so far has been our clashing schedules. Brittney doesn’t work or have school on Fridays, therefore; she tries her best to come by every 2-3 weeks. Whenever she is here, we try our best to meet up. She didn’t have the time to meet with me this past weekend when she came home, so we decided to meet over a FaceTime call. This was a good substitute for meeting in person, however; I don’t believe it was as effective as our regular meetings.
2. What is working well? Why?
Although it’s hard for us to meet up, a lot has been working for us. I keep her updated throughout the week on what I’ve been doing, or if my swim times have improved. In addition, while we are together, we seem to have very good communication. I tend to ask her the most questions regarding swimming, however; she’ll usually ask how I feel about a certain technique, and help me if it’s simply not working for me. We have very good communication in person, over the phone, and through texting.
3. What could be working better? How can you make sure this happens?
Of course, our meeting schedule could be better. In order to increase our chances of meeting up, I could ask for Brittney’s schedule way in advance. There are still three more months of the In Depth process, giving me lots of opportunities to meet with Brittney. If I schedule meetings way in advance, it’ll be considered a priority rather than optional. Scheduling meetings way in advance will also give me more time to prepare my inquiries, and add details to my goals. Events may come up sometimes, but I believe that the advance scheduling will be to my advantage.