It has officially been one month since I started this blog on October 29th, 2017.

This month has been nothing short of amazing for me…and I hope to continue this newfound excitement for education, knowledge, and writing.

But I didn’t start this alone. I had mentors to guide me. So, in tribute to Tim Ferriss’s release of his new book Tribe of Mentors, I’d like to talk about my mentors as well.

There are honestly too many people who have positively influenced me, but I will designate this post to paying homage to my first-semester professors at Villanova.

Thank you to these mentors:

My business professor, who gave me the idea to start a daily blog, introduced me to Bitcoin and investing, and most importantly, has the humility to share his knowledge over lunch with a freshman student. I can only aspire to live up to his near-perfect lifestyle. Thankfully, I’ve taken some of his books to help build my army, and I also read his daily blog to pick his brain.

My ACS professor, who revived my passion for writing and continues to be one of the most down-to-earth, casual & humorous, and yet assertive professors I’ve met. And perhaps the most significant thing I’ve gained from taking his class is a love of learning, knowledge, and philosophy, which I hope to carry with me forever. This man has much to teach me.

My statistics professor, who broke this stigma I had about math professors and how they couldn’t build relationships with their students. She shows great kindness to all her students, and never ceases to entertain me with her teaching. Despite math being my least favourite subject, she has somehow kept me interested for the past few months.

My theology professor, who consistently provokes insightful thinking in her lectures. I’ve never been more intrigued by religion and faith than I have been now. I’ve learned much about dialogue and understanding different perspectives on important subjects, such as religion, and I can only thank her for opening so many doors for me in such a short time and encouraging me to express my opinions and thoughts.

My leadership professor, who is possibly the nicest person I know. He undoubtedly has immense EQ, which I hope to obtain more of through learning from him. I cannot fathom how he is able to conduct every class with such a respectful and calm demeanour. I appreciate him for making me feel important.

My Mandarin professor, who wishes the best for her students. I appreciate her passion for teaching the language and appreciate the kindness she shows in class.  I had previously been afraid to study Chinese because of how aggressive my past teachers were. I thank her for creating a safe environment.

I hope all of you reading this have great mentors as well. Take some time out of your life to thank them for all that they teach you, and learn as much as you can from the time you spend with them.

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward



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