For the past few weeks, I have not been able to see my mentor because of everything going on at this moment. However, with all this free time in my hands, I have been able to practice the skills I already have learned from my mentor and also learn new techniques by watching videos. In my last meeting before spring break started, my mentor gave me some watercolor homework I was supposed to finish during the break. Currently, I am working on the homework she gave me with the supplies I have at home.
1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far? Why?
The most difficult challenge so far would be not being able to meet my mentor. I am not able to meet her as we are supposed to practice “social distancing”. Also, since we are a group of three (me, Simran, and our mentor), it is hard to find a time that works for all three of us. Not being able to meet my mentor has affected the rate of my growth. I am now only able to ask questions online, and sometimes videos don’t cover everything I need to know.
2. What is working well? Why?
Something that is working well is since I have so much time in my hands, I am able to practice like I never had. I now spend around thirty minutes to one hour a day practicing my watercolor techniques, and I think that this is helping me notice minor mistakes in my paintings which I could then fix or learn from. I am also learning a lot from watching videos and doing my watercolor homework.
3. What could be working better? How can you make sure this happens?
Something that could be working better is having more meetings with my mentor. Since we are all busy because of the COVID-19, is has been hard to find a date that works for all of us. Also, our mentor is a grade 12 student who recently applied for universities, so she is even more busier than usual. I think the best option, for now, would be to meet each other through video calls every week.