“Mentoring relationships progress through four predictable phases: preparing, negotiating, enabling, and coming to closure,” (Zachary, 2000).
So far, my meetings have been set in the preparing and negotiating phases. We discussed end goals, and how we wanted them to look. I also got the chance to familiarize myself with my mentor and deem how willing she is to put effort into the project. We shared many details of how and when to meet, and negotiated what we wanted the final product to like like.
My most recent meeting was mostly set in the negotiating phase and slightly in the enabling phase. In this meeting I brought my story idea and shared it with D. She liked it, but suggested that, because I only have 90 seconds and a limited amount of skills, I should make the story simpler. This is one of the boundaries and limits that we set for the final product, to ensure that I will finish it before In-Depth night. We refined the story and made it simpler, but I was unsatisfied with it because we changed the story-line so much from the original. She encouraged me to start working on my storyboard, so that I could jot down my ideas rather than keep it all in my head. I started drawing out the first few scenes, and she made the process more efficient by forcing me to take only four seconds to draw each box.
Here is a picture of the start of my storyboard (this wasn’t meant to be an artistic piece, just a quick sketch to get me brainstorming the story):
The enabling and coming to closure stages will take place through-out the rest of the project. I plan to start enabling stage during the break, by finishing my storyboard and working on my 3D animation courses. Once In-Depth night comes, I will focus more on the coming to closure stage, because I will reflect on my learning and how I changed through-out the project. I will also acknowledge and thank my mentor, and celebrate the success of my project by treating myself.
So far in the project, I think the most successful aspect is both my mentor and I’s willingness/effort. We both put a lot of effort into the project and made a lot of progress despite having a late start to In-Depth. “Facilitating effective learning relationships requires a mentor’s commitment to time and investment of time,” and I’m lucky because D is willing to invest time into the project to teach me in-depth (Zachary, 2000). We haven’t had any mentoring challenges so far, which I’m happy about because I can focus on learning and don’t have any mentoring obstacles preventing me from doing so. An aspect of the project I wish was going better was the development of my final product. Every story idea I come up with, I soon become unsatisfied with. I’m worried that my ideas aren’t good enough for people to like. To bring myself out of this quandary, I will only spend three more days brainstorming ideas, then choose my favorite out of them and stick with it. This way, I don’t dwell too much of what could have been, and instead I can focus on creating a quality product.
During the break, I will work on developing my story and taking animation courses. When I come back, D will teach me how to 3D animate, so I can start animating my final product.
In-Depth has gone well so far, and I’m excited for more 🙂