People describe mentors using words like guide, adviser, or coach. We may have had mentors throughout our lives, mostly through informal channels in our educational institutions, families, and social circles. There is, however, a certain level of empowerment you get from naming someone as your mentor.
For me, I am the son of Asian immigrant parents, had the privilege of graduating from an ivy-league college, and then went even onward to graduate school. I became a clinical social worker who is now striving to overcome stigma and oppression, promote mental health, and reduce the burden of student loan debt. I know one hundred percent that I would not have been able to get to where I am today by myself, and I understand the need for people who honestly and fully supports you.