Forcing myself to spend more time in the Studio has been very rewarding. To be honest, my assigned mentee is very independent. I find myself stopping by her and seeing how she is doing, more than she is seeking out my help. I relate to that factor, however, it has not necessarily had a positive effect for my thesis work this year. I needed to spend time with people and checks and balances with my own process than I allowed, thus the hoops I am facing now.
I plan on spending time with her this Thursday.
On the other hand, I have gained a mentee by default and I feel by availability. My favorite mentoring style is conversation and exploration, i.e. randomly talking things out on the fly.
I regularly do this with my mentee as well, but as of late we have been passing ships in the night. While she is at her desk or working, I stop by and ask how she is. We address real time issues in a conversational and visual way (I usually draw to make a point) rather than addressing things in crisis mode. This keeps me updated in her process and how she in in class.
As I mentioned, I have found myself doing this with multiple first year graduate students, and now some of them see me and just sit down and ask questions. I think this resonates with me because it is organic for me as a socially oriented person. When there is a premise for meeting you feel goal oriented, as if we have an hour to address this issue etc, whereas intermittently stopping by to say hi and how are you may catch a process issue before it starts.
Despite all this, I would still like to be sought out more by my mentee. How might I do that??