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Blog Post #3: Leadership and Mentoring

Importance of Mentoring

One cannot live their life completely self-sufficient. We need help along all the way. A mentor is one way we can get help from others in order to grow and learn more. Often, a mentor is helpful because they will be an expert on a particular field of study. They will be able to impart their knowledge of that field onto you, if you desire. This can be one of the best ways to gain knowledge because it is a more individualized way of teaching, compared to a classroom (“Learn About What Mentors Can Offer”).

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Blog Post #3 Leadership

Mentor

            It is good to have a mentor that has been on the journey the mentee would like to go on. This allows the mentee and mentor to connect on a different level, such as having the same likes and dislikes. The mentee should feel comfortable with the mentor to be honest and receive positive and negative feedback knowing the mentor only wants the best (1). I personally feel like everyone should have a mentor based on the journey to ask for advice, clarification, or just vent. This could help the...

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US v. NL

The tour of Atlanta’s bike infrastructure last Friday was my first biking experience in a truly urban environment. Prior to this, all my biking had been done on recreational trails, parks, or in smaller cities. Despite all the horrors we hear everyday about the state of Atlanta’s sustainable transportation, the experience was much more comfortable than I was expecting. While certainly far from ideal, the infrastructure provided a generally safe environment in which to cycle, although I’m sure the fact that there were a dozen of us helped tremendously. The cycle track on...

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Blog Post #2 - There's Hope

The bike ride last Friday was the second time I have ridden a bike on the streets of Atlanta even though I have owned a bike for several months with great intentions of using it for daily activities. Experiencing the various bike facilities in Atlanta made me feel more comfortable about biking than I anticipated, as I found that it really was not that scary once we started riding. The Beltline of course made me very comfortable, as there was low pedestrian traffic and no vehicle traffic. However, there were some sections of the route that did make me cautious. For example, riding downhill...

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Atlanta: Made with Soul (Cycling)

Atlanta may be a city filled with brunch goers and soul cycling enthusiasts, but after Friday’s ride around the city I kind of understand why people are avoiding cycling on the streets. Biking in a group last Friday was such a fun way to see Atlanta! It was definitely something that I had been intimidated by in that past, but going as a group and on a route that was predetermined made me feel more confident. However, I don’t think that this confidence had as much to do with the provided bike facilities but rather in the sheer number of bikers with and the chosen leaders and...

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Blog Post #2 - Atlanta and The Netherlands

Overall, Atlanta’s bike facilities were better than I thought they would be. Even though I am not the most experienced biker in the world, I felt fairly safe on the route we took. The cycle track on 10th Street was nice because of the physical barrier between the bikers and cars. And of course the Beltline was great, getting to be completely separated from vehicles. From there, we got on some roads with bike lanes and here is where I began feeling less comfortable. Even though it’s a designated space for cyclists, there were many ways we would have to adjust for cars...

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BP2 - Thriving

     Wow, it is refreshing to be on a bike again! Last time I rode one was probably a couple of years ago in a small suburban town in Florida where there are no cars and nice sidewalks to bike on. When I first got on the Relay bike and started wobbling when going downhill by the CRC, I knew it’d been a hot second. But once I readjusted and got use the feel of the new bike, I was thriving. Biking through Atlanta was an awesome experience and really opened my eyes to the possibilities of biking as a form of transportation. I guess all it really took is a great guide to...

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