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When we think of mentors, we often picture someone who is a bit older and more experienced, who is able to give career and life advice from a distanced perspective

However, there is an argument to be made for seeking out a mentor who is closer in age—they too have a lot to offer. Below, novelist Vanessa Hua shares her own experience with a peer mentor and gives some tips on building and maintaining a relationship of equals.  I first heard about Angie Chuang when we were attending rival high schools in the suburbs east of San Francisco. Two years older than I am, she was also the daughter of Chinese immigrants. In college, she would carve out a journalism career that I would follow: columnist and features editor at the same school newspaper and later, a reporting fellowship at the Los Angeles Times. Want more M.M.? Sign up for our newsletter....

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