In a speech in 2010, Provost Emeritus Edwin G. Wilson (’43) recalled the friendliness between professors and students that defined the Wake Forest of his college days. “Beyond the Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes and the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon laboratories, where teaching and learning officially took place, there were frequent encounters between students and teachers here and there, on the campus or in town, which opened eyes and inspired confidence and led to new insights about one’s life and career.”
That fabric of friendliness remains at Wake Forest, although it goes by a more formal name today — mentoring. Whether on campus in an art studio, a history classroom or a science laboratory or abroad — from Mexico City to Nairobi or Venice — professors mentor students in formal and informal ways, in ways large and small. Those encounters can lead to new insights. They might begin in a library in China, a school in the Himalayas or amid Roman ruins. They all feature a common catalyst, a teacher regarded as friend, someone willing to help students realize their dreams.
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