The first mentor I had was a biology teacher in high school who mentored me to push myself beyond what was required in the classroom. Then, I worked very closely with my undergraduate advisor at the University of Minnesota who encouraged me to explore all kinds of different educational options and encouraged me to get research experience as an undergraduate. Through that, I learned the value of having a strong mentor. When I picked a graduate school, I picked a place where I thought I would have the best mentoring, not necessarily a school based on its name. I picked a person to work with rather than a university.