By Kelly Fuson, MBA Global Management ‘11
A Frientor is someone who is both a friend and a mentor. It was a term that originated from a brainstorming session between myself and a couple of my coworkers during my time as an intern this summer. Obviously, since it’s not a real word we did not end up using it for one of our clients. But it continues to be an inside joke in our office as we now refer to ourselves as “team Frientor.”
But in all seriousness, frientor is the perfect word to describe the supervisor that I have for my internship. While many of us are happy to have internships for the summer, not everyone is having an equally pleasant experience. I can’t help but feel very lucky to have a mentor that I also consider a friend. He has invited me to spend time with his amazing family, who fed me an incredible dinner and put up with my rambunctious dog. He has included me in countless meetings when it wasn’t necessary. He has given me meaningful assignments that I know are having a positive impact on the organization. And he has been giving me honest and helpful feedback that has contributed to my professional growth.
In a way I feel almost spoiled, as if I should be having an experience like something out of The Devil Wears Prada. But you know what? I’m sure there will be plenty of other times in my career more like that. So for the time being, I’m going to relish in the positive environment that I have right now and remember this moment when the day comes that I need to be a frientor to someone else.