||I work for a telecommunications company
in the Real World and during my
career, the only way for technicians to learn their complicated craft was to
become an apprentice to an experienced technician. If that experienced tech
took an interest in their apprentice's learning, at least more than "Here's
what ya do", that person becomes a Mentor. The Oxford dictionary of
current English describes Mentor as: "An experienced and trusted advisor". As
in the Real World, I have an experienced and trusted advisor, a Mentor, in
Active Worlds. It started from my very earliest days in AW, back when I was
growing weary of the chatter at the Gate and was beginning to strike out on my
own to parts unknown in the wilds of VR. I stumbled across a particularly
intricate site that begged for close inspection. I was intrigued by the
workmanship and so I right clicked (a function that I had, at the time, just learned
about) to see who the builder was. I noted the name & resolved to seek out more
of her work if possible. Time passed. I saw one or two other sites by this person and
was amazed by her versatility of themes, not to mention the obvious skill involved in
creating said sites. The few times I inquired about this person I recieved no new info
and I was beginning to believe she didn't hang out here in AW anymore. Then I
discovered building and was occupied with all the frustrations inherent in that most
demoralizing of skills to learn. One day I looked in on a new and intriguing sounding
world called AWUniv. They had an information gallery of all the teachers who had
volunteered their time to instruct citizens on how to build more efficiently and beautifully.
As I went down the hallway of names I was pleasantly surprised to see this mysterious
builder's name among the volunteers. The gallery included a list of eachteacher's sites so
I took advantage of it and took off to see more of her places. I was delighted to see
more recent sites that served to confirm that she was still in AW and building! Soon the
AWUniv was going to open and I checked the upcoming class list for her name but
didn't see it in the initial classes. Then the classes started and my summer seemed to be
up in about 3 days. I made friends with many of the teachers and students and it just
ate up the time! I had so much fun during classes, lightening up the dark moods and
contributing to the general mayhem as I saw fit (and I saw fit most of the time). My
teachers would occasionally compliment me until I realised that it wasn't so much what
I was building as what questions I was asking and my tendency to pipe up when I felt I
knew I could help someone (I was told this by some of my teachers later. Even though
I am a self-admitted show off, I'm not that vain......yet. Heh heh).
I had given up looking for my mysterious builder's name on the class list after about the
5th or 6th week. Then one day I saw it! I wrote down the class and date and waited
impatiently for it to arrive. On class day I arrived to see some students milling about but
no teacher. She then appeared right on time and introduced herself to the class.
I was SO excited to finally meet this great builder I had been following for months!
As I stood there watching, she said "We will get to the class in a minute but first I need
to ask someone something. She then turned to me & asked: "Ewasx, do you have a
directory to your sites that I may see sometime?"
------------------- When my heart started beating
again, I thanked the VR gods that she
The class was great and I learned quite a bit,
from what I remember of it (thanking those
maintained by Tripper.
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