If you don't subscribe to vlogbrothers, you should. If you haven't seen John Green's latest video, here it is:
First of all, this video makes me feel so much better. Very nice to hear that post-graduation is terrifying for pretty much everyone.
Secondly, John gives some fantastic advice here. Get an Ilene. But I want to know how to get an Ilene. How do you find a professional/experienced person in your desired field who is willing to mentor you, let alone talk to you? I suppose the internet makes finding potential Ilene's relatively easy, but how do you go about contacting them, and what in the world do you say? "I was wondering if you would be my Ilene."
Anyway, just thought I'd ask for your thoughts. Do any of you have Ilene's?