Ask HN: Do I (or anyone else) need a mentor? Why or why not?

I only recently learned about mentors but don’t quite understand the relationship between mentor and mentee.

What are the benefits of finding a mentor? Is the relationship transactional or friendly? Should I be looking for one?

Personal context: I’m a university student studying computer science & contribute to open source (have around 40k GitHub stars) and thus somewhat confident in my skills. The content in university is quite basic (I don’t have to attend lectures at all) and owe most of my knowledge to people who open pull requests & those who help out on forums.

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