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A016 reminds the 19th grade younger students to pay attention to the prisoner's dilemma when choosing a mentor.

Recently, it's time to choose a mentor. I saw a link 2024 Graduate School Mentor Contact Information Sharing, and this table for the 19th grade is basically the same as the one I used last year 2018 Long-term Mentor Reservation Information Sharing.

  • 👎The mentor list hasn't changed at all (as of 20230819 22:00, you can see my comparison table), so are there no new mentors/retired mentors this year?
  • 👍Added a column for free expression, which is an improvement.

Indicating the Prisoner's Dilemma#

First of all, this is undoubtedly a good thing, as it allows us to quickly understand the general situation of each mentor. I am for everyone, and everyone is for me. However, today I saw a senior sister complaining that someone randomly marked mentors as full (maybe they marked her mentor), so I want to remind everyone of one thing—the Prisoner's Dilemma.

I believe most people have heard of the story of the Prisoner's Dilemma, so I won't explain it again. I will directly talk about the overall optimal solution in this case: based on the information of hitting a wall, truthfully tell others that a certain teacher is already full, so that everyone won't waste their energy contacting them and can prioritize contacting those who are not full.

For the greater good, for the benefit of all, this is the greatest kindness!

But unfortunately, the Prisoner's Dilemma reveals a dark individual optimal solution: what is the best choice for me as a 19th-grade student? Mark all the mentors I am interested in as full, as others don't know if they are full or not. In this way, students who only look at this table will be deceived by me, and my pressure will be greatly reduced!

How dark and sinister!

When I released the 2018 Long-term Mentor Reservation Information Sharing last year, I realized this, but deep down, I believe that most students are kind-hearted, and only a few would do such things. But since it has been pointed out this year, I might as well speak frankly.

With increasing experience, I increasingly feel the darkness and complexity of society. We must guard against malicious intentions and be cautious. I believe that after this article comes out, it will definitely undermine the credibility of this document. Unless future generations have some optimization methods, people who see this article probably won't believe it and won't be willing to fill out the document. Of course, it is also possible that I underestimate our pure and innocent university students, as well as the excellent and simple school atmosphere, so I am not so certain about this result.

Breaking Free from the Prisoner's Dilemma#

By bringing up this issue, I have directly shattered the limited trust we had. Is this good? No, it's not. I should also provide some solutions.

The reason for the Prisoner's Dilemma is a decrease in trust. If there is a way to make me wholeheartedly trust others, when someone says it's full, then it's full. This way, we can break free from the Prisoner's Dilemma.

Specifically, for example, introducing senior students, the previous year's students who can authentically verify the current enrollment situation of the teachers. Is this difficult? Yes, it is difficult. You have to contact each senior student one by one. But difficulty doesn't mean it's impossible.

  • This is also beneficial for senior students. As far as I know, even some excellent mentors may not be able to recruit students. One important reason is the information asymmetry. Others may think they have no spots left, and the mentors are also worried. In the end, they can only rely on the allocation by the research office (and still can't find students in the end, there are reasons that everyone understands without explicitly stating). Senior students are also worried. Without excellent junior students to share the workload, it's very tiring!
  • In addition, class leaders, student representatives, and students working part-time in the research office, this is your chance to do something practical! It's a big deal that everyone needs! Not only can you win the appreciation of your classmates, but you can also attract the attention of senior students and mentors, and you can highlight it on your resume—optimized the student-mentor selection process (and similar achievements).
  • And is it really that difficult? Divide the work! With only 540 mentors, 1 in Qi Huang + 2 in Zhongba + 1 in Jinghua + 1 in Pediatrics + 6 in Zhongwu + 2 in Zhongshi + 3 in Zhenwu + 1 in Zhenba + 1 in Rehabilitation = 19 classes (maybe I remembered the number of classes wrong, let's assume it's 20 classes for now). Each class has two class leaders and two student representatives, 20 * 4 = 80 people. With the help of some volunteers, we can surely gather 100 people. A few people can be assigned to each group based on hospitals and departments, and each senior student can contact five mentors. Even if they don't have them in their circle of friends, they may know senior students who do and can directly forward the edited message: "Do you know any students of Professor XX?". This way, they can find them 😆. As more senior students participate, other senior students who can't find students for their mentors will also know and will come directly to write.

Of course, there are other methods, see How to Solve the Prisoner's Dilemma in Game Theory?, but like the solution I mentioned above, there won't be a simple and effective method. If there was, I would have done it last year 😂. 19th-grade students, use your brains, mobilize your limbs, be self-reliant, and get to work! (I have been immersed in studying and gaming recently, and I don't have the energy to help you anymore. You guys, keep going. There are always more solutions than problems, and there is still time.)

Transcending the Prisoner's Dilemma#

In addition to this table, there are many other methods, such as contacting senior students for mentor recommendations, directly interviewing mentors, and asking other teachers for mentor recommendations... Don't just rely on this one table! And even with these methods, be careful of others lying.

In conclusion, choosing a mentor is as important as choosing a major and school for the college entrance examination. A mentor can make your journey smooth or make you doubt your life. Everyone should strive for themselves and avoid regrets three years later.

Message borrowed from a post: It's better not to pursue a master's degree than to choose a mentor randomly. Finding a better mentor is really important—From a certain graduate senior

For more content, you can read articles about mentors on Beginner Forum

Also, welcome to register an account as a person with experience to share good or bad experiences

Other Reminders#

  1. Don't let your guard down before signing. It's possible for a teacher to say they want you but end up choosing someone else.
  2. Based on the first point, have a backup plan. If this mentor lets you down, go find another one.

Finally#

I'll say something radical. If you often deceive others, you will often be deceived. The law of cause and effect is too mysterious to explain in detail, so let's talk about birds of a feather. If you are an upright person, you will naturally have more upright friends. If you are a cunning person, you will have more cunning friends. Today I deceive you, tomorrow you deceive me. Isn't this everyday life?

I advise everyone to reflect deeply!

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