(I also seem to have started a minor meme. Go me!)
Today, we answer apprentice-related questions. cathgrace, isenglass, and not_justagirl's questions work well together for a single post on the subject. I think one of the things we peers hesitate to do (especially Laurels) is lay out what the process is for becoming a peer - we all know about the "doing it because you love it", but there are other things to deal with that might be easier to handle if people knew that most candidates experience them, and they're not alone.