Peer Mentors

Training and advising committee

Silmang Sene

Silmang Sene

Training and advising committee co-chair

Subjects: mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, French
Hometown: Dakar, Senegal
Major: aerospace engineering
Year in school: senior
Interests: movies, flight simulators, soccer, video games, hanging out with friends, swimming
Why I want to be a peer mentor: Most of the time, students have problems finding a particular method of studying that suits them for a particular subject. First of all, being a peer mentor will give me a chance to help others, to share my knowledge about a particular subject, and to share my experience about college. In addition, mentoring gives me the opportunity to enhance my leadership skills by mentoring different students from different cultural backgrounds and improve my organizational skills. It will allow me to meet new people with whom I can share ideas and learn from. Also, as a peer mentor, I would like to help students find their own ways to study and to be successful in college. Finally, this program will give me the chance to have a positive impact on other people's life. 
Career goals: I am planning on working in a lot of areas in my field but I would love to do more research and find new says to improve aircraft safety. I would like to participate in projects that focus on the development of aeronautics in my country. Also, I want to get a degree in management.
Advice: College can be a lot of fun but one has to find the right balance in order to achieve his or her goal. Also, when you feel overwhelmed by school, you need to prioritize instead of trying to get everything done at the same time. 
Quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Other peer mentors

David Ajoku

David Ajoku

Subjects: mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering
Hometown: Imo, Nigeria
Major: aerospace engineering
Year in school: senior
Interests: fitness, cooking, dance, soccer, painting, guitars
Involvement: WMU Lee Honors College, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society
Why I want to be a peer mentor: My dreams and goals in life have made me realize that I wish to transform the lives of others in all the possible ways I can. Peer mentoring will give me the opportunity to live this humanitarian dream of mine by helping others discover themselves and other areas of their cognitive potentials through idea transfer and knowledge sharing. For me it’s not just about teaching, but it’s also about learning from others, which I believe will help me grow holistically. 
Career goals: I take genuine interest in technological innovation and so I hope to someday develop ideas and initiatives for futuristic air transport systems.  
Advice: Excellence is not by accident and is never an incidence of coincidence. Don’t confuse it; if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. But even when you fail, still remember that you only really fail when you quit trying. Pick yourself up and don’t let the mistakes of yesterday destroy your wonderful today and ruin your great tomorrow. Remember, success has always been easy to measure; it is the distance between one's origin and one's final achievement. Aim to be excellent so that your success will be immeasurable. 
Quote: “Worry is like a rocking chair, it will give you something to do but it won’t get you anywhere, it is simply the misuse of imagination. It’s like having sight but lacking vision. Quit worrying and begin to dream because dreams do come true only if you dare to dream. ” – Bill Newman

Milan Bird

Milan Bird

Subject: Spanish
Hometown: Hampton, Va.
Major: Spanish
Year in school: graduate
Interests: exercise, spiritual growth, painting, fashion design, cool new technology
Involvement: Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Latino Student Alliance, @DailyDrops365
Why I want to be a peer mentor: I realized years ago that my life will have an impact on everyone I come in contact with, people I know and those I don't know. In some way my life affects theirs. As a peer mentor I have the opportunity and responsibility to have that impact be the most positive and supportive it can be for my students. My personal experiences, challenges, as well as triumphs will serve well in positioning myself into the lives of my students both as an educator and friend.
Career goals: Upon receiving my master's degree, I plan to teach Spanish conversation at the college level, focusing on life and culture of Latin America. Also, I plan to become a successful public speaker on the platform of embracing challenges and hardship as opportunities for the advancement of oneself and one's community. Lastly, I will be creative director of my own lifestyle clothing brand.
Advice: When things don't happen right away, remember it takes six months to build a Rolls Royce and only 13 hours to build a Toyota. Smile more.
Quote: "Creativity can be greater than knowledge." – Albert Einstein

Domenica DeMeyere

Domenica DeMeyere

Subjects: intro biology, intro psychology, holistics
Hometown: Brighton, Mich.
Major: speech-language pathology
Minor: statistics and data analysis
Year in school: sophomore
Interests: volunteering, hanging out with friends, running, drawing, trying new things, going on adventures
Why I want to be a peer mentor: The transition you have to make into becoming a college student is difficult and sometimes overwhelming. It is nice to know that there is someone who have been in same situation and experienced some of the things students are going through. This job allows me the opportunity to guide and reach out to others, and I hope that through this program I will be able to help students have a smoother transition and feel more comfortable and confident in facing the situations that arise throughout their first year.
Career goals: After completion of a master's degree in speech-language pathology, I hope to be working in a hospital with stroke patients, in aiding them to recover the ability to speak or communicate.
Advice: College is a lot of hard work, but that should never be intimidating. View that as a new challenge to grow and change. As long as you maintain a balance between work and play, this will be a positive experience you will carry for the rest of your life.
Quote: "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." – Thomas Edison

Nicholas Ho

Nicholas Ho

Subjects: business
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Major: marketing
Minor: data analytics
Year in school: senior
Interests: movies, video games, hanging out with friends, enjoying good food
Why I want to be a peer mentor: Meeting new people is always a great experience and helping them to achieve their dream is one of the greatest moments. I want to become a peer mentor because this job not only develops me as a better person but also gives me the chance to inspire and encourage students who are having challenges with their studies. Studies can be a barrier or an opportunity for a student to take and my mission is to influence students to see education as an opportunity not a barrier.
Career goals: After graduating, I hope to be working in a company which utilizes my skills that I have achieved. I would like to participate in marketing plans and also maximize the opportunities that can be achieved in the company. After a few years of experience, I will get my MBA.
Advice: There is always a time to play and a time to study; focus on the task at hand in order to achieve your goals. 
Quote: “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Silas Kachman

Silas Kachman

Subjects: biology, social sciences, algebra
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Majors: environmental studies and sustainability, student planned major
Year in school: senior
Interests: hiking, camping, reading, biking, acting, music, climbing, eating
Why I want to be a peer mentor: I want to help students to reach their full potential, academically, professionally, and personally. The obstacles and often complex problems, which confront a student, especially in their first years of college, can be overwhelming. I have had a massive amount of support, which has helped me successfully navigate my college experience, and I want to give back, by helping others to reach whatever success they're striving for.
Career goals: After graduating, I want to apply my skills to making the world a better, safer place for all. I will pursue this goal through a career in policy, non-profit work, or business.
Advice: Academics are extremely important to collegiate success, but real-world experience and social experience are equally important for developing your future goals, happiness, and self. 
Quote: “Much of your pain is self-chosen.” – Kalil Gibran

Ali Akbar Mohsini

Ali Akbar Mohsini

Subjects: mathematics, engineering
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Major: aerospace engineering
Minor: mathematics
Year in school: junior
Interests: reading, playing soccer, playing chess, watching movies, exercising daily, cycling, driving
Why I want to be a peer mentor: Life in college can get really tough, especially for incoming freshmen. The transition between high school and college can sometimes be extremely challenging. So, my task is to help make these challenges as easy as possible to the best of my abilities.
Career goals: I am planning to get my undergraduate degree done in four years and follow the path of greatness in the field of aerospace industry.
Advice: There is no limit on how much a person can learn. Learning has no limit. So, keep on learning, my friend.
Quote: “The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.” – Voltaire

Marcos Santiago

Marcos Santiago

Subjects: biology, chemistry, physics, Spanish
Hometown: Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico
Majors: biomedical sciences and biochemistry
Year in school: junior
Interests: reading, cooking, watching movies, exploring new places
Why I want to be a peer mentor: At some point in college, students will find themselves facing a difficult topic or class and to top it all off, the professor only knows one way to explain the material. As a peer mentor I want to be able to explain that knowledge from another point of view and assist them in any way that I can as well as teaching them some tips and tricks to succeed in their college career. The end goal is to always find improvement on work on achieving those objectives, both for the student and myself.
Career goals: After completing my bachelor’s degree, I plan to go to medical school and get my M.D. Following that, I hope to enter an residency program and with much efforts, fulfill my dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.
Advice: If you are ever overwhelmed by college or life in general, try to plan things out and remember to always take some time to enjoy yourself and have fun. If you don’t, that extra stress you’re giving yourself is going to do more harm than good. Stress is part of everyday life; “extreme” stress is not.
Quote: “But I can say that life is good to me. Has been and is good. So I think my task is to be good to it. So how do you be good to life? You live it.” – Morgan Freeman

Arizsia Staton

Arizsia Staton

Subjects: intro biology, intro chemistry, intro mathematics
Hometown: Saginaw, Mich.
Majors: acting and biomedical sciences
Year in school: sophomore
Interests: Some of my interests are theatre, the study of life, crocheting, volleyball, reading, DIY arts and crafts, and movie-going.
Why I want to be a peer mentor: Reflecting on my educational journey, I’ve realized how important mentorship, leadership, and guidance are in the life of a student. Not only will I be able to help students improve and grow academically, mentally, and socially, but I  will also become a more well-rounded leader and individual. I look forward to helping students be the best they can be and make the most out of their college experience.
Career goals: Upon receiving my B.F.A., I plan to pursue my acting career in film and television and pursue graduate school for theatre in order to teach it as well. Also, I plan to open a nonprofit fine arts rehabilitation organization for delinquent youth in my hometown.
Advice: You are your own individual, and you must live your own life. No matter who or what the obstacle, do what makes YOU happy.
Quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” – Kevin Durant

Logan Vines

Logan Vines

Subjects: psychology, intro biology, intro physics, social sciences
Hometown: Livonia, Mich.
Majors: speech-language pathology and psychology
Year in school: senior
Interests: music, learning new instruments, playing the piano, spending time with friends, and learning new material and facts
Involvement: TRiO SSP, Best Buddies, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Alpha Lambda Delta, Golden Key International Honour Society, and the College of Health and Human Services Student Council
Why I want to be a peer mentor: College can be a difficult transition and I experienced the different struggles and changes that college students go through. I strive to help students become acclimated with the WMU community and atmosphere in a way that they feel safe, happy, and mature. I strive to guide my peers to success here at WMU because education is important for what the future holds.
Career goals: Within the next year, I plan to go to graduate school for speech-language pathology. After I get my master's degree, I hope to work with early intervention individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication!
Advice: You are never the only one who is struggling. Everyone has his or her individual struggles, which academics can be difficult and contribute to, but there is always someone there for you whom you are able to talk to and can assist you. You determine the success that will be achieved. If you strive for the best and work toward greater goals, you will be able to achieve more than you ever thought you could.
Quote: “I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” – Thomas Edison