Program Mentors

Academic mentors

LeAnn Chin

academic mentor LeAnn Chin

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Subjects: music, Chinese, psychology
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Major: music therapy
Year in school: senior
Interests: playing musical instruments, gardening, traveling
Why I want to be a mentor: I desire to provide help and support to students in need, and on top of that, to enhance their college experiences by sharing my own experiences with them. Being a mentor allows me to develop and improve my skills, such as active listening, questioning, and problem-solving.
Career goals: I am striving to become a Board Certified Music Therapist, to serve and provide joy to others.
Advice: Have fun and enjoy your college experience, while making the best out of it.
Quote: "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." – 1 Corinthians 13:7 ESV

Matheus Damasceno de Lima

academic mentor Matheus Damasceno de Lima

Pronouns: he/him/his
Subjects: business courses, mathematics
Hometown: Espirito Santo, Brazil
Major: advertising and promotion
Minors: business analytics, finance
Year in school: senior
Interests: Sports, video games, working out, and going to the beach.
Why I want to be a mentor: It allows me to have a meaningful impact in someone's life. We remember our college experience for many years, and I want to help students get the best out of it.
Career goals: I plan to work full time in an advertise agency.
Advice: Mistakes are inevitable; learn from them.
Quote: "The great danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." – Michelangelo

Omna Dazz

academic mentor Omna Dazz

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Subjects: mathematics, economics
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Major: mathematics
Minor: actuarial science and data science
Year in school: sophomore
Interests: Traveling, watching movies, and reading.
Why I want to be a mentor: It would help me gain more perspectives and ideas from others while improving my time management, leadership, and listening skills. I would like to help make an impact on students' lives for them to have a better college experience.
Career goals: I hope complete my master's degree for a better job opportunity in my field of studies and work in a quality environment where I can utilize my competence.
Advice: Live your life true to yourself not what others expect of you and go after your dreams so it will not remain just a dream.
Quote: "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Menuka Ghalan

academic mentor Menuka Ghalan

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Subjects: mathematics, economics, intro chemistry, intro biology, intro computer science
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal 
Major: computer science
Year in school: junior
Interests: reading, traveling, dancing, music
Why I want to be a mentor: Knowledge only increases when you share. We are all in this college experience together and by supporting and guiding each other, we can excel. I want to help students find their niche and fulfill their goals.
Career goals: To become a software engineer.
Advice: Believe in yourself. There is nothing more beautiful than being absolutely honest and confident in yourself. Having a little faith in yourself amidst all the adversity and challenges takes you far.
Quote: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theordore Roosevelt

Carolyn Loo

academic mentor Carolyn Loo

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Subjects: business courses, Chinese
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Major: finance
Minors: economics, general business
Year in school: senior
Interests: Traveling, cooking, watching movies, hiking, and going outdoors.
Why I want to be a mentor:  I would like to support students who are new to WMU and help them succeed in their college life by sharing any skills, knowledge, and experience I have.
Career goals: To become a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.
Advice: Every flower blooms at its own pace, so embrace the journey and give yourself the time you need to achieve your dreams.
Quote: "If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time." – Steve Jobs

Roj Marahatta

academic mentor Roj Marahatta

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Subjects: mathematics, chemistry, physics
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal 
Major: mechanical engineering
Minor: mathematics
Year in school: junior
Interests: reading, hiking, playing piano
Why I want to be a mentor: Many people do not know their potentials and I want to be a part of the process that can change someone's life.
Career goals: To become a mechanical engineer and work toward sustainable development.
Advice: You are a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust, riding a rock, floating through space. FEAR NOTHING.
Quote: “Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever.” – Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

Sean Thai

academic mentor Sean Thai

Pronouns: he/him/his
Subjects: business subjects
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Major: finance
Minor: economics
Year in school: senior
Interests: Running, watching Netflix, and listening to music.
Why I want to be a mentor: I want to share my experience and knowledge, help other students in need, and be able to communicate with students from different cultural backgrounds.
Career goals: To become a successful financial analyst.
Advice: Don't be afraid to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.
Quote: “We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.” – Steve Maroboli

Taylor West

academic mentor Taylor West

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Subjects: social work, political science, general education courses, introductory math, health services and sciences, communication, law
Hometown: Oak Park, Ill. 
Major: social work
Minor: legal studies
Year in school: senior
Interests: law, criminal justice, singing, dancing, eating, sleeping, meditating, volleyball
Why I want to be a mentor: Being an academic mentor allows me to circle back to why I love being a leader: to serve. With my social work major and legal studies minor, I hope to be a part of the generation aimed to revamp our current criminal justice system. Connecting with different students from around campus not only allows the students to grow and broaden their horizons, but I will also grow and learn from this experience as that's what a mentor relationship is designed to do: serve and educate. We are the ones that stand between where we are now and our future. I'm excited to help students find their path as they are the challengers of their own journey.
Career goals: I hope to use my MSW and my JD degrees to be a part of the generation to revamp our current criminal justice system. After much civil and political unrest, it's time for our justice system to be something about "justice" instead of continuing to punish and criminalize those who end up in the system. With hopes of becoming an attorney, I'd like to get involved with litigation, administrative, criminal, or even constitutional law, as this would set me up real nice to reach my ultimate dream goal of being a Supreme Court Justice.
Advice: Maximize your time at college because these opportunities will not last forever. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone as that's the only way you'll truly grow into your true self.
Quote: “When you've worked hard and done well, and walked through the doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it behind you. No, you reach back.” – Michelle Obama