Twelve students posing in front of the WMU sign in the Bernhard Center.


Academic Mentors

Usman Ayobami

Usman Ayobami

Relator, Analytical, Intellection, Achiever, Futuristic

academic mentor Usman Ayobami

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Hometown: Ibadan, Nigeria
Program: computer science
Year in school: graduate
Interests: AI, entrepreneurship, software
Why I want to be an academic mentor: I want to be a mentor because I've experienced firsthand how mentors can condense a daunting journey into manageable steps, drawing from their own experiences. I aim to provide the same guidance and support to help others achieve their goals.
Career goals: My career goal is to build successful ventures and contribute to the tech community through innovative projects.
Advice: Explore a variety of opportunities; you'll regret missed experiences more than those you pursue.
Quote: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Zion Bahre

Zion Bahre

Strategic, Restorative, Individualization, Empathy, Belief

academic mentor Zion Bahre

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Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Major: statistics
Minor: biology
Year in school: junior
Interests: creative writing, photography, drawing
Why I want to be an academic mentor: I am eager to inspire and guide my mentees towards their own successes, while also growing and developing myself in the process.
Career goals: I am determined to become a successful professor and entrepreneur, establishing a thriving business in my hometown while also pursuing a career in academia.
Advice: Falling is a part of life, but it's important to remember that you alone have the power to pick yourself back up.
Quote: “If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

Conor Johanson

Conor Johanson

Relator, Achiever, Positivity, Arranger, Learner

academic mentor Conor Johanson

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Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Major: human resource management
Minors: nonprofit administration and general business
Year in school: junior
Interests: Fantasy movies, books, and tv, professional wrestling, disc golf, and the outdoors.
Why I want to be an academic mentor: I want to help as many people as I possibly can.
Career goals: I want to be a human resources generalist at a nonprofit organization.
Advice: Try as much as possible and don't be afraid to fail.
Quote: “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” – Miss Frizzle, Magic School Bus

Amy Nobouphasavanh

Amy Nobouphasavanh

Restorative, Connectedness, Empathy, Activator, Context

academic mentor Amy Nobouphasavanh

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Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: St. Joseph, Mich.
Major: biomedical sciences
Minors: chemistry and Chinese
Year in school: senior
Interests: art, bullet journaling, microbiology, animals, music, dancing
Why I want to be an academic mentor: I want to be able to provide a welcoming environment for students and help them in any way I can.
Career goals: Learning how to communicate, be efficient, and improve leadership in other aspects of life.
Advice: The way a person treats you is a reflection of their own character, not yours.
Quote: “...Nothing lasts forever, hear what I'm saying? But this is not the end, no. If it is meant to be, it will happen.” – Eric Matthews