eMentor Profiles

Here, you can meet our eMentors and learn a little more about them!

Manmeet Dhami

Hi everyone! My name is Manmeet Dhami and I am a senior at the University of Washington, studying international studies, human rights, and diversity. I was a Team Leader during this past GEAR UP Summer Institute and I’m looking forward to getting back in touch with everyone. My life is defined by my involvement with organizations such as the UW Dream Project, a student-led program that assists low-income and first-generation high school students through the college admissions process. I’m really passionate about public service and education, which is why I’m looking forward to teaching middle school for the next two years in Houston, Texas as part of Teach for America’s 2011 corps. After that, I plan on attending law school and continuing my involvement in education and/or immigration. My other interests include cooking, eating, comedy, good music, and good conversation.  I also love to travel and learn about other cultures and people. I’ve visited ten countries so far and I can’t wait for my next international adventure, which will hopefully lead me to either Africa or South America.

Jocelyn McCurtain

Hello Everyone! My name is Jocelyn McCurtain and I am a senior studying Sociology and Vocal Performance at the University of Washington. I am from Puyallup, Washington just south of Seattle. For those of you who think Puyallup sounds familiar, it’s because we have the largest fair on this side of the country! When I am on campus I am busily entrenched in student government and my classes. I currently work as the director of one of the largest student run leadership programs on campus. I balance my working time with classes ranging from criminal justice and opera performance, both of which I find interesting and fun in there on separate ways. I hope to take my passions and translate them into becoming a lawyer focused on crimes against women and children (No, I do not plan to sing my opening arguments). I love spending time with my family and friends. My ideal situation is to be watching Crime Scene investigator shows, while sipping a cup of tea and talking politics with my parents and brother. Planning the next fun adventure with my friends is something I always make plenty of time for in my fun but busy schedule! The outdoors (even in the rain) is where I am able to fully relax either by running, wakeboarding or hiking up Mount Rainier.

Kyle Murphy

My name is Kyle Murphy and I am a sophomore at the University of Washington. I have lived most of my life in a cabin on Puget Sound in Olympia Washington. Although I have been enjoying the big city the last two years. My favorite thing about Seattle is the electricity doesn’t go out for weeks at a time every time there is wind and snow (as opposed to Olympia). In my free time I enjoy pick-up basketball, football, skiing, waterskiing, and hanging out with my friends. One interesting fact about me is that this year my friends and I created our own fake fraternity- although my roommates have not yet let me fill the kitchen with sand like in the movie “Old School”.

At the University of Washington I am planning on majoring in Political Science with a minor in Environmental Studies. I entered college without knowing what I wanted to study, but I knew I wanted to do something meaningful. I hope to go onto either Law School or graduate school and pursue a career in public service. I decided to pursue Environmental Studies at the UW after years of watching Jeff Corwin on Animal Planet, and I will not deny that my secret dream job would be to host a wildlife TV show. That’s meaningful right? In high school I was a three sport athlete and a four year member of the community service club “Interact”, I have been continuing both of those interests at UW by playing intramural sports and community organizing through Husky Neighborhood Assistants.

Paige Peterson

Hello there! My name is Paige Peterson, and I am a junior psychology student and education minor at UW.  I grew up just a half hour out of Seattle in Kent and have spent my whole life enjoying the city (Pike Place Market and I are old friends).  If you spot me on campus, I’m probably hurrying to my latest psychology class or off to work in the campus’ psychology clinic with one of UW’s clinical graduate students.  It is my dream to become a clinical psychologist myself and work with children and teenagers all the time!  When I’m not studying away in Suzzallo library, you can find me drinking coffee in one of Seattle’s fabulous coffee shops, walking on Alki Beach, reading anything and everything, exploring Woodland Park Zoo, or watching Friends.  I am also a big fan of eating Molly Moon’s salted caramel ice cream and cuddling with my cat Sally! You can also find me dabbling in many of the different dance classes offered around Seattle, from swing to tango.  Oh, and I have recently discovered a newfound enjoyment for hockey games.  I love talking to people and hearing their stories, so if you see me around say hi!

Beza Semu

Hello! My name is Bezawit (Beza) Semu.  I am a fourth year student at the University of Washington.  I am currently studying Psychology and French.  I was born and raised in the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.  I moved here with my family eight years ago and I have been living in Seattle ever since.  I hope to study Educational Psychology, or Developmental Psychology in graduate school.  On my free time, I enjoy meeting new people that have different backgrounds from me, trying cuisines from different cultures and traveling.  I love helping people, working with kids and youths, as well as engaging in conversations with people whose outlooks on life are different than mine.  I enjoy going on adventures with friends and taking risks.  I also like spending quality time with my family, specially my sisters and my new born niece.  Some of my favorite experiences at the UW are: staying in dorms freshman year, and meeting people with different interests, talents, and different dreams; studying abroad, learning foreign languages; pulling all nighters (stopped being fun after freshman year,) attending campus events, going to football games and being a part of the many exciting clubs, and organizations the UW has to offer.