Brook Mentire

UWC attended: Mahindra UWC of India

Born: Awasa, Ethiopia
Lived in: Ethiopia, India and now the USA
Intended Major: Economics major with a concentration in management / Minor in Political Economy

Everyone at Lewis & Clark knows Selam Mentire as “Brook.” When asked to explain his recent name change, Brook said, “When I was at Mahindra UWC, everyone called me ”˜Selam,’ my official name. But at home in Ethiopia, my Mom and my sisters call me ”˜Brook.’ Its an Amharic name and it actually has nothing to do with a running stream. I feel more comfortable with Brook and its easier for my US friends to remember.”

Brook attended Mahindra United World College of India. It was his first trip outside of Ethiopia and the time spent at UWC was a wonderful experience for him. “I met lots of different friends from lots of different countries. The IB program was difficult but great. And I had some wonderful experiences traveling around India with my many friends from UWC.” With his quick smile and positive outlook, it is no surprise that many students at Lewis & Clark already know “Brook.”

When asked why he chose Lewis & Clark for his studies, Brook explains, “The first time I found out about Lewis & Clark was when Brian White, Associate Director of the International Office, visited Mahindra UWC. I decided to give Brian a campus tour to find out more about the College. From what I heard from Brian and from what I saw on the website, L&C appeared to be my dream college! I was sure that a school this size was perfect for me to get the necessary attention I might need. I liked the size, the beautiful campus, and the location near Portland. After spending two years on the beautiful campus so far from the city (at Mahindra UWC), I really needed to be as close to a city as possible! Lewis & Clark is perfect for me!

Brook explained that the liberal arts is another big plus for him. “One of the reasons I came to a liberal arts college is because I don’t have to declare my major for the first two years. I have now decided to major in economics with a concentration in management and minor in political economics. Being able to take classes from a range of different fields made my decision easier—After taking classes in sociology/anthropology, international affairs, communication and cconomics, I decided to major in economics— meanwhile, I enjoyed exploring various disciplines, getting to know professors from outside of my major, and just learning about something other than economics.

My L&C experience outside of classroom has also been very rewarding. In 2008, I co-founded STAND L&C, the L&C brunch of STAND, and the student-run anti-genocide movement; I represented the political economy department with SAAB (Student Academic Affairs Board); and I became the president of the L&C Black Students Union. In the fall of 2009, I participated in L&C’s overseas program to Australia. In the fall of 2010, I organized a group of Lewis & Clark students to volunteer at a public school in NE Portland and in the fall, I am excited to begin my student life internship at the Center for Career and Community Engagement (3CE). I spend my free time playing soccer or basketball with my friends, listening to music or reading.