Esther Mutesi


Hometown: I grew up in Rwanda and Uganda but I currently reside in Covington, Washington.

What is something you wish everyone knew about your major? I think most people associate physics with bad memories from high school or just find it boring. Although the major is challenging, it is also very fun to learn how the world and things I experience on an everyday basis work.

What was your most impactful class or professor? I have had many amazing classes and professors here at SPU. However, if I had to choose, I. would say the Honors 2200 History and representation class with Dr. Walter really opened my eyes in how colonial history in the Middle East and North Africa regions has had lasting effects on how Americans see and treat individuals from these regions.

I cannot forget how impactful all my physics professors, Dr. Goodhew, Dr. Seeley, Dr. Lindberg, and Dr. Gray, have been in the last few years. They made sure I felt like I belonged while also encouraging me to pursue topics I found interesting.

What are you excited for in your future career? I am excited to rest for a year as I figure out my graduate school plans. I am looking forward to seeing how the skills and knowledge I have accumulated over the past couple of years will be formational in whatever career I decide to pursue.

What advice do you have for incoming students? College is not just for getting grades. Take time to learn about yourself and you in a community context. Prioritize taking care of your needs as a non-negotiable and talk to your professors.

How have you grown during your time at SPU? I have learned to recognize my strengths and limits as well as what my learning style is. Being at SPU has taught me how important community is especially during hard times. I have learned to critically think and view things from a global perspective.