International Peer Advisors

Meet the 2013 International Peer Advisor Coordinator!

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Dom

Dom is a senior majoring in political science and international studies, with a minor in BIP. He was born and raised in the greatest city in the world, London, England. He is an avid fan of Tottenham Hotspur, and continues to rather optimistically dream that they will soon win the Premier League. When not watching soccer, or playing as a proud member of the NU men’s club team, Dom can be found hanging out with his fraternity brothers, drinking tea, losing at super smash bros, or, most likely, sleeping. Dom has been involved with ISO since taking part as a freshman in 2010, and would love to answer your questions about anything related to NU!

Meet the 2013 International Peer Advisors

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Arisa

Hi! I'm Arisa and I'm double majoring in Computer Engineering and Economics. I come from a high school in Tokyo, Japan but I've also lived in Shanghai, China and Nagoya, Japan before.  I love taking photos on all my cameras and playing around with photoshop in my free time. Some of the things I'm involved in on campus includes a graphic designers alliance on campus called PSD that I've co-founded, International Student Association and Japan Club.

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Caitlyn

Caitlyn grew up in Singapore, and food is what she misses the most about that sunny little space. She's studying Environmental Sciences and Economics. Caitlyn loves to dance, travel, read, make new friends, and spend her afternoons baking muffins and eating oreo ice-cream. Her favorite countries are Rome and Paris. She's involved in student government, Global Engagement Summit, International Student Association and Northwestern University Singaporean and Friends.

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Theo

Hi, I'm Theo, from Beijing, though I went to high school in Exeter, New Hampshire. I'm study material science and comparative literature, and I'm really interested in 3D printing. At Northwestern, I'm active in Chinese culture groups as well the philosophy society. I really enjoy reading--especially Hermann Hesse--swimming, and making greeting cards.

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Krithika

I'm Krithika and I'm a senior from Mumbai, India. I'm an Econ and Math major in Weinberg, and on campus, I'm involved with ISA World Cup, a soccer tournament held every spring. Otherwise I love good food and enjoy movies that are not based on Nicholas Sparks novels.
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Norah

Norah is from Shanghai, China. She majors in Maths, Economics and International Studies.Commited in multi-cultural student activities, she has been very engaged in Typhoon, ChinaForesee and now ISO! She absolutely loves running and yoga, and occasionally cooking when she has free time.

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Lara

Lara Saldanha doesn’t know where she’s from since she was born in Japan, is of Indian origin, lived in the United States for ten years, and also lived in the Philippines, Switzerland, and Singapore. A piano performance major and music criticism minor in the Bienen School of Music and Economics major in Weinberg, Lara loves to sing obnoxiously, read, go to concerts in Chicago, run if she’s not feeling particularly lazy, play the piano when everyone else is asleep, eat spicy food and sinful amounts of Swiss chocolate, travel, and sleep. On campus, Lara is involved in the International Student Association, various ensembles in Bienen, and hopes to do Dance Marathon for the first time this year.
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Shweta

My name is Shweta and I'm rising sophomore from Bangalore, India but I currently live in California. I'm a biological sciences major and on the pre-med track and I can shameless admit that Grey's Anatomy is one of the reasons I want to go to medical school. This past year I was a part of ISA's social committee, Habitat for Humanity's events committee, joined a service fraternity and participated in Dance Marathon and UNITY fashion show. I love traveling, painting and meeting new people!

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Elliot

Hey freshies! I’m Elliot Yücesan and I am a rising junior biomedical engineer in McCormick. I am a dual French-American citizen of Turkish and Korean origin. I would see myself more as French as I’ve lived in Fontainebleau, France, for most of my life but I have also lived in Philadelphia, PA and Carmel CA. On campus, I am involved in the International Student Association at Northwestern, ISA World Cup (a football tournament on campus), as well as an avid tennis player and member of the club tennis team. I’m really excited to meet you all and hope to see you at ISO!

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Jake

It may surprise you that Jake is an International Peer Advisor considering he's completely American, but he has never gone to school in the States, and has lived in five different countries throughout his life, specifically the US, Denmark, Switzerland, India and the Philippines. He graduated from the International School of Manila, and is now a sophomore studying Computer Engineering and Economics here at Northwestern. In addition to school, Jake is an avid sports fan, and you will see him at almost every Northwestern sporting event you go to (including the two basketball games he was on TV at last year, no biggie). Jake's other interests include music, meeting new people, playing baseball, scuba diving and travelling the world. At Northwestern, Jake is involved in the International Student Association as the co-chair of the Internal Relations committee.
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Linda

Linda was born and raised in McLean, Virginia (right next to D.C.). She’s Korean, but has never actually lived there. She is a rising Junior studying Psychology, Economics, and IMC. She loves to cook, bake, eat, watch horror movies with her friends, sleep, watch Grey's Anatomy, and listen to music. Linda is involved in Spoon Magazine, ISA World Cup, Design for America (DFA).

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Lauren

Lauren Saunders is an incoming senior this year, studying History and Economics. Along with being the Corporate Relations Chair of Northwestern Dance Marathon, she is a proud Canadian from the wonderful city of Toronto. Before heading back to Northwestern, Lauren will be working at TD Securities in New York City. She cannot wait to meet all of the new international students this fall!

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Maddie

Maddie is a rising senior studying Journalism and French, with a focus in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). She hails from the picturesque suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, and enjoys theater, languages, chocolate and meeting new people. At Northwestern, Maddie stays busy as an active member of the International Student Association, Kappa Delta Sorority, and as incoming President of ISA World Cup. She is extremely excited for ISO 2013!

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Joris

Hi!! My name is Joris Cyizere, I am from Rwanda. I am a sophomore in McCormick and I hope to graduate with a duo degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics (not entirely sure about the likelihood of this to happen). I love football--more of a watcher than a player (I can be lazy sometimes... if not all the time, actually). I love Northwestern and meeting new people. I AM SO EXCITED to meet all of you guys. See you soon!!

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Mike

Mike is a Korean-American studying economics and art history. Born in Dallas, Texas, he went to elementary school in Oklahoma, middle school in Seoul, and high school in New Jersey. Mike is a huge sports enthusiast who also enjoys watching shows like Breaking Bad, Dexter, and Parks and Rec. On campus, Mike is involved with Greek life, World Cup, and Dance Marathon. Look out for Mike and his IPA partner Maddie Bryen throughout ISO!

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Doruk

Hello, I am Doruk Akpek, I am an international student from Turkey and I study in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, majoring in IE. I am a standing sophmore. In my free time, I like to listen to music or cook.

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Jinhak

My name is Jinhak Kim, and I go by Jin. I'm from Seoul, South Korea, but I went to high school in Connecticut. I'm a rising senior studying psychology, and next year I'll be writing a psychology thesis paper. I enjoy working in a lab, and I'll be spending my time doing research over the summer in Chicago.  During my free time, I usually watch baseball highlights of MLB and Korean Professional League. I'm very excited to be an IPA and I look forward to have an awesome ISO 2013!!!

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Petr

Hi, my name is Petr Palecek and I'm a rising sophomore from the Czech Republic. I am majoring in economics and psychology in the Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences. I play hockey for Northwestern's University Men's Team and I am working for the Global Wildcats, which is an organization that works closely with international students interested in studying at Northwestern University. In my free time I like to play sports or go out with friends.
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Sanya

Sanya Mansoor is Kashmiri but has grown up in Singapore (all of high school), England and India. She loves animal gifs, playing FIFA, concerts, cheesecake, the lakefill, funny TV shows (YAY parks/community/the office), Global Engagement Summit-ing and all things international. She is permanently attached to her big red headphones, usually wearing bright colorful pants and always happy to say hi! She also wants to become a journalist and do kickass things in life and is very excited to meet new internationals wooo :D
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Jisoo

Jisoo's what you would call a typical international student. Born in Korea, she moved at the age of 7 to Taiwan, and moved to Singapore for the rest of her life after 3 and a half years. It's kind of difficult to say what her hometown is, because every place she's lived in feels like a part of home. She's an RTVF major in the School of Comm, and is involved in Asian-American InterVarsity, Korean American Student Association, and Taiwanese American Student Association. Apart from student groups, her two other major commitments include WNUR Radio, and ReFresH dance crew which she mainly calls her family. In her spare time she likes to watch YouTube shorts, listen to classical movie soundtracks, and rap with her friends. 

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Aditya

Born in India, Aditya has since gone on to  live in England, South Africa, Czech Republic, Indonesia and most recently Singapore (plus the United States of course). He is a sophomore double majoring in MMSS & Economics and also plans do complete one of the Kellogg Certificates before graduating. On campus, Aditya is part of the International Student Association, Sigma Nu Fraternity, ISA World Cup and the Crew team. He enjoys eating good food, listening to good music (especially EDM) and hanging out with good people.

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Julia

Hi! I'm Julia Azarcon and am beyond excited to be an IPA for this year's International Student Orientation. I love studying in Evanston and being near Chicago but my home is the Philippines. I'm an incoming sophomore in Weinberg, thinking about double majoring in Biological Sciences and International Studies. Around campus, I am involved in the International Student Association and Model United Nations. Outside of school, I enjoy reading graphic novels, napping, and eating fresh fruit. Can't wait to meet all of you at ISO!
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Danielle

Hi! My name is Danielle. I’m from Hong Kong, and I am a rising Sophomore in Weinberg. I’m involved in several things on campus, including ASG (Associated Student Government), NSH (Northwestern Student Holdings), Kappa Kappa Gamma and The Treblemakers. Having just experience freshman year as an international student, I am so excited to be guiding some of you through the first weeks of your Northwestern career. Enjoy your summer and see you soon!

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Marine

Hi, I'm Marine! I'm pre-med in Weinberg, majoring in Biology and Earth and Planetary Sciences and minoring in Global Health. I was born in Evanston, but moved to Paris when I was 1 and grew up there. I am part of the special events committee of NCDC (Northwestern Community Development Corpse) and of the social committee of the ISA. I am also a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. I love to cook for fun, go swimming when I have time, and hang out with my friends! 

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Ola

Ola was born in Lagos, Nigeria but has lived in Accra, Ghana for the past 10 years. He is a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Economics. Ola is a member of the International Student’s Association (ISA) and ISA World Cup. For fun, Ola likes to watch and play soccer, play video games and watch movies.

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Roberto

I was born in Bucharest, Romania and I lived there until I was 17, when I moved to Italy to finish my high school studies at a UWC international school. I am very passionate about film, for which reason I came to Northwestern to major in Radio/TV/Film, but I am also very interested in psychology and art history. When I don't spend my weekends on film sets, I love going downtown Chicago either to randomly explore a new neighborhood, go to shows or the Art Institute. I am looking forward to meet all of you!

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Connor

I’m Connor Steelberg, a Franco-American Freshman in Weinberg. I was born in France to two Americans and spent my entire life (until Northwestern) living in the western suburbs of Paris, where I went to a French international school. I’m majoring in political science and last year I lived on South Campus, in the Shepard Residential College. 

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Vesko

I grew up the city of Burgas, Bulgarian on the coast of Black Sea. I am double majoring in Journalism and Economics and I enjoy talking about culture, politics and technology. I play tennis, jog late in the evening and like going out with a camera to take thought-provoking photographs.

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Cedric

Cedric Le Quellec is French by nationality and currently resides in Bangkok, Thailand. Cedric spent the last 5 years in boarding school, in Switzerland, where he earned his International Baccalaureate from Institut Le Rosey. Cedric is currently an Economics major and Business Institutions minor. Cedric also takes part in many student-led activities on campus as the Internal Events Chair of the NU Thai Club as well as being on the Social Committee of the International Student Association. Cedric has played competitive tennis and swimming in the past and is trained percussionist. 

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Bryan

How's it going guys! My name is Bryan Huang and I am a Junior in Weinberg majoring in Biology and Psychology. I was born and raised in Taiwan and went to high school in California. I like to play basketball and work out during my free time, so join me if you think you can beat me! :) I am a huge fan of EDM and Miami Heat (since 2006). They have been keeping me going with my life. I am involved in Taiwanese American Student Club (TASC), International Student Association (ISA), Phi Delta Epsilon (Pre-medical fraternity), and Pi Alpha Phi (Asian-interest fraternity) on campus. If you are interested in getting to know any of the above, please let me know. Anyway, I'm really excited to meet all of you! We're gonna have a blast next year:)  Tip for first year in NU: Don't stress out too much over bad grades (been there, done that). It's bound to happen, but you still have to study!

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Eduardo

Hey! My name is Eduardo Bermudez and I am a sophomore from Mexico City. I am currently studying Applied Math in McCormick and am pursuing a minor in Computer Science. I am currently involved in the Northwestern Rugby team and in the International Student Association. I also like downhill skiing and American football.

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KK

Hi I'm KK! I'm from Hong Kong. I'm studying journalism, with a focus on design and interactive news. Outside of class, I work with Spoon Magazine and International Student Association. I love exploring America  - I have been to New York; Cleveland, Ohio; Muncie, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky so far. And I will be working in Austin this summer at the Texas Tribune.

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Jake

My name is Jake Myers. A little background on me -  I was actually born in Evanston, moved all around the United States (mostly east coast), then spent most of my middle and high school years in Brussels attending the International School of Brussels. Ethnicity wise, I'm Japanese-American, but people have been known to tell me that I look Mexican, Filipino, and Hawaiian. I'm a sophomore studying electrical engineering in McCormick and minoring in economics.. My hobbies include tennis, hanging out with friends, being a die-hard patriots fan, music, and cooking.