Adrian Rong Qian Pang
Majors: Sociology & Global Studies
Interests: Learning new languages, football and soccer, travelling the world.
Apa Khabar! எப்படி இருக்கிறீர்கள்! 你好! Hello! I am Adrian from Malaysia born and raised in the capital Kuala Lumpur. As you can see, those are just the three main ways of greeting people in Malaysia as Malaysia is a divers, multicultural country. Here is a fun fact about me, I can speak six languages (Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and German) and this is common among Malaysians! Fun fact, I am learning my seventh soon. Well, I am currently a Senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and double majoring in Sociology and Global Studies as well as a minor in Management. I attended college in Malaysia to complete most of the General Education requirements before transferring to the U. The UofM has helped me to grow up and be ready for the scary world. The tonnes of experience and opportunites are there for the taking. The list of activities, clubs and societies and even the recreational activities is endless. Take myself for an example, I am a person who cannot stand doing nothing, that is why I've involved myself in many activities and programs. I am currently an International Student Ambassador, the current president of the Malaysian Students Association (PERSISMA), the program director for the 2016 annual Malaysian Night, the current president of Tau Sigma National Honor Society for Transfer Students, an undergraduate research assistant at the Minnesota Population Center and a Teaching Assistant (TA) of the Department of Sociology. I am also admitted into the University Honors Program and I have studied abroad in Berlin in Summer 2016, one of the best experience as a Gopher! All these coupled with an addiction of doing sports, especially soccer, I strive to be a rounded student and the UofM is a perfect platform for students to do that. So do reach out to me or any other amabassadors and hopefully we can give you deeper insight into the life and the opportunities at this wonderful institution! Once again, nice to meet you and I hope to see you at the U!
Hello, my name is An Le. I am from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and I am currently a freshman studying Biochemistry in College of Biological Sciences (CBS). My transition to college away from home has been eased significantly thanks to the resources available on campus for students in general and for international students specifically. In my first semester at the U, I play intramural quidditch, join a student group called Biology Without Borders, and work as a student technician for the Academic Health Center. In my free time, I love to play sports at the Rec Center, watch free movies at Coffman Union Theatre, and hang out with my friends at some beautiful places in Minneapolis. I was worried about my journey at the U before I decided to come to Minnesota because of the size of the University and because of the weather in Minnesota. However, with rigorous academics and various opportunities outside of the classroom, I have grown a lot as a balanced student here at the University of Minnesota. Please feel free to contact me through my email if you have any questions about anything, and I would love to help you out!
Hi All You Current and Future Gophers! Namaste, I am Avishek, and I am currently a graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Minnesota. I come from India and have traveled the length and breadth of the country, but I had never been outside India. I was really apprehensive about moving to the US and beginning my life here. I have been in the US for 1 year and 3 months (to be precise) and I have enjoyed everyday that I have spent at the University. The academic culture is one of the best in the country and the University is one of the top public-funded institutions that carry out research in a wide variety of fields. I worked as a research assistant (RA) for a professor in the ECE department for a year, and now I am a teaching assistant (TA) for an undergraduate level course. I am also working for two companies on two different projects and interning at the Office for Technology Commercialization under the University. There are several opportunities here that one can take advantage of, and I am glad I am working towards that. I love biking to the University and have been on several bike trails around the University. I love reading, swimming and scuba-diving. I intend to visit all the diving sites in the world and get a professional diver's certificate. I love meeting new people and sharing each others' culture and food, and that is probably something one cannot find in any other country. People from all walks of life, different countries, different customs and traditions, all co-exist right here in the US.
Age: 18 Hometown: Astana, Kazakhstan Major: Political Science, Economics Languages: Kazakh, Russian, English, French(a little bit) Main Interests: travelling, napping, watching K-Doramas, going to concerts
Hi! I’m Bach Nguyen and am a sophomore at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. I intend to double major in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Finance, as well as a minor in French. I come from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where the weather is completely opposite from Minnesota. I spent my high school years in Boise, Idaho, and that actually helped me to get used to the cold winter as well as an opportunity for me to immerse in American culture. This year, I am involved in many student organizations. I am currently a Finance Assistant for Minnesota International Students Association, an organization that promotes multiculturalism and oversees all the international students groups. Besides, I serve as the Public Relations and Marketing Chair for Leaders Crossing Borders, a small student group that organize events for Middlebrook Hall - a student dorm on the West Bank of Campus. When I started school here at the U of M, I was in shock because of the diversity I see around campus. Students are from all around the world and that allows me to learn more about different cultures without having to travel, as well as to expose myself into the beauty of differences. I hope when you attend the University of Minnesota, you will love the atmosphere, the people, the opportunities, and the robust environment the university has to offer. And remember, I am always here to help you!
Languages: Spanish, English and Italian
Interests: working out, baking, photography, anything outdoors
Hi All! I'm Caterina and I'm from Caracas, Venezuela. I'm a Nutrition major in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). I'm a transfer student and this is my first year at the University of Minnesota. So far my transition has been great! I love the fact that this is a very diverse university and you're always meeting new people from different cultures and different nationalities. I've been living in Minnesota for 2 years and I like it a lot. I was raised in a tropical country so the fact that we actually have in here the 4 seasons is amazing! Minnesota is a great state, everyone in here is so welcoming and nice. I would definitely recommend coming to Minnesota and choosing the U!
Languages: English, Vietnamese, and a bit of Spanish & Japanese (you can teach me!)
I'm a huge fan of: swimming, travelling, cooking, music, and learning about other cultures!
Chao everyone! My name is Chau (pronounced like "chosen" without the "en".) Currently I am a junior pursuing my BAS in Management Information Systems at Carlson. I came to the U as a transfer student after over three years studying in Seattle, Washington. So, if you have any questions about the transition to UMN, feel free to ask me! Even though this is my first semester, I'll try my best to find the answer.
As a international transfer student, I can't stress enough the importance of having these two attitudes: engaging and positive! Things are never easy at the beginning, but I always remind myself to be thankful for the supportive resources at the U. Outside classrooms, I'm an active member of the Business Association for Multicultural Students (BAM) Besides, I'm working as a IT Help Specialist for the OIT department. These experiences do not only develop my skillset, but also create a great community that makes me feel like my home (Hanoi is the first, Seattle is my second beloved one, and now Minnesota is the third one, I guess.)
I truly believe that life is all about learning. Coming to Minnesota, I've learned how to eat Midwestern's food. I've learned how to shop my grocery on the most constricted budget and the least time. I've learned to enjoy the weather even during -10C winter days. I've learned that smiling to people while crossing street actually warms up our hearts (it's science!)
And I bet you will surely do too. Be engaged and positive! And don't hesitate to seek help! :D
Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia
Major: Economics, B.A., with additional in Psychology, B.A.
Interests: Photography, music, behavioral economics, any type of food, etc
Hi guys! My name is Dara, and as I said above, I'm from Indonesia (shout out to my Indonesian fellows out there!). I'm currently a Junior studying Economics and Psychology. I came here as a freshman, and coming here as a freshman from Indonesia (which is 24 hours away by plane!) was a pretty terrifying yet fun experience. The obvious difference between Indonesia and the US is the weather. Back in Indonesia, it's pretty much summer everyday with a little bit of rain at the end of the year. On the other hand in the US, specifically in Minnesota, the weather is very cold. When I came here, I was surprised by how cold it was. Moreover, I didn't know anyone coming here! The whole cultural differences were also overwhelming. BUT, as I became more experienced and knowledgable about the U and the US culture in general, I really enjoy living here. So for those of you who's reading this, believe me; the U of M is a perfect place for you and you're going to have a great time!! Please feel free to shoot me (or other ambassadors) emails and I'll be very happy to talk to you about anything (yes, literally anything!). I will always be down to help you with any of your questions. So, do not hesitate reaching to one of us! Once again, you have to trust me that you're going to have the best time of your college year at the U of M. We are waiting for you! Cheers!
Hello there! I am Diksha, currently a junior double-majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Public Health. My hometown is Bangalore, India, but because my family moved a lot I have also lived in some other Indian cities (Mumbai and Hyderabad), Denmark and Malaysia. Having been acclimated to moving and change, you'd think I had no qualms whatsoever of coming to the US for higher studies; however when I came here in Fall 2013, I was similar to a lot of you prospective international students out there, in that this was the first time I was making such a move on my own, away from the supportive comforts of family; this could be especially challenging for an introverted personality like mine! However I was able to gradually build a sound supportive network of good friends in the dorm and classes and take advantage of the U's many opportunities to get involved to make the most out of my US research university experience. I enjoy keeping myself busy with several research projects related to my areas of study, on topics like obesity, Autism Spectrum Disorder and brain imaging. Outside of research and academics, I am also involved as co-president of an Indian non-profit group called Vibha-UMN, volunteer with local public health agencies and enjoy attending various campus cultural events on Fridays!
So feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I will be happy to help you using what I have learned from my experiences as an international undergraduate student at UMN!
Languages: Albanian, Italian, Turkish, English
Main interests: Soccer!, Travelling, Languages and cultures
Favorite Food: Lemon ice-cream
Ciao! My name is Fabio and I am a junior pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering Mechanics ( Yeah, it is basically rocket science). So far the transition to the U of M has been successful for me thanks mainly to the many services directed to the international students, which is why I decided to join in and do the same for the prospective U of M students! Some things about me: As I mentioned earlier, one of my main interests is soccer. I love playing soccer, watching soccer and talking about soccer. I've also made a lot of friends while playing soccer too! I have traveled a lot throughout Europe (Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Croatia, Turkey, Montenegro, etc.) so I know a lot about European cultures. I hope to see more European students join the U soon. GO GOPHERS!
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Languages: Turkish, English, French, Arabic (شوي شوي), Russian (не много)
Hobbies: playing basketball & watching movies
Favorite Food: Turkish food (can't pick which one is my favorite)
Merhaba! My name is Faruk Aydin and I am currently a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I'm from Istanbul, Turkey but I have been away from home for 'a while.' I lived in Saudi Arabia for 6 years. Before that I lived in Lebanon and United Arab Emirates (Dubai). Coming to Minnesota has been a new chapter in my life and farthest away from home. Ever since my first day in Minnesota, people have been nice and welcoming.
Last year, I was in the same boat as most of you, trying to pick the right university for me. International student ambassadors helped me learn more about the U outside of the statistics and google search. I decided to do the same this year and I would love to answer your questions, give tips and share my experiences at the U with you!
Jackie Wang / Class of 2018 / Economics , Communication & Mangament Minors
Fun Fact: I have skydived before :)
你好 ! Hello! My name is Jackie. I am currently a junior studying under College of Libreal Arts. I grew up in TW. But I got to study in Shanghai (SH) for 4 years from middle school to my 1st year of high school. I have been enrolled in an international school ever since 6th grade. I am very thankful for the opportunities to study in an English-speaking enviornment during my early educational years. My favorite American tv shows are Modern family, Fresh Off the Boat, and Heros. I love running, playing basketball and baseball. If I have time, I could spend a whole afternoon reading. My favorite cusine is Asian cusine ! Bascailly anythin ranging from Chinese, Japanese, Korean to Southeast Aisian food. Anyways, I hope to be a reliable resouce for any incoming freshman or anyone who are considering choosing the U.
Hello Friends, I'm Jinrui(Leslie) Li, an international student from China.I'm from a city called Shenzhen. It is a coastal city(no snow in winter), locates in the Southern part of China(for those who don't know: it's right next to HongKong). So I was very excited to see snow and enjoy myself in the winter here(not like most people). My major is Nutrition so I actually spent plenty of time at St.Paul campus like most of our CFANS students. St.Paul is very peaceful and has less people. I liked it a lot as I lived in the dorm, Bailey at St. Paul campus during my freshmen year. In my spare time, I like to read, go swimming, play badmintons, watch movies, go shoping or just hangout with friends. Please don't hesitate to ask questions and I will continue discovering new things to share with you guys too.
Hi everyone! 안녕하세요! My name is Junyo Park and I am a junior studying psychology here at the U. I am originally from Anyang, South Korea. I am a transfer student and this is my first semester in Minnesota. Before coming here, I studied in a very small town calle Kirksville in Missouri for 2 years. Minneapolis, where the campus is located at (most of the buildings--some are located in St. Paul too!), is such a beautiful city. And by saying CITY, I mean it. There are lots of things you can do here including games, foods, concerts, shopping, and so on. The people here are very nice and friendly toward international students, so you will feel welcomed everywhere! Coming to the U was one of the best deicisions that I have ever made in my life, and I hope you do too!
My name is Kevin and I'm from Indonesia, I'm a senior undergraduate majoring in Biomedical Engineering. This is going to be my last year in UofM-TC as a student, and next year I'll be working for a company in Minnesota so I'll hopefully still be able to meet y'all.
Besides studying, I'm also working as an office assistant in the University Student Housing, a board member in Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, and a volunteer in the Visible Heart Lab where I get to do all kinds of research involving real, beating hearts and lungs which I think is very interesting. I also do a lot of sports in my spare time including badminton, wall climbing, archery, and martial arts, all of which are available in the campus for free or almost free.
If you're interested in any of the things I mentioned, don't hesitate to send me an email and I'll be glad to tell you more about it. Hope the semester is treating you well!
NB: Reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, my name is Kalliopi Panagi and I am from Cyprus. I am a freshman here at the University of Minnesota, and I am in the College of Biological Sciences majoring in biology. I love studying at the U and experiencing the college life. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the U of M. Do not hesitate to ask me about any of your concerns, I would love to help you!
Hello! My name is Leonardo Buzzetto and I am a junior at the University of Minnesota currently pursuing a chemical engineering major. I come from São Paulo, Brazil, but I have also lived in Switzerland for a while. My native language is Portuguese but I also speak English and Spanish fluently and I’m taking baby steps towards learning German. I am really interested in sports, mainly soccer (obviously!) and basketball, but I also love films, music and literature. One of the things that fascinates me the most is traveling and getting to know new people, cultures and countries; and so I jumped at the opportunity of attending an international university. So far, my experience here has been amazing! I have met lots of interesting people from all over the world and everyone has been extremely warm and welcoming. I joined the Ambassadors because, just as I received help and support from lots of people before and after coming to the U, I hope to be able to offer new and prospective students help and support so that their transition can be made as smoothly as possible. GO GOPHERS!
Major: Psychology with a double minor in progress - Public Health & Family Social Science
Languages: English, Malay, various Chinese dialects, y un poco español
Hi everyone! I come from a Malaysian city called Penang (you've probably heard of it as the "food heaven"). I also call Subang Jaya my second home as I went to college there, and then transferred to the UMN! At UMN, I am a Sexual Health Awareness and Disease Education (SHADE) Coordinator at Boynton Health. Besides that, I am an International Student Ambassador, and I also join the Malaysian Student Group (PERSISMA) on campus. Minneapolis is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen - it is truly amazing here. As an ambassador, I strive to make your transition from your home country to Minneapolis as smooth as possible! If you have any questions about what I do, my majors/minors, feel free to e-mail me!
Hi! I am Natalia Morales and I am from Colombia. I am studying Communication Studies with a minor in Translation at the University of Minnesota. I also have a certificate in Legal Interpretation Spanish/English from the University of California Los Angeles. I consider myself as an adventurous person, therefore what I enjoy the most is traveling to different places because I get to experience and learn about other cultures. I have had the opportunity to live in Philadelphia, and Los Angeles for a year, and with some friends I have made here I have visited cities like Chicago, Washington, New York, and San Francisco. Studying abroad has been one of the most amazing and beneficial experiences due to all the services the University offers. Moreover, I am living with an American host family that has taught me things about their culture like what they do and eat on holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and more. As an international student ambassador I would like to share my experiences, help, and guide future international students to become part of this incredible Gopher family.
Hey! My name is Pierre Abillama and I’m from Beirut, Lebanon. I am a freshman at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities hoping to graduate with a degree in Computer Engineering from the College of Science and Engineering. I speak three languages including Arabic and French. I love music, enjoy playing electric guitar with my friends, and appreciate good Lebanese food (mostly hummus). I also follow some sports, but mainly soccer.
I came to the U not knowing what to expect because most international students including myself didn't get to visit and tour the beautiful campus before the start of the academic year. Looking back, I can confidently say that I am thankful to be here and to have this wonderful college experience at one of the best schools in the U.S. where I have so many opportunities to develop my technical abilities and leadership skills. Ski U-Mah!
Hello everyone! I’m Prashasti Bhatnagar, an international student from New Delhi, India. I am in the honors program, majoring in Sociology with minors in Public Health, Social Justice, and Neuroscience. Passionate about health policy and health disparities, I plan to get a JD/MPH after I graduate in Spring 2018, in order to fight for healthcare as a human right and get a chance to pursue my dream and work towards bringing about a change in health policy. In my free time, I love to sing, read and write. Even though college is overwhelming and nerve-wracking (no kidding), the innumerable opportunities provided by the U allow us to connect and be proactive both on-campus and off-campus. I am here as a resource to help and assist you with any and all of your questions and concerns, so please feel free to email me!
Hello guys! My name is Qi Wang and I am from China. I was born in Jiangsu and grew up in Beijing. I graduated from the U College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science (CFANS) in December, 2016 with Bachelor of Science degree. Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM) was my major. Before transferred to the U, I studied in Seattle for two years. I love St.Paul campus. Free to ask me any questions about St.Paul campus, future Gophers! UMN Email: email@example.com
Hello all! My name is Rigoberto Amaya, or Rigo, originally from Panama but lived the last 6 years in Bangkok, Thailand and Hanoi, Vietnam! In love with all kinds of food, specially Vietnamese food, Bubble Tea and Turkey Legs! I also enjoy playing sports such as basketball and soccer, and newly found american football. I like to spend my free time watching all kinds of TV shows and movies, my favorites are The Shawnshank Redemption and Harry Potter. Last but not least, I'm a big music fan, I enjoy all from chill indie music to classical when doing my school work. I am a Chemical Engineering major and hope to work with renewable energy in the future. If you have any questions about life here at the U, anything from academics to social life, feel free to ask me! Btw, the other person in the picture above is the President of the University of Minnesota, Eric Kaler!
Age:18 (almost 19)
Language: English and Mandarin
Hey guys! My name is Yi-Hsuan Ho but most of my friends just call me Sabrina (it’s a lot easier!). I am currently a freshman in College of Liberal Arts, and will very likely major in Communication Studies. I love to travel, sing, listen to music, hang out with friends, and EAT!
I made a bold decision to come here to the University of Minnesota - not only did I know nada people here, I did not know anyone who has been or is here– and of course I was super nervous and had so many questions. I was once in the situation you guys are in now, so I understand if any of you are terrified by all the college applications and the decisions that you have to make for your future! I’m fluent in both English and Chinese, and I’ll try my best to help you with any question you have regarding college applications, the University of Minnesota, and anything!
Namaste! I'm Swadhrut from Mumbai, India and I'm a freshman in the College of Liberal Arts, majoring in Economics. My first semester as a student at the University of Minnesota has been a blast and I've met people from all over the world and everyone's been kind and welcoming. I love playing and watching sports and meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds. My time so far the University of Minnesota has been a roller coaster ride and I'm super excited to share my experiences with you. Feel free to email me @firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
And yes, Minnesota Nice is a real thing!
Hi everyone! My name is Uyen Dang. I am a junior studying Management Information System (MIS) at the Carlson School of Management. I grew up in Ho Chi Minh City and came to the U.S. during my freshman year in high school. I studied at Edmonds Community College in Seattle before transferring to the U in Fall 2015. My transition to the U was not easy, but thanks to the resources available at school, I was able to overcome that hardship. Now that I am more familiar and comfortable here, I would like to extend my help to those who may need it, especially transfer students. If you are nervous about whether or not you are accepted to the U, or still deciding on what major you should pursue, or if you are worried about the cultural differences, talk to me, because I have been in your shoes in all those situations. I am here to help, so please feel free to email me with your questions or concerns!
Hey hey! I'm Wangzhen, I'm from China. I transered from North Central University, a college in downtown Minneapolis and I'm currently a sophomore major in Statistics and minor in Fashion Studies at U of M.
I love socials. And I love hanging out with my friends, exploring all the fun places in Minnesota. I know exactly how to have fun here. When I have time, I will visit the local coffe shops, go to museums and watch the latest movies. I love swing dancing too.
If you have any questions about how to make friends with American and visiting the American families, I'd love to help you!
Yang Yang Sim
Hey how's it going! I'm Yang Yang an I am currently a third-year student (known as junior year in North American four-year high school and undergraduate college programs) majoring in Economics and minoroing in Psychology. I am from an island in Malaysia called Penang and I have lived in the US for two years now. Fun fact, I have never seen snow in my life, having grown up in tropical climate without any seasonal cycles my whole life so experiencing winter in one of the coldest states in the US was quite an experience! My two biggest passions are juggling and rock climbing and sometime in the near future I would like to perform professionally for a couple of years. As an international student ambassador, I aspire not only to introduce prospective students to life in college, the Twin Cities, and the US but to really advocate how important it is to immerse yourself in the American lifestyle and learn a thing or two from it. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all about anything and I'd be more than happy to help you out, no matter how silly or ridiculous you may think the question is.