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International Orientation Leaders

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Fernanda Medeiros Contini

Biology
Class of 2022

Where are you from? Brazil

Where have you traveled to? Within Brazil and the U.S.

Where in the world do you most want to visit and why? Brazil, to visit my family because with the pandemic I haven't seen them in a long time.

Why did you become an International Orientation Leader? To welcome other international students and be there for them as a peer since I know how difficult it is when we first arrive from a different country and to a new school.

What are you most excited about for this new semester? To go back to campus and have the on-campus experience at BSU and meet other students.​


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Kibeom Park

Computer Science
Class of 2022

Where are you from? South Korea, Daegu.

Where have you traveled to? I have been to America, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, China. That place is really good. Food, Culture, and People are wonderful.

Where in the world do you most want to visit and why? I want to go to Europe because I love watching soccer, If I have to go to Europe, I want to go on watching for a soccer trip.

Why did you become an International Orientation Leader? I have a dream when I study in America. That’s work in the University. I wanted to work with international leaders, last year. But I couldn't because of COVID-19 issues. finally, I'm glad to work with Orientation!

What are you most excited about for this new semester? All students are coming to University, I can meet many people, and I can take in class. My goal is to make many memories at school before graduation.


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Michael Sweeney

Communication Studies & Psychology
Class of 2022

W​here are you from? Kingston, MA

Where have you traveled to? Mexico and The Bahamas Where in the world do you most want to visit and why? I would like to visit Japan the most. I find Japanese culture to be absolutely fascinating, and I think it's a beautiful looking country. Cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto I'd find absolutely breathtaking in-person. Other places I would love to visit would be South Korea, China, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece.

Why did you become an International Orientation Leader? I became an International Orientation Leader because I love to make new friends and helping people adapt to a new environment. By joining a few culture clubs on campus, I've met more international students, and have increased my interest in learning about other​ cultures. I also have friends who've worked with or have made friends with many of the international students and say that it's a wonderful experience. I'd love to help people adjust to the campus life, and I also believe that I'll learn a lot along the way.

What are you most excited about for this new semester? I'm most excited to meet new people from all over the world. I'm also excited to start my classes. I'm taking Korean, which is my first ever language class on campus. I'd love to learn a new language, so I'm excited!


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Sasha Voitcekhovskaia

Accounting & Finance
Class of 2022 ​

Where are you from? I am from Russia.

Where have you traveled to? I have traveled to Ukraine, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Belarus, England, Ireland, Malta, Turkey, 26 states of the USA.

Where in the world do you most want to visit and why? I want to visit Switzerland. I want to see the nature, especially Alps.

Why did you become an International​ Orientation Leader? 3 years ago I came to America for the first time in my life. It was stressful even to think about going so far away alone; however, I was happy to be welcomed and accepted to a new family. So I have an experience of being a new international student. I want new students to feel that they are not alone. We are a big family who is ready to support and help any time.

What are you most excited about for this new semester? The most exciting thing for me is meeting new people.

 


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Jordana Saintil

Criminal Justice
Class of 2025 ​

Where are you from? Boston, MA.

Where have you traveled to? Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Canada ad within the U.S.

Where in the world do you most want to visit and why? South Korea and India. Both because I've started to learn about the cultures.

Why did you become an International​ Orientation Leader? To continue what I had been doing in high school, which is similar to what we do as IOLs.

What are you most excited about for this new semester? To meet the new students, and new classmates.

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International Student and Scholar Services

Dr. Edward Minnock Institute for Global Engagement
25 Park Terrace
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
United States