International Student Orientation Team
Meet the Mighty O-Team! They are so excited to welcome the incoming international class of 2019, exchange and visiting students. They are here to support you and make you feel at home. You already have 6 new friends at OXY!
Hi! My name is Yiyun (Eva) Wang and I’m a rising junior. I study Economics and DWA here at Oxy. I was born and raised in Shanghai, a city on the East coast of China. Prior to my arrival, I had no international education background. With that being said, everything, from culture to school settings, were completely an adventure! Experiencing many challenges as you could imagine, I spent awesome two years here! Oxy community supported and nurtured me in multiple ways, leading me to find where my passions and aspiration lie and where I belong. I would love to share all my experience of transition and others to you at the Orientation and in the future as well. Can’t wait to greet you on campus!
My name is Megan MacKinnon and I am a rising senior Cognitive Science Major from Eugene Oregon. I am currently studying abroad in Brussels Belgium on a French immersion program. This past semester has taught me how exciting it is to become immersed in a new culture as well as how to overcome some of the challenges that come with being in a new environment. At oxy I have been an O-team leader for first year students as well as worked as a facilitator for Oxy’s FYRE program. I am so excited to be an international orientation team leader this semester and can’t wait to meet you all! See you soon!
Hi everyone! My name is Mika Kato and I am going to be a senior at Oxy this fall. I am studying Global Communities and Social Change, which is an independent major combining Diplomacy and World Affairs with Psychology and Sociology. While I am from Japan, I moved around a lot during my childhood and spent nine years in Los Angeles and Dubai. I also just returned from a semester abroad in India! Because of all of these experiences adapting to new cultures and people, I have grown very interested in learning about different cultures, but also understand the difficulties that you can experience in the process. I would love to be able to help everyone with beginning their new experiences at Oxy and the US, and offer support wherever I can from college life to the city! Please e-mail me if you have any questions, and I am excited to meet all of you in the fall!
My name is Huiting (Iris) Zhou, a rising Junior in this coming fall. I study Econ and will probably be Math minor here at Oxy. As an international student from China, I’ve tried really hard to adapt the college life in the US since I came to Oxy at the first day. So I want to be supportive as a member of the international orientation team, helping you guys deal with problems and concerns. Besides introducing my college life, I would also like to get engaged with you to have a good time during the orientation. Enjoy your rest of summer holidays! See you there at Oxy!
My name is Shuyi (Eliza) Chen, class of 2018. I was born and raised in Shanghai which is a popular and intelligent city in China. While I am majoring in Biochemistry, I am also a pre-med student and plan to go to medical school after graduation. This year is my second year in the U.S., and I know all kinds of challenges new arrived students might face. I understand that, and really want to help new international students to get through that by sharing my own experience. I would love to answer any questions you guys have, regard to where to eat, buying stuff, doing sports, so on and so on. If you are thinking to be a science major or consider pursuing a health related career but have worries and concerns, that is even better, because, I do have a lot to share and say! I can wait to seeing everyone this summer!!
Hi, welcome to Oxy! My name is Keli Butame and I am a rising senior. Even though I was born in the States, I’m a Ghanaian at heart because I lived my whole life there. I’m studying Psychology and Kinesiology and I love reading, especially books about other cultures. Just about 3 years ago, I was in your shoes – in a new country and far away from the home that I had known. I hope that the experiences that I had can make me better able to ease your transition into Occidental. I look forward to meeting you during orientation. Until then, have a great summer (or winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere)!
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