International Student Orientation Team
Meet the Mighty O-Team! They are so excited to welcome the incoming international class of 2018, exchange and visiting students. Like you, they know what it is like to be a new student at Occidental. They are here to support you and make you feel at home. You already have 8 new friends at OXY!
|Hi! My name is Mika Kato, and I am a sophomore international student from Japan. I have also spent nine years living in Los Angeles and Dubai as a child. I am most likely going to major in Diplomacy and World Affairs, with a minor in Studio Art. My passions are art, working with children, and travelling. I would like to be a part of this team to work to help everyone adjust smoothly and comfortably to Oxy, in the most fun and exciting way! I am looking forward to getting to know everyone!|
|Hello! My name is Caroline Marso and I was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington, ( a little sleepy town right across the river from Portland, Oregon). I am a rising senior here at Oxy studying Diplomacy and World Affairs with a minor in Chinese. As an active member of the women's rugby team here at Oxy, I am a HUGE rugby enthusiast both on and off the pitch. Apart from high-contact sports, I also love to explore new places, get lost in a great book, or simply relax and chat with friends. Currently, I’m abroad in Kunming, China studying language, culture and ethnic minorities. I have also been lucky enough to travel to many different countries including, Italy, India, Nepal, France, and Germany. I want to be a part of International O-Team because I know how intimidating it can be to come to a new school in a foreign country and I want to make the transition as easy as possible. Plus, I am always looking to make new friends, especially international ones.|
My name is C. Richard Darsono (Class of 2017.) I have not decided my major yet, but I am planning to major in economics with a minor in computer science or DWA. I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. I stayed there until I finished my middle school. At 16, I moved to Singapore to study in an international school. I was living in a boarding house with other international students for 3 years. I took IB Diploma in November 2012 and decided to continue my education at Oxy in Fall 2013. Surprise! I was just like you a year ago... I know exactly how it feels to be an international student, far away from home. I want to welcome you guys to your new home here in Oxy campus and share my experiences as an international student at Oxy. I am so excited to meet you all! Enjoy the rest of your summer break!
|My name is Kaung Htet, an international student from Burma. I am a third year politics major. My international experience here has been great. I have friends here who are from many different cultures, with different ethnicities. I’ve had the opportunity to learn about their culture, and share mine. However, I’ve had some difficulties adjusting to the new environment when I first got here, even though I am familiar with the culture. I want to be part of the international o-team, because I want to extend the same support and help, that I got from my o-team, to the new international students. I want to help them adjust to the new environment academically, socially, and culturally, and help them explore the variety resources that we have on campus.|
|My name is Hana Mizuno from Tokyo, Japan. I am majoring in Mathematics and also a part of Occidental College Women’s golf team. I attended high school in Connecticut for four years. I had a hard time adjusting myself in the new environment when I came here for high school. By sharing my past experiences to the new students during the international orientation as an O-team leader, I would be able to help and support them to be more comfortable at Oxy. Also, I would love to introduce int. students to a variety of opportunities, both in Oxy and in the city of Los Angeles.|
|My name is Ellery, and I was born and raised in southern California. I am going to be a senior at Oxy this year, and I am a kinesiology major. I have several international friends at Oxy, and many of the things that I have learned from them about their experiences transitioning cultures helped me to prepare for the public health study abroad program that I did in India in the Spring 2014 semester. My time in India has led me to reflect a lot on my own American customs and habits, and to learn what it is like to live in a place that is very different from how I grew up. I am very excited to be a part of the International Orientation Team at Oxy this year! I love making new friends from around the world and learning about them and their home countries. I am looking forward to showing the new students the campus and the surrounding areas, and helping them to adjust to life at Oxy in any way that I can!|
|My name is Bingyan and I am from Nanjing, China. I am a rising junior at Oxy with major in English Literature and minor in American Studies. I had a three-year experience in an international school of Canadian teachers and international students in China. Yet, I still felt challenged when I first came to Oxy. Language barrier, homesick, cultural shock... all the things came together at the same time. Thus, we will try our best to help you with these issues, and we hope you will be prepared and fully equipped for Oxy life!|
I'm Yufei Chen, class of 2017. I'm an international student from Beijing, China. One-year experience in Oxy is pretty meaningful to me. People here are so nice and so helpful that I got used to this environment within a very short term. I came here knowing nothing and no one, but now I have a bunch of friends, including both international students and local students. Through the first year, I got help of every aspects of life in Oxy, so I want to start to help others by participating international O team. I don't have a major now, but I have several interests, such as French and Spanish studies, Media studies and DWA. I'm welcome to answer the questions about academics or other questions about Oxy or Los Angeles. I know the city now. : )
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- Visit: McKinnon Center for Global Affairs Johnson 102