Meet the Mentors

Our peer mentors are a wonderful group of University of Adelaide students who volunteer their time to help new and continuing international students.

Here's what they have to say about their interests and being part of the ISS Peer Support Program.

Akshay

Hi everyone! I am Akshay, currently pursuing master’s degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. I like to collect unique coins and notes from all over the world. In my free time, I love hiking and exploring new places. I joined the ISS Peer Support Program to enable networking with new people and understand their cultures. As a Peer mentor, I aspire to help students like you by sharing my experience with you. I hope you will enjoy your student life in Adelaide and try to explore this city. I am mostly in the Hub Central, so please feel free to ask any query if you see me around. Looking forward to meet you on campus!


 

Ali

Hi Guys! My name is Ali and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science (Advanced), hoping to major in genetics and biochemistry. I love reading anything crime related, watching sport and going to musicals. I decided to become an International Peer Mentor as I love meeting new people and learning all about different cultures. I also know how scary it can sometimes feel starting university, so I am hoping that as an International Peer Mentor I can help make this process not nearly as daunting and actually lots of fun! I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone and I hope you have a fantastic time in South Australia and at the University of Adelaide!



 

Angela

G’day! My name is Angela Qin, a Chinese International student doing Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Science (long name!) I enjoy watching anime, cooking, reading and music. You might see me on Rundle Mall sometimes as I play two traditional Chinese instruments! Since I did my high school in Adelaide, I am quite familiar with life here and would like to share that knowledge with you. Also, as a future teacher and current International student, I wish to support other International students to achieve their personal best through Peer Mentorship. Adelaide is a beautiful and vibrant city with surprise in every corner, I’m sure you will enjoy your time here, and we will do our best to ensure that!



 

Brandon

Brandon

Hey everyone! My name is Brandon and I’m a Law and Finance student. Coming from Malaysia, I know how scary adapting to a new environment can be- but I also know that studying abroad can be the experience of a lifetime! As a Peer Mentor, I aspire to help other students in achieving the best experience they can possibly get here in Adelaide. In my free time I love hanging out with friends and enjoy the occasional BBQ. If you’re on campus often, you’ll definitely see me- my time is split frequenting the floors of either the Ligertwood Building or the Hub. Don’t forget to say hi!


 

Bryan C.

Hi Everyone! I am Bryan and I’m currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Corporate Finance. My interest include travelling, meeting new people and playing a variety of sports. I joined the ISS Peer Support Program to meet new people, learn about different cultural and social aspects, and most importantly assist international students in their transitioning into life in Adelaide. Adelaide may be a small city, but it is wonderful and unique place filled with endless opportunities, and it would be a pleasure to share my experience of this city I call home with you guys. I am mostly in the Professions Hub and Hub Central and am always happy to have a chat, so feel free to say hello! 


 

Bryan O.

Hi there! My name is Bryan and I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and Finance. I enjoy playing the piano, binge watching movies during my free time and meeting new people of different culture and backgrounds. As an international students, I am well aware of the hardships one can face while trying to settle in a new environment. Therefore, I've decided to join the ISS Peer Mentor Program to help other students settle in and hopefully learn to love Adelaide as much as their home country as well as to expand my campus experience throughout my stay here in Adelaide. If you ever see me around the University, I won't bite so come say hi!



 

Connor

Connor

Hi there! My name is Connor, I'm a third year student at the University of Adelaide, where I'm studying a Bachelor of International Studies as well as Japanese and Chinese. In my first year of university, I was lucky enough to come across the Peer Mentor program which allowed me to make many new friends and connections, which has made university so much more enjoyable for me. As such, this year I decided that I wanted to give the same experiences I have had to new students at Adelaide Uni! My hobbies include learning languages, trying new food, martial arts, travelling and exploring the city! I'm always happy to have a chat, so if you see me in the hub, feel free to say hello! I love to meet new people and trying new things, so I'm looking forwards to seeing you all this year. Best regards!


 

Courtney

Courtney

Hi! I’m Courtney and I’m currently in my 2nd year of Bachelor of Science (Geology). I joined the Peer Mentor team because I want to learn and expand my view points as much as I want to make a difference for you in making your transition as a student in Adelaide Uni easier. I love listening to people talk about their cultures and backgrounds. Seeing things from new set of eyes inspires me to keep growing and learning and definitely fuels my zest for life. So come and say hi, I’d love to meet you!


 

Danielle

Danielle

Hello my name is Danielle! I’m currently a second year student studying Media and Arts (majoring in marketing). My interests include photography, traveling, cooking and a good crime novel. I have decided to join the peer mentoring program because helping other students settle into the university and Adelaide is very rewarding for me. I also enjoy learning about different cultural and social aspects from around the world. Adelaide is a place I call home and I hope that you will call it home too. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and feel free to say hi if you see me around the campus!


 

Franzi

Hello! My name is Franzi and I am currently studying a Bachelor of International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts. I am interested in learning languages and enjoy cooking (but am not very good at it) and reading. I became an International Peer Mentor so I could raise my own and other’s cultural awareness. I am very passionate about the city of Adelaide and want new students to have a wonderful experience in this lovely city. I have been living here for 10 years now so I can relate to experiencing this wacky and wonderful country for the first time. I am looking forward to meeting you and helping you out at the University of Adelaide!


 

Harry

Harry

I am doing a Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Petroleum. My hobbies include reading, listening to music, and singing Karaoke. I enjoying meeting new people, listening to stories and tales from different culture; that's why I join the Peer Support Program. My experience in Adelaide has been nothing less than wonderful, and I hope you will love Adelaide as much as I do.


 

Henry

Henry

Hi there, my name is Henry (NAN), currently studying master of accounting and finance in the third semester. I had received a lot of help from peer mentors when I was a freshman at the orientation week. And I know it’s tough for some international students to study abroad alone in a new country. Therefore, I joined the ISS Peer Mentor Program to help new international students get through it. I would like to share my personal experience, as a peer mentor. I really like to bush walking and hiking, usually having a walking at weekends. You are welcome to join me if you also like it. There are various beautiful and natural landscapes in SA, and they are definitely worth to visit. Hope you enjoy your Uni life, and look forward to see you all.


 

Jerome

Jerome

Hi,there! My name is Jerome, who studying a double degree of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Computer Sciences. I joined the ISS peer mentor program as I would like to help new international students transit to a new environment and get settled in the uni life, which I have been through in my first year. I would like to share my experience and help them to get the best experience in Adelaide as I can as possible. My hobbies including but not limited to doing sports, photography, trying new food, and learning new languages. Besides, I love to meet people from different cultural backgrounds and make friends with them, so if you see me around the campus, feel fdree to say hi.


 

Joel

Heyo! My name is Joel, but you may pronounce my name as "Jowel". I'm currently in my third year studying Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours). My reason for joining the International Peer Mentors is to learn new things and to help international students settle into Australia, as I know that studying in a foreign country can be a very intimidating experience. I love sharing stories, playing badminton and cooking. So if you're a new/continuing international student, feel free to come say hi and talk to me and the others at O-week! I'm normally around the hub and the Engineering Maths building, so don't be shy to come and ask me a few questions! I look forward to meeting you guys!


 

Josephine

Josephine

Hi everyone! I’m Josephine and I’m studying a double degree of Arts and Languages. I love to read, hang out with friends and cook food. I became a Peer Mentor not only because of my love of languages (I’m currently learning Japanese and Spanish), but because I enjoy learning about different cultures, trying all sorts of foods, meeting new and international people and helping them to have the best experience they can while in Adelaide. I’m generally always around the campus so if you have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to do so. I hope to see you around!


 

Laura

Laura

Hi! My name is Laura. I'm a second-year student studying a Bachelor of Social Sciences and majoring in Sociology. As an international student, I understand how studying and moving to a new city (and a new country!) can be an exhilarating experience, but it can also be overwhelming. That is why I join the Peer Mentoring program to help you transition into a new life as a university student in Adelaide and create fun and meaningful experiences. I can be seen around Hub Central and the Barr Smith Library, and I would love to hear your thoughts and experience. So don't be shy and come to say hi!


 

Lily

Lily

Hello! My name is Lily and I am in my second year of a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with my major in Physics. In my spare time I enjoy reading, photography and spending time with my friends. I became an international student mentor because I love meeting people from all around the world and hearing about their cultures. Don’t be afraid to say hello if you see me around, I’m happy to have a quick chat. I hope you enjoy your time here in Adelaide!


 

Logan

Logan

Hi everyone!  My name is Loc Le (Logan) and I am currently studying Master of Engineering (Civil and Structural Engineering).  My hobbies include reading, listening to music, watching films, eating and doing exercise.  I also enjoy going to the gym and practicing martial arts.  I joined ISS Peer Support Program make new friends from various countries and help new international students to facilitate their process of adaptation to a new university life.  I am usually in the Ingkarni Wardli building (Ground floor) or Hub Central; therefore, you please don’t be shy to approach me if you need help.  Adelaide is a wonderful city with various types of food and funny things to do, and I hope you will be able to fully experience this awesome city.


 

Lucia

Hi! My name is Lucia, and I am from Indonesia. I am currently on my second year of studying Food and Nutrition Science. My hobbies include reading, playing some sports like badminton or table tennis, and trying new foods. I joined International Peer Mentor team because I really want to help other new international student to adapt and settle down in Adelaide, especially in the university life, because I know how hard and challenging it is! I also enjoy sharing and talking with other people from different cultures and backgrounds, so please don't be afraid to say hello if you see me around. Looking forward to meeting you! 


 

Matilda

Hiya everyone! My name is Matilda and I am studying a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) hopefully majoring in ecology and chemistry. In my spare time, I love doing things outdoors like hiking, rock-climbing and spending time at the beach. I enjoy traveling and have spent a year in France where I learnt French – I am always keen to practise it! Some of my other favourite things to do also include reading books on cold rainy days, doing jigsaw puzzles, cooking and eating good food (especially eating). I find learning about different cultures really interesting and meeting new people is always a lot of fun. I became a peer mentor because would like to help everyone make the most out of their Uni experience as possible and am really looking forward to meeting all of you. I’m often around Uni and am always happy to chat, if you see me around come and say hi! Wishing the best to you during your time in Adelaide 😊.


 

Mien

Mien

Hello everyone! My name is Mien Dang and I'm currently doing a Bachelor in Computer Science. I've recently joined the International Peer Mentors and you might have seen me as a volunteer from other programs as well. I have an eclectic range of hobbies of everything from reading (gotta read 'em all!) to learning new languages (I have a special interest in Asiatic languages, including but not limited to Japanese, Korean and Mandarin Chinese) and trying new sports (my next conquest is archery!). Although it was not my first choice, I've come to love Adelaide for its amazing social life and for all the great friends I've made here. Please feel free to initiate a conversation if you see me anywhere; I'd be happy to answer regardless of whether it's simply a question or if you want to talk about your day! :)


 

Nguyen

Nguyen

Hi, I am Nguyen, a PhD student in Computer Science from Viet Nam. I love learning and teaching. My dream is becoming a lecturer to pass my knowledge and passion to the next generations. Through ISS Peer Support program, I can interact with students to know more about their obstacles and challenges to help them moving forward. As one of the Peer Mentors, I look forward to meeting you with a big smile.


 

Nicole

Nicole

Hi, everyone! My name is Nicole. I am currently studying my first year of the Master of Accounting. I love singing, dancing, playing the piano and making new friends. I am an international student and I received a lot of help from senior peer mentors during my orientation week. Thus, I joined the ISS Peer Mentor Program this semester and hope I can also help new international students to get settle in and familiar with this university and Adelaide. Looking forward to meet you all and feel free to say hi!


 

Nina

Greetings, fellow humans… You can call me Nina! I’m a Peer Mentor, and it’s nice to meet ya! I’m interested in many things; I love to learn, dance, sing, and rhyme. Food is my passion, and I listen to music in my free time. I’m currently in my second year on the way to becoming a Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineer, but I also wanted to become a Peer Mentor because helping others is my second nature. The ISS Peer Support Program was invaluable to my experience at O’Week, and their LCE events were tons of fun, so to speak. This opportunity to meet new people will enrich my understanding of our community and world that’s ever-expanding. If you’re overwhelmed by Uni or the city, don’t be afraid! We’ll help you settle into Adelaide!



 

Pragnya

Ahoy, mates! My name is Pragnya, I’m a master’s student at the University of Adelaide, studying finance.  I joined the peer mentor program to help students understand and adjust into their new lives without any difficulty. I also want to help them with any queries and provide all the help I can as being a new student and in a new country (if an international student) can be daunting. I would ensure their well-being with all the help I can provide as a peer mentor. Further, I would like to expand my horizons of understanding people from various backgrounds. My interests include gardening, cooking, chatting with anyone and everyone. I love to travel around the world and relive the history around it. I try to be an active volunteer around the university and Adelaide. So, if you see me lurking around the university or library feel free to say hi. Adelaide is a wonderful city to study and you can forge lifelong friendships. It’s a great opportunity to live, learn and have fun. Don’t hesitate and welcome new experiences.


 

Sai

Sai

Hi there!! I’m Sai and I’m currently studying Master of Applied Project Management. Through the ISS peer support program, I get a chance to share my personal experience with you about adapting into new environment and how to immerse yourself to have fun. As a peer mentor, I am happy to help you to have a smooth transition into new student life in Adelaide. In my spare time, I love to do a lot of things with my friends such as hanging out around the city, watching movie together or playing games. It is always good to have a friend from different culture background as I can learn a new thing from them. I’m eager to make a new friend all the time and so if you see me around the campus, please feel free to say Hi! I hope you will enjoy your student life in UOA. See you around !


 

Sam

Hi, I am Sam , I am currently studying Master of Accounting, and have decided to be a part of ISS as I would love to help new students to start their academic journey at the University of Adelaide.This will also give me an opportunity to interact with students from different countries and learn about different cultures. Since I am also an international student and have gone through the same journey and have been in similar situations which you will face in the future, I would therefore be able to help you and put you on the right track. My hobbies include; listening to music, watching movies, and playing football. I hope you enjoy your time in Adelaide, and please do not hesitate to contact us for any help . Looking forward to meeting you soon.



 

Seb

Sebastian

I am currently studying my last year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (now Health and Medical Science). I was originally born and raised in Canada, and have now lived in Adelaide for 8 years. I joined the ISS in 2016 and since went on exchange to Singapore for two semesters through 2017. I used to live in Africa between living in Canada and Australia and there I gained the inspiration and passion to help others and a deep interest in the world and cultures, which strongly attracted me to the ISS. I have been learning Mandarin Chinese for 2 years and understand the difficulty in moving to a different country and speaking a second language, which I hope to ease for all International Students. My hobbies are photography, history, geography and languages, but I really just love talking! If you see me around dont be afraid to say hi! 


 

Simone

Hi everyone! My name is Simone and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Laws. I am in my first year, however I have studied and graduated from a previous degree, majoring in Business Law and Japanese. I joined the Peer Mentor program to help international students with student life at the University of Adelaide. I have been on exchange and I know first hand that it can be very daunting to begin studies in a place that is completely new to you, so I have joined the ISS program to help students with any questions they might have about studying and living in Adelaide, and hopefully with these questions answered, they can enjoy their time here and feel comfortable knowing that there is a network here designed to support them with any help they may need. 


 

Vinh

Vinh

I’m currently doing a bachelor degree in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering. My hobbies are swimming, studying Organic Chemistry, and learning languages (German, French and Norwegian) for socialising purposes as well as understanding cultures from all corners of the world. The main reason as to my participation is for the opportunity to interact with international along with interstate students and help them through with the first few weeks in a different geographical and cultural setting of Adelaide.


 

Wendy

Hi there! I am currently studying towards a Bachelor of civil and architectural engineering. I love dancing, boxing and going on adventures. I have come to realize how important mentorship and guidance are in the life of a student, especially during the transition stage into university which can be quite overwhelming and difficult. Being part of the peer mentor program allows me the opportunity to help you have a smoother and more enjoyable transition. I love connecting with people so if you see me around the campus, please come by and say hello. Remember, take advantage of all the opportunities Adelaide uni has to offer you. Don’t be afraid of change!



 

Willa

Hello! I’m Willa, a second year Mechanical and Sustainable Energy Engineering student. I enjoy volunteering in my spare time and taking walks in the park (Adelaide’s such a beautiful city!). I became an international peer mentor because I want to help students feel welcome to the university, especially international students who are far from home. For those who are new in Adelaide, it’s normal to feel lost at first but know that you’re not alone. Have an open mind and be willing to learn because there’s a lot of good people here. Feel free to say hi or ask for help if you see me and I hope you enjoy your time here at uni!


 

Wilme

Wilme

Hey guys! I’m Wilme, from Malaysia. I joined ISS Peer Support Program because i want to be able to help international students to adapt to Adelaide and to enjoy to their fullest. I really love serving people and the community through this platform. I love travelling, taking photos, and baking! You can find me in Ligertwood or Nexus and feel free to ask any questions. My recommendation for you is to have fun, eat all the food you can, and explore this city!


 

Yeganeh

Hiya! , my name is Yeganeh Soltanpour (Yegs for short) and I’m currently studying my bachelors degree in Psychological sciences. I know getting used to a new environment can be hard, but the international peer mentors helped me when I needed it most! so don’t be afraid to ask for help. in my free time I love going on hikes, bike rides and to the beach or I just hit the gym and call it a day. If you’re on campus often, you’ll see me hanging out in the Hub or in one of the beautiful Harry potter-esk libraries we have on campus, so don’t be shy, come and say hi . Can’t wait to meet y’all!