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.
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!
Hey guys! I'm Andrew and I am currently halfway through my Honours year researching Australian megafauna down at the Naracoorte Caves. Aside from that, I enjoy listening to music and playing video games in my free time. As an international student, I generally kept to myself when I first arrived in Australia, but I realized how fun it was to meet new people and make the most of my uni experience. My goal as an IPM is to help you guys settle into uni and start making experiences of your own. If you see me around in uni, I'm either free or procrastinating so you can come have a chat with me if you'd like. I hope to see you at our many events and around campus!
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!
Hi, my name is Borys and I am from Ukraine. I came to Adelaide to complete master’s degree in mechanical engineering. I enjoy studying in the University of Adelaide. Currently, I am living close to the city. If it is a good weather, I like to take a walk to the university through Victoria and Rymill parks. Adelaide is amazing and beautiful place to study and I like to explore new places around the city. I enjoy watching scientific documentaries, occasionally going to a gym and cooking traditional Ukrainian cuisine. I joined the peer mentor program because I believe meeting new people develops life experience and knowledge. also, I can share my experience of studying and living in Adelaide. Usually, I am somewhere around the Hub or Barr Smith library level 1. You can always come and ask me any questions and I will be glad to answer them. I wish you good luck in your study.
Hi, my name is Fena and I am a sophomore currently studying Bachelor of Accounting and Corporate Finance. I joined the team because I want to broaden my horizons and increase my network. I want to perceive things from multiple perspectives and continue to grow as an individual. As an international student, I am well aware of the struggles and challenges one might face while trying to integrate into a new environment. As a peer mentor, I want to help you transition well into university life so that you can get the most out of living and studying in Adelaide. I love to listen to stories and learn more about other cultures. If you see me around, please don't hesitate to approach me! Enjoy your new adventure in Adelaide.
Hey Guys! My name is Hawraa, but you can call me Aura if you like :) I am a third year student at the University of Adelaide, undertaking double degree Bachelor of Teaching with Bachelor of Arts. I am majoring in both Linguistics and Arabic and minoring in Spanish. I love learning new languages and interacting with people from all around the world. Not only this, but I also have passion for Photography! I love taking pictures of nature, buildings and beautiful street arts around Adelaide. My interest for languages and photography has motivated me to join the International peer-mentoring program. I want to be able to share my experiences at uni with other students and help them feel more comfortable transitioning into uni life. I want to be of a good influence and an inspiration to others and also to make new friends, learn about different cultures and try all sorts of yummy food! You will see me around campus a lot, as I do lots of volunteering and other FUN STUFF. Please don’t hesitate to approach me and ask me for help anytime, I am very much looking forward to meeting you all.
Howdy! I am Jean and I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Applied Biology, major in Plant Production Innovation. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading and photography. I decided to join the International Peer Mentors team in order to make new connections, learn more about other cultural backgrounds and help International students adapting to new environments. I used to do kindergarten in the UK and Japan, most of my education in Vietnam and now, my undergraduate in Australia. Adelaide has such amazing landscapes, exciting festivals, and great coffee places. I have been enjoying my life here in Adelaide a lot, I hope you will find it lovely, too!
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!
Hi everyone, my name is Kartik Patel, friends call me “KAI” and currently, I am pursuing post graduate degree in the field of Aerospace Engineering. I am international student coming from west part of India. My hobbies are playing cricket, basketball, watching movies and listening music. Moreover, one of my favourite hobby is traditional dancing which is widely famous as a “Garba”. I joined the ISS as International Peer Mentor Program to advancing my networks, enhancing my interpersonal skills and learn better time management. In addition, I like to meet new people from different culture background inside as well as outside the University. Also, I want to share my real student experiences which transitioning the University life, learn about different culture, assist new commencing students and provide right information about all support service which useful for any students during their academic journey in the University.
I hope you guys have fantastic experience and enjoy your academic life with social life as a student in the Adelaide city. The Adelaide city is small, beautiful, heritage, vibrant and divers which is also known as a festive city and city of churches because you can join many festivals and have great moment throughout year. I spent my entire time in the hub central as a secondary accommodation. So, don’t hesitate to ask any query about university experience and say everyone Ga-day and cheers.
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!
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!
My name is Michael and I study a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor International Relations. I am passionate about interacting with and learning about different cultures, a passion strengthened by my past experiences of living and travelling abroad and familiarising myself with priorly unbeknownst to me customs and traditions. It is because of this passion that I chose to become an International Peer Mentor interested in welcoming and communicating with International Students. I often study for my courses at the University of Adelaide's North Terrace Campus, so it is likely that we may cross paths from time to time if you are situated at the same Campus. I ask of you not to hesitate to contact me or any of the other International Peer Mentors if you feel that you require guidance or advice. I look forward to meeting you and providing you with support as best I can.
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! :)
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!
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.
Hi Everyone! My name is Tannu and I'm currently in my 2nd year of Master of accounting. I spend a lot of my time in Nexus but apart from that I love visiting River Torrens. Some of my hobbies are listening to music, travelling and cooking. apart from that, I enjoy interacting with people from diverse backgrounds and listening to their life stories. Therefore, I decided to join the ISS Peer Mentor Program as it allows me to not only meet but also help new international students settle in and experience an amazing student life in Adelaide. Hope this place feels like home to all of you and looking forward to meeting everyone!!
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!
Hi everyone! I’m Wilme, from Malaysia. I’m currently in my 4th year studying bachelor of law and accounting. I joined International Peer Mentor because i want to help international students adapt to Adelaide and enjoy life here to the fullest. I aspire to serve people and the community through this platform. I love travelling, taking photos, and baking! If you see me around, don’t be afraid to say hi!
'Hi there! Welcome welcome! My name is Yasmine, I am from all round Australia and I am studying a Bachelor of International Relations and Arts with a major in Geography (phew what a mouthful!). I am passionate about the environment and love to be outside, cooking or curling up with a good novel. I am super excited to meet all our new superstar International Students and share a bunch of awesome food, languages and cultures! I'm always up for a chat or to help out so if you see me around don't hesitate to say hi!'
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-esque libraries we have on campus, so don’t be shy, come and say hi . Can’t wait to meet y’all!
Hey there, I’m Yogesh, a second year accounting and Finance student from Kathmandu, Nepal. I joined the ISS Peer Mentor program to help new students transition to the uni life with ease. as I have been through this phase already, I can share several of my experiences and knowledge to help new students for a smooth transition. I consider myself to be an avid gamer and a sports enthusiast so we’ll have a lot to talk about when it comes to games and sports. When I’m not gaming and watching/playing sports, you’ll find me trying new foods in the Student Kitchen or trying to get some sleep in the library. Feel free to reach out to me (wake me up from my nap if need be!), I’m always open to talk to new people.
Hello everyone welcome to Adelaide. I am Yolmita Deni, an Indonesian student studying Education. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do during the weekend. It is such an honour to be part of ISS for me as I believe that I can contribute more to contribute to broader community instead of just expanding the network. Besides, facing a diverse background of people assists me in dealing with multiple thoughts. I believe that involving directly in the community service will sharpen my character as a student. If you see me around uni or any places don’t hesitate to ask me about uni life or even to only say hi. Can’t wait to see you.