Meet the Mentors
The International 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 International Peer Mentor program.
Hi everyone! My name is Ali and I am currently studying Honours in Biochemistry. I love reading crime novels, watching sport and cooking. I also love helping other people and getting to know new people, so I would love to get to know you! I know how scary it can feel starting university, so I am hoping that as an International Peer Mentor I can help make this process a bit more 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!
G’day! My name is Aman, and I am an international student from Germany pursuing my Master in Data Science. I enjoy playing cricket and do play for the University of Adelaide. If you are interested, hit me up and I can introduce you to our team :)I love to explore new places, cultures and meet people from different backgrounds. It’s amazing how many different cultures there are and all of them amazing in their own unique way. The International Peer Mentor Program is a fantastic way to meet new people, increase your network and build lifetime friends. My aim as an offshore Senior IPM is to support offshore international students who are stuck overseas. Nowadays not only academic excellence is required but also personal development, which is why I strongly recommend engaging in non-academic programs of your own interest.
Hey guys! My name is Yichun, and you can call me Amy. I'm from Sichuan, China, a place noted for its spicy food and slow-paced lifestyle. I'm currently in my second year studying a Master of Computing and Innovation, and I have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering. Learning new things is what I'm always passionate about, not only for programming and coding but also for culture, language, music and cooking. Looking forward to learning something new from you! As an International Peer Mentor, I would like to help international students adapt to life in Adelaide since I know the hardships of studying and living overseas and I understand the importance of giving each other a helping hand. Adelaide is such a beautiful and friendly place. Hope you could love it as I do.
G’day! My name is Angela Qin, a Chinese International student doing Master of Teaching (Middle & Secondary). On top of teaching, I also have great passion for maths and computer science (which are majors of my Bachelor!). 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 surprises in every corner, I’m sure you will enjoy your time here, and we will do our best to ensure that!
Hi everyone! Welcome to University life. My name is Angelika and I am currently studying the Bachelor of Teaching with the Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide. As a domestic student, I hope to inform you of the breathtaking views and adventure Adelaide has to offer. Coming from a Greek family in which the virtue of hospitality was ingrained within me from a young age, I hope to make each International student feel welcome and a valued member of the university community. My passions include language learning, hiking, playing soccer, growing veggies, reading and exploring. I welcome the opportunity to meet you and learn your story. Let me know what I can do for you. See you soon.
Hi everyone! My name is Anna and I am from Brazil – Rio de Janeiro! Yes, I am from a city that we love to dance Samba, we are passionate about football, we celebrate the biggest Carnival in the world and most importantly we are blessed by the famous Christ the Redeemer statue!! Here in Australia, I am a second-year student in the Masters of Business Administration (Marketing) and I am TOTALLY IN LOVE with the city (all the parks and especially the Botanic Garden) and the university life (sometimes the assignments drive us a little bit crazy, but we all survive). As an international student, I am well aware of the struggles and challenges one might face while trying to settle into a new environment. As a peer mentor, my goal is to make you all feel that same warm welcome that I received when I first arrived. I can be seen around the Hub Central and the Barr Smith Library (honestly, have you already visited the VERY BEAUTIFUL AND SILENT ROOM? What an inspiring place! We are so privileged!!). I would love to hear your thoughts and experience as well as help you. So, please don't be shy and come say hi, it will be a huge pleasure (secret: we Brazilians are very talkative)! I wish you all good luck in your study and can’t wait to meet you all!
Hi everyone! My name is Annie, I am from Taiwan and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing. I love playing badminton, listening to music and learning new languages. I joined the Peer Mentor program to help international students settle into Australia as I know how daunting it can be to stay away from home and begin studies in a foreign country. I am hoping that as an International Peer Mentor I can share my experiences to those who feel overwhelmed with loneliness or anxiety, and introduce services that can support them. If you see me around feel free to say hi or ask for help as I'm always up for a chat :) I look forward to meeting you guys!
Hello! My name is Benazir and I’m from Bengaluru, India. I’m currently studying my Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and want to eventually start my own business. Starting my studies in the middle of a pandemic at an international university was a challenging journey but I am so grateful and happy with my decision! I am a naturally outgoing person and am always looking for ways to make connections despite studying online. Joining the International Peer Mentor program meant making this happen for me even though I am physically unable to meet other students. I’m looking forward to running events that make students feel refreshed and energized about being at uni. My focus as an IPM is to ensure that I am providing some part of a holistic student experience by making others feel included and hopeful, irrespective of the effects of this pandemic!
Hey guys! My name is Birdie and I am doing a Bachelor of Science program with majors in Biochemistry and Genetics. I am originally from Germany and came to Adelaide because I fell in love with the city five years ago during an internship at the University. I love being outdoors and spending time in the hills, at the beach or just roaming around the city. Additionally, I enjoy meeting new people from different cultures and cannot wait to meet everyone.
Greetings! My name is Cecilia and I am from Malaysia and am a peer mentor. I joined the peer mentor program wanting to help students to integrate into life in Adelaide, meet new people, feel welcomed and enjoy the best time they can have in university life! I am currently in my fourth year study in Bachelor of Dental Surgery. I enjoy cooking, baking, swimming, tennis, calligraphy, making craft and talking to people! So, if you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or lonely, feel free to reach out, talk to any of us and join our various activities! Adelaide is definitely a place you can call home away from home!
Hey guys!!! I am Dev. I am an international student from Bangalore, India pursuing my master's in Construction Management. Being a part of IPM is an opportunity for me to meet people from diverse backgrounds and get know different cultures. I hope to help you guys out sometime soon in uni. Have fun in Adelaide and see you all soon :) Cheers!!
Hi! My name is Dev, and I am a Master of Construction Management student currently studying from India. Even though with the limitation of studying online, I had an incredible journey so far that provided me with the opportunity to meet and interact with students from different fields & cultures. I was motivated to join the International Peer Mentor Program for the sheer joy of being a part of a wonderful community that helps and supports others. I aim to help students adapt to a different country as well as inform new students about the facilities and events, as well as being a dependable friend who can be there as a mentor.
Hi! My name is Dileepa and I am a student reading for Master of Data Science and currently studying offshore in Sri Lanka. I have previously been working as a software engineer upon completing the bachelors and now in the middle of transitioning to the data science pathway while furthering my understanding on data realm so that I can help businesses to solve complex problems. Outside of uni, I am a very social person as I find the company of friends is a great relief from stressful academic work. While studying online, I’ve been looking for a way to have continuous engagement with others and that’s when I found the International Peer Mentor program. I love the part where I get to share my experience with other students in providing tips and tricks for their online journey. Furthermore, this program has enabled me to meet a bunch of friends weekly and to have a relaxed time filled with chit chats and games.
Hi! My name is Divya and I am currently in Malaysia studying a Bachelor of Accounting and Corporate Finance as an offshore student. Even online, the University has given me so many opportunities to be a part of the community. I have been surrounded by staff and students that are friendly, culturally diverse and helpful. At every corner I turn, I know there is always someone to support me and help me with any problem I face! This truly shows me what a supportive, caring and helpful community is like and is all anyone needs with the stress of studying online. I wanted to become an International Peer Mentor to make a difference. The sense of reward and gratitude you get when someone appreciates what you have done is the best feeling ever. Being a Peer Mentor, you are connected with like-minded people who are all so friendly and supportive and you get to plan and run events which is something I enjoy.
Hi, I’m Yi Lin, Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science student currently studying at home in Malaysia as an offshore student. I’ve always had interest in exploring biochemistry and the impact of food and nutrition on the human body. When it comes to studying online, I have had to adapt but the University of Adelaide has prepared all sorts of different ways to help out the online students. The International Peer Mentor program has been a great opportunity to learn, cooperate and connect with friends around the world! Running events as a team have been really challenging and fulfilling experiences. That’s why, I always cherish the chances of making differences in many ways while connecting with students.
Hello! My name is Hank and I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Accounting & Corporate Finance. I was living in Adelaide when I first started my studies, however am now studying from my home in China due to the pandemic. Adelaide is a city very suitable for studying abroad.There are beautiful scenery and many things worth exploring every day. I’m looking forward to going out for brunch and exploring the city by tram when I get back. I joined the International Peer Mentor program so that I could meet people from all different backgrounds and to help people integrate into University.
Hi! My name is Jannath. I am currently doing my Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, and will soon start my second year. When not studying or volunteering around campus, I am generally painting, reading by River Torrens, cooking at home or am on call with my friends and family. I fell in love with Adelaide the moment my flight landed, which I am sure is the same with many students moving here. It only grew with time when I discovered all the hidden gems this city has to offer. I joined the Peer Mentor team to share my experiences, relate to your stories as an international student, and help you the best I can. No question is a silly question, and I would love to answer them for you, so feel free to ask for any help, or say hi if you see me around!
Hi everyone! I am Jia En Sit from Malaysia, you can call me Jia En or Jia. I am currently an undergraduate in Food and Nutrition Science who have a strong passion in improving human's health, helping those in need, and empowering others. I enjoy being kind and lovely, and helping students out especially assisting international students in adapting to the new environment or directing them to the appropriate support services should the circumstances arrive. In my spare time, I love to explore the nature and appreciate the little beauty you can find along the walk! On top of that, painting, listening to music, and dancing are some of my favourite things to do to relax. If you see me on campus or online, feel free to say Hi! I wish you all the best in your studies and life and always believe in yourself (my motto)!
Hello, my name is Kristen and I’m studying a Bachelor of International Relations and Media, with a Diploma in Chinese. I was born and raised in Adelaide, so I know a lot about living like a local! I became an International Peer Mentor because I like meeting new people, learning about different cultures, and sharing delicious food. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors and playing with my cat (and eating more delicious food). Most of all, I love to talk, laugh and be happy. If you see me around campus, come and say hi :) I am looking forward to meeting you all and helping you have a great time at uni!
Hello! My name is Lindsay, and I am a second-year Master of Clinical Nursing student. I am from Fujian, China. A fun fact about me is that I have lived in Singapore for >10 years and have made many life-long friends during my time there. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring parts of beautiful Adelaide on foot, especially natural sights (e.g. Torrens River, Glenelg Beach, Mount Lofty, just to name a few), and the food scene. I also like to volunteer whenever I can. I know how daunting it may be to settle in a new place as an international student. Therefore, I became an International Peer Mentor, hoping that I'll be able to help fellow students through that transition and begin to create fun and meaningful experiences too. I am usually at the Adelaide Health and Medical Science, but if you do see me around campus, feel free to come say hi! Looking forward to meeting you all :)
Hi folks! I am Mrunal (it takes a while to learn how to pronounce it correctly, but you will get there) and I am currently studying master of civil and environmental engineering at the University. I am someone who thrives on female friendships, has passion promoting sustainability and gender equality. In my free time, like reading, writing, hiking, going for walks and doing none of these things and simply procrastinating :D Being an international student myself, I understand how overwhelming the whole ‘starting a new life in a new country’ thing can be and for same the reason I joined ISS Program so that I can help with making my peers’ time at the university a memorable and a comfortable one. Feel free to approach me if you need any help or simply to just say hi. Remember, sometimes you are just one ‘Hi’ away from making a friend! :)
It’s me, Nina, and it’s very nice to see you again.
Still a peer mentor going strong,
but now my final year’s begun.
Not much time for hobbies nowadays,
but for what little I have, there are so many ways
that I love to spend my mornings and nights. Like sleeping in or staying awake,
playing games or baking cheesecake!
COVID has changed a lot of things for us,
so we don’t get to see as many students as much.
The best we can hope is for all to be healthy and safe,
and maybe soon we’ll see you back in Adelaide!
Hi everyone! Nibras here from Bangladesh and I am currently in my 2nd year of Master of Architecture. You will find me playing Fifa on my ps4 or watching football whenever I am free. Being an international student, I understand initially it's a bit tough to settle into a new place. That's why we international Peer mentors are here to help you guys. I joined the IPM program to share my knowledge and experiences with you and support you whenever you need. Feel free to come and say hello and ask me anything and I will try my best to help you out. You will find me in Hub most of the time because my department is there on the 5th floor. Looking forward to meeting you all. Cheers!
Hi, my name is Nikhil! I am currently studying a Master of Business Administration specialising in Marketing as an offshore student from my home in India. I am enjoying every aspect of my degree and have always dreamt of studying this course. Though there are some difficulties we face while studying online, the University staff are very helpful and responsive. I wanted to become an International Peer Support Mentor as I realised that this program is one of the best opportunities for me to indulge in University activities despite being offshore. It has helped me overcome my shy nature and I can also help new students to adjust to the University and make them feel welcome! There are events held by University staff every week which include topics like Communitea, games nights, and panels. But the Connect Club on Wednesday's is the one which I look forward to most!
Hi, my name is Patrick and I’m from Jakarta, Indonesia. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Computer Science; my dream has always been to work in the tech industry, I got into some coding at school and really liked it! I’ve had to start my studies online due to border closures but I haven’t been at a disadvantage. I wanted to join the International Peer Mentor program to meet new people, develop myself and gain new experiences. I’m looking forward to helping new offshore students get used to university and helping them make the most out of it. I am also looking forward to engaging with other students and having fun together!
Hi, my name is Prashant! I am a second year project management student with a background in computer science. I was lucky enough to live in Adelaide for 5 months before COVID hit. I loved the campus lifestyle, especially grabbing a coffee from Café and sitting on the banks of the river next to the uni. Now back in India, I can say that university so far has been a roller coaster ride. I have cherished every moment of it. I wanted to service the community whilst being recognised, that’s why I joined the International Peer Mentor program. I am excited about running events like Communitea and LCE nights because these are the events that are designed to make some difference in somebody’s life. I just wanted to help future students!
Hello everyone. My name is Ricky Fernandes from Indonesia and currently undertaking master of education. My greatest passions are singing, travelling, and learning new languages. My aim to be one of the International Peer Mentors at the University of Adelaide is that I want to be someone who can support other international students settling down their lives here in Adelaide. It is because I do realise that how tough and challenging it gets. So, if you see me round at uni, do not hesitate to say hi.
Helloo! I’m Sadia and I’m a 2nd year Bachelor of Biomedical Science student. I enjoy taking walks (walks on the beach are my favourite!), visiting new places and trying out different cuisines. When I’m home and have some free time, I love watching movies (guilty of watching too many psychological thrillers and rom coms) or reading. As an international student, I know how daunting it can be to adjust to university life. This is the time when the real adulting begins and as IPM, I will try my best to help you transition into university life as smoothly as possible. The IPMs really helped me in my first year and the events they organised were amazing and loads of fun. Don’t hesitate to come say hi if you see me! I’m always up for a chat and will try my best to help you in any way I can. Very excited to meet y’all!
Hi, my name’s Sarah and I’m a Bachelor of Computer Science student from Mumbai in India! I’m so excited to be an International Peer Mentor and am so glad I got to be a part of this wonderful team. Everyone is so kind, it is truly a family! I love playing online games, but also I definitely want to do something that will make a difference in the community. It is so fun to get to know people at a University with people from so many cultures, backgrounds and ethnicities! Everyone I have met has a different story and that is just what excites me about being an International Peer Mentor.
Hi everyone, I’m Summer! I come from China and I finished my 3-year bachelor in Malaysia, so I can speak Singlish lah ;) I’m studying Master of Finance and Business Economics in University of Adelaide now. If you run into me in Nexus building please don’t feel shy and come say hi. Can’t wait to see new faces in our beautiful campus!
Hey! My name is Terin Tom and I'm studying Master of Engineering Electrical at the University of Adelaide. I love to read books (especially fantasy books) and go for a swim now and then. The reason I chose to be an International Peer Mentor is that being an international student myself, I came to face challenges and overcame them with the help of mentors and friends. As I am quite passionate about helping others, I believe my experiences could help other students. Cheers!
Hi, my name is Vaiyshu! I have always had a soft spot for animals so I am studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Bioscience. I’ve had the opportunity to study both onshore, and now offshore from my home in Singapore. My time at the University so far has been absolutely amazing! The Adelaide Uni community is like a huge family. The best thing is the clubs and societies is that you can join, even if you have no prior experience! The senior members are welcoming to people from any background. I joined the International Peer Mentor program to help other students make the transition from college life to university life. Being able to meet and connect with students from all over the world is absolutely lovely! I like knowing that I will make a small impact in my fellow university student’s lives.
Hey everyone! My name is Victoria and I’m currently in my third year of law. I am a domestic student from Perth, but migrated from Singapore when I was a kid, so I know what it’s like trying to understand the Aussie accent. I’m here for you if you ever want to practice your English or give your best Aussie impression (g’day mate!) I’m a huge foodie and love cooking. I can’t wait to meet you so we can share all of our best and favourite recipes! :D
Hi! My name is Yvonne and I am currently studying offshore from Indonesia doing a Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. I have been studying online since the start of my degree and there is definitely pros and cons. For me, I try to look things from a positive aspect and this whole border closure gig is actually giving me a lot of time, flexibility and opportunities which may not have existed in the first place! With the knowledge I have learnt before and during university, I have landed a remote internship which I am juggling part-time with my studies. I joined the International Peer Mentor Program as I want to give back to the student community. My past international peer support mentor helped me adjust to university life, offering tips on how to do well and which courses were the most helpful. I hope to be like my mentor and that other students will have a memorable experience as an offshore student too. My advice to students studying online is to try to be optimistic, view things from a different perspective when things seem gloomy, and grab the opportunity while it lasts!