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.
I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) in my third year. I joined the ISS Peer Support program to be able to facilitate a great transition for new international students such as yourselves into university life, which I have personally experienced when I was a freshman myself! I can be seen hanging out normally in the Barr Smith Lawns (photosynthesising by sleeping under the sun) or anywhere in university actually, so don’t be afraid to say hi! I am interested in social events and meeting new people. Adelaide is a great place to explore and certainly has its charm incomparable to many other cities in the world and I hope you will be able to experience this fully and create your own Adelaide Experience!
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!
Hi Everyone! I am currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Corporate Finance) degree. I like to play badminton, table tennis, hiking, travelling and food. I joined the ISS Peer Support Program to meet new people, embrace the cultures of other countries and most importantly help international students settle into Adelaide and university life. I am mostly in the Professions Hub and Hub Central so don’t be shy to approach me for any questions. Adelaide is an amazing city to study and make lifelong friends, and I am sure that if you allow yourself to be bold and embrace the environment and culture, your experience will be truly unforgettable.
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!
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!
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!
Hey everyone! My name is Yuxi Chen, studying Bachelor of Computer Science at University of Adelaide. I love traveling, making friends, and music! I joined Peer Mentor last year and really enjoy helping international students, because when I first came to Adelaide alone, everything was new for me. When I attended O'week, I got a lot of help from Peer Mentors, now, I am one of the members, I would love to share my experience with you and hopefully you will enjoy your life in Adelaide as much as I do! Look forward to meeting you all!
Hello! My name is Chang (Emma) and I am currently studying Bachelor of Nursing. My hobbies include reading, writing, playing the piano and doing a variety of sports, such as badminton, sprint and Tai Chi. I am also interested in volunteering and student engagement. I personally benefited a lot from my peer mentor, so I joined the ISS International Peer Mentor Programme to be able to help international students get through the life in Adelaide smoothly and wonderfully and solve the problems that I personally came cross when I was a freshman. Adelaide a great and unique place to explore and I am looking forward to experiencing this with you guys. Normally I hang out in the Barr Smith Library and Hub Central, and don’t be afraid to say hi. See you soon!
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.
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.
G’day! I’m currently in my second year of undergraduate study in Bachelor of Psychological Science at the university. I enjoy making handicrafts, travelling and eating good food! I joined ISS Peer Support Program is to share my experiences studying in Adelaide and hopefully meet more people so that we can have fun together. Adelaide, one of the most liveable cities in the world, is definitely a great place to explore about the beauty of nature and immerse yourself in different cultural events. Hope you are doing good and look forward to meet you all soon.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Hello everyone, I'm an international student from Vietnam. I'm halfway through my double-degree of International Studies and Arts. I love playing the piano and reading. What I love even more is long, lazy lunches with friends. As an international student myself, I believe that the Peer Mentoring program will enable me to help other students once in my situation and also to learn valuable skills. I look forward to meeting everyone and have a wonderful semester together.
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! :)
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.
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!
Hi everyone! I am a second-year student taking a double degree of bachelor of teaching and bachelor of science. I have a wide range of hobbies, including cooking, reading, hiking and travelling. I personally benefited a lot from communicating with peer mentors I met when I first started my uni life. They helped me not only with enrollment and other academic stuff but also provide me with good advice on how to enjoy Adelaide the most. I think it would be a huge honour and pleasure if I can help you guys in the same way. Looking forward to meeting you on campus!
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 !
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!
Hi everyone! My name is Stella Li and this is my first semester of postgraduate study in master of Accounting and Finance at the university. I love dancing, playing instrument and skating. Now I joined ISS peer support program in order to help international students who are not familiar with this different culture and share my experience with them. Although it is a big challenge for international students to living and studying abroad, once you get used to this brand new life you will love it! Looking forward to meeting you and helping out. Hope you love this wonderful city and waiting you guys in the campus!.
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.
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!