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 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!
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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
Hi Guys, my name is Ima and I am studying Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I come from Indonesia. I really love reading books and watching documentary movie. In my spare time, I often do shopping, eating, and also running. I really love to share, discuss and meet new people from whom that I can get different new perspective, therefore I am keen on learning new cultures and languages. Currently I have learned Arabic, French and of course English and plan to learn Chinese. I am joining the International Peer Mentor Team because I have experienced how difficult was it to arrive in totally new environment and being stranger, therefore I hope that everybody else would not face the same challenges since they have been provided by the information on how to settle in uni life. Welcome to the Uofa mate, see you around!
"Hello! My name is Inzah and I am studying a Bachelor of Criminology with a Minor in Forensic Medicine at the University of Adelaide. This is my second year at the university and I am delighted to be a part of the International Peer Mentor Program. I have joined this program because I love meeting new people and helping them transition into university. I was born overseas but I have grown up in Adelaide. I enjoy participating in new activities as well as travelling. I look forward to meeting you all, and please say hi to me if you see me around campus."
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! 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 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!
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! 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!
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, 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.
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 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!!
Hey, guys! My name is Thomas. I am currently in my second year studying the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (advanced) and majoring in Medical Sciences. I am also a scholar of the Golden Key International Honour Society and qualified as accredited mental health first aider. Besides studying, I enjoy doing Pilates and Yoga, love reading books, watching Friends :-), travelling and hanging out with my friends. The reason why I decided to become a member of the wonderful International Peer Mentor family is that simply just like you, I am an international student. I understand how challenging to live in a new country, how stressful to study in your second language, English, and make a new friendship, or just simply understanding English jokes. I am here to help you. I am going to share you some tips from my own experience on how to adapt and settle in Adelaide, how to make an effective study plan in order to avoid procrastinating all the course contents when exams coming, or I can show you around where to buy inexpensive food, grocery or personal needs. I usually hang around the campus, particularly in the Barr Smith Library, level 2 and 3, so if you have any questions relating to study or anything, just let me know and I am happy to have a chat with you. I hope all the best for your study and make the best out of your time here in Adelaide, the city of festivals. Looking forward to meeting you all! ?'
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!
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.