Fall 2021 ISO Student Staff

Meet your Fall 2021 ISO Intern and Orientation Leaders (OLs)! Each brings unique perspectives and experiences to their roles. Click on “Read More” to learn about what languages they speak, how they are involved on the Wesleyan campus, and topics that they would love to discuss with you. They also share about their backgrounds, interests, and how they spend their free time in their Bios.

ISO Intern

  • Fatoumata Gaye (she/her/hers)

    Class of 2024 - Prospective Economics or Math major, with a Data analysis minor

    Senegal

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    Meet Fatou: Fall 2021 ISO Intern!

    Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Fatou and I am a rising sophomore from Dakar, Senegal. I am a prospective Economics or Math major with a minor in Data analysis. I enjoy reading, traveling, listening to music and spending quality time with friends and family. On campus, I am involved with the International Student Advisory Board as a board member, the Power of Language Conference and the Dean's peer tutoring program. I look forward to helping with orientation and welcoming you on campus this Fall!

ISO Orientation Leaders (OLs)

  • Brynn Assignon (she/her/hers)

    Class of 2022 - Chemistry

    Togo / France

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    Languages Spoken: English, French (a little), Ewe

    Involvements at Wes: ASA, WesSpeaks, UCAB (as an Undergrad)

    Come Ask Me About: Finding ways to cook on campus, the BA/MA program, MB&B major, the French major, writing a thesis, and research at Wesleyan.

    Bio: Hello everyone!! My name is Brynn Assignon and I am a BA/MA student here at Wesleyan from Togo. I am really excited to meet all of you! I double majored in MB&B (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry) and French while completing the pre-med requirements when I was an undergraduate. I am now completing my Master's degree in Chemistry and work in a Biochemistry research lab. I love cooking and watching very dramatic and unrealistic TV shows and movies. Congratulations on all your achievements so far and I am looking forward to meeting you all and welcoming you to campus!

  • Richard Bennet (he/him/his)

    Class of 2023 - Prospective University Major or Anthropology major, with an Education Studies minor

    United States / Spain

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    Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish, Catalan

    Involvements at Wes: WADL (Wesleyan Animal Defense League), Chess club

    Come Ask Me About: Anything and I will do my best to answer or connect to people who can! :)

    Bio: Hello! My name is Richard and I am very happy to be a part of the program this year! I am American and Spanish, but I grew up in France most of my life. I am a prospective University major interested in Anthropology, Education Studies, Linguistics, Psychology and Technology. Beyond school, I like theater, chess, videogames, food and much more! I am more than happy to chat about everything and anything so feel free to reach out, even if it feels stupid (somtiems they are the best questions). I know the transition to the US can be very complicated and stressful so I want to do as much as I can to help in this sometimes hectic and confusing process. I hope you'll enjoy it here as much as I do! Welcome to Wes :)

  • Thais GarcĂ­a (she/her/hers)

    Class of 2023 - Psychology; Education Studies Minor

    United States

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    Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, some French

    Involvements at Wes: Theater (through Second Stage and Wesleyan's theater department) and WUMPST Tutoring through the JCCP.

    Come Ask Me About: Theater!

    Bio: Hi everyone! I'm Thais García, I'm a rising junior here at Wes. I'm from Caguas, Puerto Rico. I'm a Psychology major with an Education Studies minor. On campus, I'm very involved in Theater (particularly musical theater) as well as tutoring in the WUMPST program tutoring local middle schoolers! I'm very excited to meet you all!! Welcome to Wes :)

  • Samantha Koo (she/her/hers)

    Class of 2023 - Psychology & Education Studies

    United States

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    Languages Spoken: English, Chinese

    Involvements at Wes: Office of International Student Affairs, Asian American Student Collective, Taiwanese Student Association, Adolescent Sexual Health Awareness, Wesleyan Refugee Project, Wesleyan Individual Tutoring Program, Traverse Square Afterschool Program, Cardinal Kids, Active Minds

    Come Ask Me About: Psychology and Education Studies, joining clubs on campus, interacting with the Middletown community, education/tutoring opportunities, forming friendships in college, forming relationships with professors, schedule organization, and places to study on campus.

    Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Samantha Koo! I am a rising junior at Wesleyan, and am double majoring in Psychology and Education Studies. I was born and raised in Hong Kong but attended high school in Hangzhou, China and Taipei, Taiwan. At Wesleyan, I work as the office intern for the Office of International Student Affairs. In my free time, I love to travel, bake, bullet journal, and take photos. I look forward to meeting you!

  • Lucie Kruger (she/her/hers)

    Class of 2022 - Neuroscience & Science in Society

    France / United States

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    Languages Spoken: French, English

    Involvements at Wes: I am captain of an intramural soccer, the climbing club and the knitting club. I work at the library's circulation desks and am part of a Neuroscience lab.

    Come Ask Me About: Being pre-med at Wes, working in a lab, and work study.

  • Saira Mehra (she/her/hers)

    Class of 2024 - Economics & Neuroscience and Behavior

    India

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    Languages Spoken: English, Hindi, Punjabi

    Involvements at Wes: Wesleyan Investment Group, WesWomen in Science, Consulting Pathways, Road to Finance, Basal Gang, Club Soccer

    Come Ask Me About: Literally Anything!

    Bio: Hi! My name is Saira and I'm a rising Sophomore. I'm from Amritsar, India, but I went to a boarding school located in the Foothills of the Himalayas called Woodstock for 9 years. I'm an Economics and Neuroscience & Behaviour Double Major, but plan to take some courses outside of my major, such as film, government, psychology, etc. I really enjoy playing sports (basketball, soccer, running), trying out new places to eat, and also just binge watching tv shows and movies (a lot!) I am really looking forward to meeting you all and can't wait till you start your Wesleyan journey! Welcome to Wes!!! :)

  • Anjali Prabhu (she/her/hers)

    Class of 2023 - Neuroscience and Behavior; Chemistry minor

    United States

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    Languages Spoken: English, Hindi

    Involvements at Wes: Basal Gang, Shakti, Scuba club

    Come Ask Me About: My favorite TV shows and songs, the Neuroscience major, and campus life.

    Bio: Hi everyone! Welcome to Wesleyan!! My name is Anjali (she/her) and I'm a part of the class of 2023. I am majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior, and minoring in Chemistry. I live in Bangalore, India. I love baking, traveling, scuba diving, and literally anything adventurous. Outside my busy schedule of binging tv shows, I'm a part of the organizing committee for BasalGang, a neuroscience club, and a member of Shakti, a South Asian student club. I look forward to meeting all of you in the Fall!

  • Avanti Sheth (she/her/hers)

    Class of 2023 - Government (concentration in American Politics) & Theater

    India

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    Languages Spoken: English, Hindi, Marathi, Spanish

    Involvements at Wes: I've been involved with Theater Department thesis productions and dance at Wes, and am involved with Second Stage. I am also a part of Boxing club and plan on trying out for the Mock Trial team next semester.

    Come Ask Me About: Feel free to come ask me about getting involved with the Theater community at Wes, boxing club, what classes you might be interested in taking, transitioning into college life as an international student, or about great coffee spots in Middletown!

    Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Avanti, and I use she/her pronouns. I am a junior from Mumbai, India. I’m double majoring in Theater and Government with a concentration in American Politics at Wes! I’ve also participated in some dance events, even though I had zero experience before coming here. I recently joined boxing club, which is a super fun way to work out outside of a gym. I'm pretty involved with Wes' Theater community and enjoy working with a group of people dedicated to making art. I had an amazing orientation experience and have met some of my closest friends at Wesleyan, and so I hope I can help new students have a similar experience. I’m super excited to meet y’all!

  • Florina Sutanto (she/her/hers)

    Class of 2024 - Prospective Economics and Government double major, with a Data Analysis minor

    Indonesia

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    Languages Spoken: Bahasa Indonesia, English

    Involvements at Wes: Freeman Asian Scholars Association, Digital Scholarship Fellows, Knitting Club

    Come Ask Me About: Being an international student, favorite books/movies/TV shows, learning new languages, finding jobs on campus, badminton, swimming, or anything at all!

    Bio: Hey everyone! I'm Florina, a rising sophomore planning to major in Economics and Government and minor in Data Analysis. I grew up in Indonesia and lived in Brescia, Italy for a year during high school. I love reading! My current to-read list includes This Is How You Lose the Time War, Circe/Mud Poems, Gideon the Ninth, Under Pressure: Living Life and Avoiding Death on a Nuclear Submarine, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and more. I'm also learning how to knit, though I can only do one pattern (for now). Can't wait to meet all of you!

  • Julia Vinhal Araujo (she/her/hers)

    Class of 2022 - College of Social Studies & Anthropology

    Brazil

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    Languages Spoken: English, Portuguese, Spanish

    Involvements at Wes: Ajua Campos, Wesleyan ACLU, Wesleyan Dreamers and Allies

    Come Ask Me About: My majors, Archeology at Wes, Brazilian restaurants near by, public transportation –anything!

    Bio: Hi! My name is Julia Vinhal Araujo. I am a member of the class of 2022, double majoring in the College of Social Studies and Anthropology. I grew up in the Brazilian countryside in the state of Minas Gerais but attended high school on Long Island (New York), where I currently live. On campus, I am a part of Ajúa Campos (Latinx student association), the Wesleyan ACLU, and the Wesleyan Dreamers and Allies coalition. I am also involved in Archeology at Wes and love to crochet whenever I have free time. This will be the fourth ISO session I am an OL for! I am so excited and looking forward to getting to know you. :)

  • Tim White (he/him/his)

    Class of 2023 - Film

    United States

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    Languages Spoken: English, Russian

    Involvements at Wes: Aural Wes, Mindful Wes, event organisation, ISAB, Red Feather, Sound Co-op

    Come Ask Me About: The Russian and Post-Soviet community on campus, the film major, meditation, and music on campus.

    Bio: I am a rising junior at Wesleyan and a film major. I grew up in Moscow, Russia and I’m bilingual. Apart from film, one of my hobbies has been music. I’ve played drums in bands in high school and am continuing that at Wes. I also love hosting events and DJing. Coming from a city, I am quite passionate about urban studies and hope to learn more while studying abroad. I love talking to people so feel free to ask me about anything from Russian food to Hollywood.

  • Yuzixin Zhou (she/her/hers)

    Class of 2023 - Economics & Film

    China

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    Languages Spoken: Mandarin, English

    Involvements at Wes: Orchestra, Chamber Music Ensemble, Kpop Dance Crew

    Come Ask Me About: Academics, and entertainment on campus.

    Bio: Hello! My name is Zara, and I’m a junior from Ningbo, China. I’m majoring in Film Studies and Economics, and I have taken many different discipline courses in Computer Science, Music, and QAC. I played the cello, and I have been in the orchestra for nearly ten years. I like to join a chamber music ensemble and listen to classical music in my dorm. I was a member of the Kpop Dance Crew, and I enjoy showing on the stage with my friends! I like hiking and challenging myself. I like to eat late-night specials in Usdan with my friends and chat together. Welcome to Wes! I can’t wait to meet you all!