International Orientation Student Staff
Meet our International Orientation Staff. We can't wait to see you here in August! IO Staff are either International Orientation Leaders or International Orientation Assistants. Read more about each member below.
Ana Gabriela Aguilera Silva, Class of 2014
Education, Economics and International Relations
BIENVENIDOS A CASA! My name is Ana Gabriela Aguilera Silva (you can call me Ana). I am a senior in denial, and I am from the land of enchantment, Venezuela. I am also a triple major (International Relations, Economics and Education), and I am involved in Chi Omega Fraternity, Common Ground, This is ME Play Project, and the Vagina Monologues.
For me, International Orientation was one of the Greatest highlights of my first year, and I can't wait for it to be the same for you. Trust me when I say that the IO staff is here to ease your transition to Bucknell, and that we are here for you whenever you need us.
Let the fun begin!
Paúl Andrés Sierra, Class of 2014
Management - Economics
Hello Class of 2017! Welcome to Bucknell!
My name is Paúl Sierra and I'm one of your IOL's for this year! I am a senior working on a Management and Economics double major. I was born in the beautiful city of Quito (Ecuador), right in the middle of the world. I can also speak Spanish and a little bit of French. Music is one of my passions; I just love to spend hours listening to all kinds of music. I like to spend time watching funny movies, reading fiction novels, dancing, and partying. In my free time I usually spend my time either studying, hanging out with my friends, or at meetings with the clubs and organizations I am part of. Bucknell has been such a great experience because it has put me in situations that challenge my comfort-zone. I am very excited to hear from all of you and to get to know you. We will have so much fun at Bucknell and feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions.
Oswaldo Galicia, Class of 2014
Los Angeles, CA
Welcome! My name is Oswaldo Galicia and I am a senior majoring in Civil Engineering because I love how my work can impact people and communities.
I am from Los Angeles, California. My parents emigrated from Mexico and I am one of the first in my family to be born in the U.S.
A few of my hobbies are running, dancing, singing (even if people don't like it), and watching GLEE!
Even though International Orientation might only last a few days, I will always be here for any kind of support!
Yifan Ge, Class of 2013
Hello there! So I'm Yifan, senior EE and CS double majors. This will be my last international orientation. In the last 4 years, IO has meant so much to me. It started my adventure when I was a first-year and has constantly been my most exciting event of each year. I will share any the useful advice to make your transition as smooth as possible. If you have questions about Engineering Majors, Entrepreneur programs, Greek life, and club activities, please free feel stop me at any time. Welcome to Bucknell!
Quinn Earl Blanco, Class of 2014
Chemical Engineering and Management for Engineers
Leon, Iloilo, PHILIPPINES
Mabuhay! My name is Quinn, a rising subsenior majoring both in Chemical Engineering and Management for Engineers. I was born in one of the 7107 islands of the Philippine archipelago, and spent most of my life under the tropical Philippine sun. I am so hyped and am very excited to meet all of you.
You will find that International Orientation will be one of your special moments here at Bucknell, so make sure that you take advantage of this opportunity and make the most out of it. Also, you will find that time at Bucknell flies really fast, and like every year, I will leave you with this formula:
x = how time normally passes
x2 = how time passed in high school
x3 = how time will pass at Bucknell
So get all BUCK-led up for this one crazy BUCKNELL ride!
Kunga Dagpo, Class of 2014
Hi people. My name is Kunga Chodar Dagpo. I am a Tibetan, raised in India and living in Canberra, Australia. I am rising senior chemical engineering student. I am honoured to be given the opportunity to be able to be an International Orientation Assistant again for the third time and I assure you all that you all will have a lot of fun and make friendships that will last during your time at Bucknell and beyond. I am looking forward to meeting all of you. It will be an amazing experience for you just as it was for me three years ago and to maximise your experience, get to know me, I'm fun, I promise. But seriously everyone is eager to meet all of you and looking forward to help you make Bucknell your home for the next 4 years and a year for the TAs.
Rose Dimal, Class Of 2014
Hi future Bucknellians! Welcome to Lewisburg Pennsylvania!
My name is Rose and I'm a rising senior here at Bucknell. I was born in the Philippines and came to the United States when I was nine. I currently live in Los Angeles, California. I love Bucknell and everything about it. Bucknell offers many opportunities to its students. Traveling and exploring the international community is my newly found passion. This past semester I was able to travel around the world and it changed my perspective in life. I applaud your courage in expanding your knowledge and experience by studying in a different country. Welcome to Bucknell!
Patience Osei, Class of 2014
Hello and welcome to Bucknell, I assure you that your life will never remain the same (in a good way)!
At Bucknell, I enjoy hanging out with my crew, singing in the choir, participating in the endless weekend activities and meeting new people like you! I´m also a student leader in several campus organizations. If you ever need someone to listen to you, or laugh with you, come find me!
Ahamed Rishard Rheyas, Class of 2015
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Business Management
Colombo, Sri Lanka
My name is Rishard Rheyas and I am a rising junior (third year) at Bucknell, currently majoring in Global Management and in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka but I have studied abroad in India and been on a student exchange program in Germany prior to attending Bucknell University. I am so excited to be one of your international student assistants during international orientation.
I am part of the Bucknell Business Leaders and South Asian Student Association at Bucknell. I love watching and playing soccer. I am also a part of the Bucknell Soccer club, which is a lot of fun because we play throughout the year and we participate in tournaments and other friendly matches. One of my passions is meeting new people and you will be doing a lot of that during your 4 years here. College is one of the most important times in your life and you could really miss out if you do not take full advantage of this opportunity. Last semester, my roommate and I started our own club, Seize the Day which encourages students to go outside their comfort zones and try new things....Skydiving anyone?
I am also a part of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. You will find out more about Greek life when you get here, but if you need more information please feel free to ask me questions.
International Orientation will help you meet new people from all around the world and allow you to make new friends even before new student orientation begins. Therefore you will have the edge as you would already know how things work on campus before everyone else arrives! Bucknell is truly an amazing place boasting state of the art facilities and one of the most beautiful campuses. Bucknellians are very genuine and friendly. You can literally walk up to anyone and have an interesting conversation. We, as orientation assistants/leaders will help you throughout your transition to college not limited to just international orientation, so do not worry we are here for you! I love Bucknell and I am sure all of you will fall in love with this place too.
Judy Anne Romero, Class of 2014
Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Hello First Years, TA's and exchange students! It's a pleasure for me to welcome you to an amazing time of your life - uni!!! =) Look forward to starting it with what will be a very unforgettable week - International Orientation Week!!!! My name is Judy Anne Romero, I am born and raised in the Philippines, went to Canada for high school and am now a senior pre-med student in Bucknell. I enjoy singing and playing the guitar, kayaking, swimming, cooking for massive numbers of people, talking about life, laughing about anything, watching HIMYM, Big Bang and Grey's Anatomy. If any of these is your thing, come talk to me and if none of it is your thing, come talk to me. =p
Jokes aside, I am very keen to meet all of you and get to know you. You should feel at ease because you are sure to have a supportive, tight-knit and caring environment coming from your international student community. Get excited for fun activities, laughters that will make you cry, experiences that will change your views and friendships that you'll keep for a long long time. Get keen and I'll see you all very soon!!!! =)
Hein Tun, Class Of 2014
Civil Engineering and Comparative Humanities
Do you open a banana from the top or from the other top? Whatever end you open the banana from, you are going to call it the "top." While people from China, Nigeria, Singapore, US and Zimbabwe open bananas from the handle, Burmese, Cambodian, Russian and Ugandan people (and monkeys) open from the other side.
At Bucknell, you will realize different people open bananas from different ends. You will make friends with them and learn from them. You will become more appreciative of your traditional way of opening bananas, abandon it completely or discover ways to combine multiple techniques. Most importantly, you will have some ideas about how to open a banana for yourself! Get ready for this life-changing experience!
Nguyen Vo, Class of 2014
Can Tho, Vietnam
Welcome to Bucknell!
My name is Nguyen Vo, a rising Senior majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. I was in born in Can Tho, Vietnam, when it used to be a town but is now a city. I went to study abroad in Singapore when I was 12. I graduated high school in 2010, and have been at Bucknell since.
I hope you are all excited for the orientation. Looking forward to meet you all!
Lidya Abune, Class of 2016
Biomedical engineering with a minor in Arabic
Washington , DC
Selam !! ( which means hello in Amharic) Welcome to Bucknell !! It is my privilege to be your International Orientation Assistant & to get the chance to know each of you as an individual & a group. I am Lidya but you can call me Mima. I am originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I came to the US three years ago. I now reside in Washington, DC.
I am a good listener. I am passionate about learning different cultures & languages. I love to meet new people, listen to Contemporary Christian songs, & sleep long hours.Bucknell is a place filled with opportunities & experiences which you can cherish the rest of your life.
Love you all!
Cliff Chang, Class of 2016
Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics and Mathematics
Ni Hao and welcome to Bucknell! My name is Cliff Chang, and I am extremely excited to meet all of you and sure you will have a blast during the orientation. I'm a rising sophomore at Bucknell majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics and Mathematics. I was born and raised in the wind city of Taiwan, Hsinchu city. International orientation is one of the most unique and extraordinary memory you will have at Bucknell, so get pumped and ready to have some fun!! 'Ray Bucknell!
Sasha Bausheva, Class of 2016
East Asian Studies
Hi everybody and welcome to Bucknell! I am Sasha from Russia (yeah, I know it rhymes), and the first thing I would like to tell you is that you have made the right choice to come here! I was in your shoes just a year ago, but now I totally love this place. The International Orientation was, without any doubt, my best week at Bucknell so far, and I am sure you will like it when you arrive here. Just remember that we are always here to help you. Can't wait to meet you all! :)
Amjad Khalil, Class of 2014
Marhaba Everyone & Ahlan wa Sahlan (Welcome) to Bucknell University!!!
I am Amjad Khalil, one of the Community College Scholars at Bucknell (BCCSP)!
I'm originally from Syria, The Cradle of Civilization, a country in the Middle East; my native language is Arabic! Interested!!? Please join the Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA) ;-) !
I love nature & taking photos! One of my main strategies in life is to keep smiling and to be optimistic always =) !
I LOVE Bucknell & I'm thrilled to be an International Orientation Assistant!!!
Sam Roy, Class of 2016
Hey there future Bucknellians,
Welcome to our Bucknell family! My name is Samriddha (pronounced as SamRida) and I am a rising sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering. I was born in Calcutta, India and later lived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
On campus, I am associated with a number of clubs. By joining clubs, you get to meet with many awesome people on campus and never get bored.
Anyways, we cannot wait to finally see you all. We are planning a lot of fun stuff for International Orientation so GET PUMPED!! 'Ray Bucknell and WELCOME HOME.
Erik J. Loo, Class of 2016
B.S. Civil Engineering
Perú / Netherlands
¡¡Hola and welcome to Bucknell!! I hope you are as excited as I am for you to join our awesome Bucknell community! I'm Erik and I'm a Civil Engineering Major. I was born in a mountain-town in Southern Perú, called Arequipa, but I lived the first 6 years of my life in Guatemala, 4 in the Netherlands and 1 at this awesome place I call home. I can also speak Spanish, English, Dutch, German and I will be taking Japanese next semester, so please don't hesitate to talk with me in any of those. I enjoy hanging out with people, fun stuff and facebook-ing, so add me if you want to. Once again: welcome to Bucknell, and get ready for International Orientation because it's going to be amazing!
Mariam Asatiani, Class of 2016
Hello and Welcome to Bucknell!
Here are several things you should know about me:
· I speak 4 languages: Georgian, Russian, English and Spanish.
· I also want to learn Mandarin, Turkish, Portuguese and Icelandic.
· I love travelling. I've been to 12 different countries so far.
· I like reading, listening to music, playing chess, watching movies and just hanging out with friends. (Who doesn't?!)
· My favorite food is PIZZA.
· And my favorite animal is Alpaca.
· On campus, I'm involved in Russian club and Chess club.
Bucknell offers you lots of great opportunities and time here flies super fast. So, try to get the most out of being here.
Chau Tieu, Class of 2015
Computer Science and Engineering
Born in South Vietnam, currently US citizen
Hi everyone! I'm a rising junior intending on majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. I was born in Vietnam and I came to the US when I was about seven-year-old. I currently live in Alexandria, VA (near DC!). One thing you may not know about me is that I love food and one of my favorite foods would be red velvet cupcakes. I am open to many things so if you have questions about anything, please feel free to ask me. Anyways, I cannot wait to meet and get to know all of you guys!
Interested in being a member of the International Orientation Staff for 2014-15? Please check back in February, 2014.