Get to Know Your IOAs
Mariam Asatiani '16
Welcome Bucknellians! My name is Mariam Asatiani and I’m a senior from Georgia (the country not the state). I was undecided on my major for a very long time. Finally I settled on mathematics and economics. I’m passionate about traveling, meeting new people, trying out different cuisines, and learning foreign languages. Currently, I speak four languages: Georgian, Russian, English and Spanish and hope to learn many more. So, don’t hesitate to stop by and teach me random phrases in your native languages. I can’t wait to meet you all at the IO and hope you are all as excited as I am! International Orientation is a great start to an amazing new phase of your lives. Try to get the most out of being at Bucknell since the time here passes really fast.
Emily Becker '16
I grew up in sunny South Florida with my four amazing brothers. I love to play sports, run, hike, watch movies, and be at the beach. I also love to travel, take pictures, and bake. At Bucknell I am a biology major, and hope to one day work in the health field. I play on the varsity women’s lacrosse team and am a member of the Athena Women’s Leadership Club on campus. I am also a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at Bucknell. Welcome to all of you!
Vanessa De Leon '16
Hello wonderful people! Are you excited or what? As an International Orientation Assistant this year I will try my best to help you in any way possible when you come here to Bucknell. I might not be an international student, but this is my second year participating in this program~ What can I say, I love being loud as much as I love just sitting in my bed listening to music by myself. But during orientation, my time will be yours and I will work hard in helping you in any way possible! Every single one of you is a special snowflake in my opinion so come here to learn stuff, meet awesome new people, and just have fun. Hope to see you all soon >.<!
Rahul Dhakal '16
Hello wonderful Orientee!
I am Rahul Raj Dhakal, a senior civil engineering student from Nepal. Congratulations on getting into Bucknell! You’ve made it through the most difficult phase. Now, let’s celebrate with the unlimited fun that is the International Orientation, or simply IO; where you will bond with great people from around the world, do crazy stuff and meet awesome Orientation Leaders and Assistants like myself ;) (Others are Okay too). The friends you will make in this program will be your friends/supporters for your entire time at Bucknell – take it from someone who is a rising senior (oh, how the time flies!).
The only reason I do IO with you guys is because I enjoyed mine so much that I want to experience it again, whenever the opportunity comes. My word of advice: apart from making friends with the like minded people in IO, venture a conversation with someone who is a little quieter and maybe sitting alone in the bus. They won’t like it in the beginning, but I bet you’ll have conversations on the most interesting topics and end up with a great friend. I did that, and she’s been one of my very good friends at Bucknell so far; although she still won’t admit it (lol). So yes! Get excited!! Get ready to make friends with a lot of great people, and with Bucknell! I cannot wait to see you all.
Sonam Dolker '16
Dear new members of our ever-growing International Bucknell Family,
I’m so elated to wish all of you a very warm welcome! We are all thrilled to have you join us for another adventurous year. My name is Sonam Dolker and I’m a senior studying markets, innovation & design. I’m a Tibetan from India. From my three years here at Bucknell I can tell you that I’ve had some of the best experiences with the craziest and most wonderful human beings.
A little bit about myself, I enjoy music and singing, and talking about all things related to international development and social justice. I enjoy the company of my friends and cherish all the memories I have with them. Bucknell challenges me academically and also gives me opportunities to explore my boundaries and comfort zone. So I’ve ventured into a few awkward dance classes as well.
Being in a new place is definitely not without challenges, but having a supportive community makes the transition into this new culture so much more fluid and easier. I hope that we can help you make the best out of the next year or few. I hope you feel invigorated, inspired and welcomed in your new home! I wish that you create memories that you will cherish for life. If you have any questions or concerns please talk to me, I’m a person of few words but I assure you I’m not quite so serious all the time. :)
Polly Englot '16
Hey! Bonjour! Marhaba! My name is Polly Englot and I’ll be one of your International Orientation Assistants this year. I’m originally from Syracuse, New York (much closer to Canada than New York City) and I’m majoring in geography and minoring in Arabic and French. I began learning French as a kid because my grandmother is from France but I only started Arabic my first year of college so I’m not quite as advanced in that just yet. I’ve spent my whole junior year abroad—in Amman, Jordan for Fall 2014 and with Bucknell’s program in Tours, France for Spring 2015—and it’s been an incredible experience, but I’m so excited to come home to Lewisburg. When I am on campus, I am a peer educator with Speak UP Bucknell, I’m in the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, and I love playing intramural sports! I also enjoy exploring Market Street and downtown Lewisburg, watching Bucknell’s beautiful sunsets, getting Freez’s with my friends. I am so excited to meet you all and get you ready for an amazing time at Bucknell!!
Ivan Flores '16
Welcome to Bucknell! My name is Ivan Flores. I was born and raised in Mexico City. I am a senior and a marketing major and dance minor at Bucknell. I am part of the Bucknell Dance Company, and it will take you no longer than a day to realize how passionate I am about dance. I enjoy light and funny conversations, as well as joking around (a lot), but I also enjoy serious discussion about world events. I am very interested in Social Justice; in fact, in my first year I was in the Social Justice Residential College. I also really enjoy getting to learn about other countries’ cultures, traditions and history. I’m also a HUGE So you think you can dance and Friends fan, I can watch these shows over and over again and never get bored!
Erik Loo '16
¡¡Bienvenidos a Bucknell!! Get excited to join our Bucknell community! My name is Erik, I will be a senior civil engineering student and one of your International Orientation Assistants (IOA). I was born in the Peruvian mountain-town Arequipa, but I lived 6 years in Guatemala and 4 in the Netherlands, thus I learned to speak Spanish, English, Dutch and German. I am also learning Japanese, so don’t hesitate to speak with me in any language. I enjoy getting to know new people, so feel free to talk to me, and add me on Facebook, Line, or WeChat. International Orientation has been one of my favorite experiences so far, so I hope I can help make this year’s International Orientation as memorable as it was for me. I am excited to meet you all, so once again: ¡¡Bienvenidos a Bucknell, and get ready for International Orientation because it’s going to be amazing!!
Leonard Orozco '18
I’m Leo, a second year neuroscience major.
I was born and raised in hot desert in Mexico, Sonora. My dad was Mexican and my mother was American so I got to be a part of two great cultures. This means that I can enjoy a juicy burger as much as a dribbly greasy taco.
The only important things you need to know about me are that:
- I like to learn from just about anything. Books, movies, people. I’ll learn from them
- I like to talk with people. No matter who you are, I’ll sit down and talk about anything.
- I like to have fun. Fun can mean lots of things for me, but I mostly like doing things I’ve never done before. I experiment.
- I don’t like the American Mexican food.
- I love Bucknell.
- I love my Bucknell friends.
Nigesh Prajapati '18
Namaste and welcome to Bucknell!!!
At first, let me congratulate you for deciding to come at this fine institution. I am sure you are excited about the adventures that you are about to explore at Bucknell.
My name is Nigesh and I am from the smallest district in Nepal, Bhaktapur, also known as the "City of Living Heritages". I am a sophomore, majoring in electrical engineering. My hobbies include trying out new food, singing (don’t have a great voice though) and hanging out with friends. I also enjoy cooking, especially curry. I hope to learn to cook new cuisines whilst in USA (anyone who wants to help is welcome). Travel and experiencing different cultures has always been part of my life and I value the chance to socialise with new people.
International Orientation has been one of the best experiences for me at Bucknell so far. (You will soon realize why. WE’LL MAKE SURE OF IT.) During this time, you will make new friends from different part of the world, share your life experiences and culture with them, and build amazing memories.
I am very excited to meet you all.
Fatima Rezaei '17
My name is Fatima Rezaei and I am a junior. I am from Kabul, Afghanistan and my major is markets, innovation & design. I am also doing a minor in economics. I love to hangout with friends and watch movie or playing games. I love sports and enjoy team sports like basketball and soccer. I am learning tennis and swimming currently and hope to survive! I love languages and try to learn as much as I can from my friends so I hope you also teach me your language when we meet :) I am involved with the cultural clubs and organizations on campus such as Middle Eastern Students Association and Students for Asian Awareness. I work with the office of admission as a greeter and a member of the diversity outreach team. I am an executive member of the Muslim Students Association in Bucknell as well. I am very excited to meet you on August and get to learn about you as well. I love it here in Bucknell and hope you also have four wonderful years ahead of you here at Buck.
Eyuel Seyoum '18
Welcome to the awesome week of International orientation Bucknellians!!! My name is Eyuel Seyoum and I am from the country that brought you coffee, Ethiopia :). I am a sophomore in the college of science majoring in biochemistry. I live in the capital Addis Ababa. I very much enjoy football (AKA soccer), programming, movies (who doesn’t), martial arts, flying (that’s not a typo) and noticeably, brackets :).
I have had an amazing experience during international orientation and am positively delighted at the prospect of being in another one, organizing it! I am much aware of the difficulties of settling into a rather new ambience and adjusting to the culture, the food and most of all the people. But for me, Bucknell has made this transition altogether simple and there is no doubt in saying IO was the big leap in the process. That’s the prominent reason for my becoming an IOA (also because it’s really fun). I encourage you all to not fear making small talks to your fellow Bucknellians and get to know about them after all, you might end up making long lasting friendships. Do not hesitate to ask me or any of the IOAs for anything and we’ll do our best to help.
We, in accordance with the warm welcoming customs of the school, can’t wait to give you a tour to your home for the next 4/5 years and show you of the breaming opportunities the school has to offer. I am nervously excited to meet you all as time brings us ever closer by the day. One last thing really, buckle up tight and enjoy the ride because this, undoubtedly, is going to be your best week in Bucknell!
Anmol Singh '17
Kyahaal (‘watsup’ in hindi)!!
I am Anmol, and I come from the 2nd most populous country in the world, India. I am a computer science and engineering and management double major from the class of 2017 and can converse in more than 3 languages. I love watching and playing tennis, soccer and cricket. I will be living in the south apartments and you guys are more than welcome to stop by anytime and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee or just get a taste of some Indian food. I am a lover of board games, another reason to stop by. I will try my best to make your transition from school to college life as smooth as possible. And I wish you guys the very best on this new 4-year journey, and hope that you guys make the most out of this orientation. So get all BUCKled up for this one crazy BUCKNELL ride!
Chanda Singoyi '17
Welcome to Bucknell! My name is Chanda and I am a junior majoring in civil engineering. I was born and bred in the heart of Africa, Zambia and since then gotten to travel to many countries.
I love sport and spend most of my time either playing or watching sport. My favorite sport is undoubtedly soccer, of course! Some of my other hobbies are listening to music, outdoor activities, travelling and meeting people. I like to try out and learn new things too so feel free to call out on me on any activities you wanna explore at Bucknell.
This is my third time being part of International Orientation and I enjoyed it each time. I am sure you all going to have an awesome time! I am really excited to meeting you all, and I will try my best to make your transition to college a splendid one.
Chi Tran '16
Hey guys, My name is Chi, and I’m one of this year’s IOAs. I’m a senior from Hanoi, Vietnam. I’m majoring in interdisciplinary studies in economics and mathematics, and minoring in Japanese. In my free time, I love watching TV shows, movies, listening to music and hanging out with friends. I was a part of International Orientation my freshman year, and it was so much fun that I really wanted to do it again!!! And this year, not only do I get to do it again with a different role, which I’m really excited about. I hope you have a great year ahead of you (I know you will :D)
Daisy Xu '18
Welcome! I’m Jiayi Xu from China. You can just call me Daisy. I’m a sophomore here, loving photography, reading, dancing (though I’m not a good dancer), traveling (if I have enough money), and food (especially food made by international students!). I haven’t decided my major yet, which is totally fine at Bucknell. If you are worried about new life here, be relax because it’s going to be a home away from home! Also, feel free to talk to me at anytime! Coming to Bucknell is really a life-changing experience for me, and the first amazing experience is definitely IO. It is a lot of fun and you will meet awesome people who will be your friends. So get pumped up for that and see you in August!
Dechen Yangkyi '17
Hi, my name is Dechen. I am originally from Tibet, but I did almost all of my schooling in India. I am a junior, double majoring in biology and psychology. I love reading books and watching movies. I watch all sorts of movies, so in case you end up needing a movie buddy, you won’t regret asking me. Some of my favorite ones are 500 Days of Summer, The Illusionist, Kungfu Panda, Despicable Me and the list goes on. I also love travelling. The countries I want to visit in the next couple of years are New Zealand, South Korea and France. I am really excited to see you all!