International Orientation Assistants (IOAs)

Anmol Singh

Name: Anmol Singh
Class Year: 2017
Major: Computer Science & Engineering
Home Country: India

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 major from the class of 2017 and can converse in more than 3 languages. I love watching and playing tennis, soccer and cricket. I live in Smith 1-A 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 many new friends.

So get all BUCK-led up for this one crazy BUCKNELL ride!

Anthony LeName: Anthony Le
Class Year: 2016
Major: International Relations
Home Country: U.S.A.

My name is Anthony Le, from Worcester, Massachusetts (somewhere near Boston). I'm Asian American, being part Vietnamese. With that, I can speak the language (sort of) as well as Spanish (kind of). Currently I'm studying international relations as a rising junior. I love traveling, exploring new cultures and learning/experiencing new traditions. Also, you'll notice this pretty quickly, I like to dance ...A lot. I may even be able to teach you a thing or two. Beyond all else, I like to just enjoy life and take opportunities as they come. To me, some risks are well worth the gamble and leaving your comfort zone can only expand your limits. That, or I'm just crazy, stupid or foolish... I get that sometimes.

Chanda Singoyi Name: Chanda Singoyi
Class Year: 2017
Major: Biology
Home Country: Zambia

I'm Chanda Singoyi and I'm a Biology/Premed student. I'm from Zambia and a rising sophomore. I love sport and spend most of my free time either playing or watching sport. My favorite sport is soccer, of course! I'm in the Bucknell Men's Volleyball team too. Fun fact about me is that the only musical instrument I play is the guitar and got to play in a band in high school, but I'm a terrible singer. I also love traveling, meeting people and doing science!    

Chau Tieu Name:
Chau Tieu
Class Year: 2015
Major: Computer Science & Engineering
Home Country: Vietnam  

Welcome! I'm Chau :) Here are some basic facts about me:  1.) I'm a senior computer science major,  2.) I was born in Vietnam and came to Virginia when I was seven-years-old, 3.) food is my best friend (especially free food), 4.) I love love love to travel, 5.) I studied abroad in New Zealand for a semester, 6.) I can't wait to meet you all! Feel free to talk to me if you have any questions or need anything or just to talk in general about anything/food. See you soon! :)  

Chi Tran Name:
Chi Tran
Class Year: 2016
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies: Econ & Math
Home Country: Vietnam

Hey guys, My name is Chi, and I'm one of this year's IOAs. I'm a rising junior 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)  

Daniel Corotti Name:
Daniel Corotti
Class Year: 2017
Major: Electrical Engineering, Management for Engineers
Home Country: Spain, Hungary

Hello International students class of 2018, TA's and exchange students. My name is Daniel Corotti. I am a sophomore from Spain and Hungary double majoring in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Management. Some of my hobbies are playing soccer, basketball, and running. I also enjoy debating about various subjects ranging from sports to politics. I think of myself as somebody very social, kind, and approachable so please don't hesitate to talk to me if you need any help. Hope you have fun during International Orientation and an excellent experience during your time in Bucknell. Once again, welcome to our community.

David Lifschitz Name:
David Lifschitz
Class Year: Graduate
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Home Country: Argentina

Welcome to Bucknell! My name is David Lifschitz and I am a graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering department at Bucknell. I graduated from college in May 2013, earning a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Physics. I am an environmental sustainability advocate and I love spending time with people from all over the world.

I am originally from the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. A few of my hobbies are cooking, dancing, discussing global events, and watching international films (especially Korean drama :P).

Coming to study here in the US was a life changing experience for me. I grew as a person, challenged my beliefs and improved my understanding of our globalized society. I look forward to meet you all in August and introduce you to this amazing experience that is about to begin. Cheers!  

Erik J. Loo Name:
Erik J. Loo
Class Year: 2016
Major: B. S. Civil Engineering
Home Country: Perú/Netherlands

¡¡Bienvenidos a Bucknell!! Get excited to join our Bucknell community! My name is Erik, I'm a rising junior majoring in Civil Engineering and one of your International Orientation Assistants. 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 also took Japanese last semester, so don't hesitate to speak with me in any language. I enjoy hanging out with people, watching movies and Facebook, so feel free to add me. Once again: welcome to Bucknell, and get ready for International Orientation because it's going to be amazing!

Fatima Rezaeri Name:
Fatima Rezaei
Class Year: 2017
Major: Marketing, Innovation and Design
Home Country: Afghanistan

Salam and welcome class of 2018 to your new home Bucknell University!

My name is Fatima Rezaei, and I am very excited to meet you and learn about you and your countries. International Orientation has been one of the best experiences I have had at Bucknell and I am sure you will love it as well. I met my closest friends at Buck, friends who are not less than a family for me now and beyond our years at Bucknell! 

I'm a rising sophomore at Bucknell's School of Management. My intended major is Marketing, Innovation and Design and minors in economics and Psychology.

I was born in Afghanistan and raised in Iran. Currently I live in the famous capital city of Afghanistan, Kabul.

I am a Fremont scholar and a member of the Social Justice residential college. I am involved with different cultural clubs such as Middle Eastern students Association, Muslim Students Association and Students for Asian Awareness at Bucknell. I work with the admission office on campus as well. I enjoy sports in particular playing basketball, soccer and dancing. I love arts and painting is one of my favorite hobbies to relax. I often spend time with friends attending events or simply hang out and watch movies. Enjoy these four years and make the best out of it at school here at Bucknell!   

Kelly Yuan Name:
Kelly Yuan
Class Year: 2015
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies: Econ & Math
Home Country: China

Hi everyone, my name is Kelly and I am from China. I am an economic and mathematics major and I am very happy to be your IOA for the orientation. Hope you enjoy your experience at Bucknell.

Kenji Maung Name:
Kenji Maung
Class Year: 2017
Major: Undeclared
Home Country: Hong Kong, Burma

Ni Hao, Mingalabar, and welcome to Bucknell! My name is Kenji Maung, and I am so excited to get to know all of you!  I'm a rising sophomore at Bucknell University, currently undeclared but planning on majoring in Biology and Environmental Science. I was born in Hong Kong but raised in Yangon, Burma.

On campus I am involved with the Students for Asian Awareness at Bucknell (SAAB) club, Burmese Cultural Organization (BCO), and Habitat for Humanity. I enjoy playing volleyball, softball, canoeing, rock-climbing, and trying out a bunch of new and amazing activities offered here in Bucknell! If there's anything you ever want to try out, just call out to me and I'll be there. International Orientation was my favorite part of my entire Bucknell experience. I can't wait to relive that incredible week with a new batch of amazing people. I know you guys are amazing, because everyone I've met here so far has been nothing short of remarkable. I've met a lot of people here in Bucknell, but the people I absolutely love most here is without a doubt the international students. You will meet the most interesting and diverse group of people during your international orientation, and you guys will be stuck together for the rest of your Bucknell life and beyond. The international orientation staffs are no exceptions! So get ready to meet the quirkiest group of people in Bucknell, the IO staffs!  


Lidya Abune Name: Lidya Abune
Class Year: 2016
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Home Country: Ethiopia

SELAM!! Welcome to Bucknell. I am junior studying Biomedical Engineering. IO is one of my best experiences at Bucknell so far. It is so much fun, and very informative. I LOVE IT. I am originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Now I reside in Washington DC. On campus, I am mainly involved with several Christian fellowships, and cultural clubs. I am thrilled about the journey you are about to begin. I can't wait to meet each of you. I can assure you that you will make lifelong friends during the IO.  

Lisa Hubbard Name:
Lisa Hubbard
Class Year: 2015
Major: Sociology
Home Country: U.S.A.

My name is Lisa Hubbard and I was born and raised in Washington, D.C. I am now a Junior at Bucknell University majoring in Sociology. My hope is that one day I can work in the International Affairs sector since I love to travel and experience other cultures. I really love to be artistically expressive and have conversations about life. I hope that this upcoming year I develop a great friendship with all of the new international students coming to Bucknell. Ready, Set, Let's Go!

Mariam Asatiani Name:
Mariam Asatiani
Class Year: 2015
Major: Mathematics
Home Country: Georgia

Welcome Bucknellians!  My name is Mariam Asatiani and I'm a rising Junior from Georgia (the country not the state). I was undecided on my major for a very long time that gave me the opportunity to try many different things. At the end 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 (for detailed explanation refer to Quinn Blanco's Bio.)   

Rahul Dhakal Name:
Rahul Dhakal
Class Year: 2016
Major: Civil Engineering
Home Country: Nepal

Clubs: South Asian Students Association (VP of finance), South Asian Association at Bucknell, Chess club.
Other Affiliations: Leader/Tutor at the Teaching and Learning Center.
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal.
Hobbies and Interests: I love travelling and experiencing new cultures. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do when I'm home; haven't done much of it in USA though. I get bored easily so I am always up for trying new activities when I get the chance, and I am usually seen strapped with my Canon SX40 while doing so.

Despite my affinity for outdoor ventures, I also absolutely love lazy afternoons involving naps and my favorite music. In music, I usually prefer the classics and I love old rock and roll so much that I sometimes feel I'm born in the wrong era of music. I've always regretted not picking up on a musical instrument but I do sing in occasions. I am not much of a reader, but I enjoy reading novels by handful of authors and scientific journals. Although usually an introvert, I love having quirky, punny conversations with people.   

Sonam Dolker Name:
Sonam Dolker
Class Year: 2016
Major: Markets, Innovation & Design
Home Country: Tibet

Tashi Delek to all of you!

Congratulations on your enrollment into Bucknell!! I'm elated to know that I'll be getting to know each and every one of you this orientation! I hope this journey is as exciting and enriching for you as it has been for several of us here!

My name is Sonam Dolker and I'm a Tibetan, born and brought up in India. I spent the last two years of my high school in the United Kingdom and then enrolled into Bucknell. I'm majoring in Markets, Innovation & Design. A little bit about me: I'm a huge fan of music and singing. I'm usually a person of few words and love the company of my novels and books, but I adore my friends and love their company more than anything. Besides that I'm a huge fan of camping and hiking, I like Yoga and Kickboxing too and Bucknell offers both so win-win!  I like visiting new places and learning about new cultures, I'm always fascinated by people's passion and pride in sustaining their culture and maintaining that part of their identity. Bucknell introduced me to incredible staff and faculty and my beautifully crazy and wonderful friends. Bucknell is an amazing place to learn and grow and what better way to start this new journey than with International Orientation and a bunch of wonderful new people who are or were in the same boat as you! I hope you have great fun at International Orientation with us and hope this is a start of a beautiful and enriching new experience for all of you!

Looking forward to meeting all of you!!!

Vanessa De Leon Name:
Vanessa De Leon
Class Year: 2016
Major: Sociology
Home Country: U.S.A.

Hello wonderful people! Are you excited or what? As one of your IOAs this year I will try my best to help you in any way possible when you come here to Bucknell. I am currently from Houston, Texas so I never attended International Orientation - but I have many friends who claim it was a blast. So I trust them and so should you. 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 making this Orientation the best so far! 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 >.<!  

International Orientation Leaders (IOLs)

Cliff Chang

Cliff Chang

Class Year: 2016
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics and Mathematics
Home Country: Taiwan

Ni Hao and welcome to Bucknell! My name is Cliff Chang, and I am extremely excited to meet all of you. I'm a rising junior at Bucknell majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics and Mathematics. I was born and raised in the wind city of Taiwan, Hsinchu city. On campus I am involved in Bison Bikes, Tour Guide for the Admission, Intramural sport, Japan Society, SAAB and Outdoor Education and Leadership. I enjoy playing baseball and basketball, swimming, canoeing, trying new food, and simply hanging out with friends. If you enjoy any of these as much as I do, come find me! International Orientation is one of the most unique and extraordinary memory I ever had and I am sure it will be the same for you all. You will find friendships that are going to last above and beyond your 4 years at Bucknell. So get pumped and get ready to meet the craziest and nicest international orientation staffs from all over the world! 'Ray Bucknell!

Mona Mohammed

Mona Mohammed

Class Year: 2016
Major: Civil Engineering, Women's & Gender Studies
Home Country: Yemen

Marhaba, Welcome, and Bienvenu!  My name is Mona. I am a fourth year student in a double degree five year program studying Civil and Environmental Engineering and Women and Gender Studies. I love Bucknell greatly, it has opened many doors for me. I have been involved in research with two Engineering professors, I have been to different countries on programs, I have learned from speakers, and I enjoy the cultural dinners and performed on a few. Bucknell also introduced me to people from all over the world with whom I have made very great connections.
    I was born and raised in Yemen for the first 16 years. I went to United World College of Hong Kong 2008-10, I visited a few countries in East Asia, such as Cambodia and the Philippines. I took a gap year and came to Bucknell! I also spent a semester abroad with Bucknell en France. I love music, languages, travelling and cooking. I speak Arabic, English, and French and I am trying to pick up Spanish. I can't wait to meet and know each one of you!

Quinn Blanco

Quinn Blanco

Class Year: 2015
Major: Chemical Engineering, Management for Engineers
Home Country: Philippines

Mabuhay! My name is Quinn, a rising 5th year 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

Samriddha Roy

Samriddha Roy

Class Year: 2016
Major: Electrical Engineering
Home Country: India

Hey there future Bucknellians! My name is Samriddha Roy (Sam). I am a rising junior majoring in Electrical Engineering. I was born in the big metropolitan city of India, Calcutta and since then have moved around to a lot of cities and countries.
    Apart from International Orientation, I am involved with the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, Asian Club, Robotics Club and the Inter-Fraternity Council. I am a very fun loving person and love taking challenges. At Bucknell, you will be blessed with many opportunities and all you have to do is get out of your comfort zone and take advantage of those opportunities.
    I can't wait to get to know you guys more and have a great International Orientation together. International Orientation was the highlight of my freshman year and that's the reason I am doing it for the third time now. All our orientation staffs are very excited and working hard to make this the best orientation; so GET PUMPED if you are not already. 


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