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NEW! 2015 ISP Leaders

Meseret Haile

Hi Class of 2019. My name is Meseret (Mesy) and I'm a rising sophomore with an intended double major in Biochemistry and Computer Science. I am from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and I'm very excited to be one of the first people to welcome you to Smith. ISP was an irreplaceable experience or me and I hope to help make it the same for you. Until then, feel free to contact me with any questions you might have at mhaile@smith.edu. Lots of Love.

Karina Huang

Hello Class of 2019! Can't believe that my first year went by so quickly! I'm Karina and I'm a sophomore (psychology major and intended neuro minor). I live in Duckett house and I'm from Shenzhen, China. I'm very excited to meet you all and I can't wait to show you what I've seen and what I've learned about Smith and Noho in the past year!

Sahra Ibrahimi

Hi! I am Sahra Ibrahimi, a rising junior at Smith. I am originally from Kabul, Afghanistan; however, I have been living in the US since 2009. I major in economics and minor in international relations. My hobbies are doing modern dance, reading novels, playing volleyball, and swimming. I have been a part of the International Students Organization as a member and a cabinet for these two past years. I like diversity, and I appreciate the diverse community that Smith College has. Smith tends to keep this diversity by having great international students like you from all around the world. We are very excited about seeing you all at Smith this fall. Please keep in touch and do not hesitate to ask me any question you may have. You can reach me at sibrahimi@smith.edu. I am looking forward to hearing from you, and seeing you soon in the fall.

Zoe Le

Hi Smithies! I'm Zoe- a rising senior from Vietnam studying Economics, Math and doing a concentration in Global Financial Institutions. I attended ISP 3 years ago but I still remember vividly the great time I had and the wonderful friends I met there. I am beyond excited to meet and get to know all of you.

Victoria Melnikova

Hey, Smithies! I am Victoria from Tver, Russia. I am senior with double-major in Economics and Portuguese and Brazilian studies. I love spending time with my friends from all over the world, and I cannot wait for you to become a part of our international family. You can always reach out to me by shooting an email to vmelnikova@smith.edu. Welcome aboard!

Nikki Okondo

Hi my name is Joanna Nicole Okondo, my friends call me Nikki. I'm a rising Sophomore from Kenya. I haven't decided my major because I'm still considering my options. My hobbies are traveling, reading novels, watching movies, listening to music and socializing. One of my goals is to travel the world, I really hope to achieve it. I was part of ISP week last year and I really enjoyed it. I hope to make your ISP week as amazing as mine was. Feel free to email me at jokondo@smith.edu. Welcome to Smith Class of 2019!

Farida Sabry

Hello new Smithies! My name is Farida and I’m a rising sophomore from Alexandria, Egypt, home of the original Falafel (not the stuff they make here).

You’ll come to know that people here identify as many different things. I simply identify as a geek. I’m an engineering and computer science double major, I love robotics, I enjoy attending hackathons, and I have a thing or two for multi-tools. Also, my favorite place on campus is the Playground, which is the ultimate maker space in my opinion with a sweet sound system in Ford Hall. If there’s any advice I should give you it’s this: embrace jet lag as your new life, especially if home for you is some 9000 km away from Smith.

Silvana Saca

Hi there, Smithies of 2019! I am a rising sophomore from El Salvador who loves coding and writing fiction. I hope to double major in English and computer science. If you also love shaking it to Shakespeare or just want to chat, e-mail me at ssaca@smith.edu.

Ava Sharma

Hello, Ni hao, Namaskar, Class of 2019 and welcome to Smith! I am Ava Sharma, a junior at Smith College, majoring in Environmental Science & Policy and minoring in International Relations. Besides academics, I enjoy music, travelling, playing basketball and dancing. I have lived and schooled in 3 countries: USA, Singapore and Nepal. I understand the hardships many international students may face when coming to Smith as I myself came on my own from Singapore just a few days after turning 18. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and helping you feel like home at Smith. I have benefitted from the supportive environment at Smith, and am excited to share my experiences which I hope will be of help to you. Until then, So long, Zài jiàn, Namaskar. Please feel free to email me at aksharma@smith.edu if you have any questions or would just like to connect. I look forward to hearing from you :).

Helena Thompson

Hi Class of 2019! My name is Helena and I'm a rising sophomore. I'm from London, England, and I am a Government major. I'm a member of the International Student Organization's cabinet, and I interned in the ISSO this summer - so you might have had an email from me! Feel free to reach me at hjthompson@smith.edu and I'm really looking forward to meeting you all soon!

Sri Wahyuni

Hi, my name is Sri!!! I grew up in an art museum and I now live by the rice fields in Bali, Indonesia. I am a 3rd year majoring in architecture. I'm passionate about design, environmental justice, dancing (anytime, anywhere) and mangoes (4life!). I'm so so excited to meet you all and show what home away from home can look like at Smith!

Yijin Wei

Hello everyone, I am Yijin, a rising senior from Beijing, China. I am a double major of engineering and math. Last semester, I was an exchange student at Princeton University to study engineering. It is interesting to compare our engineering program in a liberal arts setting with the more conventional engineering education. I love reading, riding, traveling and exploring new places. I am excited to be part of ISP this year, and I look forward to seeing you on campus in the fall.

Maria Xu

Hi Class of 2019, I am a rising junior at Smith from Ningbo, China. I am majoring in Computer Science and Government. Studying both science and literature is fun because it allows me to explore advanced technology and to study news and policies concerning the world. In my free time, I love hiking, riding a bike around Smith and Amherst area, and simply enjoying beautiful weather and scenery (especially in fall and spring). I am really looking forward to ISP 2015, and hoping to meet all of you from all over the world soon!

Tianhua (Sophia) Zhu

Hello, Class of 2019! My name is Tianhua Zhu, a rising sophomore from Shanghai, China. I major in Government with a potential focus on International Relations, and I am going to explore more courses offered by other departments, such as Philosophy, Psychology, and Computer Science. I am learning German, which I started since the first semester at Smith, and I plan to participate in the Junior Year Aboard Program in Hamburg. During my spare time, I watch a lot of movies, play jigsaw puzzles, and explore digital media softwares. My experience at Smith has changed me a lot. With the great freedom of choice, I learned to make decision for myself, to be bold enough to pursue my interests and express my opinions; with the accessible professors and friendly peer students, Smith is a home away from home that can not only provide me with a feeling of inclusiveness but also intellectually enrich and challenge me. But of course, the process of adapting to a new environment can never be lack of setbacks, which makes this experience even more meaningful and memorable. I can't wait to share my stories with you! Tell me your stories, concerns or ask me any question you may have at tzhu@smith.edu!