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2017 ISP Leaders


Aleice Goodman

Hello Class of 2021! My name is Aleice Goodman and I'm a rising junior from the sunny island of Eleuthera, The Bahamas. I am a biology major and I'm a sprinter and jumper on the Smith Track and Field Team. ISP was definitely one of the best and most memorable experiences I've had at Smith. It made me appreciate being a part of Smith's diverse and unique community and I'm so glad that I'll have the opportunity to experience this again with all of you! I'm really looking forward to meeting you all this fall!


Anuska Jain

Hello, class of 2021! My name is Anuska and I am a rising junior. I am from Kolkata/Mumbai, India. I am majoring in Economics and Psychology. And I live in Morrow House (West Quad). I am a part of EKTA (South Asian Students Association) and ISO (International Students Association) on campus. I hope to be a resource for you both during ISP and later in the semester as you get settled in. I cannot wait to meet you all this fall!


Asmita Gautam

Hi Class of 2021! I’m Asmita, and I am a rising sophomore majoring in Engineering (possibly Computer Science or Data Sciences as well). I’m from Nepal and I will be living in Chase House this year. I was the First-Year Representative for the International Student Organization last yearand I amthe Social Chair for this year. Iam also a Gold Key TourGuide. I’ve also been involved with Smith Kpop Dance Crew and Leading Ladies (Smith’s musical theatre group), so feel freeto ask me about these organisations too. I’m so excited to welcome you all to ISP! I had a blast during ISP last year, where I met some of my closest friendsand found a home at Smith. ISP means a lot to me and I hope that each one of you have the same kind ofexperience as I did. Please feel free to reach out about anything and everything!


Crystal Zang

I'm Crystal from Shanghai, China. I went to high school in Virginia for four years. I'm a rising sophomore and intend to major in Statistics & Data Sciences and minor in Biology. I'm a cabinet member of Asian Student Association (ASA) and Consulting Club and I would be glad to help you to get involve. I'm also a member of AEMES Early Research Program. Please don't hesitate to ask me any questions. I can't wait to meet you at ISP, to explore Smith and Northampton with you and mostly important to introduce you to more inspiring people! Welcome to Smith!

Dayana Bulchand

Hellooo Class of 2021! My name is Dayana, I use she/her pronouns and am a rising senior at Smith College. I was born in Singapore but have lived in Malaysia my entire life. At Smith, I live in Park house right by Paradise Pond (come visit me!) and am majoring in Economics and Psychology. I have been involved in various clubs and organizations at Smith including the Glee Club, Students Government Assisiation Senate and Smithies in Business. I love to socialize, go on adventures and am always ready to share my Smith pride! I am so excited to meet all of you and help you kick-start your journey at Smith. I empathize the hardships of traveling and living somewhere completely new especially being so far away from home, therefore I am very eager to help you feel at home and ease your transition into Smith well. Until then, hope you enjoy the gorgeous summer sun and if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email at dbulchand@smith.edu. See you soon!!



Farida Sabry

My name is Farida and I can't believe this is actually happening: I'm a senior!!! I'm from Alexandria, Egypt and I'm a huge nerd majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. On campus I'm the Tech and Design Chair for Smithies In CS, and an active member of the Middle East & North African Student Alliance (MENA). This is my third ISP and I keep selfishly coming back because I know the incredible enthusiasm and excitement of first-years is enough to push me through a whole year worth of stress! I can't wait to meet you all Class of 2021 and share all my wisdom about surviving Smith!



Helena Thompson

Hi! My name is Helena and I'm a rising Senior. I'm from London, UK, and I'm a Government major, History minor. This year I'm the President of the International Student Organization's cabinet, and I'm really looking forward to meeting you all soon! Feel free to reach me at hjthompson@smith.edu and welcome to Smith!



Hilda Nalwanga

Hi everyone! I am Hilda Nalwanga and was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda, but recently, my family moved to a small town outside of the city where people still really pay long visits to each other without setting up appointments, say "how are you doing "when they actually mean it, and give each other free food and gifts when it's not Christmas. On campus, I am one of the cultural chair of the Smith African and Caribbean Students' Association, I also work at the Lazarus Center for Career Development and the Library. I am excited to contribute in small way in enabling international find comfort and a home at Smith.


Lily Lee

Hello everyone! My name is Lily Lee and I am a Junior from South Korea, majoring in Government and Education & Child Study. I love teaching, serving others and spending time with children! I am actively involved in the mentoring programs at the Jandon Center (community service and engagement center). I am also part of the Student Government Association Curriculum Committee and Capen House Council. I am here to assist you and help you feel comfortable at Smith! As an international student, I have been in your shoes and I know exactly how it feels like to step into a new environment, so I hope I can alleviate some of your anxieties and concerns. If you have any questions feel free to email me at llee18@smith.edu :)


Mai Ngo

Hi!! I’m Mai from Vietnam. I’m a rising sophomore hoping to double major in Psychology and Computer Science. During my first year I was involved in house council and event organizing work with the Wellness department. Next year I’ll be one of the two co-chairs for the Vietnamese Students Association. You’ll also catch me working in the Community Service Office! My first year was definitely exciting as it was my first time abroad. However, Smith has been incredibly welcoming, and I’ve enjoyed learning in my classes and from the people I got to work with. ISP has provided me with a great source of support and I hope to make ISP 2017 a great experience for you. I can’t wait to get to know you all, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at mtngo@smith.edu


Qinqin Xu

Hi guys! I am Qinqin, a rising senior from China. I major in psychology and economics. A big part of my Smith life revolves around Christian faith; being part of the Christian fellowship in our campus, I got to engage in deep conversations, going through ups and downs with others and learn from each other’s trajectory. With its diverse curricula and awesome professors, Smith is a supportive and free place to explore and have a better understanding of the meanings of and truths in life. My passion towards counseling also prompts me to reach out to different people and get to know them personally, so I would LOVE to talk with you about any concerns or issues and let’s figure things out together!


Ruth Tekleab Mekbib

Hi Class of 2021! My name is Ruth and I am from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I am a rising junior majoring in Sociology with a minor in Economics. During my first year, I was the First Year Representative for ISO which helped me understand the vitality of international students to the general Smith community and how different events can help bridge the gap between international students and domestic students by sharing cultures. My ISP experience was simply amazing because I met so many wonderful people from all around the world and got to learn about their cultures while sharing my own. I hope your experience will be as meaningful and the friendships you make long-lasting. See you in August!


Simren Nagrath


Welcome to Smith, Class of 2021! My name is Simren Nagrath and I'm from Delhi, India. I'm a rising junior majoring in Comparative Literature with a potential minor in Economics. I have been a member of EKTA (South Asian Students Organisation) since my first year and this year I will be a part of the Student Ambassador Programme as well. ISP was very memorable for me as it was my introduction to Smith as an international student. Not only was it extremely enjoyable but it also made me value the international community at Smith. I hope to make it as fun and comfortable for you all as well. I look forward to getting to know you!



Starry Zhou

Hi class of 2021!! I am Starry Zhou, a rising sophomore. I'm from Wuhan, China and I plan to be an economics & statistics and data science double major. I am involved in Smithies in Business, Cheerleading and CISCO, a Chinese students’ organization on campus. I have grown and learned so much in my first year at Smith, and in fact, ISP was where all these great adventures started, so I really am passionate to share my experience with incoming international students! I can't wait to hang out with you and hear your great stories! See y'all in August - get pumped!


Vanessa Bethel


Hello Class of 2021, I am so happy to welcome you to Smith! I’m Vanessa, an Ada Comstock Scholar (a non-traditionally aged student), majoring in Sociology with Junior standing and I am from The Bahamas. Last year I was an incoming student and attended ISP, it was such an awesome experience! I am thrilled to be part of this year’s program. ISP is a great way to develop friendships and to get settled into your new life at Smith. All of the sessions are really helpful and important. I serve as a Senator in the Student Government and a liaison in the Sociology department. I’m excited to meet you all and I am happy to help you as you get acquainted with Smith and life in the US. Don’t hesitate to email me or speak to me during ISP and beyond!!