International Student Profiles

Kelly Jung

What is your favorite thing about Haverford?

Because there are not too many international students, I feel we are more bonded as a group and it pushes people out of a shell in certain sense. Also, people at Haverford are generally very sensitive when speaking of culture, so it's always fun to talk more about my background with others.

Why is Haverford a great place for international students?

Because there are not too many international students, I feel we are more bonded as a group, and it pushes people out of a shell in certain sense. Also, people at Haverford are generally very sensitive when speaking of culture, so it's always fun to talk more about my background with others.

What do you do outside of academics?

I work at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, and I love it very much. I'm also an intern at 8th Dimension, and I write for the Bi-Co news. Besides that, I love to cook in the apartments with my suite mates.

What offices have you utilized on campus and how have they helped you?

The Writing Center has been very helpful. I had a writing partner last semester, and weekly meetings with him really gave me a better understanding of college level writing.

Kelly Jung

Hometown: Seoul, Korea
Major: Political Science and/or Philosophy


Romi Laskin

What is your favorite thing about Haverford?

The community! I have never before been surrounded by such fun, interesting, kind, talented and dedicated peers. Students here strike an amazing balance between academics, extra-curriculars, and social life, which I think is really rare.

Why is Haverford a great place for international students?

Haverford has a vibrant community of international students, but at the same time, international students are integrated into the rest of the school. For example, last year I lived in a community house called International House, which was half international students (hailing from China, Germany, France, Spain, and Canada), and half American students. This means that there are other international students to hang out with when you are missing home, but that it is also super easy to make great American friends.

What do you do outside of academics?

I have been involved with the Peer Awareness Program in Customs, play on the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team, work for the Dean's Office, and volunteer with an organization called Books through Bars which sends books to people who are incarcerated.

What offices have you utilized on campus and how have they helped you?

The Study Abroad Office helped me with my decision to study abroad in Hyderabad, India. I often use the Writing Center, which helps me edit my papers, and I have used the CCPA to help me craft resumes and cover letters. I also have participated in events put on by the Women’s Center, Eighth Dimension, Student's Council, and the Office for Student Activities.

Romi Laskin

Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
Major: Psychology


Debbie Leter

What is your favorite thing about Haverford?

My favorite part about Haverford would have to be the students, particularly the community of socially conscious and active students who care about impacting the world in a positive way. I am grateful for this community of students, and love knowing that if I want to work on a project related to any sort of social issue, I would find students interested in working on it with me. I also like that class discussions can be so engaging—and, once again, this is for the most part thanks to the students who have such interesting things to contribute and are open to engaging intellectually with one another.

Why is Haverford a great place for international students?

Because Haverford is such a small school and the community is so tight-knit, it is easy to make friends and find a group of people who you will click with. This is especially great if you are an international student and your family and friends are so far away—knowing that you have a great group of friends to rely on at Haverford makes being far from home easier. Another great part about being an international student at Haverford is that you get to contribute to the cultural diversity of the student body, and share your experiences living abroad with curious Haverfordians! Also, professors and deans are so helpful and ready to help if students, particularly international, need anything, and it's great to know that there is a support network there if you need assistance on academic, administrative, or other levels.

What do you do outside of academics?

I love drawing, which I do whenever I can take a break from studying, and taking pictures, which I do both for fun and for campus papers and various departments. I have also been pretty involved with teaching and tutoring initiatives at Haverford, including a tutoring program called Mentoring and Student Tutoring (MAST) on campus, which has really impacted me. Other than that, I love getting off campus from time to time and exploring Philly!

What offices have you utilized on campus and how have they helped you?

I actually have not used any on campus offices yet, which I probably should have done and should do in the future! Haverford has lots of great resources that international and other students can take advantage of.

Debbie Leter

Hometown: Paris, France
Major: Anthropology, with a concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights


Cecilia Li

What is your favorite thing about Haverford?

Close-knit community and people.

Why is Haverford a great place for international students?

My favorite thing about Haverford is that people are really self-disciplined. We have free printing on campus, but no one is overusing the printing machine and wasting paper. We have take-home and self-scheduled exams, but few of us violate the rules. And if you do violate the rules, the Honor Council, which "operates on the principles of education, accountability, and restoration," will ensure that justice is served based on the seriousness of each case. We live in a Haverbubble, where we enjoy being a member of a utopia.

What do you do outside of academics?

I take part in different community service work conducted by Eighth Dimension and participate in organizing dance parties for students through the Special Events Committee. I am also an active member in two academic clubs about Finance and Microfinance. In my spare time, I love to go to talks, concerts, and exhibitions that I am interested in.

What offices have you utilized on campus and how have they helped you?

I am now an intern at the Office of Academic Resources (OAR) and there is no doubt that the OAR is one of the offices that helped me to succeed academically as a freshman and as an international student. I enhanced my time management ability, reading skills, and Excel skills through attending workshops at the OAR. The Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA) is another very informational and helpful office that offered me a tremendous amount of advice in résumé and cover letter writing, and offered me different opportunities in networking and internship finding.

Cecilia Li

Hometown: Shenzhen, China
Major: Economic, Statistics minor


Gillian Miswardi

What is your favorite thing about Haverford?

I love the small close-knit feel of the Haverford community.

Why is Haverford a great place for international students?

Haverford is a community of intelligent, friendly, and kind-hearted people. I've grown in so many ways, beyond just academics, through my interactions with the people here. Also, Haverford's International Student Orientation and Customs was where I met some of my closest friends!

What do you do outside of academics?

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has "pay what you wish" admission on the first Sunday of the month and every Wednesday after 5 p.m. so I try to go there at least once a month. The Bryn Mawr Film Institute is a hidden gem. They have great films!

What offices have you utilized on campus and how have they helped you?

I use the Writing Center—it's a great way to get feedback on my papers! The Office of Academic Resources is also a great place to learn about college life and Haverford's academic demands. After my freshman year, I participated in a summer research program in Indonesia funded by the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. It was a fantastic opportunity to develop my social science research skills.

Gillian Miswardi

Hometown: Singapore
Major: Anthropology


Peco Myint

What is your favorite thing about Haverford?

The Honor Code!

Why is Haverford a great place for international students?

Haverford's supporting atmosphere is amazing. It not only helps me grow as a scientist, but also provides many research/internship opportunities and support in any aspect of student life.

What do you do outside of academics?

I participate in cultural shows, and the events organized by the International Student Association (ISA). I also teach general science to middle school kids through the MAST program.

What offices have you utilized on campus and how have they helped you?

The Writing Center, Office of Academic Resources (OAR), Mathematics question center, Physics question center and of course, professors' office hours (my favorite)!

Peco Myint

Hometown: Mandalay, Myanmar
Major: Physics


Yoshi Nomura

What is your favorite thing about Haverford?

Close-knit community and people.

Why is Haverford a great place for international students?

Haverford is great place for international students because your experience is not getting out of your comfort zone, but it is to EXPAND your comfort zone.

To study in America is scary and hard, because the language, food, people, environment, culture... everything is different. It is similar to diving into the vast ocean. You cannot breathe and walk, but you have to manage it somehow, which is really overwhelming and exhausting.

However, Haverford is different from any other place. Haverford puts so much emphasis on trusting each other and having the close-knit community, so to be at Haverford is very comfortable regardless of your background. Therefore, even though there are some challenges and hardships, you can definitely manage them.

For international students, Haverford will be your second home, and people you will meet here will be your family. Haverford is where you can expand your comfort zone without feeling suffocated by a different culture.

What do you do outside of academics?

Now I am a co-chair of the Japanese side of Harvard’s summer school program in Tokyo, which is called H-LAB. The main theme of the program is what is the liberal arts education. Through liberal arts education, we aim at helping Japanese high school students figure out their best academic career.

Also, I am writing a Japanese blog about my experience at Haverford because I want people in Japan to know more about what life at an American liberal arts college is like.

What offices have you utilized on campus and how have they helped you?

I utilize the Writing Center a lot. The professors and assistants here are really kind and helpful. Furthermore, you can walk in without any appointment if someone is available.

Yoshi Nomura

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Major: Undecided


Tiantong (Alex) Wang

What is your favorite thing about Haverford?

Its size, small enough to build individual connections with people from around the world.

Why is Haverford a great place for international students?

I believe Haverford College is a great place for international students because of the ample academic resources and the culturally welcoming environment.

What do you do outside of academics?

I like outdoor activities such as hiking and rock climbing, and I also play the cello.

What offices have you utilized on campus and how have they helped you?

I use the Writing Center and the Calculus Resource Center (CRC) a lot: the Writing Center helps me with both personal and academic essays and the CRC helps me to solve the most difficult problem in the homework set.

Tiantong (Alex) Wang

Hometown: Shenzhen, China
Major: Mathematics, Growth and Structure of Cities minor