Contact & Staff
International Student Orientation (ISO) 2020
Student Resource People (ISRPs)
Though not substitutes for the team of upperclass students, who provide support during the Customs Orientation Program, the ISO Program's Student Resource People (ISRPs) are intended as support and an additional point of reference. Many ISRPs are also international students and past participants in ISO. Tasked with collaborating with other campus resources, ISRPs are available for one-on-one conversations, hold small workshops and conversations, and advocate for the needs of the ISO cohort within the larger Haverford community.
Sarah Abraham ‘23
Hey there! My name is Sarah Abraham and I'm from Bangalore, India, but I was born in Qatar and have lived in Brunei too! I am a rising sophomore and am thinking about majoring in International Studies (at Bryn Mawr) and Anthropology. Plus, I'm interested in the Peace, Justice and Human Rights concentration and the French minor. I'm a member of the Outskirts (the most wonderful a capella group on campus) and the Mock Trial Team. I'm also going to be living in the International House (or I-Domo) next year! My favourite movie genres include Bollywood movies, horror films and the entirety of the Fast and Furious franchise (including spinoffs). So far this year, I've been listening to a lot of Sammy Rae, Dua Lipa and Chika. Welcome to Haverford, I hope to see you in August!
Theo Bien ‘22
Hey everyone! My name is Theo Bien and I'm a rising Junior (Class of 2022). I'm American and Indonesian, but I grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. I just declared an interdisciplinary Physics major with visual studies and I'm doing the Accelerated Master’s program with UPenn in Mechanical Engineering. I also work with a Haverford professor on biophysics research and my goal is to eventually work in medical engineering! Outside of the classroom, I'm on club Crew which is a great way to meet new people and get off campus, I also lead/attend HavOC camping trips over the breaks! In my free time I love watching bad rom-coms and hosting silly events/parties with my friends. I can't wait to meet all of you and congrats on Haverford!
João Pedro Carvalho ‘22
Hello my darlings! I am João (He/Him), a fellow international student from Brazil! I am part of the class of 2022, and I am a double major in Mathematics and Linguistics (in this order haha). I live in I-Domo (International House, HCA 50), and I hope to see many of our events this coming year. I am also part of ALAS (Alliance of Latin American Students), and I am the Honor Council Librarian for this calendar year. Ask me anything about those things and also about jobs on campus (I have way too many of those)! I also love to talk about food, music and films, books, and very specific cultural references. Look forward to seeing all of you (hopefully in person) in August!
Noorie Chowdhury '21
I'm Noorie Chowdhury, a rising senior from Mumbai, India. I'm pursuing an independent major in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. On campus, I'm co-Vice President of Student's Council, a Programs Assistant at the Hurford Center for Arts and Humanities, and a Board Member of the International Student's Center. Over the past 2 years, I have served on a lot of committees and positions representing international students' voices and tackling issues related to diversity and inclusion on campus. I love traveling and exploring new places and ideas - I'm always up to go to talks, events and conferences both on and off campus - I know this might be harder given the current situation we find ourselves in, but I'd love to figure out new/safe ways to do that together! I'm currently one of the students living on campus too (as of summer 2020), and am more than happy to send you pictures/answer questions about life as an international student (during COVID-19, and otherwise) before ISO!
Alexandra Horkava '22
Ahoj (“hello” in Slovak) beautiful people, my name is Alexa (she/her/hers) and I'm from Slovakia. I'm a rising junior double majoring in Economics and Political Science and tentatively minoring in Statistics. Just like last year, I will be living in the International House (I-Domo), so I hope to see you all there during our food events! I am also a Co-Head of the International Students Association and I work at Phonathon, which is a fundraising campaign for Haverford (and it's also tons of fun! 100% recommend!). I ice skate with the Figure Skating Club every Friday and often go swimming to the Bryn Mawr pool. Talk to me about food, ice sports, the EU, your home countries and pretty much anything that comes up. Hopefully see you in August!
Trevor Esilu '21
Although we’re facing tough times with COVID-19,
We’ll work hard to give you an amazing ISO, even if it’s in quarantine.
ISO was such a great experience for me
That I had to do it again as an ISRP.
Some people call me Trevor and others call me T,
I don’t mind either one. I use them interchangeably.
So I’m originally from Uganda
But grew up in Botswana,
And I came here to study the flora and the fauna;
I’m a biology major,
Interested in wildlife and nature.
To chill, I listen to music, so Spotify is the savior.
I also hang with my friends,
Multicultural vibes are the expectation,
With a friend group so diverse, there’s always a need for celebration,
Whenever we meet up it’s like a mini United Nations.
One day, we will overcome this virus,
And finally come together on the Haverford campus,
So we're excited for the time that you all can join us
To come and get the Haverford experience in the US.
Rishabh Golchha ‘23
If you're wondering why this photo has me making weird facial expressions, its because my constant need to avoid being photographed has finally bit me in the ass. Hey guys! I'm Rishabh Golchha (he/him) and I'm a rising sophomore from Bangalore, India. My academic interests span Math, Economics, Political Science, and Environmental Studies. On-campus, I work as a gallery liaison at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. I'm also a member of the Haverford Committee for Environmental Responsibility and Haverford Microfinance and Impact Investing Initiative. This year, I will be a co-head of the Ehaus (an environmental house that hosts bi-weekly community dinners in HCA 14 - so stop by!). I absolutely love food (even maintain a blog), so let me know if you ever need recommendations. Welcome to Haverford, and see you soon!
Iryna Khovryak '22
Hi guys, I'm Iryna and I am a rising junior from Lviv, Ukraine. I'm majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Statistics. On campus, I am usually involved in STEM events, CS hackathons, and everything that Haverford Innovation Platform, Havercode, and CS department has to offer. I work as a Web Developer for Haverford Libraries and as a Lab Monitor for Comp Sci courses, and I like to play intramural tennis. I enjoy literally any activity which has some good atmosphere to it: either it's just great people, great food, trips to huge cities or small local towns, concerts, beaches, simple get-togethers - you name it. So, if you ever want to hang out outside of campus (or on campus as well), you know who'd be down :) By being an ISRP this year, I hope to not only become your bridge for transitioning into new culture and college but also to create long-lasting connections and meaningful friendships, so can't wait to see you all on campus!
Anastasia Kozitskaia '22
Hi everyone! My name is Anastasia Kozitskaya, and I'm from Volgograd, Russia. I am a rising junior, pursuing a major in Sociology with an intended minor in International Studies. On campus, I work at the Bookstore, COOP (a little coffee shop, you'll be there a lot!), and HCAH (Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities that hosts a lot of cool gallery openings and speakers). I am also a member of the Haverford Mock Trial team – a competition in which students simulate a real trial. I used to be a PAF (Peer Awareness Facilitator), so please reach out to me with any questions you have about Customs or really anything about Hav. This is going to be my second year as an ISRP, and I've met so many wonderful people through this program – I hope you will too! I am so excited to meet all of you and get to know you better! Welcome to Haverford :)
Claudia Ojeda Rexach ‘21
Hello friends! My name is Claudia Ojeda Rexach and I come from Guaynabo Puerto Rico. I am a rising senior majoring in History with a Latin American, Iberian, and Latino/a studies concentration. My interests center on Hispanic Caribbean history, surveillance studies, memory studies, and history of social revolutions. At Haverford, you can find me in the library or in the Admissions Office, since that is where I work. I am also heavily involved with the Alliance for Latin American Students and Latinx life on campus and have served in a couple of committees and help elected positions on campus. ISO holds a special place in my heart and was one of my favorite experiences to date at Haverford. I met so many wonderful people and have fond memories like dancing to traditional music from people's countries, talking about our expectations for college, and generally just having fun. I am super excited to get to know y'all over the course of the next year!!
Loui Othman '21
My name is Loui Othman 2021, I am a rising senior, a Biology major, and a Neuroscience minor. I came all the way from Palestine. I am a dual citizen of the US and Palestine; I went to a Quaker school for high school and I completed the International Baccalaureate program. Ask me about the Middle East North Africa Club, International Student Association Club, Quaker affairs office, doing biology research, pre-med, science, and series recommendations. I mostly listen to Pop and EDM but I always try different music styles so please feel free to tell me more about your music taste. I also tutor Arabic in Haverford, I am an intern at the office of Quaker affairs, and one of the Heads of MENA and Co-Head of ISA. I am doing Microbial Evolution and Ecology research this summer and during the year. I am super excited to meet all of you guys.
Samuel Tan ‘23
Hey, I am Sam, a rising sophomore from Singapore. Having grown up in an extremely urban environment for my entire life, I was caught off-guard by the suburban environment where Haverford is situated. However, I have fallen deeply in love with the cute, quaint shops that line the Main Line as well as the peaceful walks to the local Wawa convenience store. Other than working on my homework, I personally enjoy making trips into Philly and just doing fun stuff off-campus. I have biked half an hour to get Popeye's Chicken, ice-skated on the rink just outside of our campus, hiked at mountains in Northern Pennsylvania, done rock-climbing, etc. There are just so many things that we can do at Haverford, and I strongly encourage all of you to go and try out these fun things!
Çiçek Yavuz '22
My name is Çiçek (pronounced chi - check) and I am from Bodrum, Turkey. I am pursuing a major in philosophy at Haverford and possibly another major (or minor) in cognitive science at Swarthmore. On campus, I like singing glorious renaissance music in the Chorale, hanging out with friends at the philosophy lounge while collectively pondering how we can fill the last page of our final papers without sounding too desperate, and practicing my Debussy preludes in the piano rooms. I am weirdly involved in the Tri-Co- you can find me eating almost every day at New Dorm in Bryn Mawr or exploring the quirky music library at Swarthmore. I am also very happily involved in international student events at Haverford and I am very excited to meet everyone this fall!
Yanyu Zhao ‘21
Hi everyone! My name is Yanyu Zhao, and I am a rising senior from Dalian, China! It's a costal city in northeast China. I am a chemistry major with biochem concentration, so you will easily find me somewhere inside KINSC, the science building. I am a part of the GCC. Besides, I am a huge cat person and a lover of fluffiness! I am also a foodie so definitely down for a chill Friday night with some good food! Can't wait to meet you all!
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