Contact & Staff
International Student Orientation (ISO) 2017
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.
ANN-VICTORIA (VICKY) ISAAC '18
Chemistry, Biochemistry, Health Studies, Pre-Med
Hi guys! My name is Vicky Isaac, and I am a rising senior at Haverford. I am originally from Haiti and speak 3 languages (French, Haitian Creole and English). At Haverford, I am majoring in Chemistry with a biochemistry concentration and a minor in Health studies while on the pre-med track. When I am not busy studying in the science library or doing research in Professor Karin Akerfeldt's lab in the Chemistry Department, you can find me practicing my not-so- good piano skills, lounging in the grass in front of Founders, or exploring the different restaurants around campus. Feel free to add me on Facebook: Ann-Victoria Isaac.
SABEA EVANS '18
Linguistics, Religion, Africana Studies
Hi, I'm Sabea! I'm a rising senior at Haverford College from Bronx, N.Y. with a Linguistics major, Religion minor and concentration in Africana Studies. I've played Ultimate Frisbee with the Sneetches, co-headed Black Students League (BSL), and have been a Peer Awareness Facilitator (PAF) for Customs. I'm going into my third year living in Quaker House and in the fall semester, I will be an Ambassador for Multicultural Awareness (AMA), an ISRP, a Community Outreach Multicultural Liaison, a friendly face at BSL, and turning in my thesis. My Facebook is Sabea Kyshé Evans. Come find me if you want a good hug, some baked goods, or a dope Spotify playlist!
SHU MIN HE '19
My name is Shu Min He and my major is anthropology. I grew up in a rural part of China and moved to the United States around age 13. I claim myself to be a 1.5 generation immigrant and I hold dearly onto my immigrant identity. I have lived in New York City ever since I came to the States, and I love exploring the city as much as Philly. Haverford College offers the best geographic location for me, as I can both enjoy the campus' nature as well as the city space that is half an hour away by train. I have two jobs on campus, one as the circulation desk worker at Magill library, and another as the E-newsletter editor at Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC). In addition to working, I am involved with the Quest Chapter on campus and I look forward to being the co-ambassador in this upcoming school year. I am proud to be a member of the Pan Asian Resource Center (PARC), as in the past year, I fought alongside a few other students to bring this crucial space to campus. I'd like to note that I am passionate about studying languages, especially Chinese and Spanish. Last but not least, I am obsessed about dogs and you can easily see me running after dogs on campus!
RIDDHI PANCHAL '19
I was born and raised in Mumbai, India. I lived there for 18 years before coming to college. In addition to this, I have spent a summer abroad in Cambridge, UK and have traveled extensively. ISO last year not only introduced me to an incredible range of people that I could relate to, it also helped me build valuable connections. I was placed on a customs hall that had no international students and although I thoroughly enjoyed my first year, I longed for people that shared the same experiences as me. Mentoring international students and being part of such a diverse, close-knit group is what's bringing me back this year.
ARNAV PATODIA '20
Hi everyone and congrats on your acceptance to Haverford!! My name is Arnav Patodia and I am a rising sophomore, having just finished a fantastic year at college. I am from Kochi, India, but I have studied in Singapore for 4 years in UWCSEA. I plan on majoring in economics, with a minor in psychology. With a business interest, I am involved in the Investment Guru's club. I am a huge sports fan, with major adoration for tennis, football (now called soccer in the US L), formula 1 and table tennis!! Besides being part of the tennis team, during my free time, I try to relax and hang out with friends as well as engage in some intense table tennis duels! ISRP really helped me settle into the college and I am really looking forward to doing the same for you! Feel free to reach me at email@example.com, or you can contact me on Facebook (Arnav Patodia). Looking forward to meeting you all!!
AHMED ISHTIAQUE '20
Hello there! My name is Ishtiaque and I am a rising sophomore from Bangladesh! For those of you who don't know, It's a small but beautiful country in Southeast Asia. My primary interest of study at Haverford is computer science, but I am very much interested in psychology, linguistics, and, lately, music, even though I haven't taken a course in the last field yet. Apart from my studies, I work at the IITS (I'm actually working there during the summer) and am a system administrator in our computer science lab in Hilles! Whenever I am not napping in my room, I listen to (A LOT OF) music, hangout with my friends, take long walks in the nature trail and the neighborhood, play table tennis and basketball (I'm fairly amateur in both of them) or keep myself busy searching for new quiet spots to study in! This is my first time being an ISRP and I am so excited to meet all of you! You can add me on Facebook ( fb.me/ahmed.ishtiaque09 ) or shoot an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, want to get some early (can be subjective) insiders on what Haverford's like or just want a chill conversation with me! See you in late August!
ALEX BERNAS '20
The Philippines, United States
Hi everyone! My name is Alex Bernas, and I am Filipino. I grew up in the Philippines all my life. During my first year at Haverford, I played with autumn leaves, built a snowman, and saw cherry blossoms for the first time! I am still in awe of experiencing the four seasons. I am a rising sophomore, and most likely to declare a music major (vocal performance, soprano) while also taking the recommended courses for the pre-Health track. At Haverford, I am part of Chorale and Martial Arts Alliance. Occasionally, I join Honor Council's weekly Honor Code discussions. Adjusting to life in a new country is a unique challenge, but as an ISRP, I am here to guide you in that journey. If you have any questions before ISO (or if you just want an instant HaverFriend), add me on Facebook. Cherish the lasts of high school and summer, and get excited for life at Haverford. See you all soon!
KARLA GARCIA '20
Puerto Rico, United States
Hey guys! My name's Karla Sofía García and I'm a rising sophomore from Caguas, Puerto Rico. To tell you a little bit about myself, I'm really into music, poetry, and space. I'm leaning towards a Computer Science major, but am also very interested in Astrophysics. Being at Haverford has motivated me to grow and learn, so during the summer, apart from working, I'm (re)learning to play the piano and studying physics/math. This is my first year as an ISRP so I'm super excited to meet all of you! I work on campus as a Spanish tutor, a phonathon caller, and a babysitter (which is a work-out); but I love being outside and running around and dancing, so you'll probably see me last at a party until the end. I also work for the Student-run Hotline of the Women*s Center and am the Secretary/Women*s Center Liaison for Women In Stem (W.I.S.). Lastly, snow is really cool if you've never seen it, but experiencing spring afterwards is simply incredible. Have a great rest of your summer and you can always contact me at email@example.com!
VICTORIA MERINO '20
Biology, Neuroscience, French
I was born in Mexico City, but have moved around from country to country since I was young because of my father's job as an international engineer. I have lived in different parts of Mexico, Colombia, Italy, France, and now the US. Before coming to Haverford, I took a gap year in France and lived in Grenoble and Lyon. My opportunity to assimilate and learn about many different cultures and have connections to people from all over is something that I ‘m excited to bring into ISO. I participated in ISO last year as an International First-Year student. ISO is what has shaped my entire First-Year experience at Haverford. It was so impressive to me to meet people from all over the world with so many different stories to tell. So much so that a large percentage of my friends, who have become my college family, are the people I met at ISO.
International Student Resource Persons (ISRPs)
Alex Bernas '19
Hi everyone! My name is Alex Bernas, and I am Filipino rising sophomore. I’ll probably declare a music major (vocal performance, soprano) while also taking the recommended courses for the pre-Health track. Adjusting to life in a new country is a unique challenge, but as an ISRP, I am here to guide you in that journey. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Lu Chen '17
Hi! My name is Lu. I am a rising senior biology major with a health studies minor. I was born in Fuzhou, China but my family and I now live in New Jersey. This is my third and final summer as an ISRP, which makes me a little sad, but still very excited to meet you all at the end of the summer at ISO. I’m here if you have any questions or just want to talk!
Ana Colón Garcia '17
Hi! My name is Ana Colón García and I am a rising senior at Haverford from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. I am anthropology major, and also work for our lovely student-run café in Lunt basement. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about what to bring or what to expect. Have a great summer!
Bereket Gebregziabher '18
Hi! My name is Bereket Gebregziabher and I'm a rising junior. I am going to be chemistry major, with a possible minor in politics. I am from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and spent all of my life there before coming to Haverford. This will be my third year participating in ISO and I am very excited to meet and befriend everyone.
Maëlys Glück '19
Hello and congratulations to all of you on your acceptance to Haverford! My name is Maëlys Glück, I’m a rising sophomore, I’m from Paris but I'm also Vietnamese and Austrian. I'm currently a French tutor (but not through Haverford) and most of the time you’ll find me hanging out with friends (most of whom are other international students). You can contact me if you have any questions or just want to chat about life.
Shayan Hashemi '19
Hi everyone! My name is Shayan Hashemi and I am a rising sophomore at Haverford. To tell you a little about myself, I was born and raised in Iran, and I moved to England for the last two years of high school. At Haverford, I am biology and fine arts double major and I am hoping to attend medical school after graduating. I am very excited to meet you all in August!
Ann-Victoria Isaac '18
Hi guys! My name is Ann-Victoria Isaac (Vicky). I am a rising junior at Haverford. I am originally from Haiti and I speak 3 languages (French, Haitian Creole and English). At Haverford, I am majoring in chemistry, French with a biochemistry concentration and while on the pre-med (health studies) track. I am so excited to meet you guys at ISO.
Xiwen Jia '19
Hi, friends! My name is Xiwen Jia and I am a rising sophomore, potentially a chemistry or biology major with a biochemistry concentration. I am from Guangzhou, China and spent most of my life there before coming to Haverford. I am currently a member of the KINSC (Integrated Natural Science Center) Student Advisory Committee and an intern in the Haverford Woman’s Center. Have a great summer and see you all soon.
Matthew Liu '18
Hey there. My name is Matthew Liu, and I’m a rising junior. I was born in Texas, but lived most of my life in Hong Kong. I used to be your typical teenager - who enjoyed playing computer games and hanging out with friends - however, after coming to Haverford, I became a man. In the fall I will teach you guys how to be like me! See you guys soon.
Luba Mendelevich '19
Hi, dear International Students! My name is Luba Mendelevich. I am a rising sophomore from Moscow, Russia. I am a prospective anthropology and film major. Next year I am going to be a co-president of James House, which is an arts house here on campus. I am very excited to get to know all of you! Please, feel free to reach out to me at any time with any questions or concerns.
Lynnet Odhiambo '19
Hi! My name is Lynnet Akinyi Odhiambo, but most people call me Lynn, and I’m a rising sophomore. I’m an international student from Kenya. I intend to major in math and minor in economics (I’m still not sure though). You can easily identify me on campus the moment I smile because I have a beautiful wide gap between my front teeth. I am so excited to get to know all of you. Hope to see you soon. :-)
Riddhi Panchal '19
Hello everyone! Congratulations on your acceptance to Haverford’s Class of 2020! My name is Riddhi Panchal and I am an international student from Mumbai, India. I am currently a rising sophomore who is planning on majoring of economics (with a possible concentration in math?). Feel free to reach out to me.
Ishaan Prinz '18
Hi! I'm Ishaan. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts with German and Indian roots and have lived abroad in Germany, India and Singapore before coming to college in the U.S. I'm majoring in psychology and am also interested in economics and neuroscience. I look forward to getting to know you all and helping make the transition to college as easy and fun as possible!
Carlos Vergne '17
What’s up! My name is Carlos Vergne and I’m a rising senior at Haverford. I am from San Juan, Puerto Rico and my hobbies are playing soccer and making movies. When I am not busy writing papers, I am usually hanging out with other international students. I am excited to meet you all next fall semester.
Katiana Rufino '17
Hi, my name is Katiana Rufino and I am a rising senior at Haverford from the Bronx, New York. I am chemistry major and potentially a psychology minor. Throughout my time at Haverford I have been active with my Questbridge Chapter, Haverford Flourish: Multicultural Scholars Program (M.S.P.), and the Mentoring and Student Teaching program (M.A.S.T.). I’m so excited to meet all of you.
Ioannis K Rutledge '18
Hello wonderful international students! My name is Ioannis Rutledge and I am a Greek-American. I was born and raised in a small town named Kavala in northern Greece. I am a rising junior, and I am mathematics and economics double major, with a minor in statistics. This is going to be my second year as an ISRP and as an ISO student myself, I can’t hide my anticipation and I am thrilled to be meeting you all in August!
Rachel Xiao '17
Hi! My name is Rachel Xiao and I am a rising senior from Beijing, China. I am an English major at Haverford and a co-head of The Haverford Review, an arts and literary magazine on campus. I’ve also been pretty involved in the Customs Program at Haverford in the past, and I am really excited about welcoming new students to the school and community. If you have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to reach out to me!
William Zhu '19
Hi friends! My name is William Zhu from Ningbo, China. I am a rising sophomore. I am currently planning to major in philosophy, but who knows what might happen next year. I work for audio visual and hang out with friends. Trust me: ISO will be one of your best experiences in your freshman year. You will have fun meeting super nice people and doing crazy stuffs. I can’t wait to meet you all and learn about your passion and interest. Enjoy your summer, and get pumped for the Haverford experience!
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