Contact & Staff
ISO Program's Student Resource People
Though not substitutes for the team of upperclass students, who provide support during the Customs Orientation Program, the International Student Orientation (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.
smabraham [at] haverford.edu
Sarah Abraham ’23
Heyo! 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 junior majoring in Anthropology and International Studies (at Bryn Mawr). I'm part of the Mock Trial Team and a member of the Outskirts (the best a capella group on campus). Talk to me about horror movies, Bollywood, food and anything on TikTok. I'm excited to meet you!!
jknihs [at] haverford.edu
Julia Knihs ‘25
Hey everyone! My name's Julia (she/her), and I'm from Porto Alegre, Brazil! I am a part of the class of 2025 and (if everything works out) I will be a double major in Romance Languages and Mathematics with a minor in Statistics. Around campus, you may find me working on some math problems in the Problem Solving Group or grabbing a hot chocolate from the Library Cafe with my friends. I love playing The Sims 4, reading fantasy books, doing all possible versions of Wordle that I can find. Next year, I'm looking forward to spending my weekends in Philly and going to the several events that happen around campus (hopefully I will see you guys at James House!). The Haverford international community is an amazing group of people that has been my American family since day one, and I hope to do the same for you this next year. Welcome, friends!
skurra [at] haverford.edu
Samanyu Kurra ‘24
Hi all! I’m Samanyu (he/him) from Hyderabad, India. I’m a rising junior (Class of 2024) majoring in math and economics. On campus, I play for the Cricket team which is proudly the No.1 team in the country! (Well that’s because we are the only Varsity team in the United States). I am also involved with Haverford Microfinance Club which is a student group focused on learning about financial access for underserved communities. One of the engaging activities of the club is to provide small loans to budding entrepreneurs from around the world! I’m looking forward to a lot of conversations with you all about football, anything outdoorsy, stuff to do off-campus... Hope you guys have a great summer and are excited to join the Haverford community soon!
jli9 [at] haverford.edu
Nicole Li ‘24
Heyyy! I’m Nicole (丽佳涵), and I’m from Beijing, China. I will be starting my junior year as a psychology major and philosophy minor. ISSO has a special place in my heart, and this summer I get to be a part of it for the third time! On campus, I work as a tutor for the Writing Center (WC is a great service for writing essays and presentations); I’m also a research assistant for a psychology lab (we are studying how children learn about social categories); And I’m one of the leaders for Active Minds (a mental health advocacy club at Haverford). When I’m not doing all of those, I like to go on runs, toss frisbees, learn Kpop dances, and binge-watch sitcoms! I’m always on the lookout for friends to watch Arrested Development together. I can’t wait to meet all of you :)
klin1 [at] haverford.edu
Ken Lin ‘24
Hi Friends! I’m Ken Lin (林恳). I’m a rising junior from Beijing, China, majoring in Economics and Anthropology. At Haverford, I play for the Cricket team and absolutely enjoy practicing at the historic Cope Field after a long day of class. I also participate in the Economics Research Club and work at the Dining Center. Next year I’m looking forward to spending weekends at the museums and restaurants in Philly, going to the Sixers games with friends (hopefully with some of you!), and traveling with the cricket team for tournaments. I hope y’all celebrate the last bit of your high school and the summer. Welcome to Haverford!
pmengistu [at] haverford.edu
Petra Mengistu ‘24
Hey everyone! My name is Petra Mengistu, and I'm a rising junior from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, although I've lived in about five different countries. I have way too many academic interests but I've finally managed to narrow it down to an Astrophysics major, a Psychology and potentially Chemistry double minor, and a Scientific Computing Concentration. On campus, I work as a peer tutor at the Writing Center and as a TA (teaching assistant) for the Physics department, both of which have helped me meet so many wonderful people. In between shifts and classes, you'll probably see me marching dutifully to a nearby cafe, passed out on one of the Science Library couches (I'm working in my dreams, I promise), making tea in the Physics Lounge or on a Bridgerton worthy promenade with friends (or music!) to destress. I can't wait to meet all of you, and if you ever need anyone to talk to about literally anything, feel free to reach out!
vnandu [at] haverford.edu
Vedika Nandu ‘25
Hello everyone! My name is Vedika (she/her) and I am a rising sophomore from Mumbai, India. I have quite a few academic interests which is why I'm not too sure of my major – but I'm thinking of either Psychology, Mathematics or Economics and possibly a minor in Computer Science. On campus I work with SECS – a committee that organises college events. In my free time I enjoy baking, watching movies and drawing. ISO was an amazing experience for me and I hope you guys enjoy it as much!! Feel free to talk to me about literally anything that's on your mind :) Looking forward to seeing all of you!
asharma3 [at] haverford.edu
Anubhav Sharma ‘23
Namaste! I am Anubhav Sharma (he/him) from Nepal. I am a rising senior majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. For affinity groups, I co-lead the South Asian Society (SAS) and also serve on the board of International Students Association (ISA). On campus, I work in the Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA) as Advising Intern and as Teaching Assistant (TA) for different computer science courses. Currently, I am also a FLI student leader for the Chesick Scholars Program, class representative for the Honor Council, and on the Customs Committee. I have worked on some astrophysics and math research projects and also studied abroad (yes, study abroad within study abroad ^_^) last Fall. I love traveling and getting lost so you can find me in random places-- on campus, nature trail being very common! I grew up listening/watching Bollywood and playing board games. Happy to chat about any of these and many more! Welcome to Haverford! I look forward to meeting you and hearing your incredible stories:)
Selena She ‘23
Hi all! My name is Selena and I'm a rising senior from Shenzhen, China. My first-year ISO felt like yesterday, so I still can't believe that it's been four years! I double-major in Mathematics and Cognitive Science, so I love chatting and studying about the human mind. I take many interdisciplinary classes across the Tri-co, so I'd love to talk with you about all the resources in our consortium! Outside of academics, I run for the women's cross country & Track and Field team. You can also see me in events hosted by Women in STEM (WIS). I'm super excited to meet y'all this summer! Feel free to hit me up if you would like to run, hang, or drink coffee/boba together:)
ftotah [at] haverford.edu
Fadi Totah ‘24
Hey! My name is Fadi and I'm a rising Junior from Ramallah, Palestine. I am a Biology major and a Neuroscience and Psychology double minor. On campus, I work in the Admissions Office as an Admissions Office Fellow (AOF), and as a Biology Lab assistant in the Biology 200 Lab. I'm part of the International Student Association and the Pre-Health society on campus. I like to go into Ardmore or Philly on weekends to grab a bite or visit new places, and if I'm not doing that, I like to try out different recipes and ingredients. Feel free to reach out at any point with any questions and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone this fall!
muren [at] haverford.edu
Mariel U’Ren ‘25
Hey friends! I'm Mariel U'Ren (she/her) and am an Australian-American dual citizen, but I grew up on the Gold Coast in Australia. I'm a rising sophomore (Class of 2025) and a prospective anthropology and/or sociology major with a concentration in peace, justice and human rights. Outside of class, you'll find me reading (outside in the nicer months), watching movies, walking on the nature trail, and feeding my chai addiction at the library cafe! I am also the co-head of the Latin Dance Club and an Admissions Office Fellow on campus, so if you want to get involved, please reach out! My ISO experience was where I met some of my closest friends, and it has helped Haverford truly feel like a home away from home. I am so incredibly excited to be an ISRP this year so that I can help you all have just as wonderful an experience as I did. I can't wait to see you all soon!
xwang4 [at] haverford.edu
Sharon Wang ‘23
Hey friends! My name is Sharon and I'm from Shanghai, China. I am a rising senior majoring in Math and Computer Science. I was a research assistant in the computer science department and is now working as an intern data analyst. Besides academics, I am a part of the Sneetches (the Bi-Co women*s ultimate frisbee team), International Student Association and GCC. Ask me anything about them if you are interested! I love doing sports but I also enjoy cooking/baking with friends. When I'm on my own I like going out to take pictures or read with music on :) I'm looking forward to meeting y'all in August!
awarsame [at] haverford.edu
Adnan Warsame ‘25
Hey everyone! My name is Adnan Warsame and I’m from Mogadishu, Somalia. I’m in the class of 2025. Although I still haven't declared my major, I’m certain that it would be physics (I might be of help if you have any questions regarding this major). When I’m doing school work I prefer to do it in the Lutnick Library basement; its isolation is the reason I prefer it to any other place on campus for doing school-related work. When I’m not doing any school work, I will either be walking around campus with someone or in my room catching up on missed football matches—and NO! I call it football, not soccer. I also love watching MMA and playing video games.
jwei2 [at] haverford.edu
Jian Wei ‘24
Hello there! My name is Jian Wei (韦鉴). I am a rising junior from Hangzhou, China. I am double majoring in History at Haverford and Cities and Bryn Mawr. Aside from the academic stuff, I spend most of my time playing video games or reading. I also enjoy cooking for myself, if you want to try some Chinese cuisine, let me know! My work in history classes brought me to several different parts of Philadelphia, from the special collection reading room of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to the streets of Kensington and Juniata Park. If you want to explore the city, I am always glad to help! I hope you all can have a great summer. Welcome to Haverford College!