The InterConnect program seeks to support new international students with their cultural, social, and academic transition to Reed by matching them with a current Reedie. New students and their mentors will get to know each other through frequent individual meetings and a series of InterConnect events that will occur during the school year.
The InterConnect Team Ten outstanding mentors were selected this year and they all attended training sessions and workshops to prepare for the coming year. You can browse their profiles below.
InterConnect Mentors 2013-2014
Hi! I’m Patrick Artz and I am a graduate student in the MALS program here at Reed. I couldn’t be more excited to join the InterConnect team this year. I hope to share my local knowledge of the Portland area with you and I look forward to helping you make the most of your “Rose City” experience. I have a huge passion for the outdoors and travel of all sorts. Though I grew up right here in the Northwest, I have spent over seven years living and working abroad. In my spare time here at home I often go backpacking or camping, especially around the beautiful alpine lakes that surround Mt. Hood. When I’m a bit closer to campus I love going out to eat at one of the many (!) fantastic restaurants in Portland and frequenting other diversionary establishments (karaoke anyone?). My favorite place to hang out on campus is in the IMC (the Instructional Media Center). Here you can browse Reed’s great selection of films and documentaries or just kick back and get some reading done. I’m really looking forward to getting to know you this year and I hope to see you soon!
I'm Bernadette, History '14 from Santa Cruz, CA. Outside of reading for my courses, I spend time doing bad art projects, watching television, and thinking about pop culture and the internet. One thing I love most about Reed is the plethora of opportunities there are beyond just taking classes; being on as many email lists as possible, checking IRIS databases, signing up for Gray Fund events, and just generally paying attention to all of the great [also free or subsidized] things Reed wants to let you do has made my time here incredible. I studied abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia, had an invaluable experience. I learned a lot about the extreme highs and sometimes lows about living somewhere new and different. I would love to talk to anyone, especially about how to volunteer while being a Reedie, or finding places to study besides the library!
Hi! I'm Sarah, a rising sophomore from New Jersey hoping to major in Mathematics/Economics. After I graduated from high school, I took a year off: I spent the first half working as an au-pair in Madrid, Spain, and the second part of the year volunteering and traveling in Peru and after, around Europe. As you can probably tell, I'm a big fan of traveling--but I also love the outdoors (hiking, backpacking, biking, climbing, skiing etc.!), art, current events, math, and eating (to name a few). My favorite part of Reed is how passionate the student body is about a wide variety of subjects and causes. No matter how obscure your interests are, you're guaranteed to find another Reedie who either shares them, or is curious to learn more!
Hello! I'm Jodie from Korea, an Anthropology major and soon-to-be senior. The past few years of studying in the US has made me an expert packer and taught me to always ask for hot sauce. I'm constantly thinking about translation and the ways that people tell stories. I love the trees at Reed.
Hi! My name is Mateo, I’m from Bolivia and I’m a rising sophomore. I am a fan of horror novels, science, metal music and trace music. I am a huge fan of soccer, and I play it twice a week here at Reed. In my free time I am usually in Reed’s pool hall, because it is the perfect activity to do in between classes, and, as a physics major, I find it fascinating. Reed is a place where, no matter who you are, you will fit. The international community at Reed is amazing, and the support that Reed gives to international students is phenomenal.
My name is Chiara Packard and I am a rising Senior Sociology major. I grew up in Santa Fe, NM until I was 12, Venice, Italy until I was 16, and San Francisco, CA until the end of high school. Home is wherever my family is, which is currently in SF. My mom and dad are the most wonderful parents I could dream of and my brother is just pretty much awesome. Without my family and friends, I could not survive. They brighten my life, they laugh with me, cry with me, and help me become the person I want to be. In my spare time I love to sing, play piano and guitar, make movies, eat delicious food, read, explore Portland, watch movies with friends, and just hang out. I love Reed and I feel so lucky to be here. It is such an awesomely quirky place that has really helped me grow both intellectually and emotionally. I have no idea where I'm headed after college, but I guess I'll just have to wait and see ;)
Jason Thu Liu
Howdy! I am Jason Thu. I am from Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar), and a senior economics major. I am particularly interested in microeconomics and behavioral economics, and would like to know how people make their decisions and their choices in life! It is really interesting that people are such complex and interesting beings! Aside from my academic interest, I enjoy cursive writing, calligraphy, culture and literature in general, religious thought and theology. I play squash regularly and want to learn one or two more sports while I am at Reed. I am an InterConnect Mentor because I regard highly of mentorship. I have received great benefits from my mentors and I want to pass it on. I intend to help you overcome the initial obstacles and difficulties you might face as a first year international student and want you to have a great start projecting to a successful and fun life at Reed College!
Camila Medina Mora
Hi! My name is Camila and I'm a rising sophomore and potential theatre major. I'm from Mexico City, but I was living in London before coming to Reed and my family currently lives in Washington, DC. I love everything art related, especially photography! Also food and cooking. At Reed, I love working with the International Student Advisory Board planning fun events for our international community, getting involved in the theatre department productions and, from time to time, cooking brunch with my friends.
My name is Ajit Elhance and I will be a sophomore next fall. I am currently planning on being a biology or biochemistry major but I don’t really know yet. Outside of biology and chemistry I really enjoy learning about economics, psychology and the humanities. I am half Korean and half Indian but I was born in New York City and I lived in Kenya before coming to Reed. Things I like doing include reading, playing tennis, attempting to play the guitar, playing videogames, spinning poi and playing Ultimate Frisbee. I work in several the biology labs taking care of animals and I am a member of the Reed fire troupe. One of the many things I love about Reed is the potential to go farther with anything that holds your interest. If you put in the effort to do something, most people here will support you. All it takes is motivation.
Hello – I'm Kathi. Last fall I came to Reed on exchange from Berlin, GER, but liked it so much that I applied to transfer. Reed's openness and enthusiasm, and the support offered to new students were quite impressive to me – and I'd like to help you over some of the hurdles you might encounter in your first weeks here.
I'm majoring in American Studies and love Reed's wide choice in both courses and extracurriculars. I also like how dedicated and smart all my classmates are. I have yet to really get to know Portland – but I can direct you towards good ice cream. In my spare time I watch movies (Portland's movie theaters and film festivals are great), bake, explore Portland's restaurants and parks. I even like the rain.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Dana Lawson, Assistant Dean of International Students.