International Student Services

Division of Student Services

InterConnect Program

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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 2014-2015

Ha Nguyen

Ha Nguyen

I'm Ha, a pre-med Biochemistry senior. I grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam and have lived in Maine and Barcelona. I have been skateboarding and playing the guitar for about a half of my life. I also enjoy snowboarding, listening to music, road tripping/travelling, and learning about people from different cultures. I absolutely love Portland and usually stick around all year to study, do research internships, coach skateboarding and volunteer at a local hospital.

 

Delali Ayivor

Delali Ayivor

Hi! I'm Delali, a rising junior from Accra, Ghana (amongst other places). Aside from being Reed College's latest convert to the Anthropology department I'm an avid writer (of poetry, scripts, stories, essays, anything) as well as reader and re-reader. You can often see me bumpin' classic rap jams in Eliot Circle in my Subaru, baking delicious treats for the on-campus coffee shop the Paradox or studying fireside in the ETC.

I love Reed (especially the Canyon) and its many traditions and contradictions. I like to think I'm a friendly person; stop and say hi!

Lieh Vertuoso

Lieh Vertuoso

Hello! I'm Lieh, a rising sophomore from Brazil hoping to major in History.  I have lived in Brazil my entire life except for my year abroad in Winnipeg, Canada. I like listening to electronic music, playing sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball and recently ultimate frisbee) and absolutely love going out to eat. In my spare time I usually take naps and compulsively watch bad shows on Netflix. My favorite thing about Reed is that it is a safe place where I can freely explore my interests and passions knowing I will always have some kind of support.

Lazola Nyamakazi

Lazola Nyamakazi

Hi! My name is Laz and I’m a rising sophomore hoping to major in Economics. I am from East London, South Africa, but I completed my last three years of high school in Massachusetts. Besides relaxing on the beach, I love traveling, especially going to East Asia, learning languages and meeting new people. I especially love watching historical documentaries and learning about 20th century history. I am also a huge Michael Jackson fan! I think Portland is an amazing city because the people here are honestly the friendliest people I have met in my life. The city also has a very unique artistic scene and the food is amazing! My favorite part of Reed is how passionate the professors are about the courses they teach.

Ahyan Panjwani

Ahyan Panjwani

Hey! I’m Ahyan. I am from Karachi, a big port city in Pakistan. I’ll be declaring Math-Economics as my major later this year. I am super interested in social service work and this summer I will be working as a McGill Lawrence fellow to establish a public library in a slum area in Karachi. I want to learn computer programming but procrastination is a delight! I can also play some basic violin and would like to learn more while at Reed. As for reading interests, after going through Hum 110 I am on mission to read stuff by the grand masters like Dante, Voltaire, Marx, Khalil Gibran and more. It’s a daunting task but that’s what Humanities 110 does to you.  I am looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Paapa hMensa

Paapa hMensa

Hi! I’m Paapa hMensa, a senior Economics major born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. I have a bit of a thing for music, good food and conversation! My last 3 years have been spent bouncing between Accra, Portland and Pluto. Pluto’s pretty cold this time year.

 

 

Kathi Schwaiger

Kathi Schwaiger

Hi, my name is Kathi and I'm a rising senior American Studies major. I grew up in a small village close to the Bavarian Alps, but have spent some time in Paris, Montreal, and San Francisco, too. I studied in Berlin for two years before coming to Reed on exchange, and I liked it so much that I ended up staying. I'm a big fan of our dedicated professors, driven students, the beautiful campus (just wait until spring...), and the fantastic support system – I will probably bother you about how great ISS and the DoJo are. In my studies, I'm mostly interested in music and poetry, race and gender, and in the concept of “home.” Other than that, I like to watch movies and TV shows I'm too old for, play music, bake and make things, and write poetry. I also love the movie theaters, parks, and restaurants in Portland, and I'm looking forward to showing you around town.

Wyatt Heidenfelder

Wyatt Heidenfelder

Howdy! I'm Wyatt, I'm a senior Religion major from sunny San Diego, California. I'm really into music (I play a couple different instruments) and like to go to shows around Portland frequently. I also enjoy going to all of Portland's record stores and odd  antique shops to see what little oddities I can pick up. 


I like to eat out a lot and try all of Portland's diverse food establishments, and enjoy finding those secret gems with my friends which we go back to again and again. Though born in bred in the USA, my travels have left my heart in many countries.

Tashi Lama

Tashi Lama

Hello! I’m Tashi, a rising sophomore. I’m Tibetan and I grew up in Nepal until about 5 years ago when I moved to India. I attended Woodstock School, which is an international boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayas in India as well. I took a gap year during which I travelled to a lot of places in India and did volunteer work for obscure NGOs and took cool classes at different institutions. I love music and I play guitar. I’m a huge fan of soccer as well and I’m usually around whenever there’s a chance to play. I’m currently undecided in terms of my major, but that’s not nearly as stressful a prospect as I thought it would be; especially at Reed where everyone wants to learn everything, so there’s not a whole lot of pressure because you always end up finding so many things you could potentially pursue. It’s also an insanely cool place to be- the Reed campus and Portland in general- you meet so many cool people and come across so many interesting things. There really is something for everyone who cares enough to look.

Sasha Leitmann

Sasha Leitmann

Hello! My name is Sasha and I’ll be a junior next fall. After taking a motley assortment of classes and envisioning many false futures for myself, I’ve declared as an Art History major. Talk to me if you’re indecisive and I can help you get the most out of moving around in circles! I’m Japanese-American and have lived in Turkey, Brazil, Indonesia, and Washington, DC. I’ve found it really valuable to meet people from all around and can’t wait to get to know you all! Reed is a strange and good place and I’m happy to help you navigate its twists and turns (avoid the geese, take advantage of our human and electronic resources, etc…). I like free food, pseudoscience, learning about strangers on the internet, the silent movement of wet worms in the night, and am trying to learn how to code and play the piano. See y’all in a few months!

Questions?

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Dana Lawson, Assistant Dean of International Students.