International Student Services

Division of Student Life

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.

Apply to be an InterConnect Mentor

InterConnect Mentors 2020-21

Aleina Aliwarga

Aleina
Hey! I’m Aleina and I come from Jakarta, Indonesia (yes, traffic and loud noises are no stranger to me). I’m a sophomore Economics major & Spanish minor, and I enjoy playing piano and guitar, arts & crafts, gardening and badminton. I am very passionate about the environment and one of the aspects I love about Reed is its picturesque campus – I especially love the view from the canyon bridge. As a freshman, the Interconnect program was very beneficial for me, and I’m looking forward to working with this program and welcoming you all to the Reed community. This is my first time living in a foreign country, so I know that feeling of uncertainty very well. But there’s nothing to worry about! I know that my terrible sense of humor will be a valuable asset in easing your transition here :)

Inés Anleu

Ines

Hi y’all! I’m Inés, I’m a rising Junior majoring in Studio Art. I’m from Guatemala City, a beautiful city filled with beautiful people that I'm proud to call home. Portland, my second home, was the first new city I moved into, but since then, I’ve also had the chance to live in Paris where I spent three months perfecting my French. In my free time I enjoy creating art, listening to music, and cooking (eating). I’m a big fan of collecting vinyl, riding the bus around Portland, and covering my favorite songs on guitar.

Portland is a marvelous city, and I’m super super excited to show it to you guys come fall! Hasta muy pronto :)

Aditya Gadkari

Aditya

Hi! I am Aditya, a sophomore economics major from Pune, India. I am interested in international policy, especially around topics of equity, environment and decolonization. In my free time, I love playing sports- climbing, rugby, frisbee, the list goes on. I love the outdoors, especially the mountains. When I am not running around or working, you might find me in some cafe or watching a movie with friends.I am really looking forward to meeting all of you and help you find your feet at Reed. Feel free to reach out to me as I enjoy random conversations with my coffee. See you soon.

 

David Gehlke

David

Hey everyone! My name is David Gehlke, I’m a rising junior ICPS (International Comparative Policy Studies, for those of you not yet familiar with all of the Reed lingo) major with a focus on international relations. I’m originally from California but moved to France when I was ten and went to boarding school in England for five years. I’m interested in literature and movies, I enjoy spending time outdoors when the weather permits, playing squash, and cooking (but mostly for the eating that comes afterwards). I’m looking forward to meeting you all and hope that you’ll enjoy the international student orientation as much as I did!

Anoushka Goenka

Anoushka

Hi! I’m Anoushka, a rising sophomore majoring in Economics. I was born and raised in Bangalore, a beautiful city known for its food and work ethic in India, and so naturally I am a foodie. I also enjoy swimming, traveling, watching horror movies, and discussing conspiracy theories. I aspire to be a corporate lawyer and the intersection of political science and economics is what fascinates me. I applied to Reed as an Early Decision candidate without ever having seen it before and so I understand how intimidating the thought of adapting to a new place must be. However, I assure you that Reed has a very supportive community and that you are going to be just fine! Last year, I met some of my best friends at International Student Orientation, and it was a great Introduction to life at Reed. I look forward to meeting you all and hope that you find this experience as fruitful as I did.

Hunter Jin

Jiarong

Hello! I am Hunter. I am a rising sophomore intending to major in Philosophy. Born and raised in Beijing, China, I have spent the last four years of my life studying at a boarding school in Massachusetts. I am a jack of all trades (master of none, of course), dabbling in photography, music composition, and poetry quite a bit, but have yet to discover my true artistic talent. I also enjoy a few sports including squash, cross country running, and alpine skiing. I am a particularly nostalgic person, which probably explains why I appreciate Portland’s misty rains so much. I have been on all sorts of peculiar adventures, so don’t hesitate to share your stories with me! I am looking forward to meeting you all!

Antonio Kim

Shulav

My name is Antonio and I am a Junior ICPS-History Major. I am from California, however, I spent the majority of my earlier years in Gwangju, South Korea. I am a HUGE fan of clam chowder (New England style, of course) and enjoy going to the arcade to play Pump It Up, a dancing game. Also, I love playing golf; conveniently the golf course is located right next to campus. I would like to think that I am an approachable guy, so feel free to ask me about anything Reed related. If I really like you, I will go get Yi Fang Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea with you, if not, we will only be on speaking terms. All jokes aside, I hope to get to know everyone well and make your transition to Reed as smooth as possible.

Katy Shi

Katy

Hello! My name is Katy and I’m a rising junior Economics major from Kansas, though my childhood was spent between Beijing and Toronto. I’m low-key obsessed with the NBA (let’s go Raptors) and enjoy spending my free time watching movies, listening to too much of The Weeknd, and eating unquantifiable amounts of food. I’m also the student coordinator for Financial Wellness at Reed (as well as a financial aid intern), so if you ever have any questions or concerns about any financial resources, feel free to ask!There are so many good things waiting for you here and I am so excited to be able to share them with you. I can’t wait to meet you all and help you transition into your new life at Reed—and Portland!

Lucas Yong

Lucas

Hello! My name is Lucas and I’m a Senior from Singapore majoring in Math/Computer Science. At the moment, my favourite TV show is Gilmore Girls. One of my favourite things at Reed is my position as a SEEDS@Schools coordinator - SEEDS@Schools is a program that connects Reed students to after-school programs in Portland. Reed definitely took some getting used to, and I had tremendous support and guidance from the people around me. As an InterConnect Mentor this year, I really want to be there for the new class of international students - I can't wait for you to get here!

Questions?

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Gwen Sandford, Program Director for International Student Services.