International Connections Student Profiles

Upper class students volunteering as International Connections serve as a mentor and resource to new incoming students from abroad and will be meeting new incoming students during Welcome Week and at the International Connection Dinner at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12.  Learn more about the International Connections program here.

Ayomide Akinyosoye '19 (Nigeria)

Hi and welcome to Lawrence University. My name is Ayomide Akinyosoye, I am originally from Nigeria but I grew up in Ghana. I am a rising senior studying Economics and an interdisciplinary in innovation and entrepreneurship. I am the current treasurer for the Events planning and organizing committee, as well as Amnesty international on campus. I look forward to meeting you all and sharing my Lawrence experience with you.




Jawad Alweleidat '19 (Jordan)

sHello, my name is Jawad Alweleidat. I am a rising senior from Amman, Jordan. I am majoring in Economics and double minoring in History and I&E. I'm the co-founder and president of Arab Culture Club (ACC), the captain of the soccer team, Recruitment Chair of Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp), a CORE Supervisor, and I work with International Students Services! I'm excited to meet all of you and chat about Lawrence. You'll love it here! 



Barbara Espinosa '20 (Ecuador)


Welcome to Lawrence! My name is Barbara Espinosa, I am a rising junior from Quito, Ecuador. I am double majoring in Anthropology and Economics. In Lawrence, I am involved with many things: I am part of the Lawrence University Women's Soccer Team, I am the Public Relations Officer for the Student Ambassador Program, I am part of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta and I work at the Volunteer Center.

Lawrence is a great place to live and to go to school! You will have the chance to try different things or get involved in things that you are already interested in. Whatever you choose to do, remember that there are many resources that will help you succeed and make the most of your first year at LU! I can't wait to meet you!


Xiaoya Gao '19 (China)

ggrgHi! I'm Xiaoya (Sisi), and I’m from Urumqi, China. I’m a senior and will be a super-senior next year! I involve in the five-year-dual-degree program at Lawrence majoring in history and piano performance. As a conservatory student, I’m a general member of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity. I’m also selected as the member of Pi Kappa Lambda 2017-2018. I’ve been here for four years and have enjoyed my journey so far. I studied abroad in Vienna, Austria last Fall Term and gained valuable knowledge of classical music and European culture. I also work as a student assistant at Lawrence International Student Services. Being at Lawrence allows me to achieve so much more than what I think I can. I can’t wait to meet you and help you with any questions that come up as you prepare for Lawrence!


Shengting Hou '19 (China)

bvbI’m Chinese, Econ student, frisbee player, outgoing person, anime lover, and too many characteristics. I came Lawrence already 3 years, in those 3 years, I get a lot. I made friends, and I will make more, once you come. Don’t be shy to talk with me, I’m the “oldest player” in the campus now, I would love to share everything I had with you. I can speak some Japanese( which just a little ), my Chinese is perfect and my English is ok. If you speak something else, I will try my best to understand you so don’t be worry. I’m super optimistic, so I think we can be good friends. Last and the most important, WELCOME to LAWRENCE!!!! I wish the time you spent here will be the most valuable memory in your life (only way to be there is to be my friends) see all you in campus.



Chau Le '21 (Vietnam)


Welcome to Lawrence! I'm Chau Le, an incoming sophomore majoring in Biochemistry. I get very excited by good food, science-y things, cute plants and all things crafty! Next year, I’ll be serving as the Communications Chair of Lawrence International, a CORE Leader, as well as a general member of Pan-Asian Organization and GlobeMed. When I first came to college, I couldn’t quite imagine myself doing these things; but it was the overwhelming support and encouragement from my great friends, faculty and staff at Lawrence that gave me courage to step out of my comfort zone. I’ve watched myself grow tremendously over the past three terms, and I believe that you will too! Lawrence is a welcoming and loving place with a lot of opportunities, and I am beyond excited to welcome you to this community!


Rohan Nair '19 (India/USA)

Hi, I'm Rohan, class of 2019. I'm a mathematics major that grew up in India and in the United States. Even though I spent some time growing up in the United States, I came to Lawrence after spending about 7 years living in India, so I still felt a lot of culture shock, and it took me a while to get used to the way things worked here. At this point I think I've mostly figured things out, but I still know what problems international students face when they come to America. I hope I can be helpful during your first few months at Lawrence, and perhaps for even longer than that.


Pagnaa Attah Nantogmah '21 (Ghana)

kd,Hi, welcome to Lawrence! My name is Pagnaa Suad Attah Nantogmah and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am an international student from Ghana. I am a rising sophomore who’s still undecided about her major, so don’t worry if you are too! I’m interested in STEM courses, I love hanging out with my friends, and I love binge watching all sorts of shows. Oh, and I love sleeping too! I’m pretty introverted for the most part, but I’m really nice, so do feel free to approach me! I really do hope to get to know as many of you as possible, and be a part of the wonderful experience I’m sure you’ll have here at Lawrence. See you all in the fall!




Binita Rajbhandari '19 (Nepal)

Namaste! My name is Binita Rajbhandari and I am a rising senior studying Economics with an inter-disciplinary in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Nepal. When I first arrived here I was a timid girl who would only talk when necessary and fast forward now I have grown so much and taken leadership roles which I would have never imagined before coming here. I have been involved with Lawrence International for the past two years, I work in the admissions office and is a part of a sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. This would not have been possible without all the connections/experience I made and received from Lawrence. I am excited to meet all of you and be a part of your experience and life here at Lawrence. 

Mia Wu '21 (China)

Welcome to Lawrence!! My name is Mia, an incoming sophomore majoring in Geology and Physics. I love classical music, theatre and ROCKS as a potential geologist! Less than a year ago I came to Lawrence with ignorance of American culture and frightened by the culture shock. However, Lawrence amazing faculties and students helped me fit in the community here and expand my comfort zone. I am involved in many organizations and activities on campus in my freshman year: Viking Choral, Kappa Alpha Theta, Panhellenic Council, volunteering and Cabaret. Next year, I will be the international mentor.  Lawrence is an inclusive community and I hope you will have a wonderful time here.


Chenyu Yao (Alex) '21 China

aHi. My name is Chenyu, and my English name is Alex. I am from China. I study Biology. I love traveling, singing and trying out new things. I am a sophomore this year, which means, i just got here a year ago. Time passes so fast. I still feel like I just got here. And I remembered how I felt when I first stood here in America, probably like every international student, excited and scared. In the welcome week, I met great people who offered me so much help. And I wish I can do the same thing, offering help that could make international students feel like home, or at least, feel belonged and settled as soon as possible. 



Mudassir Farooq Zaeem '21 (Pakistan)


Hello and welcome to Lawrence! My name is Mudassir Farooq Zaeem, and I am a rising sophomore from Lahore, Pakistan. I am double majoring in Physics and Computer Science-Mathematics. Even though I have only been in the United States for a year now, I believe I have tried many different ways to make a smooth transition to the college life here. To a great extent, I have been successful, and I believe I can help you in achieving that as well. On campus, I am a member of Lawrence Asian Diaspora Alliance (LADA), Indoor Soccer Club, and I will be serving as a Residence Life Advisor starting Fall Term. As an international student, you will have a plethora of opportunities allowing you to grow yourself not only as a college student, but as an individual of the society. I highly look forward to meeting you all!

Waseda Student Mentors

Tobin Carlson '19 (USA)


NNMHello and welcome to Lawrence! My name is Tobin and I’m originally from Washington State (Think Seattle, not DC!). I am a senior pursuing a Government (International Relations) and East Asian Studies double major with a minor in Japanese. I’m a member of the Lawrence University Track and Field and the former captain of the women’s Rowing team. I’ve lived in Japan twice, once in Saitama prefecture and once in Tokyo where I attended Waseda University. I hope I can help you during your time at Lawrence, so please feel free to ask me anything! I look forward to meeting you!



Binita Rajbhandari '19 (Nepal)

ZZHello! My name is Binita Rajbhandari and I am a Senior studying Economics with an inter-disciplinary in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Nepal. I have been involved with Lawrence International for the past two years, I work in the admissions office and is a part of a sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. I love to cook and travel to new places. I enjoy watching movies, chatting, playing any kind of games and I love spicy food. I am so excited to get to know all of you and be a part of your life here at Lawrence. 


Celeste Reyes '21 (USA)


Hello everyone, and welcome to Lawrence! I’m Celeste from Chicago, and a rising sophomore. I’m currently pursuing a double-degree in Music Performance and Studio Art. I’m also one of the artists for the Lawrentian newspaper, so tune in to see my drawings! I absolutely love everything artsy. My hobbies include playing my clarinet, drawing, and practicing Japanese. I already speak English and Spanish, but I want to become more fluent in Japanese. It’s my dream to be able to live and work in Japan one day. I’m really interested in the culture. I am also extremely excited to be one of this year’s Waseda mentors! I love meeting new people, and I can’t wait to work with each and every one of you. I wish you all a lovely year at Lawrence!

Yidi Zhang '20 (China)

Hi everyone! My name is Yidi from China! I am really glad to work as Waseda program student assistant this year! I am going to be a juniorand currently working on my self-design major commercial music production. This is a major including business, economics, and music production! I am not a conservatory student but I participate in a lot of music groups like Appletones, which is an A Capella group in campus. I am also President of the Lawrence International student organization. I hope your year in Lawrence goes very well! We are all here for you!

Welcome Week & CORE Leaders

In addition to the International Connections, there are a number of international students volunteering during the campus-wide Welcome Week as CORE leaders.  Please also feel free to reach out to them!

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