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 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.  Learn more about the International Connections program here.

Summer 2019 Mentors:

Abdul Momin Panhwar '21 (Pakistan) 

dscdGreetings! I'm Momin and also I'm glad that you've chosen Lawrence as your new school. Here you'll find interesting people and engaging experiences. Not that I'm calling myself interesting but if it does interest you, I'm a Government major and a Psychology minor. Additionally, I serve as treasure for my fraternity Beta Theta Pi and as a board member for several student organizations on-campus. When you're here you'll see me around and I hope to see you as well! 



Amber Gu '22 (China)

dsdHello! My name is Amber Gu!I am rising sophomore from China!My major is Environmental Studies and minor is anthropology.  I am so happy to be international mentor! For now, I am president of Andy Reading Fund, event coordinator of Chinese Students Association (CSA)!

Lawrence is a good place to study! You can make many close friends, meet friendly professors, and enjoy the beautiful campus! I promise you will have wonderful four years or five years! Please let me know if you have any problems! We are waiting for you!


Isabella (Bella) Sgriccia '22 (Italy/Egypt) 

dfvd Welcome to Lawrence! I am currently multi-interested student leaning towards the Economics and Psychology Major. Outside of class I am a tour guide, volunteer for VITAL (our on-campus tutoring program), proud new member of Greenfire (a place dedicated to environmentally-friendly living and cooking on campus) and Zumba enthusiast. As a person who is wrapping up her first year of college, I am to give the following piece of advice: Take as many interesting classes you can and reach out for help when you need it. Lawrence is equipped with wonderful staff that are willing to help you through tough adulting situations, here are my top resources:

-Leah McSorely will help you with anything you need, she has A LOT of resources.
-Your CORE advisors have a lot of information about on-campus resources as well.
-Center for Academic Success will help you brainstorm ideas for any essay to correcting papers for structure, they also have tutors for most courses on campus and they help schedule your time so that you can work efficiently.
-Nurse Jill Drier will help you navigate the health world. It is really hard to be away from parents who know exactly what to do when you are sick and Nurse Jill Drier helps you through some of those difficulties.
-Me! Reach out anytime, I am happy to answer any and all questions. I am by no means an adult but I have had one year of experience trying to make adult-like decisions! - please feel free to reach out!

Ishita Agarwal '22 (India)

dcscdHi, my name is Ishita. I am rising sophomore from Gurugram, India. I am a Biochemistry and Psychology major. Next year, I will be on the board for GlobeMed and She’s the First, a general member for Food Recovery, and a CA.

When I first started at Lawrence, I felt like I had nothing figured out. As an incoming freshman, I didn’t realise how much the faculty and staff at Lawrence support and encourage all students in their endeavours. This is an amazing community of people and I am very excited to meet you and share my experiences with all of you!



Jamie Dong '22 (China)

dsdsdYo! Hello, everyone!  My name is Yuting Dong, you can call me Jamie. I am an incoming sophomore major in Film Studies, and minor in Studio Art. I come from China and live in California now. I love Japanese anime and doodle, watching films and cooking. Spider-Man is my favorite superhero ever, he is the reason why I decide to come to US and study film! I enjoy school life a lot here are the school organizations that I am involved in: I am Lawrence Art House-Contact, Lawrence International Organization-Creative Manager, Chinese Student Association-Publicity Manager. There are so many fun things to do in LU, you will love this school. I am so ready to see you guys and help you as much as I can. I am so ready to cook with you guys or watch horror movie with you together. In Lawrence, if you be braved and try new things, you will find the beauty around. Congratulations to be a Lawrentian.


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!



Nalan Zhai '22 (China)

vddv Hi new freshmen! Welcome to Lawrence! I am Nalan, a rising sophomore. I am double major in Computer Science and Mathematics! I am an International House student assistance and event coordinator in Chinese Student Association. I love swimming and cooking, recently fall in love with board game like chess or the resistance: Avalon. I am so glad to see you all this fall! Again, Welcome To Lawrence!




Thai Nguyen '22 (Vietnam)


I’m intending to major on biology. I am currently the Discussion Leader of Vietnamese Cultural Organization and Student Supervisor of Bon Appétit. I was the MC of Lawrence Lunar New Year 2019 party and also of the 2019 Cabaret. Welcome everyone to Lawrence University! It is a wonderful and friendly environment, you will definitely enjoy your time here!



Trang Doan '19 (Vietnam)

wqqqHi, congrats and welcome to Lawrence. I hope you will love Lawrence and see it as your home for the next 4 years. Feel free to talk to me and other people in the mentor program if you have any question!






Uriya Jankurazova '20 (Kazakhstan)

Uriya profileHello, I am Uriya, I am majoring in Math and Physics.
I hope you will find joy in Lawrence challenges, as much as I did.   Transition to the different country/culture might be hard if you are not asking questions. So ask more questions! Anything! Even the one which looks too obvious, but you are uncertain about it. 




Valeria Nundez Herdoiza '22 (Ecuador)

eefeBienvenidos a Lawrence! My name is Valeria Núñez, I am a rising sophomore from Quito- Ecuador, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I have not declared my major yet; at the moment I am still exploring some disciplines I am interested in. So, do not stress about not knowing what your major is going to be when you come to Lawrence! I am involved in quite a few things around campus: I am the chair for the Committee on Community Service and Engagement (CCSE), I am president of VIVA, I am part of the Student Ambassador Program, and I am a CORE leader. I also work as an International
Student Caller, National Student Caller, Usher for the Conservatory and in the Biology Stockroom. Lawrence encourages students to be curious. During your time at Lawrence, you will
discover new passions/interests and you will have the chance to get involved in all of them. So, be open to explore and do not be afraid to get involved! I look forward to meeting you all. See you next fall!

Vinzez Mayer '21 (Germany)

Vinzenz ProfileWelcome to Lawrence Class of 2023! My name is Vinzenz and I am an international Student from Germany. I am an uprising Junior majoring in biochemistry with a focus on brewing technology/ science. Currently, I work as a language assistant for the German department and I am also a member of the LU fencing team. I really love my two dogs (I have Bulldogs) and most of the time you can find me in the cafe eating ice cream. When I left Germany I was really nervous about everything and I was kinda scared. However, I can promise you that everyone at Lawrence, including me, will help you and I am very happy to welcome you as a new member of our community. 

Wilson Chen '22 (China)

zszWelcome to Lawrence! My name’s Wilson Chen, and I’m from Xi’an, China. I’m a rising sophomore interested in Biochemistry and Linguistics. Currently, I’m the Vice President of Communication in Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp), a member in Committee on Community Service and Engagement (CCSE) of LUCC. This year, I’ll also be a Community Advisor in Trever Hall. Congratulations on being a college student and thanks for choosing Lawrence! Brilliance awaits here!  

Waseda Student Mentor

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!

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!