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Connections

The Connections Program is a mentoring program offered by the Slutzker Center for all new international students. It connects current Syracuse University students (mentors) with new international students (mentees) just arriving on campus.  The mentors are experienced students who can give advice about important topics to new students, such as settling into Syracuse, living with a roommate, opening a bank account, meeting new friends, connecting with professors, and balancing academic work!

Fall 2018 Mentor Profiles

szhuchia

Name: Szu Chia Shen

School: Whitman

Major: Finance and Supply Chain

Language: English, Chinese

My name is SzuChia Shen (Vivian), I am majoring in Supply Chain in Whitman. I was born in Taiwan but grow up in Shenzhen. I speak mandarin and English. I applied to mentor program because I want to help new students quickly settling down, engaging in SU community, and making them feel like home. I understand how difficult it is to adapt to the new environment and build relationship with students and professors. I would like to make friends with you, so don't hesitate to talk to me.

我希望能通过这个项目能帮助到更多的国际新生,适应和融入雪城的生活,并让同学们感觉到家的温暖。可能同学们来到一个新的环境都会有多少的不习惯,需要花些时间来认识其他同学和老师们。所以我希望我能帮助你们更快的融入你们的大学的新生活,并和你们做朋友。

manvi

Name: Manvi Upadhyay

School: Art & Science

Major: Biotechnology and Forensic Science

Language: English, Hindi

Life is too short to be able to experience everything first-hand but nevertheless, it is also important to experience everything or as much as possible. So, one way to do this is to by learning from second-hand experiences And I want to help people achieve that. I want to share my experiences in life which may be able to help people with your future experiences. I hope to do this by being a mentor. 

जीवन पहले सब कुछ अनुभव करने में सक्षम होने के लिए बहुत छोटा है, फिर भी, सब कुछ या जितना संभव हो अनुभव करना भी महत्वपूर्ण है। तो, ऐसा करने का एक तरीका दूसरे के अनुभवों से सीखना है और मैं लोगों को इसे प्राप्त करने में मदद करना चाहता हूं। मैं अपने अनुभवों को जीवन में साझा करना चाहता हूं जो आपके भविष्य के अनुभवों वाले लोगों की सहायता करने में सक्षम हो सकते हैं। मैं एक सलाहकार होने के द्वारा ऐसा करने की उम्मीद करता हूं।

Feng

Name: Fengzhang (Marie) Wang

School: Falk

Major: Child and family studies, German

Language: English, Chinese

Born and raised in a seaside town (Qingdao, China),  a part of my personality echoes with sunshine and breeze: optimistic, warm and sincere. I love meeting people from various parts of the world and enjoy the process of getting to know each other. As a mentor, I am a patient person who is wiling to hear and provide help if needed. As a friend, I am a funny one who gets a sense of humor that could cheer people up when they are down.

Ich komme aus Qingdao, eine schöne Stadt ans Meer von China. Ich freue mich, die Leute aus verschiednen Ländern und Kultur kennenzulernen. Als Mentor bin ich eine Person, die Sie um Hilfe bitten können. Als Freund bin ich nett und positiv mit einem Sinn für Humor. Sprechen Sie mit mir, wenn es Ihnen nicht so gut geht. Ich bin hier, Ihnen mit Rat und Tat zu unterstützen!

我来自山东青岛,性格开朗,为人率真。乐于接触来自世界各地、不同文化的人。了解他人的过程使我成长颇多。我性子慢,做事情很耐心,有什么问题需要帮助欢迎来找我。我也蛮有幽默感的,心情不好的时候可以和我聊聊天,补充一些元气~

Ladin2

Name: Ladin Bacakoglu

School: Maxwell

Major: Political Science and International Relations

Language: English, Turkish, German

I am Ladin, junior in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, majoring in Political Science and International Relations. I am from Izmir, Turkey. Listen to all types of music, but love rock music. Love sunny and hot weather! Despite my clumsiness, I am passionate about Theater and Dance, especially Salsa and Bachata. Despite my fear of seaweed, I love windsurfing. Apart from performing arts, I love art of cooking. Trying a new food is one of my hobbies. However, I don’t change Turkish food to anything. My motto is Carpe Diem and I am full of passion! Welcome to Orange Fam!!

Merhaba, ben Ladin. Maxwell’de üçüncü sınıf öğrencisiyim. İzmir’den gelmiş olup yaza sıcak kışa yağmurlu diyenlerdenim ve bir İzmirli olup ufacık bir karda sevinenlerdenim. Deniz, kum, güneş, Şebnem Ferah, kumru, ayran ve bendeniz. Syracuse’a hoş geldiniz!

Alaba

Name: Alaba Danagogo

School: Art & Science

Major: Biology

Language: English, French

When I first came into SU, having my own mentor made a huge difference. It showed me how great it felt to have someone who is prepared and willing to support you in a completely new environment.  I didn’t come in thinking that I would end up as a mentor, but somehow these things happen. I am excited to encourage you and help you navigate SU in the smoothest way I can provide. Plus, I’d happy to be your wise, supportive and super-cool friend!

XIu

Name: Xiuqi (Tina) Chen

School: Engineering & Computer Science

Major: Computer Science

Language: English, Chinese

Hey guys! You may feel excited, nervous, afraid or even miserable as being a freshman. I have the exactly the same feelings! That’s why I’ m here. I’m here to help, guiding you to enjoy your first-year college life! Don’t be afraid of asking, no matter it’s academic problems or everyday issues. Even if you have nothing to complain or worried about, we could chat or hang out. Although this is my first year to be a mentor, I have confidence to do well.  Come! Join us! Welcome home!

大家好,很高兴在雪城见到你们呐。 以后无论在学习上还是生活上有任何问题你们都可以来找我来聊!千万别迷茫!当时我大一的时候就很庆幸加入了connection program 让我觉得有依靠的感觉! 所以你们加入了以后也可以感同身受——对雪城更了解,对功课更有自信,对生活保持热情。虽然这儿冬天很冷很长,但还是需要有一颗温暖的,积极向上的心!雪城虽然不大,是个“村”,但是呢downtown还是有些好玩的好吃的的,到时候我们可以一起去啊。欢迎你们加入!

MarcG

Name: Marc Geandreau

School: Newhouse

Major: Public Relations

Language: English, French, Chinese,

I applied to become a mentor as I believe through my experiences adapting in my freshman year, I hopes to help any freshman who may be struggling as he or she navigates through the same transition by sharing my personal experiences. In my free time I like to travel the world and is avid sports fanatic, with particular emphasis on MMA, boxing and baseball. Feel free to contact me through email or any forms of social media!

Qihui

Name: Qihui (Allie) Mu

School: Art & Science

Major: Economics, psychology

Language: English, Chinese

Hi folks! I’m Allie, a girl from Xi’an China. I moved to US when I was fourteen and went to a small high school in Connecticut. Though dealing with homesickness can be rough, I will always be here for you. People say that I’m very outgoing so you will never get bored spending time with me. I am motivated to be a mentor. Knowing that my opinions will be helpful for other people makes me want to dedicate to this as much as I can. I will see you in August and best luck to your freshman year!

哈喽小伙伴们,我是Allie,我来自西安。十四岁的时候来到美国在康州上的高中。在异国他乡我很理解会想家的情绪,所以我有让大家尽快适应的小妙招喔。大家都说我的个性很开朗,所以和我在一起绝对不会无聊。帮助大家对我来说很有意义,所以我会尽力的付出多的时间来,履行好做一个学生导师的职责。期待八月和你们的相间,祝大家大学的第一年一切好运!

Ziqing

Name: Ziqing Fu

School: Whitman

Major: Accounting

Language: English, Chinese

It’s my first time been a mentor, but it doesn’t affect that I wish to meet you and introduce our friendly community to you! The reason why I want to be a mentor is I used to be helped a lot in this program. I studied in the school of art and science before, but I transferred to Whitman school of management at the end of my freshman year. My mentor guided me and gave me a lot of support at that time. At the same time, we became very good friends. Welcome to talk to me if you have any questions about studying or living in Syracuse. I’ll try my best answering you!

大家好,我是来自西安的付子卿。目前是Whitman学院会计专业大二的学生。很高兴有机会见到你们,并和你们成为朋友!如果你有任何有关转学院,或学习生活的问题,都欢迎来跟我交流哦!

Ed

Name: Eduardo (Eddie) Ody Nedel

School: Art & Science, Maxwell

Major: Economics, Applied Mathematics

Language: Portuguese, Spanish, English, German

I am passionate to be a mentor because I want to guide the new students to have the most successful experience in SU as possible. I want to help the new international students to fulfil their goals and reach their objectives with proper help and with someone they know they will be able to rely on. Being a mentor also gives me the opportunity in helping my community, and providing me the ability of learning from different cultures as well.

Meu nome é Eduardo Ody Nedel, eu estudo economia e matemática aplicada na Maxwell School e no College of Arts and Sciences. Eu sou do Brasil e falo português, espanhol, inglês e alemão.

Eu sou escolhi ser um mentor, porque eu quero orientar os novos alunos a ter a experiência mais bem-sucedida em SU possível. Eu quero ajudar os novos estudantes internacionais a cumprir seus metas e alcançar seus objetivos com a ajuda adequada e com uma pessoa que eles sabem que serão capazes de confiar. Ser um mentor também delega-me a oportunidade de ajudar a minha comunidade, e me fornecendo a capacidade de aprender com diferentes culturas do planeta inteiro.

Sonia

Name: Sonia Wee

School: Newhouse

Major: Undeclared

Language: English, Chinese

If not for Sonia Wee’s romanticized version of New York, she’d still be in sunny Singapore. Nonetheless, she’s proud to call Syracuse University her home away from home. She is a sophomore studying Television, Radio and Film at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She also prides herself on being fluent in English and some Chinese, but remains coping with Spanish. Sonia hopes to inspire her fellow mentees to be their most confident and crazy self. Navigating America can be a little tricky, but it’s a challenge worth the time. For more info: Sonia is a proud owner of eight stuffed sloths, a few too many yellow sweaters, and most Jane Austen collectables. She is also constantly stressing out over the new Instagram algorithm, crazily dancing to the La La Land soundtrack, and actively trying not to burn the food she puts in her Crock-Pot.

Keqin

Name: Keqin Wang

School: Art & Science

Major: Undeclared

Language: English, Chinese

I come from Xiamen, China. I’m very excited and passionate about being a mentor, and I’m looking forward to guiding and helping the new students who are either familiar or unfamiliar with the life of studying away from home. Just like you all, I’m an international student here at SU, and I have been studying in the U.S. for over three years, so I truly understand how does studying alone away from home feels like. Also, I believe I can guide you with my own experiences of how to shift gears smoothly, involve in school activities, enrich life in the college and so on.

大家好,我的名字叫做王克勤。(没错!就是唱红日的李克勤的那个克勤)。我来自厦门(没错!就是抖音上那个土耳其大叔卖冰激凌的鼓浪屿的厦门),我已经在美国待了三年半(美高两年半加上大一一年),所以我相信我能够用我自己的经历和经验来帮助你更好地从无论是美高还是国内高中的生活中进入到美国大学的生活中来。无论是思乡、室友关系、或者选课、学习方面的问题,我以及Slutzker Center的老师和同学们都会尽全力帮你协调好、解决好的!

Daniel

Name: Daniel Oluwalana

School: Engineering & Computer Science

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Language: English, Yoruba

Mechanical Engineering has always been dream major and I'm ecstatic to be studying it here at Syracuse University. I love basketball: my favourite team is the Cleveland Cavaliers. I'm almost inseparable from my saxophone—I have been playing it for eight years. Last year, while I was a freshman , my mentor in the Connections program proved to be an amazing resource in helping me adjust to college life. That’s why I believe being a mentor will give me the opportunity to reciprocate this and help incoming international freshmen acclimate to the American culture, especially the Orange culture.

YuanHsuan

Name: Yuan-Hsuan (Dorothy) Fang

School: Newhouse

Major: Public Relationship

Language: English, Chinese

Hello! My name is Dorothy Fang, I am an international student from Taiwan. I am currently in S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications majoring in Public Relations. I have been to 7 different school throughout my academic career and had mastered my skills in adaptation. As a mentor, I look forward to be an influencer, a liaison and a friend. I hope I could be as resourceful as I can be and introduce you to all the fun and network worthy student organizations where you explore your passion, establish your ‘Cuse network and find your home away from home. I want to be a friend that does not only mentor you academically but also provide you emotional support when needed. I am really excited to meet you all and welcome you to this Syracuse family!

wenwen

Name: Wenwen (Erin) Qiu

School: Newhouse

Major: Television, radio, & film, psychology

Language: English, Chinese

I have been in America since my high school year, and right now is my seventh year. I had a mentor who helped me a lot in high school when I barely spoke English, and she even became my friends later for years. I was inspired by her, and want to reach out to help other international students who are coming to the U.S. for the first time. I would do my best to answer any questions you have. Frankly, I really recommend you regard me as a friend instead of someone who is just assigned to help you.

我高中的时候就来了美国,今年是我在美国的第七年。在我高中刚来的那段时间就有一个指导老师帮助了我很多并且我们成为了朋友。因为她对我的影响,我希望能帮助更多的国际学生。我会尽我的全力去回答我学员的问题。但是我更希望我能和我的学院成为朋友。

Yuxin

Name: Yuxin Ma

School: Art & Science

Major: Economics & International relations

Language: English, Chinese

I am a person of versatile tastes. I like to watch anime, listen to music, handcrafted, draw and so on, though none of them is what I am good at. My friends are basically older or same age as me. Therefore, I am looking forward to communicating with and becoming friends with "young" people. I think I am a very patient person, and I am also very enthusiastic. If you are having difficulties, I will do my best to help him.

我是一个性格随和的人,喜欢广结善缘。没事的时候就喜欢去琢磨一些新鲜的东西或者接触一些新鲜的事物。我有很多爱好,比如看动漫,吃。虽然有点慢性子,但是我也绝对的耐心。如果你有任何困难,我会尽自己最大的能力帮助你。

Zar

Name: Zar Nigar Ahmad

School: Engineering & Computer Science

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Language: English, Arabic, Urdu

I am really passionate about being a mentor and helping the new incoming international students in any way possible. I would like to make sure their transition into college life is as easy as possible. College is about working hard academically but also having a good time, and I would like to help the new students enjoy their time here at Syracuse rather than worrying about small issues that I can guide them through. I am looking forward to the coming semester, meeting new international students and helping them by being their mentor, friend, guide, tutor or an advisor.

Xuankun

Name: Xuankun Zhang

School: Art & Science, Newhouse

Major: Television, radio, & film, economics

Language: English, Chinese

Welcome to Syracuse, the snowiest city in the United States. I clearly recalled how I was stressed when I first came here two years ago. Fortunately, my mentor from the connective program helped me a lot, and she did well to instruct me adjust myself into the environment here in Syracuse University. I will try my best to help you guys with your lives and studies, so if you are facing any issues, do not hesitate to talk with me. I am not only to be your mentor, but friend. Can’t wait to see you in future.

哈喽,各位新橘子,学弟学妹们你们好。首先欢迎你们来到雪城大学这个大家庭,在接下来的日子里,不论是生活还是学习上有什么问题都可以来找我,我会尽我所能去帮助你们,希望我们也能成为很好的朋友。我们项目也会为大家组织各种各样的活动,和我们一起来尽情地享受雪城大学的生活吧。

DanZhao

Name: Dan Zhao

School: Engineering

Major: Television, radio, & film, economics

Language: English, Chinese

Since this is my first time study in a foreign country, I know the troubles you will meet when you start your college life. I will try my best to help you guys with your daily life and your academic problems. I am a easy-going person, and I hope we will become good friends through this program. Also, I am really interested in Hip-Hop dance. I always dance to reduce the pressures I met either in study or life. If you guys are also interested in dancing, I hope we can performance together in one day. Let’s enjoy your college life my sweet mentees.

第一次来到一个完全陌生的国家生活和学习,我们会遇到很多困难。作为一个过来人,我会尽我最大努力帮助你们解决生活和学习上的困难。同时我也希望可以与大家在相处的过程中成为好朋友。我最大的爱好是街舞,这也是我解压的一种方式。如果大家也对街舞有兴趣,希望以后我们可以一起分享经验。加油吧,可爱的mentees。

Yangdi

Name: Yangdi Jiang

School: Art & Science

Major: Sociology

Language: English, Chinese

To me, happiness is to make everyone feel warm with my efforts. There is nothing greater than help others to make me feel happy. Now, as a mentor, I have more opportunities to serve others. When my efforts can help you solve some problems, it's my most satisfying moment. I will do my best to help you quickly adapt to your new college life so that you will not feel lonely when you are suddenly in a new environment. I look forward to working with you and writing this new chapter in life together.

对于我来说,幸福就是用我的努力让大家感到温暖,没有什么比能帮助到别人更能让我感到快乐的事情了。mentor这个职位让我有了更多这样的机会。当我的努力让你们摆脱困扰的时候,就是我最满足的时刻。我会尽我最大可能去帮助我的mentee们快速适应新的大学生活,让我们在突然进入一个新环境的时候也不觉得孤单。我期盼与你们共同谱写这段新的人生篇章。

Shuhui

Name: Shuhui (Yvonnex) Yang

School: Art & Science

Major: Economics, education

Language: English, Chinese

I am an outgoing and positive person! I have a plenty of study and living experience at Syracuse University. As a senior, I hope I can help everyone who is new here transition into Syracuse University community successfully. I also hope you can have a wonderful time of study and living experience here!!

大家好!我是一个很正能量的小太阳!在雪城我有丰富的学习和生活经验,作为学姐希望能够帮助大家融入这个雪城大学这个集体,也祝愿大家在雪城有一个好的学习,生活体验!

Aby

Name: Boyang (Aby) Feng

School: Whitman

Major: Marketing

Language: English, Chinese

A mentor's help is not only provided as a guidance when you're confused by your path lying ahead, but can also be your key to the lock that you don't how to open on your own. So when problems hit, no worries! We once were there as fresh as you guys are right now. We are here to make a difference.

我们也曾是大一新生,你们的到来代表着学长学姐们都变成了过来人。我们走过的弯路,会变成我们的建议而尽全力让你们少走一些。但即使如此,悄悄告诉你们,我们都很亲民的!所以别把Mentor当前辈,把我们当基友吧!

Yuqing

Name: Yuqing (Ivy) Zhang

School: Whitman

Major: Economics

Language: English, Chinese

I feel, touch, smell, hear, and taste the life at SU. I will teach you what I know and, more importantly, guide you to discover and explore your potential here. This is college. 

我用5种感官体验在雪城的经历。我将会言无不尽地教你我所知道的。更重要地,我会引导你发现和探索你的可能性。因为这才是大学。

Anu

Name: Anushruta (Anu) Neupane

School: Falk

Major: Public Health

Language: English, Nepali

My experience as an international student all the way from Nepal has taught me a lot of different things. After spending two years in Syracuse, I have come to understand and acknowledge all the things I should’ve done for a better transition, along with all the things I did that helped me with my transition and accomplishments. Being a mentor will allow me to share the knowledge I have derived after enduring challenges as an international student and hopefully make their transition smoother and easier. 

Timiharu ko mentor ko roopma ma timiharulai maile antarashtra bidhyarthi bhayera sikeka kuraharu ko barema jankari dinchu. Aasha garchu ki mero anubhav timiharu sanga baatera ma timiharulai dherai madat garna saku.

Xuanheng

Name: Xuanheng (Kevin) Hao

School: Whitman

Major: Accounting

Language: English, Chinese

College life can be adventurous and splendid. As mentors, we can be both listeners and guidance and give you hands through every aspect of your life, to overcome the difficulties and to explore a most memorizing freshmen year in SU.

国际生最初来到美国大学校园会面对许多文化上的冲击和生活上的困难。作为一个倾听者和引路人,我们会用我们的经验和学校的资源帮助你们完成过渡,给你们尽量多的帮助和建议,让你们精彩的大学生活有一个更顺利的开端。