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 International Orientation Leaders  
  
International Orientation Leaders are current BSU students who commit their time and energy to helping new international students adjust and transition to life in the United States and at BSU.  They help ISSS with organizing and conducting International Student Orientation and other events, help new international students settle into the residence halls, obtain a Connect Card, etc., and acquire important leadership skills in the process.  American and international students are encouraged to apply.
Meet our 2019-2020 International Orientation Leaders!
International Orientation Leader, female 
Anna Mammedova
Master of Business Administration
Class of 2020 

Where are you from? I am from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Where have you traveled to? I have studied in Russia for two semesters as my study-abroad year and visited about 25 states while living in the US.
Where in the world do you most want to visit and why? I would love to visit Africa and specifically Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana. I'm mesmerized by the culture and people from these countries and believe it would be a transformative experience to see and explore these places.
Why did you become an International Orientation Leader? I believe I can contribute a lot of the experience of new students. I have been in America for over six years now and would love to help students​ overcome initial culture shock and homesickness for the faster adjustment to the new country. Plus I', a very social person and like meeting new people. 
What are you most excited about for this new semester? I would love to say my classes. I start my concentration in Finance this semester, Spring 2019, and feel like I'm ready to embrace this new challenge.


International Orientation Leader, female
Mary Zheng
Psychology
Class of 2021

Where are you from? Lynnfield, MA
Where have you traveled to? China
Where in the world do you most want to visit and why? I would like to visit Nepal the most, because of the beautiful mountains and breathtaking architecture. I also believe that exposing oneself to a completely different culture is a humbling experience that everyone should have at least once in a lifetime.
Why did you become an International Orientation Leader? Over the last year, I have become friends and created memories with many international students, and I enjoyed talking to them and giving them advice when they needed it the most. I am also very open and interested​ in learning all I can about the world, and people are the best way to go!
What are you most excited about for this new semester? I am excited about meeting new people! I am a very friendly person, so approach me anytime you want!


Rachel Emery
History/TESOL
Class of 2021

Where are you from? Methuen, Massachusetts
Where have you traveled to? South Korea and Japan
Where in the world do you most want to visit and why? My dream is to move to South Korea and work as an English teacher because I absolutely loved studying abroad there. I also want to travel all around Europe to completely immerse myself into different cultures. 
Why did you become an International Orientation Leader? For more than a year now, I have been working as an English language tutor. Through this experience, I've enjoyed broadening my global perspective and I think that becoming an International Orientation Leader would allow me to further expand my knowledge of different countries. Most of my closest friends are international students and I hope to connect with even more people form all around the world!
What are you most excited about for this new semester? I'm excited to focus on my Korean language studies and prepare to travel to South Korea for an internship I will participate in for the summer of 2020! 


Marissa Montgomery
Mathematics
Class of 2020
 
Where are you from? Providence, RI
Where have you traveled to? Portugal, Jamaica, Mexico, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and Canada. 
Where in the world do you most want to visit and why? I would love to visit Greece one day to be able to experience its beauty and their culture. 
Why did you become and International Orientation Leader? I became and IOL because I wanted to be part of a community that shows nothing but acceptance and pride. Every single person that I have met so far has showed me how to be courageous and has built me as a student and overall person. 
What are you most excited about for this new semester? I am most excited for all the new possibilities that this semester has to offer. I can't wait to meet new people and learn from them. 
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Michael Sweeney
Communication Studies & Psychology
Class of 2022



Where are you from? Kingston, MA
Where have you traveled to? Mexico and The Bahamas
Where in the world do you most want to visit and why? I would like to visit Japan the most. I find Japanese culture to be absolutely fascinating, and I think it's a beautiful looking country. Cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto I'd find absolutely breathtaking in-person. Other places I would love to visit would be South Korea, China, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece. 
Why did you become an International Orientation Leader? I became an International Orientation Leader because I love to make new friends and helping people adapt to a new environment. By joining a few culture clubs on campus, I've met more international students, and have increased my interest in learning about other​ cultures. I also have friends who've worked with or have made friends with many of the international students and say that it's a wonderful experience. I'd love to help people adjust to the campus life, and I also believe that I'll learn a lot along the way. 
What are you most excited about for this new semester? I'm most excited to meet new people from all over the world. I'm also excited to start my classes. I'm taking Korean, which is my first ever language class on campus. I'd love to learn a new language, so I'm excited!