International Peer Orientation Leaders (iPOL)

For the orientation program, all international students will be placed into small groups led by an International Peer Orientation Leader (iPOL). iPOLs are current Miami University students who can answer questions about campus life, academics, transitioning to Miami, and many other topics. Feel free to ask the iPOLs any questions you have about being a student! We hope that you have a great orientation experience and are interested in applying to be an iPOL in the future.

Zhuoran Bao

Zhuoran Bao

Hello everyone! My name is Zhuoran. I'm a Junior majoring in Media & Culture and co-majoring in Interactive Media Studies. I come from Liaocheng, China. My favorite moment at Miami is sharing my culture with people, I also enjoy learning about others' culture. When I came to Miami, my goal was to be an iPOL and helping our new students to familiarize themselves with Miami. And here I am! I am the president of the Lion Dance club of Chinese Culture and Art Association and I am looking forward to it as more people join us and learn about Chinese Culture! My advice for you guys is to never be afraid to try new things. I'm sure you will be great!

Roshika Bhattarai

Roshika Bhattarai

My name is Roshika Bhattarai. I am a junior majoring in Medical Laboratory Sciences with Pre-Med and minoring in Neuroscience. I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently doing research in reward and addictive disorders lab and serving as the treasurer of minorities association for pre-med scholars. I also work in the Global Initiatives Office. I can't wait to learn more about you all and remember to enjoy Miami while you are here along with succeeding academically.

Mark Cao

Mark Cao

Hi there, my name is Mark Cao from Jinan, China. I am a sophomore majoring in computer science. I love traveling and taekwondo. I have been to 11 counties and have made lots of friends all over the world. I received my black belt one year ago after I joined the taekwondo club at Miami. Traveling allows me to see this world better, taekwondo helps me know myself deeper. They both push me to face challenges. As an international student, you’ll have lots of challenges at Miami. I know that the new environment will make you uncomfortable for a while, but don’t be afraid of it. Stay hungry, stay foolish. That’s it. After all, like Friedrich Nietzsche said, "whatever does not kill us, makes us stronger!"

Weng I Chay

Weng Chay

Hey, this is Wendy! I am from Macau. I'm majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology, minoring in Child Studies and Youth Development. This coming fall I am becoming a Junior! There are many acquaintances I have made on this campus, and some turned out to become my besties. Mega Fair is happening a few weeks after classes start. Over six hundreds of student organizations set up a table and recruit new members. If you are interested in any of them, do not hesitate to ask questions and try them out! College is about learning and experiencing the best of you! Welcome to Miami!!

Xiuhan Chen

Xiuhan Chen

Hi, my name is Xiuhan a first-year graduate student majoring in Educational Psychology. I'm from Chongqing, China. Miami University gave me a lot of first-time experiences. For example, when I went to a conference as a presenter, worked as a student worker, or traveled with groups. I hope you can enjoy life in Oxford and get involved as soon as you can. You are SPECIAL at Miami.

Diwen Chen

Diwen Chen

Hello!! My name is Diwen Chen. I am from Qingdao, China. I am senior major in Kinesiology. In my free time I love to watch and play basketball, play piano and write poems. I have been actively involving Asian American Association (AAA), one of the biggest cultural org on campus, to promote cultural awareness and diversity. I love talking to people with different backgrounds as much as I love to learn from them to improve myself, culturally. My time here at Miami has made me a person that I am proud of today, and I can't wait to make this happen to all of you too!

Callen Conroy

Callen Conroy

Hi everyone! My name is Callen Conroy. I am a senior studying microbiology, pre-medicine. I am from Chicago, IL. Being able to make such amazing friends is something that I've loved about Miami.  Every year, my friends and I take a trip to Hueston Woods on the first weekend back from summer break. I continue to look forward to all the amazing people that I will meet as I finish out my senior year. One piece of advice that I have is to find time to enjoy yourself. There are so many opportunities to do fun things on campus and in Oxford, and you should definitely take advantage of the time that you have to enjoy yourself in college.

Bich Ha Nguyen

Bich Ha Nguyen

Hi, new Miamians! My name is Bich Ha Nguyen from Hanoi, Vietnam. I'm a sophomore majoring in Marketing. I love discovering new cultures and traveling. My life is more meaningful when I invest time and effort in myself and in others. I'm a member of BSAC where I organize events for Business students. I also have two jobs on campus and make lots of connections through those. I bet you can do better than that. A new environment might be uncomfortable at first, but there will always be a place for you. Believe in yourself and you will find this place.

Xiaoyi Huang

Xiaoyi Huang

Hi there! I am Xiaoyi Huang, feel free to call me Chris! I am a senior, Early Childhood Education major and I come from Shenzhen, China. I am service-oriented and love to help others. I dreamed to be a teacher since I was little. Deep in my heart, I want to do as much as I can for students in China. Therefore, I chose this major and I love it so much. In this major, I'm not only learning how to be a good teacher but also how to be a better human being. Welcome to Miami! I'm sure you will have a great time!

Jugal Jain

Jugal Jain

Hey! My name is Jugal and I'm a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I'm from Mumbai, India. My most memorable moments at Miami include coming back after every break to see my friends again, taking part in different events on campus, and going to football and ice hockey games. The goals I had coming to college were to excel academically, learn moral values which I will retain and use throughout my life, and be a part of extracurricular activities. I'm involved in The Miami Student newspaper as the Photo Editor because I love Photography. Being thousands of miles away from your family, you'll find a new diverse family here which will teach you many values and skills that help you develop as a person. It gets much better here at Miami with every semester you finish! 

Cecelia Johanni

Cecelia Johanni

Hi everyone, my name is Cecelia Johanni! I'm from Cleveland Ohio and I'll be graduating in 2022. I'm studying Strategic Communication with a co-major of Global and Intercultural Studies. On campus I'm involved in Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. I chose to join this organization to meet people with similar interests and to engage in public service. My advice for international students would be to get involved with on campus groups! It's a great way to make friends and settle into life at Miami.

Liz Jonas

Liz Jonas

Hey! My name is Liz, I'm a senior International Studies and Epidemiology double major from right here in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently involved in ISAC (the International Student Advisory Council) as the director of the mentor and mentee program. I'm involved with ISAC because I love learning about cultures and connecting with other students on campus! If I could give you one piece of advice, it would be to get involved- join clubs, make friends and connections and stay active on campus so you have the most memorable time possible and get the most out of Miami!

Sharmad Joshi

Sharmad Joshi

Hi! I'm Sharmad Joshi from Mumbai, India. I'm a Graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. I came to Miami to pursue my higher studies because this university lays equal focus on research and coursework. It has helped me gain a more in-depth knowledge of my field. Apart from that, there's always something to do here to take your mind off studies for a bit. My advice to the incoming students is to make use of these 2 years to find and become the best version of yourself; professionally and socially.

Hannah Le

Hannah Le

Hello everyone! My name is Hannah Le. I'm a sophomore, majoring in Marketing in the Farmer School of Business. I'm from Vietnam. One of my biggest passions in life is fashion. During my first year at Miami, I was a part of Miami University Fashion and Design's Pr/Marketing committee. Through this experience, I discovered how much I love the fashion industry, especially fashion marketing. One advice I have for you guys is to never afraid to seek help when you need it. Don't be shy as people here at Miami are friendly and everyone is eager to help each other out. Stay curious, and stay open-minded. I believe you guys will have a fantastic time here!

Woojin Lee

Woojin Lee

Hello! I'm Woojin, a rising junior majoring in Life Science & Chemistry Education with a minor in Leadership and Management. I'm from Suwon, South Korea. Some events that I was involved on campus were Fusion and Asian Culture Festival held by the Asian American Association. It was a great experience where I got to do what I love, with people I love! You should definitely explore different options in Miami, there's so much you can do if you reach out! Go out of your comfort zone and mingle. You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain!

Huihsia Lu

Huihsia Lu

Hello there, my name is Huihsia Lu, I also go by Amy! I am a junior studying marketing in Farmer School of Business. I am an international student from Taiwan & Chongqing. I am currently involved in two organizations at Miami, which are CABO (China America Business Organization) and TSA (Taiwanese Student Association). I love Miami because it provides me with so many opportunities to experience different cultures, professional academic environment, volunteering learnings, and other new adventures you could ever think! I love traveling and meeting new people, please feel free to talk to me if you are interested in my adventures in America. I can't wait to get to know all of you! Always cheer yourself up and don't stop trying new things, you are not alone! Welcome to Miami University!

Priscilla Nguyen

Priscilla Nguyen

Hello! My name is Priscilla Nguyen and I will be a senior marketing major. I live in Sandusky, Ohio home to Cedar Point (America’s roller coaster capital). My favorite memory was when I met my best friend in Chem lab and when I taught our teaching assistant how to dab. Some advice I want to share with you would be to really cherish the moments and days at Miami. Time can fly really fast when you’re in college so try to make the most of every day, but make sure if you play hard you also work hard. Keeping a balance of the two will keep you on the track to success and happiness. Counting the days until we meet, have a safe summer, and see you all in the fall!

Tessa Perry

Tessa Perry

Hey! My name is Tessa Perry, and I am a junior International Studies and Spanish major from Columbus, Ohio. This is my second year being an iPOL, and I can't wait to welcome you to Miami! I'm involved in a few organizations on campus, including Cru, Alpha Phi Omega, and the ACE Conversation Cafe. I chose to work with the ACE program and be an iPOL because I believe in the importance of international and domestic students learning from each other. My advice for new international students is to find an organization at Miami that you are interested in; this will help you meet new people and adjust quickly to Miami. I look forward to meeting you in August!

Julia Tran

Julia Tran

My name is Julia Tran, a sophomore Marketing major with an IMS minor. I'm from Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. On campus, I'm currently involved with the Asian American Association, where I am involved as a member and choreographer. I'm also a member of a business fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon, which offers me professional development that I can simply not gain through studying. One advice that I would give to newcomers is take every chance you have and reach out to the community here at Miami. We're so excited to have you here!

Ivy Richter

Ivy Richter

Hi, my name is Ivy Richter and I am a Sophomore Journalism and Fashion-Business Co-Major. I am from Rhode Island but lived in Hong Kong for 10 years. I am a member of Miami’s Varsity Swim Team, where I get to compete for the school I love while doing the sport I love. Miami has brought me some of my best friends and many memorable moments in and around campus! My advice for freshmen year is to be outgoing, confident and easygoing.

Shana Saqibo

Shana Saqibo

My name is Sana Saqibo. I'm Marketing major and have Japanese and supply chain management as my minors. I'm half Chinese and half Pakistani, and I consider Shanghai, China my Hometown. I am an FSB mentor since I like helping people. After the first semester of my freshman year, I found out international students find it hard to fit into the campus community, especially, while socializing with domestic students. I applied for the iPol position so that I can help them.

Natalie Turton

Natalie Turton

Hi everyone, I’m Natalie Turton! I’m a senior studying marketing and social entrepreneurship, and I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio. Some of my favorite memories at Miami include making new friends in the Korean American Student Association (KASA), and advocating for equality in Feminists Working on Revolutionary Democracy (FWORD). My advice for you is to be open-minded and go out of your way to meet new people -- there are so many people here waiting to get to know you. Join some clubs, go to events, and get ready to meet some amazing people. We’re so excited to welcome you to Miami!

Junlei Wang

Junlei Wang

Hello everyone, my name is Junlei Wang. I'm from Chengdu, China. I'm a sophomore, majoring in Accounting in Farmer School of Business. Currently, I'm an Undergraduate at Miami participating in the CABO organization. I like to try something new every semester because I think it helps me to integrate into campus life and open my horizon. When you first come to Miami, there may be some difficulties. However, I believe that you will learn a lot out of this experience, make many friends, and fall in love with Miami. At last, welcome come to Miami. Believe in yourself and don't be afraid to try.

Yunjia Zhang

Yunjia Zhang

Hello! My name is Yunjia Zhang and I’m a rising sophomore majoring in Accounting. I’m from Chengdu, China, but have lived in the US since I was seven years old. Going into college, one of my goals included reaching out and meeting as many new people as possible. This was made possible through the many organizations offered on campus. Currently, I’m involved in several cultural and diversity clubs such as the International Student Advisory Council and Chinese American Business Organization. I think being active on campus, whether through on-campus organizations or community events, is one of the best ways to meet new people and gain new experiences. My advice to you is the following: don’t be afraid to experiment! Don’t hold back from trying new things and figuring out what’s the best fit for you. Welcome to Miami!