Aishwarya (Not taking any new students at this time)
Aishwarya is a Canadian graduate student studying MS Computer Science at Viterbi School of Engineering at USC. She has had a diverse upbringing, having lived and studied in different cities of India, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Aishwarya is always eager to mingle with people of various cultures as she believes that we all can learn a lot by sharing our unique experiences and world views with each other. As someone who is learning a new language, Aishwarya understands that having a conversation partner can definitely speed up the learning process and she is here to help!
Alisa is a Junior majoring in Business Administration at the Marshall School of Business. She was born in Orange County, California and moved with her family to Houston, Texas shortly after. She moved back to California at the age of 13. Alisa transferred to USC her sophomore year from Loyola Marymount University. She is fluent in both English and Urdu as she comes from a Pakistani family. Additionally, she has grown up playing basketball competitively and still enjoys watching/playing the sport. She loves learning about different cultures as it allows her to get a glimpse into parts of the world she may never get the chance to visit and therefore would love the opportunity to learn from you while you learn from her. She is excited to hear from you and do what she can to help you get the most out of your time at USC.
Amber is from southern Arizona (where the tall cacti are!) but she spent the last year and a half in upstate New York. Even though Amber is from the desert, she loves the ocean and hopes to one day live on the beach. She is starting out this year studying environmental science and hopes to minor in the dramatic arts, as she is interested in creating films, especially for social change. Amber love cats, eating food, swimming, sleeping and laying in the grass and staring at the clouds. She loves traveling and exploring the world– so far, she has traveled to Costa Rica, Canada, and all over Europe.
Ariana is a pre-med freshman studying Gerontology. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but is super excited to explore Los Angeles for the next four years. She enjoys drawing, swimming, and going to concerts, and especially loves her pet dog Ruby, a rescue from Singapore. Ariana has been working with international students to improve their speaking, reading, and writing skills both online and in person for two years. As a second-generation immigrant, she understands the difficulty of adjusting to a new place and learning a new language, and knows how helpful it can be to have someone to talk to on a regular basis, whether it be for practicing language skills, professional development, and just for fun. She is curious and eager to meet you, and is looking forward to sharing cultures and stories with you!
Becky is a sophomore studying Linguistics at USC. She was born and raised in southern China and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. Becky loves drawing, drinking coffee, and baking treats. She was a spring admit so she spent her first semester in Italy, and understands the struggles when it comes to settling in. Becky hopes that she can use what she has learned through her experiences to help you have a smoother transition to SC and life in LA. Whenever she gets the chance, she loves traveling to new places and she can’t wait to hear about where you’re from and the places you have been. Whether you want to brush up on your interviewing skills, need help with essays, or just have someone to talk to, she would love to help!
Caroline is a sophomore studying law, history, and culture (BA). Last semester she was partnered with 5 different international students and is now excited to begin her second semester with ALI! Caroline grew up near New York City, where she lived with her family and dog (a Norfolk Terrier named Marty). Caroline loves teaching and has been a pre-school teacher, math and English tutor for NYC middle school students, and a remote conversational English tutor for a Syrian refugee woman. Caroline’s family in NY hosts an Afghan refugee, so she is sensitive to the issues people face as they settle into American life. Caroline loves learning new languages and is currently studying Spanish and Arabic. She spends her free time dancing with USC’s Break Through hip hop team, the Break On 2 latin dance team, and trying vegan foods. Caroline is excited to help people perfect their English while she learns from students from around the world!
Elizabeth is an undergraduate junior who is majoring in Health and Human Sciences with minors in Occupational Science and Sports Media Studies. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and knows all about the city whether it is the best places to eat, hikes with great views, or fun museums. Elizabeth is involved in multiple organizations on campus including the USC Women’s Club Soccer Team, USC Troy Camp (a mentorship program for South LA youth), and Greek Life. She is a huge USC football fan and loves talking about, watching, and playing sports. She is very passionate about working with others and aspires to be an Occupational Therapist to help people achieve their goals. Elizabeth is very excited to get to know international students and share one another’s culture and story.
Emiko is a senior studying Real Estate Development and Business Administration at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and Marshall School of Business. She was born and raised in the Bay Area, California up until high school, when she moved to Switzerland and then France. Emiko lived in Switzerland and Germany all throughout high school and then studied abroad her first year of university in Paris. While living abroad, she was involved with Model United Nations and was a figure skating coach for international students and local students looking to work on their English. She loves meeting new people, traveling, dancing, figure skating and entrepreneurship. Emiko is excited to get to know you while helping you learn and get comfortable in Los Angeles!
Emma is a freshman studying International Relations and the Global Economy. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she moved to California for college and hasn’t looked back since. Emma loves to travel and some of her favorite destinations include the Galapagos Islands, Austria, and Switzerland. Even more than traveling, Emma appreciates diverse foods and frequently tries new restaurants in L.A. Additionally, Emma is currently studying Arabic, so she completely understands the difficulty of learning a foreign language. If you’re looking to learn more about American culture, practice for an interview, or just learn a few American slang words, Emma’s the girl to help you out!
Erika is a sophomore majoring in Animation and Digital Arts. She was born in China but has lived in San Francisco for the majority of her life. She was raised in a multicultural family, growing up with Japanese, Chinese, and American culture. Erika loves art, especially drawing, and would be more than happy to talk about any films/movies or animations. She also enjoys playing soccer, eating food, and is part of the USC Taiko club. She is excited to meet you!
Esther is a freshman in the Marshall School of Business majoring in Business Administration. She is originally from Dallas, Texas and is very grateful to be studying in sunny California. She was born in Seoul, South Korea but moved to the US when she was three years old and understands the difficulties of adjusting to American culture. Esther loves traveling and recently went to Thailand and Vietnam as an English teacher for the summer. She has also worked at Gideon Reading and Math as a tutor for young students. She has a true passion for education development and hopes to work in education administration in the future. On campus she is involved in choir and sings in the Thornton School of Music’s Concert Choir. Esther loves singing and music with all her heart. She is very excited to meet you and help you learn! Fight on!
Gina is an undeclared Freshman interested in Communication and Public Policy. She attended five schools but mostly grew up in Piedmont, California. Although she only attended a French bilingual school for two years, she has continued to pursue fluency in the language. She loves playing volleyball, watching movies, and thrift shopping. Never having left the country has fueled her love for learning about other cultures and meeting people from different backgrounds. She is excited to help anyone who needs it and to get to know them in the process!
Hamza is a Sophomore studying Economics in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and is an international student himself. He is experienced in finding ways to fit into the environment at USC (which can be overwhelming at times). He has a lot of free time over winter break and next semester to meet with students and pass on the skills he has learned. Hamza loves watching television shows and exploring new parts of Los Angeles. His favorite thing to do is to discover new restaurants and cafes near USC and around LA, because who doesn’t? Hamza is also passionate about theatre and film and is thinking of minoring in it. Last year, he directed and produced a play for 800 people. He would love to hear about your achievements and hobbies and interests and talk about topics of your choice. He is eager to meet you, help you brush up your conversational skills and aid your transition into life here at USC.
Katie Stone is a freshman studying Communication in the Annenberg School at USC. She is from a small town in New York just outside of New York City and has two younger siblings. She loves activities like hiking, swimming, and yoga, and is so excited to explore her new home that is Los Angeles! During the summer, Katie works as a sleep away camp counselor; she is a lifeguard and swim instructor for girls ranging in age from 7 to 15. At USC, Katie is involved in Greek Life, Marshall Entertainment Association, and USC Photography club. She is so excited to meet her fellow classmates and help them learn through the Conversation Partner Program!
Nathalie is an undergraduate sophomore who is currently pre-med, majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and hopes to get a minor in Dance. She is from Los Angeles and loves exploring new countries. She also loves classical ballet and is one of the co-directors of the USC Chamber Ballet Company. During her first semester of college she studied abroad in Paris, France and visited several countries including Italy and Romania. She really enjoyed her time abroad and loved getting the opportunity to become friends with people from entirely different cultures. She has a passion for learning foreign languages and is part of USC’s Italian Club. She speaks conversational French and Italian, and is fluent in Romanian, as half her family is from Romania. She loves getting to know new people and is very excited to hear from you!
Rachel is a freshman studying Film and Television Production. In her free time, she enjoys public speaking, volunteering, and filmmaking, particularly documentary filmmaking. She was born and raised in Southern California, but enjoys traveling and has been all over North America and Europe. She spent her first semester of college in Paris and has been studying French for a number of years. She looks forward to getting to know students and is eager to help them with essays, presentations, conversation, or whatever they would like.
Rio is a second-year graduate student studying Social Work. She was born right here in the city of Los Angeles, California and has immersed herself in community activism and service. Rio has worked and lived in the many diverse cities in Los Angeles, from South Central to Redondo Beach, and as an undergrad, lived four years in the South. Rio received her bachelors degree in Psychology and managed to flourish in several organizations and leadership roles as a first-generation college student. She also shares adventurous stories traveling all over the U.S. Recently, Rio worked for a community based organization and interned as a school social worker and for the Department of Child & Family Services. Ultimately, Rio enjoys yoga, traveling, and attending concerts on her free time. Rio is excited and looking forward to helping others have the best Trojan experience.
Sarah is an undergraduate freshman from the San Gabriel Valley studying GeoDesign. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring L.A., trying new foods, and of course, meeting new people. She can speak conversational Cantonese, and is currently learning Mandarin. Even though her Chinese is limited, that doesn’t stop her from striking up a conversation with other international students. She is always happy to learn about other cultures and can’t wait to meet you!
Stella is a sophomore undergrad at USC studying Marketing and Communications Design in hopes of eventually starting a business or designing for a business. She has grown up in Cambridge, MA for her whole life until coming to LA for school. Her family moved to America just before starting a family so she has experienced a Chinese upbringing at home while living in American culture. She understands the cultural differences and how important it is to integrate but to also stay true to your roots. Stella loves movies, music, going to concerts, trying new things, and good conversations! She would love to help with any problems regarding relationships, life advice, and even simple questions about English. She is excited to meet you and help out in anyway she can!
Tiffany is an undergraduate senior in the World Bachelor in Business program at the Marshall School of Business. She is originally from Irvine, California but has a Taiwanese background. After having spent her freshman year here at USC, she studied abroad in Hong Kong and Milan for two years so she is very familiar with working with and helping international students. She also understands the struggles of an international student living in a foreign country learning a new language as she had the same experience in both HK and Italy with learning Cantonese and Italian. She has experience teaching English to middle school students in Taiwan and tutored high school students throughout her year in Italy. Tiffany loves meeting new people from different countries, checking out new food places on Yelp, and attending music concerts. She wants to help you feel as comfortable as possible at USC and is looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Yoko is a 1st year graduate student in USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts where she studied piano performance at New England Conservatory of Music. Born to Japanese immigrant parents, Yoko is very familiar with both the challenges and beauties of cultural diversity. She is also an expert collaborator and teacher from her experience teaching piano and performing in ensembles. She loves meeting people and looks forward to meeting her fellow USC Trojans!