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!
Bryan Lee is a Junior in the animation program at USC! He was born and raised in Southern California so he knows a lot about the culture and lifestyle here on the west coast. Bryan enjoys a lot of things like Italian food, music/concerts, and all types of movies and tv shows. As an animator, his favorite hobbies are to draw and just to talk about art, however, he also enjoys a lot of hiking, basketball, and many other kinds of sports. Bryan also has had experience as a Taekwondo instructor and referee, an art teacher, and working at the 626 Night market near here in Arcadia. Bryan is looking forward to meeting you and sharing with you all that he can about living here at USC and in Southern California!
Bretton hails from Flint, Michigan and got his BS in Geology from Michigan State University, where he was also a 4 year player on the Michigan State Rugby Football team. He soon after got a job with oilfield service company Baker Hughes and moved to Houston. With Baker Hughes, Bretton worked on several projects abroad in Turkey, Germany, Australia, and Korea and lived in Norway for 2 years. Taking a break from work, he is now starting a full-time Petroleum Engineering graduate program at USC! In his spare time, he still plays men’s rugby but also enjoys reading, writing, sailing, skiing, geology, and the great outdoors. He is currently writing a book about the Mongol Rally.
Caroline is a sophomore music industry student. She 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, trying vegan foods, and playing instruments. Caroline is excited to help people perfect their English while she learns from students from around the world!
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Colette is a junior in the Leventhal School of Accounting and Marshall School of Business. Born to immigrant parents from mainland China and Hong Kong, she is no stranger to bridging lingual and cultural gaps. As her high school offered an international boarding program, she made friends with classmates from all over the world. At USC, Colette participates in several service-oriented clubs on campus, including as president of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and an e-board member of Project 32 Tutoring. Singing, playing piano and guitar, and eating all kinds of foods (especially dessert) are some of her favorite hobbies. In summer 2018, she will be interning in San Jose at Deloitte, a public accounting firm. She is excited to hear about your life experiences, and hopes to hear from you soon! Living away from home can be challenging, Colette shares her experience being away from family over Chinese New Year.
Elissa is a first year Masters student in the Chan Division of Occupational Therapy at USC. She grew up in a small town in Montana where she spent most of the time outdoors, sun or snow! Elissa moved to Bozeman, Montana and went to Montana State University for her Bachelor’s degree. She graduated last winter with a degree in Exercise Science and Summa Cum Lade Honors. During her time in college, she enjoyed spending her time skiing, traveling, working as a Resident Advisor and tutor, and volunteering at a local swim center. Elissa decided to pursue Occupational Therapy because it is a great way to become a member of the medical community while keeping the client as the center of her practice—you could say she loves working with people! And she can’t wait to get started working with you—to see what she can learn from you while helping you with your English conversation, speaking, and presenting skills, and whatever else you may want to work on! Elissa is closer to the Health Sciences Campus and can meet there for appointments, but she is also able to meet on either campus. If you don’t see a time in her availability that works for you, feel free to request her anyway and she’ll try to work you in.
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!
Emily is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Occupational Science. After spending the first nine years of her life in Southern California, she moved to Indonesia with her family. It didn’t take her long to fall in love with her new home, the people, and especially the food. During her time there, she made friends from all over the world and developed a strong interest in cultures and languages. In her spare time, Emily likes playing sports, brewing Thai Tea (ask her for some!), and simply spending time with her family and friends. Having experienced firsthand what it is like to move to a new country, learn a language, and live apart from her parents, Emily hopes that she can use her experiences to better relate to and help those in a similar position.
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!
Hannah is a student in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences pursuing a double major in political science and comparative literature. She came to USC from a small town in Connecticut, and is very grateful to now be living in the Southern California sunshine! Hannah loves to meet new people through travel, and has spent time in Europe, Africa, and across North America. At USC, Hannah is a member of the Thematic Option Honors Program and serves as an executive board member for both the parliamentary debate team and the equestrian team. She also loves photography, ice cream, and animals of all kinds, and is excited to learn about your own hobbies and interests!
Jackie (Not taking any new students at this time)
Jackie is a Junior double majoring in Business Administration and Economics with a minor in Information Technology Program. She has lived all over the world, from Korea to Singapore, to various parts of America. She is a big fan of learning languages, and she is hoping to learn her sixth one soon. Jackie is involved in various international campus organizations such Global Brigades at Marshall and Model United Nations, and would love to introduce you to cool leaders on campus if you want to get more involved! She loves playing ice hockey, playing traditional Korean music and socializing with people in her free time! She can’t wait you meet you and get to know you! She also has a lot of school spirit because she absolutely LOVES USC. Fight on forever! Read Jackie’s ALI Life & Times article on her suggested USC bucket list for all new USC students.
Kai is from Manhattan Beach, CA – a beach town that is 30 minutes southwest of USC. He is a senior at the Marshall School of Business, and has recently returned from studying abroad in Santiago, Chile. His experience abroad has inspired him to befriend the international community here at USC, and to ensure that those who are far away from home feel welcomed into the Trojan family. Kai is interested in discussing current events, exploring existential questions, and most importantly, assisting international students in becoming more proficient and comfortable with their English. He looks forward to helping you achieve your goals!
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!
Mitzuky is a Second year Master of Social Work Graduate Student. She has various years of tutoring under her belt as well as experience working with international students in the University Park area. As a tutor, Mitzuky helped students both local and international with subjects such as psychology, sociology, gerontology, English, Spanish, history and much more. Though born and raised in Los Angeles, she loves to travel. In her free time, Mitzuky also enjoys reading, exploring the ever-changing city of Los Angeles, and spending time with her family and friends. Fight on!
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!
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.
Ross is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering, with specific interest in aeronautics and aviation. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he has had the opportunity to travel the world and experience what it is like to be an international student in countries such as Germany, Japan, and Argentina. Ross also has extensive experience in tutoring in different settings, from teaching math in middle schools to one-on-one English tutoring in a prison! He is familiar with the challenges that come with learning a new language, with experience studying Spanish, German, and Japanese. Ross’s hobbies include hiking, reading, and playing video games. He also has a very deep interest in cars. A fun fact about Ross is that he’s a licensed pilot! Always willing to try new things, Ross loves to travel and is eager to learn about different people’s backgrounds and stories. He is particularly available for one-on-one meetings on the weekends.
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!
Sofia is a Senior studying International Relations, Global Business and Arabic. She grew up in New Jersey with her brother, two sisters, and dog Klaus. She taught English to refugees living in Greece this past summer and is currently a tutor to local elementary school students through USC Troy Camp. Sofia also runs a tutoring program that pairs USC students with Syrians abroad and aims to help them improve their English. She hopes to one day work overseas on Refugee Education projects. In her free time, Sofia likes reading, running, spending time with her siblings, keeping up with the news, surfing, swimming, and learning new languages.
Stephanie is an undergraduate junior who is currently studying Political Science, with the hopes of adding on Public Relations. She is from Orlando, Florida and loves to spend time outside, whether hiking or exploring a new city, as well as practicing her photography, writing in her travel blog, or planning her next backpacking trip abroad. She discovered an interest in working with foreign exchange students through her study abroad experience in Turkey the summer after her junior year of high school. She is interested in learning foreign languages, as well as better understanding cultures different from her own. Stephanie is looking forward to meeting international students from around the world, and hopes to help make your USC Trojan experience unforgettable!
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!