Alycia is a MSW Candidate at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work who has dedicated her efforts toward combating oppression in the LGBTQ community. To further her understanding of how to create meaningful change from within Alycia has contributed to LGBTQ clinics, rallies, and lobbying efforts. She has plenty of school pride growing up in a Trojan household in Southern California. Alycia enjoys meeting new people, spending time with her two dogs, and trying new foods in the area. She look forward to hearing from you!
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Colette is a sophomore in the Leventhal School of Accounting. 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 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Project 32 Tutoring. Singing, playing piano and guitar, and eating all kinds of foods (especially dessert) are some of her favorite hobbies. 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.
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!
Jackie (CURRENTLY BOOKED/ NOT TAKING NEW STUDENTS)
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.
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!
Ross (UNAVAILABLE ALL SUMMER BUT WILL BE BACK IN FALL)
Ross is a junior 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.
Sabrina is a freshman studying Health and Human Sciences and minoring in Chinese for Professions and Managing Human Relations. Though born around the Bay Area, Sabrina moved to Shanghai, China at the age of 8 and has since then attended different international schools. She has 4 years of tutoring experience both in student organizations in her high school and outside of school. She was also a member of the National English Honor Society and took part in the Writing Center, which focused on editing student’s essays and helping students with their English classes. In her free time, Sabrina loves reading, hanging out with friends (exploring LA), and doing anything that makes her happy. She can’t wait to meet up with you and get to know you better! Fight on!
Vicky is a graduate student pursuing her Master’s in Social Work with a focus on mental health. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Vicky recently moved to Los Angeles for school and has been loving the sunshine. Since she is fairly new to the area, she is still exploring and eating throughout LA. Food is her biggest hobby, along with Netflix and hiking. Helping people is a huge passion of hers and she volunteers her time at women’s shelters and other causes that she cares about. Vicky did her undergrad at Oregon State University, where she was an English tutor for international students for two years. In this position she helped students with their conversation and writing skills. She loves and is very open to meeting new people and looks forward to hearing from you!
Wallis is currently studying at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy. For the past year, Wallis taught English in Wenzhou, China. She loved learning about the culture and making friends in China! She was also able to explore Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea while she was there. For her undergraduate degree, Wallis attended the University of Rochester and double majored in International Relations and Anthropology. While there, she was in the sorority Chi Omega, the largest in the country, she planned all the events for the Class of 2015, and she had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome, Italy, where she worked at a non-profit organization focused on ameliorating homelessness. Wallis loves meeting new people, trying new foods, and exploring!