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alexaAlexa

(CURRENTLY BOOKED/ NOT TAKING NEW STUDENTS)

Alexa is a senior majoring in International Relations Global Business with a minor in Chinese. She has lived all around the US, in New York, San Francisco, Florida, South Carolina, and more. Alexa studied abroad in Shanghai in the spring of 2016, where she took the highest level Chinese classes. Her favorite part of studying abroad was traveling to Taiwan and other cities in Asia. Alexa has had experience tutoring in one-on-one sessions as well as teaching larger groups. On campus, she is involved in a sorority and a women in business group. Alexa also enjoys going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and watching documentaries. She is looking forward to bringing together the Trojan Family!

annieAnnie

(CURRENTLY BOOKED/ NOT TAKING NEW STUDENTS)

Annie is a junior studying Cognitive Science and Occupational Therapy. She has always been interested in studying the English language and is knowledgeable in grammar, sentence structure, and reading comprehension skills. She has taken many linguistics classes at USC and loves learning more about the worlds’ languages. Since she was young, Annie has wanted to be an English teacher, so she has experience tutoring English through working with students who are struggling in vocabulary, syntax, pronunciation, etc. She is excited to have open conversations or more structured sessions with you! Annie is an avid traveler and has lived in Switzerland and Venezuela. She is fluent in French and conversational in Spanish. At USC, Annie is involved in USC Helenes, the American Sign Language Club, and Swim With Mike. She loves to read, cook, and swim, and you might often find her at the beach or in the kitchen.


Autumn

(CURRENTLY BOOKED/ NOT TAKING NEW STUDENTS)

Autumn is a senior studying Film & TV Production, with a minor in French. Born and raised in San Diego, she loves music, movies, photography, writing, and creating lists of five. This past spring, she studied abroad through the USC Paris program, and she hopes to travel and work internationally after graduation (which is nearing at a scarily quick pace). She’s very interested in meeting and talking with new people — anyone’s welcome! Check out her ALI Life & Times article about her unique high school experience.


ColetteColette 

(CURRENTLY BOOKED/ NOT TAKING NEW STUDENTS)

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!

dimitrisDimitris

Dimitris is an English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing at USC. On the side, he indulges in film production, music composition, piano performance, and directing theatre. Dimitri has acquired a diverse teaching background, which includes two years of teaching K-12 Music and Theatre at Adelphia Classical Academy, private piano lessons, Greek school, Greek immersion camp, and acting lessons. His highest values are in great conversation, friendship, and family.

ErikaErika

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!



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Ida is a senior studying Philosophy and International Relations with a minor in Iranian Studies. A proud Southern California native, Ida gets excited when it rains and considers In-N-Out to be an essential part of any healthy diet. In high school, her parents signed up to be part of a homestay program for international students, so she had the opportunity to meet and live with students from around the world – and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Having grown up with parents who are immigrants themselves, Ida is fluent in Persian (Farsi) and can understand the difficulties of adjusting to a new way of life. She hopes to help you however she can in navigating life at USC and in Los Angeles. At USC, Ida writes and edits for the Daily Trojan and competes for the Mock Trial team, so public speaking is one of her specialties. She also spent this past summer as an intern in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the spring 2016 semester abroad in Istanbul, Turkey. She’s learned a lot in her travels – mainly about the joys of Turkish kahvaltı, Türk kahvesi, Hainanese chicken-rice, and Malaysian teh tarik. Learn about Ida’s experience with Japanese Exchange students in her article “A Homestay Home.”

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.


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Jasmine is a senior pursuing a major in Psychology and a double minor in Chinese for the Professions and Forensics and Criminality. Born and raised in Palos Verdes, a city about 45 minutes away from USC, Jasmine is extremely fond of hikes at sunset and the beach, where she loves playing beach volleyball. Growing up in a Chinese-Persian family is what initially sparked her interest in languages and the cultures of distant lands, particularly China and Iran. Last year, Jasmine studied abroad in Shanghai, which not only helped her improve her Chinese, but also allowed her to eat xiaolongbao and drink boba to excess. While abroad in China, she developed lesson plans to teach English to fourth graders at migrant schools and realized how much she loves interacting with people of different cultures. In her free time, Jasmine loves finding new places to eat in LA, playing volleyball, and reminiscing about her travels through Southeast Asia. Please feel free to contact her; she’d love to meet you!

JoAnnaJoAnna

(CURRENTLY BOOKED/ NOT TAKING NEW STUDENTS)

JoAnna is a senior studying Political Science. As a Pre-Law student, JoAnna is looking forward to attending law school next year and hopes to become a civil rights lawyer in the future. When not in class or studying, JoAnna works at the USC Alumni Association and is a member of several clubs and organizations on campus such as Room to Read and USC Penny Harvest. Originally from Portland, OR, JoAnna is an avid fan of the outdoors and likes to go running, hiking, and kayaking as often as possible. She also loves watching movies and going to concerts as often as possible. JoAnna is very excited to meet and talk to a lot of new people!

KurtKurt

Kurt is a Junior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Health Care Studies. He was born in Los Angeles, but moved to Yorba Linda. Kurt loves to meet new people and learn about their unique stories. In his free time, Kurt loves to go to the gym, play basketball, dragonboat, and watch TV. He can’t wait to meet all of you and get to know you better! Kurt is also a EMT. Check out his story here!

Madeline

Madeline is a sophomore studying Animation and Digital Arts. Coming from New Orleans, Louisiana, she always misses home, but loves exploring California. Her family full of avid readers, writers, and lawyers, she has constantly been pushed to continue exploring the English language. Aside from English she has experience in French, and is currently in a first level Italian class, so she completely understands the difficulties in learning a new language and the importance of practicing through conversation. So far she has loved visiting Ireland and France, and cannot wait to study abroad! Madeline loves drawing, reading, watching movies with friends, and listening to lots of different music, and would be more than happy to discuss your favorite book or that show you just can’t stop watching. At USC, she is a part of the satirical newspaper Sack of Troy’s writing staff, and an aspiring DJ at the student radio. She can’t wait to meet you!


meganMegan

Megan is a freshman; she is currently undeclared but thinking about studying Business Administration or Communication with a minor in French. A native of Hong Kong, Megan loves living in big cities and exploring all parts of them. Having attended boarding school in a small town in British Columbia, Canada for her last three years of school, an extreme change from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, Megan can relate to adjusting to life in a new setting or place. Additionally, she is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), and proficient in French. Megan also has a lot of tutoring experience, from tutoring younger girls in her boarding house with a multitude of subjects, to tutoring high school students preparing for the SAT in the reading and writing sections. She also has spent a lot of time traveling, and hopes to continue this at USC with a semester abroad. In her free time, Megan loves trying new places to eat in LA, spending time with her friends and family, and watching new TV shows. She is looking forward to meeting you; feel free to contact her!

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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!


Nicole JohnsonNicole

Nicole is a junior studying International Relations, with a minor in Marketing. Nicole grew up in Pasadena, CA and has been fortunate enough to travel around the world. By having many travel experiences, Nicole loves to learn about new things especially if they come in the form of food! She hopes to study abroad in the future, and one day complete her goal of visiting all 7 continents. Though some of her trips were with her family other times she has traveled around the world with organizations. She has gone to Ethiopia where she worked in schools for children, and she was a People to People Ambassador on her trip to Australia and New Zealand. Between her trips Nicole is very active with her peers. In high school she was Senior Class President and Varsity Tennis Team Captain, and in her sorority she was Head of Communications. When Nicole is not in school or working as a One on One partner or traveling, she loves to play tennis, cook, surf, read, hangout with family and friends, study fashion, play with her dogs, watch baseball, explore LA and cheer on her favorite football team, USC! Nicole is a very enthusiastic and warm person who is looking forward to meeting you soon, please contact her at any time!

 

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Rachel is a senior double majoring in Economics and Russian. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she studied Spanish language all throughout high school but then decided to try Russian when she came to USC, and fell in love. Her first time traveling to Russia was in spring 2015 and she knew she had to go back, so she decided to study abroad in St. Petersburg in spring 2016. While studying abroad, Rachel volunteered at St. Petersburg State University as an English teacher, so she has experience teaching English as a Foreign Language. She also knows the biggest challenge of learning any language is understanding native speakers. In her free time, Rachel enjoys doing surfing, stand up paddle boarding, photography, and watching copious amounts of Netflix.

Ross

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.

SabrinaSabrina

(CURRENTLY BOOKED/ NOT TAKING NEW STUDENTS)

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!

WallisWallis

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!

YumeYume

(CURRENTLY BOOKED/ NOT TAKING NEW STUDENTS)

Yume is a senior studying Architecture, with a minor in Occupational Therapy. She was born in Japan and moved to the U.S. when she was 5 years old, and has lived in Orange County, CA for most of her life. Yume studied abroad in Barcelona last fall and enjoyed learning about the cultures and languages of the various countries she traveled to during her weekends. She has a lot of tutoring experience, from teaching English to international middle schoolers, to being a Teaching Assistant at USC where she helps students understand structural building problems. In her free time, she loves to explore new places, cook (or attempt to!), hang out with friends and family, and cheer on the USC Trojans at football games. Yume loves meeting new people and is excited to get to know you!