Aidan is a sophomore studying East Asian Languages and Culture. He was born in the nondescript city of Wilmington, Delaware (near Philadelphia), and has spent time in Amsterdam where he lived for three years and travelled across much of Western Europe. Having never been to the West Coast before attending USC, he is enjoying life in Southern California, and is always looking for new activities and places to go in LA. He likes to throw a football around with friends at the beach and go to the Lyon Center Gym to exercise. He loves to watch sports, and is a big fan of FC Barcelona, the New Orleans Saints, and San Antonio Spurs. Having studied both Spanish in high school and Mandarin for last couple years, he is aware of the various difficulties that can come with learning a new language. He himself is travelling to China for the first time this summer in order to improve his Mandarin skills. He is excited to help others on their journey towards fluency and hopes that he can offer the same help now that he will (hopefully) receive in the future!
Angela (currently unavailable)
Angela is a graduate student studying Communication Management at the Annenberg School of Communication. She was born in China but raised in Vancouver, Canada. Angela studied international development at McGill University in Montreal for her undergrad degree so moving to Los Angeles was a huge transition for her. She loves exploring new places and meeting people from all over the world. Angela is passionate about entertainment, fashion, and music. During her free time, she loves to be involved with student organized events, dance (Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Kpop) workshops, and find new places for Instagram pictures. Angela speaks fluent English and Mandarin, and a bit of basic French. As an international student herself (although Canada is close to the United States), Angela deeply acknowledges the struggles students face in a new country, thus she is more than willing to help others with their English speaking skills, presentations, professional development.
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Anthea is an undergraduate Sophomore pursuing a double degree in Business Administration and Accounting. She was born in the San Francisco Bay Area but raised in Macau, China until she moved back to the Bay when she was fourteen. Anthea loves traveling abroad and meeting people from different backgrounds. She is passionate about Asian culture and studied abroad in Kanazawa, Japan. She speaks fluent Mandarin, Cantonese, English, and Japanese and is looking to pick up a new language soon! As a student who had to adapt to new environments abroad, Anthea understands the challenges of learning a new language and finding friends in a foreign country. In her free time, Anthea enjoys being involved in on-campus student organizations, cooking, watching films, and exploring L.A. She is eager to help you with your conversational skills, essay edits, interview preparation, and/or just be a fun friend to talk to!
Anthony is a freshman studying screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He was born and raised in Maryland, right outside Baltimore. He loves meeting new people from all parts of the world and exchanging similarities and differences. He’s an avid writer and is a native speaker, pretty proficient in Spanish- but not quite an expert yet. As an active fan of all things pop-culture and entertainment, Anthony’s excited to talk about pretty much anything, from music, to TV and film, to video games- but especially television! New to LA himself, he’s ready to explore the city with you, and he’s excited to help with anything you need, and can’t wait to make a new friend to debate music with. He understands what it’s like having to adjust to a new environment and is ready to help and give advice about whatever he can!
Anya is a freshman from San Ramon, California, majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and minoring in Spanish. She was born in the Bay Area but lived in Bangalore, India for three years before moving back to California. Anya loves talking to people and learning about different languages and cultures. She has taught English in Nicaragua, and she tutored ESL (English as a second language) classes when she was in high school. Anya loves to swim, read, watch movies, and eat. She is always looking for the next restaurant, and she would love to go with you! Anya also loves music and dancing, and she is especially interested in cultural dance. Even though she hopes to be a doctor, Anya’s dream jobs would be editing pieces of writing and talking to people, so she is very excited to help in any way she can!
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Ariana is a sophomore studying Gerontology. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but is super excited to explore Los Angeles for the next few years. She enjoys drawing, swimming, and going to concerts. 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!
Brianneth is a freshman majoring in Health and Human Sciences at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. She was part of the USC Summer Bridge Program, so she is familiar with the campus’ hidden gems. She was born and raised in the spectacular city of Los Angeles. She cannot imagine growing up anywhere else. She thinks the best thing about LA is the weather. During her free time, she enjoys taking road trips, watching movies, taking hikes, playing sports, along with other things. She is an honest and open-minded individual who looks forward to new adventures. She enjoys embracing all the wonderful aspects of her Mexican culture and is fluent in the Spanish language. She is glad to have met so many wonderful people at USC and is thrilled to help other students make their transitions enjoyable experiences.
Caroline is a Vietnamese-American Junior studying Business Administration. She is originally from Irvine, California, and has lived in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and will be working in New York City this summer. She speaks Vietnamese, and hopes to learn more languages when she does a rotation abroad in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, London, Paris, or Copenhagen. Having parents who emigrated from Vietnam with just $20 in their pockets and no understanding of English, she understands how difficult it is adjusting to a new location and culture. She has a heart for helping others and is eager to assist you in any way she can.
Cheryl is a junior transfer student studying Political Economy with a minor in Forensics and Criminality. She is a Mexican American from Oxnard, California, in addition to being fluent in English and Spanish she loves to learn new languages and experience different cultures. Cheryl enjoys baking, spending time with her dogs, and meeting new people. She understands how difficult the transition from different cultural settings can be and is happy to help answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Cheryl is eager to help improve your conversation skills, English fluency and much more. Feel free to reach out to Cheryl for help in anything and Fight on!
Cobi is a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii studying Business Administration with a minor in Real Estate Development. Growing up, Cobi spent his summers in Osaka, Japan, his mother’s hometown. He speaks English with his father and Japanese with his mother. He currently works part-time on campus at USC Marshall’s “With Your Shield” Veterans Transition Program. In his free time, Cobi enjoys the outdoors, going to concerts, exploring Los Angeles, and cooking his mother’s recipes. He enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds and looks forward to welcoming you to the Trojan Family!
Cody is a second year JD student at USC’s Gould School of Law. He is originally from Orange County, CA, and also completed his undergraduate degree in English and Communication at USC. On campus, Cody has been involved in a number of organizations, from Greek life to the Trojan Marching Band, and in his free time enjoys reading, writing, and exploring LA. As someone who has also studied foreign languages (Japanese & Korean), Cody understands the challenges of learning another language, and as such, has the patience and diligence to help others practice and improve their English skills. Cody also has experience as a writing TA, so whether you are looking for help with conversational skills, essay edits, interview preparation, or just a friend to talk with, he looks forward to helping you and getting to know you!
Conner, a freshman Music Industry major in the USC Thornton School of Music and native Californian hails from Encinitas, CA (a beach town) near San Diego, CA, where he grew up in a Trojan family going to USC Football games and loving USC from day one! In his free time, when Conner’s not mountain biking (Team Captain (Mountain Bike) USC Cycling Team) surfing, off-roading, or camping in the Anza Borrego Desert, Conner plays lead guitar in a rock band back home in Encinitas. Having spent many years studying both Spanish and French, Conner understands how important practicing conversational skills is to gain fluency and meet new friends as an international student at USC. Conner would love to share his knowledge of his favorite Southern California restaurants, beaches, hiking/biking trails, parks, music venues and places to shop. Please feel free to reach out to Conner for help with anything, including help practicing conversing in English while having fun discussing American culture, food, music, travel, sports, as well as USC history and traditions!
David is an undecided freshman in the Dornsife School of Arts and Sciences. He was born in Connecticut, but has traveled to France, England, the Caribbean, and Fiji. In his free time, David likes to act, explore, and do escape rooms. He has had experience teaching English in the past in the Bahamas, and he’s excited to meet and get to know you!
Hailing from the Big Island of Hawaii, Derek is an undergraduate junior studying Computer Science. He has some background in Japanese and participated in a student exchange with Kumejima High School in Okinawa. As someone who experienced learning a second language through immersion, he hopes to help others get acclimated to student life at USC through conversation. In his free time, Derek likes to play tennis, travel, try new foods and search for new music. He is also the Artistic Director of the campus Taiko drumming group and participates in both Chinese American Student Association and Nikkei Student Union events. Feel free to reach out to Derek for anything from practicing presentations or interview skills to chatting about music or film or campus life.
Dhivya is a sophomore studying Computer Science with a minor in Computational Bio. She used to be in Biomedical Engineering, which always has been and always will be her first love, so she’s excited to put the two together and see what cutting edge technology can do for medicine and healthcare. She grew up in south India before she moved to Colorado in elementary school – in addition to English and high school Spanish, she speaks Tamil and wants to learn French. She loves to read, dance, practice taekwondo, and sing off-key even when she technically has three assignments due tomorrow. But most of all, she loves to learn something new – whether it’s about quantum theory, ancient military tactics, or sound production, a fun fact or ten about anything always fascinates her. She has experience tutoring for TOEFL prep, editing essays and practicing conversations. She can also help with public speaking, interview preparation, and other conversational things adults apparently have to do. Being an immigrant herself and watching others’ experiences, she knows where the journey might be rough, and how to smooth the way. She firmly believes that she has something to learn from everyone she meets; she can’t wait to hear about the things you love, hate, and everything in between!
Ellen is a freshman studying Design at the Roski School of Art and Design. She was born andraised in Southern California, but has traveled to Japan, the UK, and Italy. In her free time, sheenjoys reading, drawing, listening to new music, and going on food adventures! She is bilingualin both English and Japanese. Growing up as second generation immigrant, she understands thedifficulty of immersing yourself into a new environment, so she is willing to help anyinternational student who is struggling to have a smooth and valuable experience at USC. In thefuture, she would like to work internationally and act as a bridge between the US and otherinternational communities. She is looking forward to learning about you and helping you in anyway she can!
Gabi is a Pre-Law freshman majoring in Law, History, and Culture in Dornsife with a minor in Culture, Media, and Entertainment from Annenberg. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia before fulfilling her dream of moving to Los Angeles for college. On the weekends, Gabi loves to go to the beach, visit museums, go shopping, watch movies, hike, read, work out, do yoga, and spend time with friends. Back home, Gabi has one younger sister, who she is very close with and for whom she acts as a role model and mentor. In high school, Gabi worked with many international exchange students through an organization called ICES. She loves traveling, meeting new people, and learning about other cultures, so she cannot wait to get close with new students and to help them in every way she can. The transition as an international student to USC is very difficult, so Gabi will try to make it as enjoyable as possible starting with exchanging conversation.
Gina is a sophomore studying Communication at the USC School of Annenberg. 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!
Jamie is a freshman starting her academic career here at the University of Southern California, studying International Relations and Journalism. Although she is originally from a very small town in Wyoming, she has grown up traveling, including a six week trip to South America last summer. Besides her passion of traveling, she also loves music, playing the cello, drawing, painting, reading and meeting new people! Additionally, she has taken five years of Spanish while in high school and is now studying Arabic here at USC. She understands how complex learning a new language can be, as well adjusting to a new culture, as she did a short study abroad program in Chile. Feel free to reach out to Jamie if you need help improving your English skills, proofreading homework or just figuring out American culture!
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Jared is a second year Masters student at the Sol Price School for Public Policy at USC. He is studying transportation planning and sustainable land use. Jared likes to travel, learn languages and genuinely enjoys teaching! He’s happy to help students in any way he can!
Jasmine is a senior, studying Business Administration (Marketing). She is a Los Angeles native. This summer, she worked at Adobe as a Business Development intern. She comes from a marketing and communications background having worked with Huffington Post, Oath (formerly Yahoo!), American Red Cross, and California Science Center. Jasmine has spent time as a study abroad student in Korea at Yonsei University. She has a lot of experiences with working with international students. She is excited to help you get immersed at USC and show you around LA (such as the best places to eat and hang out at). She can also go through your resume, edit your essays and cover-letters, hold mock interviews, and talk to you about anything you are interested in.
Jonah is a senior from Santa Monica, California studying International Relations Global Business with an emphasis in Financial Management at USC. He has always been fascinated by other cultures’ languages and their cities. He speaks Mandarin Chinese as well as Spanish and has been to many countries Asia, Europe, and South America. Jonah went to Taiwan last summer and experienced what it was like to be in a one-on-one situation. He looks forward to bringing the skills and tools he picked up to his one-on-one meetings. In his free time he enjoys going to the beach, playing baseball and tennis, and going to the gym. Whether it is a paper, an interview, an email, or just questions about American culture, Jonah is happy to help!
Jordan is an undergraduate freshman studying Political Economy and minoring in Arabic. He was born in San Diego, CA and was raised in Orange County. Jordan loves learning about new cultures, interacting with people from every walk of life, and having new experiences. He is a native English speaker and is currently at the second level of Arabic. As a former student-athlete and participant in various organizations around campus including Undergraduate and Residential Student Governments, Jordan is looking forward to the challenge of helping improve the English language abilities of others. In his free time, Jordan runs long-distance, participates in on-campus clubs, and hikes. Jordan can help with conversation skills, understanding American idioms, editing essays, career and interview preparation, and more!
Katie is a sophomore 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!
Kyle (currently unavailable)
Kyle is a sophomore transfer student in the Marshall School of Business, majoring in Business Administration and adding on Accounting in the near future. The son of Singaporean immigrants, Kyle was raised within the San Francisco Bay Area and is looking forward to exploring LA. Kyle has been working with Chinese international students for the past year at University of California, Santa Barbara, helping them with translations, economics, essay writing, and adjusting to American culture. He himself is currently adapting to a brand new environment at USC and understands the difficulties of settling in and the importance of having a friend to help you through the process. His hobbies include baking, cooking, and story writing; whether you wish to discuss delicious recipes or require assistance with essays and interviews, Kyle is eager to meet you and smooth your transition into USC!
Leah (currently unavailable)
Leah is a junior from Chicago studying Cognitive Science and East Asian Area Studies. She has always had a passion for learning languages and helping others. Leah has traveled to Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Japan in the past two years to improve her Chinese speaking skills as well as further her understanding of other cultures. In her free time, Leah loves to eat food, go to the beach, explore LA, dance, and play video games or watch movies with her friends. Whether you need help with an essay, speaking, mock interview, or understanding American culture, Leah is excited to meet and help you! Fight On!
Lily is a sophomore studying Industrial & Systems Engineering (Info Systems) with a minor in Business Finance. She is from Honolulu, Hawaii but has lived internationally for 10 years of her life. Lily is involved with various organizations on campus, including Value Investment Group and Theta Tau, a professional engineering fraternity. She is also a huge music (anything from baroque to classical) fan, and performs with the concerto concert orchestra on campus. She is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, and knows a little bit of French, but is always down to learn more about other cultures! She is excited to explore all that LA has to offer, and looks forward to hearing from you!
Mia Poynor is a senior majoring in Health and Human Sciences with a focus in International Health and double minoring in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence and Spatial Studies. Hailing from San Francisco, she has traveled abroad many times, including Chile, Taiwan, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Colombia, and had amazing experiences connecting to the culture and people. While studying abroad, she had the opportunity to have a language partner that exposed her to many cultural norms and experiences she would have not otherwise known about and now hopes to do the same with international students here at USC. Mia intends to work abroad and loves learning about new people and new places.
Natalie is a freshman majoring in Political Economy and possibly minoring in Cinema and Media Studies. She is born and raised in Hong Kong so she also speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin. At USC, she is involved with the online publication US-China Today as well as the Asian Pacific Cinema Association. In her free time, she enjoys watching films and exploring new restaurants. As an international student herself, Natalie understands why it’s sometimes challenging to be away from home and is excited to share her experiences or help others navigate this process! Feel free to reach out to Natalie for anything from presentation preparation to just film recommendations!
Rachel is a sophomore 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.
Robert is an undergraduate Sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering. He was born in Taiwan but raised in Vancouver, Canada. Having benefitted from the multicultural environment in Vancouver, Robert loves meeting people from different backgrounds. He is passionate about the various cultures in Asia, particularly the ancient Chinese culture. He speaks fluent Mandarin, English, and would love to master Hokkien. As a student who had to depart from a familiar environment when he was very young, Robert understands the obstacle students may face while honing their English language skills and trying their best to make new friends in a foreign country. As a hobby, Robert enjoys being involved in clubs such as the Taiwanese Student Association, playing badminton, listening to music and reading. He utterly understands the difficulty of your current journey and will help you with your conversational skills, in addition to going over and perfecting your essays. He can, of course, be your confidant, a close friend with whom you can simply chat with and increase oral fluency!
Richard is an undergraduate freshman majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Health Care Studies. Growing up in France and arriving to the United States in his early teen years, he understands very well the hardships of immersing yourself in a new culture with a new language and new customs. He interacted with multiple immigrant communities both in the US and in France and developed efficient methods of discovering new cultures comprehensively. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, working out, learning new languages, and reading books. He is eager to meet you and share his experiences!
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Sam is an undergrad business student at Marshall School of Business. While raised in a small town in New Jersey, she loves to explore diverse cultures through travel and unique eats (particularly, desserts). Since flying 3,000 miles across the country, Sam has continued her passions for consulting, interacting with students across cultures, and helping others! Sam is greatly involved in the Marshall community (AIM Marketing Consulting, Marshall Business Network) and is eager to help edit and strengthen papers or resumes. As an enthusiastic American pop culture follower, she can discuss all the latest trends and hot topics! Driven by the hope to find common threads between all people, she appreciates engaging and listening in conversations on all matters. From academic, cultural, entertainment, to food-centric themes, Sam is happy to serve as a partner and friend!
Sarah is a sophomore majoring in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She was born in the Los Angeles area and has lived there much of her life. In addition to English, she has some background in Mandarin Chinese, French, and basic German. In her free time, she likes reading, listening to music, photography, and cooking. Sarah went to Beijing last summer and experienced having one-on-one conversations with other local students learning English. She hopes to continue improving her Chinese and French and is interested in teaching English as a foreign language someday. Feel free to reach out to Sarah if you need any help with your English language skills.
Sarah is an undergraduate sophomore 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!
Shikah is an undergraduate senior majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Viterbi. Though she was born and raised primarily in Saudi Arabia, she has spent several years in France, Czech Republic and China. During summers as an undergraduate, she has worked in various countries around the world. Shikah is a board member of the Saudi Student Association, and an active member in USCs undergraduate student government, international student assembly, and expat society. She has started learning Spanish at USC, and enjoys learning and teaching languages. In her free time, Shikah is an essay tutor for international students. She also enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and exploring new restaurants around the city. Shikah will help you improve your language, social, and interviewing skills! Shikah is excited to get to know you and to grow together professionally!
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!
Vincent (currently unavailable)
Vincent is a graduate student studying MS Computer Science at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC. He was born in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and then moved to London, United Kingdom when he was young. Moving out of the country at a young age introduced Vincent to the wonders of traveling, which has since turned into a long-time hobby for him. During his free time, Vincent enjoys playing Japanese Mahjong and traveling around the city. He can speak Korean, Japanese, English, and a little bit of German (the latter being somewhat rusty!). Vincent has experience with teaching English and other high school subjects to Korean-American students from his high school and undergraduate years and welcomes everyone to ask him for assistance in anything from basic conversation to interview preparations.
Yoko (currently unavailable)
Yoko is a 2nd 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!
Zoe is a second year undergraduate student studying Global Health through USC’s Keck School of Medicine on the UPC Campus. She is passionate about healthcare and helping others and wants to pursue a career in hospital administration. Zoe is also specializing in Applied Analytics through Viterbi’s Information Technology Program. Zoe is from San Diego, California so she loves swimming, surfing, and all things ocean-related. She grew up in a multiracial (half Thai, half French and Swedish) household so she has a soft spot for exploring the differences and similarities among cultures. Some of her hobbies and passions include all things food or cooking-related, being outdoors–she is an avid hiker, camper, and backpacker, all kinds of music, and giving service to the community through volunteering.