Chloe (online only during summer)
Chloe is a sophomore studying Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Keck School of Medicine with a minor in Business. She was born in South Korea but grew up in New Jersey. Aside from English, Chloe is conversationally fluent in Korean and is learning Spanish. Her involvements on campus include Dear Asian Youth, International Student Assembly, Innovative Design, and the Korean American Student Association. In her free time, Chloe enjoys watching movies, going shopping, hiking, and listening to music. She has prior experience in interacting with people from different language backgrounds and looks forward to meeting you and having fun conversations together!
Eric C. (online only during summer)
Eric is a first year undergraduate majoring in Philosophy, politics, and Economics and Business Administration. He spent most of his life in San Diego but he moved to Shanghai and then Taiwan. Being an international student, he understands the struggles of crossing a new language barrier. He is both a native speaker of Chinese and English and has extensive experience in mentoring and public speaking. On campus, he is involved with Troy Camp which specializes in both academic and non-academic mentorship. Outside of campus, he plays the piano, works out, swims, and reads comic books. With experience in conducting his own mentorship program during high school, Eric is eager to engage with students and make a beneficial impact on their American education. He hopes to improve students’ communication skills and writing skills as both are crucial to thriving inside and outside of campus. Eric is excited to meet all of you and have insightful conversations whether they be about academics or the latest comic book issue.
Eric is a sophomore undergraduate at the USC Marshall School of Business majoring in Business Administration. He is from Los Angeles and comes from a Cambodian background. Eric is proficient in Khmer and also Spanish. Growing up in Los Angeles has introduced Eric to a multitude of different backgrounds and people. In his free time, Eric is a huge soccer (football) fan and plays on the USC Club team. He also enjoys skateboarding, hiking, and discovering new music and food. He has previous experience with tutoring and outreach and is suited to help you grow and develop as a speaker. Whatever you may need from help with homework or a casual conversation, Eric is here for you and is very excited to get to know you!
Hannah (not available until Fall 2022)
Hannah is a junior at Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, majoring in Economics and minoring in East Asian Area Studies. Born and raised in Malaysia, she has a background in interacting with multiple cultures, languages, and heritages. She has also spent some time in Boston, Massachusetts, and briefly studied abroad in Osaka, Japan. Aside from English, Hannah is also fluent in Malay, proficient in Mandarin, and conversational in Cantonese and Korean. On campus, Hannah works for the Financial and Business Services and is involved in the International Students Assembly. In her free time, she loves going on food trips, listening to music, and simply enjoying a good conversation. With prior experience in tutoring English, being an essay copyeditor, and being an interviewer for a publication, she is well-versed in making personalized conversations and helping with technical aspects of the language. Above all, she loves meeting people and is excited to get to know you!
Janaiya is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue higher education in a diverse and competitive environment. She loves learning about other cultures and forming personal connections that bypass cultural and geographical boundaries. She participates in research initiatives for the Marshall School of Business and is an active member of the Black Student Assembly. Janaiya loves cooking, exploring Los Angeles, yoga, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and listening to music in her free time. With prior experience working with international students, she is well-versed in communicating with non-native English speakers and is always excited to help them improve their skills. From gaining insight into American culture to improving in the oral and written conversational, academic and professional fields, she looks forward to creating an immersive English experience that helps you become more comfortable and proficient in the language in a supportive and non-judgmental setting!
Leah (online only during summer)
Leah King is an Occupational Therapy graduate student at USC. She has been a conversational partner since 2017 and loves meeting and talking to international students about their cultures as well as sharing her own. Leah was a double major in Cognitive Science and East Asian Area Studies and has studied and worked all over including Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Israel. Some hobbies she engages in are hiking, trying new foods, participating in USC’s OT Global Initiatives, traveling to national parks, and training for a triathlon. She is excited to meet you all!
Luke is a junior studying Computer Science/Business Administration but started as a Linguistics major in Dornsife. He has experience taking classes in many colleges at USC, whether it be film classes, engineering classes, or general arts and sciences classes. He was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and has lived there his whole life before coming to USC. Despite having a father who immigrated from Lebanon, Luke does not know much Arabic but is proficient in Spanish because of seven years of classes throughout his education. He loves learning about all kinds of cultures and has met close friends from many cultures during his time at USC. He also enjoys sharing his Lebanese culture, whether it be food recipes, his grandparents’ and father’s teachings, or even just the social and conversational norms in Lebanese culture. Aside from that, Luke values talking about his American culture and his experiences growing up and currently living in the United States, especially as someone who was almost completely raised in Lebanese culture growing up with his grandparents. His interests are very vast. He likes following fashion trends, especially in relation to shoes of which he has over 20 pairs. He likes to keep up with basketball, soccer, football, and even F1. Outside of sports, however, he is constantly learning more about the tech world and the different things an individual can do with technology (if you would like to talk about or need tech help he’s your guy). Last, he loves to talk and listen. He is always looking to meet new people whether it be in classes, at parties, or even just at dining halls on campus to share his ideas and thoughts as well as hear others’ ideas and thoughts to further build his perspective on different things. Luke is excited to plan conversations around your needs and wants. Whether it is interview prep, homework help, just a regular conversation with a friend, or getting clarification on something you do not understand about the American culture, he is happy to cater to your interests and overall just wants to talk to and meet you all!
Makesha (online only during summer)
Makesha is a first-year undergraduate student studying business administration in the World Bachelor in Business program. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, she has a love for the mountains and activities such as hiking and kayaking. When she’s not out in nature, Makesha enjoys learning about music production in USC’s songwriters’ forum, the French language, and trying out new recipes. As her undergraduate program teaches skills for international business and connections, she is looking forward to being a part of your language journey. Plus, if your native language is Spanish, Makesha is also a native speaker! She is happy to create a learning plan that includes Spanish if you believe it beneficial to your learning. Overall, she hopes to help students improve their English skills and understanding of American culture through topics necessary for their academics, but more importantly, through the interests the students value. She also hopes to help find which learning style best fits them – whether that be digital notes on Quizlet, mnemonic devices, weekly quizzes, or a combination of styles. So, whether you only need conversation partner for less than a semester or the whole year, Makesha is excited to learn more about you and help you reach your goals! (She is also more than happy to share photos of her corgi Benji).
Maria (not available until Fall 2022)
Maria is currently double majoring in Theatre (Acting) and Business Administration. She was born in Iran, but was raised in Los Angeles for nearly all of her life. She speaks Armenian fluently, and loves to share fun facts about her cultural heritage and hear others share their own! Being a first generation American and college student, she grew up bilingual, and loves to help people with the cultural transition (as she has done for her parents and grandparents). For fun, Maria loves to dance, snowboard, cook, go to the beach, and search the city for a new coffee shop! She has a passion for film and acting, and can talk about movies for hours (literally…). Maria is super excited to plan the conversations depending on your needs. Whether you want to practice your interview skills, perfect an essay, discuss a new movie, or simply talk to a friend, she is here for you!
Matthew is a current freshman studying Business Administration at the Marshall School of Business. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California so he is very familiar with the area. In his free time, he works as a Community Facilitator, goes swimming, and watches Netflix or sports. Matthew has teaching experience tutoring middle school students privately and as a teacher assistant in a summer enrichment program for elementary students. He loves to eat good food and try new activities throughout the city. Matthew is excited to you help improve your conversational skills!
Nayeon (only available online after June 20th)
Nayeon is a sophomore studying Political Science on the Pre-Law track with a minor in Dance. She grew up in St. Louis, but was born in South Korea and is conversationally fluent in Korean. Nayeon is involved in the Korean American Student Association, Spade A Dance, Sirens A Cappella, and Daily Trojan. She enjoys photography, going to concerts, thrift shopping, falling asleep at random places, and trying different bubble tea places in her free time. Growing up in a non-English speaking household, Nayeon hopes to use her experience to create a fun and comfortable environment for learning and improving. Whether you want an essay-editor, a mock interviewer, or just someone to chat with, hit her up!
Nikhita (online only during summer)
Nikhita is a sophomore double-majoring in Pharmacology & Drug Development and Cinema & Media Studies. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Nikhita speaks English, Hindi, Kannada, Spanish, Korean, and some ASL and Marathi. From a young age, Nikhita has always been fond of traveling and experiencing new cultures. She loves to meet and connect with people from different backgrounds and find similar cross-culturally shared experiences. At USC, Nikhita works as a student research assistant at the Institute for Addiction Science, is an undergraduate research fellow at the Korean Studies Institute, and is an Arts & Entertainment writer for the Daily Trojan. She is the Vice President of Production for Film and Television Writers of USC and is a member of the Student Symphony Orchestra. In her free time, she loves trying new foods, dancing, watching films, painting, or reading–anything creative. Nikhita looks forward to meeting you and catering to whatever you hope to develop your skills in, whether it is conversation, writing, interviewing, or if you’re simply looking for a friend!
Olivia (online only during summer)
Olivia is a Junior student at the Dornsife College of Letter, Arts, and Sciences, double-majoring in Cognitive Science and Spanish. Olivia plans to get her masters in neuroimaging after graduation and go into migraine and concussion research. Olivia is also passionate about animals, especially elephants, and enjoys spending her time volunteering at local animal shelters and clinics. Olivia enjoys working out, hiking, skiing, going to the beach, and trying out new restaurants in LA. Olivia is easy to get to know and loves bringing energy into any conversation. She wants to help make USC and Los Angeles feel at home by helping show students places to eat, study, and relax. Olivia is glad to help with any skills you would like to work on or develop, and looks forward to being a familiar face around USC.
Sadie (not available until Fall 2022)
Sadie is a junior majoring in East Asian Languages & Cultures (specifically focusing on Mandarin Chinese) and minoring in Computer Programming. She was born in Zhanjiang, China and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sadie has been studying Chinese since middle school, working to become fully fluent. She loves meeting new people, spending time in nature, and talking about travel and culture. One of her favorite places she has traveled to is Hangzhou, China. At USC, Sadie is involved with AATP, badminton, and is currently training to become a tour guide. She also loves exploring LA’s food and nature scenes. Sadie is excited to meet you all and eager to help you with conversation, writing, or any other language skills!
Sophia (not available until Fall 2022)
Sophia is a sophomore studying Intelligence and Cyber Operations with a minor in Cinematic Arts. She has lived in New Zealand, Germany, and the US (Los Angeles!) In addition to English, her native language, she is fluent in German and proficient in Italian and Spanish. On campus, she is an active member of the foreign service society Delta Phi Epsilon and a member of the Women’s Leadership Society. Outside of school, she loves watching movies (especially from the ‘80s), finding good avocado toast and coffee spots, taking the metro someplace new, and spending time with friends. As an international student herself having spent several years at an international school, Sophia is well-versed in collaborating and forming meaningful connections with non-native English speakers and understands how frustrating language barriers can be. She is ready to work with you on whatever you need (writing, pronunciation, colloquialisms, popular culture, general conversation, etc.) however you feel will be most beneficial to help enhance your experience on campus. She is so excited to meet you and get to know you better in an uplifting and non-judgmental environment!
Tara (not available until Fall 2022)
Tara is a freshman majoring in Biomedical Engineering on the pre-med track. She grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and Las Vegas, Nevada. She speaks English, Thai, and elementary level Spanish. Tara is involved in Taekwondo Club at USC. In her free time, she likes to solve Rubik’s cubes, play guitar and ukulele, and play with her dog, Tofu.Tara also loves traveling and learning about different cultures, especially through food! One of her favorite things about living in LA is the large amount of food options available; she is always willing to give great restaurant recommendations. Tara is able to help students with everything from improving their conversation skills, interview and presentation preparation, and giving writing tips. She is very excited to meet you and is looking forward to having some awesome conversations!