List of Partners

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To select a partner, please review the list of partners on this page and then submit your request in the form below. In the "Request" box, please provide the name or names of partners with whom you'd like to meet, the times you are available to meet (keeping in mind your selected partners' availabilities) and what you would like to work on.We will forward your request to your selected partner(s) and they will contact you shortly.

Alyssa

Alyssa is Junior student at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences majoring in psychology. Alyssa has a large variety of European and Hispanic ancestry. Alyssa has lived in four different cities in California that include Ventura, Somerset, (one hour south from Sacramento) Santa Cruz, and Santa Clarita. Currently, Alyssa resides in Oxnard, California. When she is not studying or working on various community engagement projects, Alyssa enjoys reading, skateboarding, skim boarding, rollerblading, ice skating, hiking, and going to the beach. Alyssa has a very diverse background and will have a great conversation with you about practically anything as she is very conversational and also can fully assist you with whatever you would like to learn and/or develop. Alyssa is looking forward to hearing from you and getting to know you! 

Cassandra

Cassandra is a senior studying Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She grew up in the Bay Area and speaks Mandarin fluently, a language she uses to interact with her parents and grandparents. On campus, she’s involved in Trojan Shelter, Wazo Connect, and works as a research assistant in the Brain and Music Lab at the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, among other things. In her free time, Cassandra enjoys cooking, playing music with her friends, and exploring the best food places in LA. She has grown up surrounded by and interacting with international students and is looking forward to meeting you all! She’s looking forward to helping you in whatever way you may need, including interview practice, presentation feedback, writing tips, and just simply conversing!

Chloe

 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!

Connor

Connor is a rising senior majoring in History and Italian at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Born and raised in California, in Los Angeles and the SF Bay Area, he has long been interested in experiencing diverse cultures and learning new languages. He is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Italian, drawn to both by his love of history and cuisine. He enjoys adventuring in both the urban and natural landscapes of California, as well as playing and listening to music, and is always happy to recommend the best taco spot to eat at, beach to walk along, or album to listen to. He is a huge sports fan and loves to chat about everything from the Lakers to soccer. If you want to find a movie to watch or trail to hike, learn about Californian slang or what there is to do around campus, improve your conversational, writing, and interview skills or anything else Connor is ready and excited to talk with you!

Eric

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. 

Hannah

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!

Holly

Holly is a first-year graduate student studying Communication Management at USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. She grew up in Shanghai and Vancouver and moved to the US for college. She has now moved to LA to study her passion in marketing and PR and is a new student at USC who is excited to meet her fellow peers. She is proficient in both English and Chinese and has 7 years of experience in public speaking. She would love to help those who are struggling with speaking and presenting in class as well as students who may need help with their English. Outside of school, she loves photography, traveling, meeting new people, exercising, and exploring different cuisines and cultures. She would love to talk about anything that may interest you or any concerns you have with school, work, or life. With prior experience in marketing and PR, news reporting, and interviewing for a student-run podcast, she has excellent written and oral skills that can definitely help you improve your English through one-on-one conversations. Holly is excited to meet with you and make great conversations! 

Janaiya

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

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!

Makesha

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

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

Matthew is a current freshman studying psychology at the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. 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! 

Nikhita

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

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.  

Richard

Richard is a senior 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!

Sadie

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!

Starr

Starr is a Computer Science (Games) major and enjoys video games, sports, music, and community service. Her experience in teaching includes mentorship of international students in high school, tutoring children in math and English, and creating an educational computer game that helps with reading comprehension. She looks forward to being your conversation partner!

Tara

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!

Tiffany H. (Currently not accepting more students until Spring 2022)

Tiffany is a senior studying Health and Human Sciences with a minor in Economics on the pre-physical therapy track. She is originally from San Jose, California, but has lived overseas in Shanghai and Taiwan. Additionally, she speaks Mandarin and conversational Spanish. On campus, she is a member of Science Outreach and a research assistant at the USC Brain and Creativity Institute. Tiffany loves traveling, going to the movies, trying new foods, and spending time with friends. Feel free to reach out to Tiffany if you need any help, whether for interview preparations, presentations, or just simple conversations! She looks forward to hearing from you! Fight on! 

Tiffany M.

Tiffany is a Master’s Student from New York City studying Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Her Bachelor’s degree is from USC in Human Biology on the Applied Physiology track with a Minor in Health Care Studies. She hopes to pursue a MD-PhD in the near future. She has conducted molecular biology, stem cell biology, and cancer biology research at UPC, HSC, and CHLA. On campus, she participated in many student organizations such as GlobeMed at USC and the Marching Band where she played flute. In her free time, she likes baking, exploring LA, trying new food, and hanging out with friends. She has teaching experience through the Joint Educational Program at USC.  Feel free to reach out to Tiffany if you need any help with conversation skills, interview preparation, coursework, or anything else. Tiffany is excited to meet and help you! Fight On!