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International Orientation Leaders (IOL)

International Orientation Leaders (IOL)

Meet our Fall 2022 Orientation Leaders who are ready to welcome incoming international students at the University of Maryland!  Review their bio to learn more about them. This exclusive group of leaders was chosen to facilitate the transition and welcome of new international students to the UMD community. 

Yusuf Aamir
My name is Yusuf Aamir and I am an undergraduate student, studying physics and astronomy. I am from India and have lived in Dubai, UAE my whole life. I hope to pursue research in particle physics and intend to go to graduate school to study and research the theoretical standard model. Outside of school, I love to play racquetball and soccer, and also really enjoy playing chess. I also really love cats and I have a cat that looks just like Garfield and he's awesome.
Hadeel Arqbi
Hello Everyone! My name is Hadeel. I am an graduate studnet from Saudi Arabia. I study second language acquisition. I am passinate about learning languages and cultures and meeting people from around the globe.Can't wait to meet you all. Welcome to our amazing UMD community!

Moona Asefa

Hello, my name is Moona Asefa. I am a junior studying philosophy and minoring in global poverty and health. I am from Ethiopia, that’s where my international experiences come from and continue. Six years ago I moved to the U.S. to pursue a higher education

Feben Assefa

Hi, my name is Feben. I am from Ethiopia. I am a first-year graduate student majoring in Information Systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. I enjoy meeting new people and learning about different cultures and backgrounds.

Lynn-Marie Edwardsshe/her/hers

My name is Lynn-Marie Edwards and I am a Master of Public Management candidate at the School of Public Policy. I am from the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. I lived and worked there as an Attorney-at-law until coming to UMD in Fall, 2021. I am excited to welcome new students and help them feel at home on campus and in Maryland, and to make the most of their stay. I enjoy attending cultural events, seeing new places, and contributing to the institutions/organizations to which I belong.

Mohamed Elnoor

My name is Mohamed Elnoor. I'm a PhD student majoring in Electrical Engineering. I'm originally from Sudan and I love travelling. I'm looking forward to meeting you :) Welcome to UMD!!

Isabelle Fabius

Hi! My name is Isabelle and I am a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology. I am from Princeton, New Jersey. I studied abroad the spring semester of my junior year in Madrid, Spain and also spent several weekends in other countries throughout Europe. I am a rising senior and super excited to get to know the incoming international students:) Feel free to follow my Instagram if you have any questions or just want to talk:) @izzy.fab I also speak french!

Maximiliano Gonzalez-Cruzhe/him/his

Hey Everyone! My name is Maximiliano or Max, and I’m a rising junior majoring in public health science. This spring semester I studied abroad in South Korea at Yonsei University located in Seoul! Living in a homogenous country can be isolating for many, especially when there are few people who share the same cultural background as me. Given this hardship, I’ve learned the importance of building a strong support network and working on my confidence to overcome the obstacles of being a student abroad. Can’t wait to meet you all, best wishes on your upcoming semester :)

Bhuvesh Gupta


My name is Bhuvesh Gupta and I'm pursuing my Master's degree in Cybersecurity at UMD. I am from India just like quite a lot other graduate students in my class.

Makkie Haller

Hi! My name is Makkie Haller and I'm a graduate student in the international education policy program. I'm originally from the U.S. state of Montana and I've studied abroad in Morocco, Egypt, and Wales. I love traveling, hiking, cooking, and learning about new cultures! I'm so excited to meet you all!

Juliet Huang

My name is Juliet. I am a second-year PhD student in art history, specialising in fashion and textile history. I moved to Washington, DC from New York City. Anything you want to know about art exhibitions and cool museums in DC and New York, just ask me!

Kari Huang

Hello! My name is Kari. I am an international student from Taiwan. I am an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Philosophy. I transferred to UMD two years ago and I hope my experience can help you better transition to the UMD community. I can't wait to see you all in our Meet and Greet sessions. Welcome to UMD!

Livingstone Imonitiehe/him/his

Hi guys, My name is Livingstone Imonitie. I am an international student from Nigeria studying transportation engineering. I am a second-year Ph.D. student and love to cook. I love making new friends and I am excited to have you guys here.

Sara Jafari

My name is Sara Jafari and I am a master student of art education (MCERT). My origin traces back to Persia where most of the people may know it today as Iran. I graduated in Iran in 2005. A little after, I left Iran to study art in Italy. I graduated in Italy in 2010 in art restoration and conservation. In 2011, I came to the US with a green card. I studied and worked so hard. I earned 2 degrees in Child Development and Teaching from 2 community colleges in Los Angeles. I also achieved my second BA in art history and archaeology from UMD and now I am a first year Master student. I am fluent in Frasi, English, and Italian. I paint, I play sports and dance. I also enjoy spending time with friends and new people from different ethnicities and backgrounds.

Yugadeep Kanaparthyhe/him/his

I'm Yugadeep Kanaparthy, a second-year undergraduate student in the department of astronomy. I'm from India, and I came to the United States as an international student. I'm excited for you guys to see what I, as a terp, have to offer.

Celine  Liptrotshe/her/hers

Celine Maria Liptrot is my full name. I am from Stuttgart, Germany originally but I’ve lived in America for cumulatively 4 years now (non-consecutively). I am a junior in government and politics with an international relations concentration, as well as a Politics, Philosophy, Economics double major and a minor in international conflict and development management and German. I love meeting new people, traveling, shopping, working out and painting! I have a brother studying at Georgetown Law so I am very familiar with the DC area as well. I am also a foodie and love trying new foods from different places (DC is a very international community and great for foodies FYI).

Mahour Manshaeeshe/her/hers

My name is Mahour Manshaee and I am a junior international student at UMD. I'm majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice and I'm preparing for Law School. Serving as the president of Iranian Graduate Student Foundation, I am very interested to meet with new international student and help them to find and contribute to their community and also welcome them to our community! To new upcoming terps: We, as your new friends are here for you!

Di Sunshe/her/hers

My name is Di Sun, my major is Business Analytics, I am a graduate student, I am from China, I like to play piano, guitar, and sing.