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International Student Orientation Leaders

International Student Orientation Leaders

Meet our Fall 2020 Orientation Leaders 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 in the transition and welcome of new international students to the UMD community. 



Name Bio
Allison Lu
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Hi, I’m Allison! I’m an undergraduate senior studying accounting and information systems. My interests include cooking, eating and a whole bunch of sports: volleyball, soccer, tennis, and flag football. I’m almost always down for getting a bite to eat or having a chill movie night or going on a spontaneous drive to who knows where! I studied abroad in Milan, Italy at Bocconi University. Although my time abroad was cut short by COVID-19, I had an insanely fun, jam-packed month and am so excited to help you all safely enjoy your time at UMD to the fullest!
Angela Lee
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Hi, I’m Angie. I’m currently a senior bioengineering major in the Clark School of Engineering. I fell in love with traveling and meeting people with diverse backgrounds during her exchange abroad in Madrid where she studied at Universidad de Carlos III. When I’m not studying on Mckeldin mall or drinking coffee at Vigilante, you can find me exploring D.C with friends or eating College Parks famous Marathon Fries on the Engineering field!
Ashley Feng
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Hi everyone! I'm Ashley. I'm going to be a senior studying finance, information systems, and French at UMD. I'm from Montgomery County, MD so I've been in this area my whole life. In my free time, I like to work out and cook. I look forward to meeting you and sharing all my UMD tips, tricks, and experiences!
Carly Steinberg
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Hello, I am Carly! I am a senior undergraduate student studying psychology. I am from North Potomac, Maryland, and studied abroad in Spring 2020 in Florence, Italy. On-campus, I am part of a sorority and a BSOS ambassador. I am excited for the 2020-2021 school year!!
Chengzi Tian
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Hello, my name is Chengzi Tian, but you can call me June. I am an international student from Beijing, China, and I am a third year undergraduate student. My majors are Information Science and Economics. My hobbies are napping, swimming, and painting. I’m excited to meet you soon!
Esteban Sanchez
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Hi, I’m Esteban. I am a rising sophomore majoring in Economics and Information Systems at the University of Maryland. I’m originally from Bogota, Colombia. Apart from academics, I’ve been involved in multiple organizations such as the Dean student’s advisory council, the Global Fellows program, Club soccer, and the Phi Kappa Tau social fraternity. I’m a passionate soccer player, and enjoy travelling to new places.
Esther Amawuda
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Welcome International Terps, my name is Esther, and I am an undergraduate student whose major is International Relations. I am an international student from Togo. Reading, cooking and sleeping are some of my favorite pastime activities, and I enjoy food. Once again welcome to UMD, and I am wishing you one of the best academic year ever.
Fan Jiang
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My name is Fan, and I study Computer Science and Communications. I am a senior at UMD, and I am from China. I love traveling and the outdoors. This is my third time volunteering as an Orientation Leader, and I am stoked to meet everyone!
Giang Pham
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My name is Giang Pham (Chloe). I'm sophomore (rising junior) major in Math: Statistics. I'm from Vietnam and moved to the US 3 years ago. I love hanging out with friends, cooking, shopping and travel.
Julianna Smith
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Julianna Smith is a rising senior at the University of Maryland. She is a vocal performance major with a minor in both German and Spanish. She is from Towson Maryland, and she has studied abroad in Vienna, Austria and Salamanca, Spain. Julianna loves to sing all the time and to try new, interesting foods!
Kai Xu

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Hi, this is Kai and you can also call me Shawn. My major is Quantitative Finance in UMD business school and I'm currently completing a master program. I'm from China and I love rock music. Actually a big music fan, so talk to me if you are also interested in music!
Luna C. Rubi
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Luna is a rising senior Film Studies major with two minors in Spanish and Latin American studies. They are from Costa Rica and studied abroad there for a semester in 2019. They are in the filmmakers club, attend some groups at the LGBT+ equity center, have a number of other interests, and cannot wait to meet you all!
Mehdy Sedaghat Payam
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I am Mehdy, a PhD student in Comparative Studies. I am originally Iranian, but I have lived in other countries such as New Zealand and Turkey.
Omar Tarabishi
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My name is Omar Tarabishi and I'm a graduate student in the International Education Policy MA program at UMD. I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but studied Arabic abroad in Egypt, where my parents are from. I love spending time playing soccer, watching movies, learning French on duolingo and getting to know others from all over the world. I enjoy traveling to experience different cultures and have visited over 50 countries!
Nimi Georgewill
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My name is Nimi Georgewill. I am from Nigeria and a senior studying Public Health Science with French minor. On campus, I am involved with Public Health Without Borders, OneU (campus ministry) and I enjoy playing Intramural soccer in my free time. This is my 3rd time being an IOL and I can’t wait to meet you all.
Rongjie Fan
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Hi I’m Rongjie Fan, I also go by Rose. I am a sophomore pursuing a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Food Science, with a minor in General Business. I am from Beijing, China and I am excited to help and get to know you all.
Satyarth Praveen
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My name is Satyarth Praveen. I am pursuing a master of engineering in robotics and I’m from Varanasi, India. I completed my undergraduate degree in New Delhi, India. The one thing that I want to new students to know about me: You give me good meme content and I am sold.
Shravya Peddigari
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Hi, I’m Shravya Peddigari pursuing a graduate degree in plant science department. I'm from India. It is very exciting to welcome the new students to UMD. I enjoy each and every bit of this campus and sure that the new students would do the same. The two places which I love to spend my time in the campus is STAMP and Eppley recreation center. Cheers to the new beginning for all the students!
Shupei Zhan
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Hi everyone! My name is Shupei (“James”) Zhan, and my friends call me James, Shupei or Peipei. I am a junior undergraduate student, and my majors are Information Systems and Finance. I am from Zhuhai, Guangdong, one of the coastal and romantic cities in China. I am a singer, bowler, photographer, and food lover. Feel free to follow my Instagram: Shupei Zhan. I am looking forward to meeting you soon!
Siddhesh Gupta
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Hi, I am Siddhesh Gupta. I am from New Delhi India. Currently I am pursuing undergraduate degree in Computer Science. I enjoy playing sports and talking to people. Feel free to ask questions.
Simeng Niu
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Hi guys, welcome to UMD! I'm Simeng Niu, a supply chain management graduate student from China. I know you may feel curious and nervous when you step into the campus. So we are here to help you as much as we can. Go Terps!
Thao Dao
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Hi everyone! My name is Thao, I'm an international student from Vietnam and this is my 5th year here as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland. I'm pursuing a dual degree in Accounting and Economics. I love eating and traveling, you can even say I travel for food. If I'm not in school, work or at home, you can find me at a restaurant. I'm graduating soon so I wanted to make the most out of the little time I have left at UMD. Being able to share my experiences as an international student with other students like me is such a great way to wrap up my last semester. I will put in my best effort to bring you guys the most memorable orientation ever.