UMD: A Globally Connected University

Orientation Student Leaders - Spring 2020

Meet our 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. 



Caitlin Kim My name is Caitlin, and I am a senior studying environmental science and policy (ENSP) with a concentration in economics. I studied abroad during the spring '19 semester in Seoul at Yonsei University. During my time there, I loved trying new foods and taking Korean language classes. At UMD, I lead cleanup and service projects with the ENSP student advisory board, am a peer mentor at the Oral Communication Center, and am involved with the Global Fellows Program.
Christian Sorteberg My name is Christian Sorteberg and I am a senior aerospace engineering student. I love to travel - I go to Denmark every year to visit family, I spent a month in Southeast Asia over the summer, and I spent a semester abroad in Manchester. I also enjoy playing soccer; I am on the UMD club soccer team and a less competitive intramural team with my friends (we're always looking for new players, so let me know if you're interested!). I also like to play golf, volleyball and tennis.

Esther Amawuda

My name is Esther, and I am also an international student at the University of Maryland. I am currently an undergraduate student pursuing a major in Government & Politics with a minor in Law & Society. I am from a small country in West Africa named Togo and have been in the U.S. for almost 3 years. Now that you know a bit about me, I want to welcome you all to your new campus and wish you good luck on your journey.
Fan Jiang My name is Fan, and I am from China! I am a junior studying Communications and Computer Science. I am an outdoor enthusiast, and my favorite outdoor sport is whitewater kayaking. I also love hip hop dancing and playing guitar. The only thing I don't like is to think or talk about CMSC in my free time :)

Joyce Du

Hi, I'm Joyce, a first-year master's student in Second Language Acquisition. Born and raised in Taiwan, I studied abroad in South Korea for one-year as a junior in college. I understand how the anxiety of being in a new, foreign environment could affect one's both academic and social life, and I'm willing to help you go through this major life transition. We can talk about tips to start networking, to get support from school offices, and to find useful resources on campus. See you soon in the upcoming orientation!
Laila-Rose Galvin My name is Laila-Rose Galvin, and I am a senior International Business and Supply Chain major. I am from Silver Spring, Maryland and I studied in Vienna, Austria this past spring semester. I love traveling, going to concerts, and eating good food. If I could be a flavor of ice cream, it would be Pistachio. One of my goals in life is to become fluent in over 3 languages, so if anyone wants to practice with me, please let me know!

Luna C. Rubi>

I am a junior at UMD, double majoring in Spanish and Film Studies, with a minor in Latin American Studies. My pronouns are they/them/theirs and prefer any neutral pronouns in the languages you speak have. I am from Costa Rica, and I also studied abroad there for an entire semester. I am in the Maryland Filmmakers Club, and I often visit the LGBT+ Equity Center for different groups and events. I like to play video games, walk, and bike, among other things, in my free-time. I am very excited to meet you all!
Megan Czysz Hi, my name is Megan Czysz, and I’m an undergraduate student studying civil engineering. I’m from Maryland and studied abroad in Norway last semester. It was amazing, and one of the best experiences of my life, and I hope you all have an amazing time while here. In my free time I love to be outdoors, whether that’s playing sports with friends or hiking, and I’m also a big fan of board games. If you have any questions feel free to ask me and I can’t wait to meet you all.
Nimi Georgewill My name is Nimi Georgewill. I am from the southern part of Nigeria and am a Junior majoring in Public Health on a pre-med track and minoring in French. I plan on attending the Maryland-in-Montpellier program this summer. On campus, I am involved with Public Health Without Borders and OneU (Campus Ministry). I enjoy playing intramural soccer in my free time. Welcome to UMD!

Nur Mohamed Haris

Hi, My name is Nur, a senior dietetics major. I'm an international student from Malaysia. I identify as a Southeast Asian, a Muslim, and a food lover. Feel free to ask me any questions related to my identity, especially how to find good Southeast Asian food and how to practice Islam in United States. See you during orientation!
Peiyuan Luo My name is Vicky Luo. I’m from Shanghai, China. I am a Master student studying in Quantitative Finance. I spent 3 wonderful years in UMD as an undergraduate student; I believe you will love UMD as much as I do. I can speak English and Mandarin. Please feel free to ask me anything; I will try my best to answer them. Can’t wait to meet you all!

Pranav Harishankar Tiwari

My name is Pranav and I'm from India. I'm a cybersecurity grad student who had just as many questions about UMD and the area around as you probably do when I first arrived here. So, if you're looking for new places to explore, want to know what this university has to offer, or you just need a friend to hang out with, hit me up!
Runshi (Susie) Liu My name is Runshi (Susie) Liu. I'm from Guangdong, China. I spent 2 years at UMD as an undergraduate student, and now I am pursuing my Master Degree in Quantitative Finance. I can speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Please feel free to ask me any questions. Welcome to the University of Maryland! And GO Terps!