Culture Corps

Student Leaders

Leo

Leo Ma

he/him/his
Undergraduate Student
China

I am from Beijing, and I am currently a sophomore majoring in Landscape architecture. My hobbies are photography, playing bridge, and badminton. Getting to Minneapolis in spring could be a hard time if you are from places that never snowed, I suggest everyone get more than enough clothes for the cold winter and be prepared for other winter protections like gloves and masks etc. Also, the weather here could be really dry, so always having lipstick with you will be really helpful. I am really looking forward to meeting all of you in the Spring GGE events. I hope all of you will enjoy and learn more about the University and the city.

Satomi Mitani

Satomi Mitani

she/her/hers
Graduate Student
Japan

Hello, my name is Satomi. I use she/her/hers gender pronouns. I am a first-year PhD student, specialized in international education, at the College of Education and Human Development. I am from Japan. 

My advice to you is trying to have communities that you feel you truly belong to. Joining a student group or Cross-Cultural Discussion Group, engaging with your department's cohort, or becoming a Global Gopher Leader can be one of them. Your community does not necessarily have to be the US-originated one. It is also okay if the members of the organization are from your country, like (in my case) Japan. The people you will meet, you will go out with, or you will work with will be your great assets to survive your new life in the US. I hope you have many wonderful encounters!!!

Photo of a smiling woman standing between statues of two dwarves from Snow White

Yueting Zhao

she/her
Undergraduate Student
China

This is Yueting Zhao. I use she/her/hers pronouns, and I am an international student from China. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Biology in CBS. I like reading, traveling, and cooking. My piece of advice for you is to never be afraid of failure, and keep trying! I understand that the transition to a new campus can be challenging, nervous, exciting, frightening... But we are here for you! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns!