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Global Gopher Events

Meet the Global Gopher Leaders

The Global Gopher Leaders are excited for Global Gopher Events!
Are you?

We have an amazing group of Global Gopher Leaders! These returning international students will be leading many of the workshops and answering all of your questions during Global Gopher Events!

Global Gopher Leaders

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Florence Wee

Hi, my name is Florence and I’m a Malaysian transfer student. I’m currently a senior in Sociology and Global Studies. I use she/her/hers gender pronouns.

I’m really excited to meet you all and am here to help you as you transition to US college life. A piece of advice I have for you is to make use of the many resources our campus has to offer and don’t be afraid to grab opportunities!

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Harmeet Kharoud

My name is Harmeet Kharoud. I am pursuing a master's degree in public health. I am originally from India. I like hiking and hanging out with my friends. Fun Fact about me: I’m good at playing games.

Advice to new incoming students: Welcome to the University of Minnesota! Some of you might be scared for this new phase of life but it's okay. If you are confused or are feeling difficult to cope up with your semester or courses, reach out to your professors or advisors; Everyone is here to help. This university has a lot of resources. Try to make the best possible use of them. Try to go out on social events as you would be able to make new friends there.

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Leo Ma

Hi, this is Leo Ma, I am a sophomore at U of M. My major is Landscape Architecture in the College of Design. My gender pronouns are he/him/his.

Nice to meet you all. The advice I will give you is to ask when you do not understand.

Team Member

Michael Yang

Hello, my name is Michael. I am a senior student majoring in computer science at the U. I go by He/Him/ His.

My advice for you is to build your professional networks as early as possible, which will help your career development in the long run

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Ray Wu

Hello, my name is Ray. I am a sophomore studying Psychology at UMN. I use he/him/his gender pronouns. I like doing cardistry!

Advice to new students: Keep exploring! The University of Minnesota is a great place to explore not only yourself but also the great resources available that can help you with your academic and career goals.

Global Gopher Influencers

Team Member

Khady Hamid

My name is Khady Hamid. I am a second year Master in Development Practice (MDP) student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Even though I am originally from the Maldives, I consider myself to be a citizen of the globe.  I first left home for overseas studies at the age of 16, and since then have loved experiencing diverse cultures and connecting with people from all over the world. I use she/her/hers pronouns.

As a Global Gopher Influencer, I am excited to share with you all this island girl’s experiences, living in Minneapolis and studying at the U. I also hope that I will get a chance to connect with and put a spotlight on other international student experiences as well. I love discussing controversial global issues, cooking and sharing meals and watching independent movies. In the little free time I have I do yoga, read and write. I am currently reading Staying Alive, by Vandana Shiva.

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Love Soun (Kristen)

Hello, my name is Love Soun (Kristen). I am a junior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where I am double majoring in Strategic Communication and Art with a concentration in advertising. I use she/her/hers pronouns.

I am passionate about diversity and inclusion on campus—thus, I have worked with many student organizations/initiatives that aim to provide inclusive services to international students such as Global Gopher Leader, International Buddy Program, Global Gopher Greeter and a current student leader at the International Student Ambassadors.

One advice that I have is “Don’t stop learning and trying new things. Always embrace the possibilities, whether, learning/trying new language, culture, skills, or career, and most importantly, take some leadership roles. You’ll surprise how these small little acts can enhance your whole and rich experience as an international student in the US college.”

Team Member

Stacy Yuan

This is Stacy Yuan(袁媛) from Shanghai, China,  a third-year international student in her seventh year in the U.S. and currently majoring in Strategic Communications with minors in French and I.T. I use she/her/hers pronouns.

I am responsible for managing ISSS’s social media presence through developing and implementing digital marketing strategies.

A fun fact about me is that I might not be the best singer or the person speaking the most languages out there, but my music lover and language nerd traits combined makes me invincible at “Sing in the Most Languages Contest" (if there ever is one). I know how to sing in 14 languages, and the number keeps growing!