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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! They are excited to meet you and answer any questions you have about being a student at the University of Minnesota.

Global Gopher Leaders

Team Member

Ife Mokwunye

My name is Ife. My pronouns are he/him/his. I am a fourth year student at the University of Minnesota. My major is Math. My hobbies are playing soccer, watching soccer, reading, and of course playing Fifa.

I am excited to meet everyone, and I am excited you guys are here. One important piece of advice is as time goes on you are going to learn about so many resources including mental health and academic resources. Make sure you use them when you need them. They are there for you, they are part of your tuition money. I hope you enjoy your stay at the U. Reach out to me if you have any questions or if you ever see me anywhere.

Team Member

Ky Nguyen

Hi, this is Ky Nguyen. I am your GGE Leader for Spring 2021. I’m a Vietnamese international student. I’m currently a junior in Developmental Psychology. I use she/her/hers gender pronouns.

I can’t wait to meet you and let me know if you have any questions about American college life - like places to go near the U for hangout or groceries, or how to choose your classes - I would love to help you with that. My piece of advice for you is it is okay to feel overwhelmed at first, but know that every member at the university is here for you! So don’t be afraid to get help :)

Team Member

Leo Ma

My name is Leo Ma, I am from Beijing, my gender pronounce is he/him/his 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.

Team Member

Manuela Solines

Hi! My name is Manuela, I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am one of the GGE Leaders. I am an international student from Ecuador. I’m currently a senior double majoring in Music and Studies in Cinema and Media Cultures, both in CLA. I’m very excited to meet all of you!

I know this is a very scary time, especially with everything that is going on, but we are here to help you through this process. My tip for all of you is to not be afraid, coming to a new place can be very scary but know that you have a community that you can rely on and come to. Don’t be afraid of meeting new people or talking in class, being nervous is normal but everyone is feeling nervous and scared, you’re not alone. Welcome! We are very excited to have you here!

Team Member

Ray Wu

Hi everyone, my name is Ray. I use he/him/his gender pronouns. I am a sophomore studying psychology in the College of Liberal Arts. I am from Shanghai, China.

I am really excited to show you all about my experience and help you to transition into campus life. My tip for you all is to keep an open mind. When you assimilate to American campus life, there would be culture shocks and keeping an open mind would be a good option to learn more new things about other cultures. At the same time, learning different cultures would help to think about things through different perspectives which would benefit yourself in the long run. Feel free to explore different things and enjoy your college experience.

Team Member

Satomi Mitani

Hi! My name is Satomi. I am from Japan. I am a second-year master's student, studying international education. I use she/her/hers pronouns. Welcome everyone to the Global Gopher community!

It is a very difficult time in history, but we are here to support your student life fun and exciting! My advice for you is to join events (even those are online) as much as possible and actively talk/chat with other participants. It is a bit challenging to make contact from you but those who got contact will be happy. Especially the first semester is challenging so do not hesitate to ask for support. We are here for you!!

Global Gopher Influencers

Screenshot of ISSS Instagram account

Information about our new team of Global Gopher Influencers will be posted soon. You can also meet them by taking a look at ISSS's Instagram account where they are posting:

  • Video introductions from all of the Global Gopher Leaders,
  • Tips and suggestions for new students,
  • Information about useful campus resources,
  • ISSS staff biographies,
  • And more!