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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, giving tours of campus, answering all of your questions during Global Gopher Events!

We will post more information about them soon.

Team Member
Azhar

Azhar

Hello! Azhar here. I'm an international student originally from Kazakhstan double-majoring in Political Science and Economics. In my free time, I like to watch TV shows like Game of Thrones, American Horror Story and House of Cards. I also praise napping and reading.

Advice:
Here at the U of M, I can proudly say: don't be afraid to make the first step, in anything that you do and in anyone that you meet along your journey. Keep an open mind and enjoy your 4 years in college, because you won't have that opportunity ever again.

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Dom

Dom

Hi! My name is Dominic. I'm a sophomore studying Chemical Engineering. I was born in South Korea, but Ihad the opportunity to live in many other countries such as the U.K., New Zealand, and Belgium. I love spending my free time creating art and playing the guitar.

Advice:
I would strongly recommend all new students join as many student organization as possible in the beginning. This way you will be able to easily find a group of friends with common interest as you :)

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Jackie

Jackie

你好 ! Hello! My name is Jackie. I  am currently a junior studying under College of Liberal Arts.I grew up in TW. But I got to study in Shanghai (SH) for 4 years from middle school to my 1st year of high school. I have been enrolled in an international school ever since 6th grade. I am very thankful for the opportunities to study in an English-speaking environment during my early educational years.

My favorite American tv shows are Modern Family, Fresh Off the Boat, and Heros.  I love running, playing basketball and baseball. If I have time, I could spend a whole afternoon reading. My favorite cuisine is Asian cuisine ! Basically anything ranging from Chinese, Japanese, Korean to Southeast Asian food.  Anyways, I hope to be a reliable resource for any incoming freshman or anyone who are considering choosing the U.

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Ngan

Ngan

Hi, I'm Ngan Le, a senior in Economics and Management (minor). I was a transfer student from California, so hit me up if we have something in common (or not) :)

Advice:
From my experience, don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone and seek for support because the U is a campus full of resources that can help to nurture your ability and growth.

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Peying

Peiying

Hi I am Peiying! I am from China and a current Master student at the U. I finished my undergraduate with psychology and sociology here, and I now major in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology. I have been working as International Student Outreach at Gender and Sexuality Center for more than two years. I love the people here, love the gardens and lakes here, love everything and everyday here, except the half-year long winter.

Advice:
It's hard to take a first step and ask for help from others, but once you take the first step you will realize it's not as hard as you have imagined.

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Rigo

Rigo

I am originally from Panama but lived throughout middle school and high school in Thailand and Vietnam. Currently, I am a sophomore pursuing a Chemical Engineering degree. In my free time I like to play sports/videogames and go on walks around the Mississippi River!

Advice:
My advice to future and upcoming students would be to be open to new experiences and friends, just because its new or foreign doesn't mean you should disregard it.

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Seola

Seola

Hi, my name is Seola Kwon. I am from South Korea and currently majoring in Communication Studies.

Welcome to the University of Minnesota, and I hope that you have a great experience here and have a great academic success on your field of study. I guess that you would feel nervous because everything is new. But, I am sure that you would successfully start the college life and adapt new Minnesota environment and culture. For you, we, the GGE Leaders, will always be here!

Team Member
Serim

Serim

I'm Serim. I'm a senior majoring in Sociology L.C.D and minoring in Art History. I love meeting new people who have diverse cultural backgrounds so I am so excited to meet with you all in the Global Gopher Events!!

Advice:
One piece of advice that I want to give you all is to get out of your comfort zone. Don't be afraid of asking and take advantage of college resources.

Team Member
Sreytom

Sreytom

Hey, my name is Sreytom Tim, and I am from Cambodia. I will be a sophomore at the U this upcoming fall semester 2017, majoring in Family Social Science.

I love my culture and share it with everyone I know and everywhere I go, but I am willing to learn about other cultures as well. I have a strong passion in doing social work. Beside that I enjoy cooking, traveling and hanging out with my friends. I wish to travel to at least 10 countries in the future.

Advice:
By the way, I would recommend you to not afraid to reach out to people whenever you need help and to balance your culture and American culture.


Victor

Victor

I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and I lived there for the first five years of my life, however I was raised in Spain. I did my sophomore and senior year of  high school in the United States and this will be my second year at the Universisy of Minnesota Twin Cities (sophomore). I am a CSE student majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. I can fluently speak Spanish, Portuguese, French and English, and I also have some knowledge in German.

Advice:
What I would tell new international students is that they do not have to worry about the lack of time to do things. If they organize themselves they can perfectly combine a great academic performance with a really good social life here at the UofM.

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Wen

Wen

Hello! My name is Wen Wang. I come from China. This is my second year here in the U.S. I'm very excited about being a GGE Leader and looking forward to meet all of you!

Advice:
Don't be shy and don't hesitate to ask for help. Everybody here is willing to help, so share your problem with someone. And enjoy your life here at the U!

GPS