Pre-Orientation Leaders

Nicole Flores
Nicole Berenice Zamora Flores

Country: Ecuador
Class Year: 2021
Major: Economics

Hello, first years! My name is Nicky Zamora and I will be one of your international OLs this year. About a year ago, I left my country, Ecuador, for the first time to study at Brandeis as a Wien Scholar. It has been quite a journey so far, and I am excited for all of you to live your own adventure here. Before college, I earned a social innovation certificate in Quito, interned at both a marketing firm and a local hospital, and worked part time in an advertising agency. I love dancing, theater, sculpture and anything related to art, which is why I will be minoring in creativity and art for social transformation. I like spending my free time with family and friends, being outdoors, attending cultural events, exploring new places and reading a good book. See you soon!

Alessia Stewart
Alessia Stewart

Country: USA
Class Year: 2020
Major: Anthropology and International and Global Studies with a minor in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Hi y'all! My name is Alessia Stewart, and I'm from Dallas, Texas! I'm in the class of 2020 and double majoring in international and global studies and anthropology, with a minor in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. I love being a part of the soccer club at Brandeis and working in the International Business School! My favorite things are traveling, convincing myself that I have the time and/or money to travel, and planning trips that will likely never happen! I will be going abroad to Jordan in the spring and have been studying Arabic for over two years, so please help me practice if you happen to speak it!

Akwasi Owusu-Brempong
Akwasi Owusu-Brempong

Country: Ghana Class
Class Year: 2021
Major: Business and Economics

Hi Everyone! My name is Akwasi Owusu-Brempong and I am a Wien International Scholar from Ghana. I am a rising sophomore majoring in business and economics. I moved to the United States a year ago and it has been a totally different experience for me. At Brandeis, I have discovered my passions both inside and outside the classroom. I have been actively involved with the Brandeis Soccer Club, the Campus Activities Board, and the Brandeis African Students Organization. I have also had the opportunity to work as an admissions operations student and a volunteer for the Waltham Group. In my free time, I play video games, hang out with friends, and enjoy the many different things the Brandeis campus and the Boston community as a whole have to offer. I look forward to getting to know each and every single one of you! I wish all of you the best of luck in your individual journeys at Brandeis.

Qindi Ding
Qindi Ding

Country: China
Class Year: 2021
Major: International and Global Studies

Hi everyone! My name is Qindi Ding and I am so excited to be a fall 2018 International Pre-Orientation Leader! I come from Jiangsu, China. I am a rising sophomore majoring in international global studies, with a potential double major in philosophy, and potential minors in legal studies and social justice and social policy. I have a strong passion for ethics, human rights, global justice and international law. Aside from engaging in academic studies, I perform in the Brandeis Wind Ensemble on saxophone, volunteer with Prospect Hill Kids’ Club (PHKC) and Teaching Assistants in Public School (TAPS) with the Brandeis Waltham Group. In my free time in Brandeis, I prefer reading books, listening to music, and spending time with my friends. My favorite activities also include traveling, calligraphy and Chinese painting. I recently started to make my personal website, which will be an extremely special experience for me. I can't wait to welcome all of you to be part of the amazing Brandeis community!

Hannah Cook
Hannah Cook

Country: USA
Class Year: 2020
Major: Double-Majoring in International/Global Studies and Anthropology, Minoring in Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture

Hello and welcome to Brandeis! My name is Hannah and I’m a domestic student, soon to be starting my third year. Although English is my first language, I also speak Hebrew, which I learned while studying in Israel for two years at the Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS). Once I arrived at Brandeis, I immediately started taking classes in International/Global studies, and declared my major at the beginning of my second year! I can’t wait to share what I love about Brandeis with all of you, while also learning about your diverse backgrounds. See you soon!

Carrie Sheng
Carrie Sheng

Country: China
Class Year: 2020
Major: International and Global Studies, Philosophy and Studio Art

Hi! I am a rising junior from Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. I am majoring in international global studies, philosophy, and studio art with minors in art History and legal Studies. I am involved in the Office of Study Abroad, Campus Activities Board, and Vietnamese Student Association. I was also elected as the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Representative under the Student Union. I am an art lover who enjoys going to museums, churches and art galleries as well as being an artist myself through drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. I am also obsessed with black and white romantic comedies and Jazz music. My favorite contemporary jazz vocalist who is still alive is Tony Bennett.

Rasheed Peters
Rasheed Peters

Country: Jamaica
Class Year: 2020
Major: Business, minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation

Hello everyone, I am Rasheed Peters, a thirdyear student from Jamaica. I am majoring in business and minoring in creativity, the arts, and social transformation. On campus, I am the President of the Campus Activities Board - a student-led group that strives to provide fun and exciting events for students to maximize their college experience! Country: Jamaica Class Year: 2020 Major: Business, minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation So I have a part in planning all the concerts and different entertainment events that happen on campus. I am excited to meet you all in August and to help you navigate the first stages of your Brandeis journey. Coming to the US for college is as strange and stressful as it is exciting, so do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. See you soon! My Brandeis email: rspeters@brandeis.edu

Precious "Gold" Ufomadu
Precious "Gold" Ufomadu

Country: Nigeria and America
Class Year: 2020
Majors: Economics and International and Global Studies

I am currently a Brandeis International Business School Scholar in the five-year BA/MA program. I love economics and I love learning about economics. I am passionate about facilitating conversations between the international and domestic community because I understand both perspectives and have lived in both worlds. I love to travel and learn about new culture, play sports (soccer, basketball and track), and play board games. I love critiquing films and TV shows and I hope to someday do it professionally. Also, I love making new friends and having a good time. I can’t wait to meet all of you!

Yiling "Linda" Xie
Yiling "Linda" Xie

Country: China
Class Year: 2021
Major: Business & Computer Science

Hello, my name is Yiling Xie, but you can call me Linda. I am from Shanghai, China. I am a rising sophomore majoring in business and computer science. I am involved in the TAMID Group at Brandeis. TAMID Group is a student-led, apolitical business organization that develops professional skills through hands-on interaction with the Israeli economy. If you are interested in being part of TAMID, please let me know! I enjoy listening to music and traveling. One fun fact about me: Piglet is my favorite cartoon character!

Tony Zhu
Ningyuan "Tony" Zhu

Country: China
Class Year: 2020
Major: Business and Economics

Hi, my name is Tony Zhu. I am double majoring in business and economics. I was born in Shanghai but this is my 7th year here in the US. I graduated from a military high school in northern Chicago area. I spent my freshman year of college at University of California, Santa Barbara and then I transferred to Brandeis, which has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made in college. I sincerely hope you will all enjoy Brandeis and embrace all the great things here as well as the challenges that you will face along your Brandeis journey. I love spending my free time going to the gym, so hit me up if you are into fitness so we can train and get workouts done together. I love traveling, and outdoor adventures. Most importantly, I would love to get to know each one of you, so please don’t be shy to reach out and talk to me!

Tafara Gava
Tafara Gava

Country: Zimbabwe
Class Year: 2020
Major: Creative Writing and Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP)

Hello everyone, I am Tafara Gava, from Zimbabwe. I am an avid reader, art enthusiast, and theatre fanatic. This summer, I have spent two weeks at Skidmore College in New York to attend the Summer Writers Institute. I am very excited for the opportunity! I'd like to become an author who divides my time between writing and helping African governments improve healthcare on the African continent.

I am also involved in the Justice, Brandeis University's newspaper. You can find me working at the Box Office in the Shapiro Campus Center and the Hiatt Career Center.

Sahra Jaamac
Sahra Jaamac

Country: Somaliland
Class Year: 2020
Major: Psychology and Economics

Hello everyone, I am Sahra Jaamac, a thirdyear student from Somaliland. I am majoring in psychology and economics. I am involved in the Brandeis African Student Organization (BASO) on campus. I am also a Wien International Scholar. In 2017, I worked as a Global Fellow for I Am Global Week.

This summer, I got an internship at Kaplan Test Prep in New York. I was very excited for this opportunity.

Ninh "Kate" Nguyen
Ninh "Kate" Nguyen

Country: Vietnam
Class Year: 2021
Major: Business and Economics

Hi guys, my name is Kate Nguyen and I am really excited for this year's Pre-Orientation! I am from Hanoi, Vietnam and started school in the United States 5 years ago. My intended majors are business and economics. I love dancing and taking part in cultural activities. I am currently a member of Kaos Kids - a Brandeis Hip Hop dance team, South East Asia Club (SEAC) and the Korean Student Association (KSA). I love learning new things about different countries and cultures, especially different cuisine. I love exploring any food places or cuisines. If we share anything in common, let me know! I hope to meet and get to know all of you soon!

Annie Tsai
Annie Tsai

Country: USA
Class Year: 2019
Major: Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP)

Hello! I am Annie from the suburbs of Allentown, PA, double-majoring in biology and health: science, society, and policy (HSSP). I am actively involved with campus clubs, ranging from Brandeis Taiwanese Students Association to Education for Students by Students. I also enjoy working with the youth at Boston Children’s Hospital. In my free time, I love singing karaoke and traveling the world. I have lived in different cultures and communities across the United States. I would love to share my story with incoming international Brandeisians. My advice for first-year students: step outside of your comfort zone!

Gisaldjo Purbollari
Gisaldjo Purbollari

Country: Albania
Class Year: 2020
Major: Computer Science

Hi everyone and welcome to Brandeis! My name is Gisaldjo Purbollari, but you can call me Gis (I’ll tell you all about how to pronounce it when we finally meet). I am a Wien International Scholar from Albania, currently in my third year here at Brandeis as a computer science major. I have a wide variety of interests and passions: I enjoy playing classical, pop and rock music on the piano, programming, brainstorming major global issues, playing sports, and going out. The thing I enjoy the most, however, is meeting people from different places and backgrounds and people who have different ways of thinking. I believe that sharing with and learning from people different from oneself is a sure way to become part of the global community, as well as grow morally and intellectually as a person. My global journey began when I attended United World Colleges in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, an International Baccalaureate high school with a strong emphasis on moral values and strong bonds between the members of its community. It is precisely this experience that led to my interest in joining Brandeis. I am looking forward to guiding you in your first steps to becoming global citizens!

Zhuoya Zhang
Zhuoya Zhang

Country: China
Class Year: 2020
Major: Health: Science, Society and Policy, Economics, minor in German Studies

Hi everyone and welcome to Brandeis! I am Zhuoya Amanda from Beijing. I am a rising junior double majoring in health: science, society, and policy (HSSP) and economics with a minor in German studies. I will be the Undergraduate Department Representative for German and the BUGS tutor for Chinese this coming year.

I love being in nature, running, doing yoga, reading in coffee shops, and finding cool restaurants to eat at with friends. This summer, I studied abroad in Berlin. I am always open to new things, and I wish to be a citizen of the world, living and working at different places in the future. I can’t wait to meet you all and learn more about you! Welcome :)