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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 with art, which is why I will be minoring in CAST (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 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 OWUSUBREMPONG Country: Ghana 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 in the Brandeis Soccer Club, the campus activities board, and the 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 has 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 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 IGS, with a potential double major in Philosophy, and potential minors in Legal Studies and SJSP. 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 Brandeis Waltham Group. In my free time in Brandeis, I prefer reading books, listening to music, spending time with my friends. My favorite activities also include traveling, calligraphy and Chinese painting. I recently started to make my personal website, which would 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 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 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 major 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 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! So I basically 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:

Precious Ufomadu (Nickname: Gold) Country: Nigeria and America Class:  2020 Majors: Economics and International and Global Studies 

I am currently a Brandeis IBS Scholar in the 5 year BA/MA program. I love Economics and I love learning about Economics. I am passionate about facilitating conversations and learning between the international and domestic community because I understand both perspectives and have lived in both worlds. Also, I love making new friends and having a good time. I can’t wait to meet all of you!. I love to travel and learn about new cultures; sports (soccer, basketball and track); play board games; I love critiquing films and TV shows and I hope to someday do it professionally.

YILING XIE NICK NAME: LINDA 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!

CARLOS ALEJANDRO BRACAMONTES Country: USA and Mexico Class Year: 2020 Major: International and Global Studies, Politics; minor in Legal Studies and Journalism Hi first years! My name is Carlos Alejandro Bracamontes, but you can call me Alejandro. I grew up speaking both English and Spanish at home. I am a Davis UWC Scholar, and I went to United World College Maastricht, in Netherlands. On campus, I am involved in The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII), and serve as the president of the Brandeis Chapter.  I am also proud to be part of the Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society. If you are interested in joining the TRII or the debate team, please let me know!

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 am so excited for the opportunity. 

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 will spend 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 in the Justice, Brandeis University's newspaper.  You will also see me working at the Box Office and the Hiatt Career Center. 

ANNIE TSAI Country: USA Class Year: 2021 Major: Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) Hello! I am Annie from the suburbs of Allentown, PA, doublemajoring 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 enjoys 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!

Meet Your International Pre-Orientation Leaders  
Meet Your International Pre-Orientation Leaders