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Leadership Development Program

International Student Interns

International Student Interns assist students with social, academic, and educational support during their summer experience at UCI. They aim to foster cultural exchange and ease cultural acclimation for international students. They are all current UCI students and may even be taking the same courses as international students. Check out the 2016 International Mentors below!

Meet the 2017 International Student Interns

Abdullah Dada
Mentor
Mechanical Engineering; Class of 2018
(From Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)


I came into the leadership development program and summer session during my first year, and it has been a source of constant support and opportunity for me ever since. This is my third time coming into this program, I am fully determined to pass on the torch to the next year of mentors!
amdada@uci.edu

Diana Lee
Lead Mentor
Classics; Class of 2017
(From Los Angeles, CA)


Hello! My name is Diana and I'm from Los Angeles, California and I am currently a 4th year at UCI. I had the pleasure of being a mentor last summer, so I'm really excited to be back on the team to spend another summer spreading the love I have for my university and country to all of you! Meeting with countless international students and spending time with them at events gave me a wonderful feeling of excitement and joy as I got to know them individually and culturally. I look forward to making your summer memories at UCI something unforgettable!
dianal4@uci.edu

Bunchhin Huy
Mentor
Biomedical Engineering, Premed; Class of 2019
(From Phnom Penh, Cambodia)


Hi there! My name is Bunchhin, but please call me Chhin. I was born and raised in Cambodia for 18 years before I moved to the U.S. as an international student. I transferred from Northern California and participated in the Transfer Edge program, which exposed me to tremendous resources I cannot wait to share with all of you. You will be surprised by how many great opportunities inside and outside of UCI exist that you can take advantages from. I am sure you will have memorable moments here at UCI. See you all in summer!
bunchhih@uci.edu

Ruiqing (Rachel) Lan
Mentor
Business Economics; Class of 2020
(From Beijing, China)


Hello everyone! My name is Ruiqing Lan but you can call me Rachel. I was born and raised in Beijing, China and I am now an incoming sophomore at UCI. I felt nervous when I first came to UCI. Adjusting to a new culture can be scary sometimes, but it turned out to be so fun! I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and helping you make your experience just as memorable.
ruiqingl@uci.edu

Fei Ma
Mentor
Undergraduate/Undeclared; Class of 2020
(From Zhengzhou, China)


Hello everyone! My name is Fei Ma and I'm from Zhengzhou, China. I am excited to meet different people and learn about interesting cultures from all over the world! UCI is an amazing place and I had a lot of beautiful memories here that I will never forget. I hope to help you create your own beautiful memories at UCI this summer!
fma1@uci.edu

Monica Reyes
Mentor
Business Administration; Class of 2019
(From Granada Hills, CA)


Hello! My name is Monica Reyes and I am from Granada Hills, CA, which is a town inside the San Fernando Valley. My experiences at UC Irvine have been nothing short of amazing. In the summer of 2015, I attended Freshman Edge. This program helped me learn a lot about the school and marked the beginning of my college journey. I am so excited to be a Mentor for the 2017 Summer Session, and help give back to the program and the awesome people here at UCI.
reyesma3@uci.edu

Qi (Darcy) Shi
Mentor
Undergraduate/Undeclared; Class of 2019
(From Shanghai, China)


Hi everyone! My name is Darcy and I am an international student from Shanghai, China. I was a Summer Session Freshman edge student last summer. During this program, I had a chance to gain knowledge of campus resources and was prepared for my transition into UCI. And now, I am ready to share my experiences and knowledge with you all and help you solve any academic and/or social problems you face. I cannot wait to meet you and enjoy the beautiful California sunshine together!
jvenkate@uci.edu

Vesper Wang
Mentor
Undergraduate/Undeclared; Class of 2019
(From Harbin, China)


Hello! My name is Vesper and I’m from China. Being an international student at UCI has been a wonderful experience. I participated in Summer session program in my first year myself, which helped me get familiar with the new environment fast and make amazing friends. I love learning about different cultures and languages and I'm really excited to meet everyone! So I look forward to create amazing memories with you all this summer as well!
tianjw1@uci.edu

Truong Xe
Mentor
Business Economics; Class of 2020
(From San Jose, CA)


Hey there! My name is Truong, born in Vietnam, raised in San Jose, and now thriving in Irvine. So many great things have happened since I started my education here at UCI through the Freshman Edge program and it only seems to get better. I'm excited to be a mentor for the Visiting Internationals program and can't wait to share my experiences with you and learn from your experiences, it's going to be a great summer!
txe@uci.edu

Kimberly Zhang
Mentor
Business Economics; Class of 2020
(From San Jose, CA)


My name is Kimberly Zhang and I am from San Francisco and this is my second year at UCI. I was in the Freshman Edge last year and I meet lots of awesome international students at that time. My experience of studying abroad in high school also gets my prepared for this job. Can't wait to meet you all!
nuodiz@uci.edu

Zhiying (Melody) Zhou
Mentor
Mathematics; Class of 2018
(From Guangdong, China)


Hi, everyone! My name is Zhiying Zhou, and you can call me Melody. I am a junior international student from China. In my first year in UCI, Freshman Edge taught me how to involve in the campus life and start my academic career. Also, I made friends with people who came from different countries. We shared our own experiences and culture, and we learnt a lot from each other. It was a good experience for me, and I believe you will have a good experience with us. Don't forget, we are here to help you!
zhiyinz1@uci.edu