Hometown: Paris, France
School Year: Graduate Student (1st year)
Major: Financial Engineering
Languages known: French, English, Spanish
Favorite thing/place at ISU: Milner Library & the Quad around 7pm
Clubs/Activities: VibeTribe & Badminton Club
Hobbies: making music, biking, reading, traveling, playing video-games
Future goals: be a happy man
"Hey Global Redbirds! It is such an honor for me to be one of the first face you'll see during your orientation week. I will try to show you as much as I can about the wonderful campus of ISU and the calm but lovely town of Normal. It is a great opportunity for you to learn and/or have fun in the US, so I'll make sure to offer you the best welcome I can!"
Hometown: Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
School Year: Undergraduate, 3rd Year
Major: Publishing, Business Administration Minor
Languages known: English
Favorite thing/place at ISU: The Fourth Floor of the Library that looks out over the Quad.
Clubs/Activities: Alpha Phi Omega, Humane Society, Euphemism Literary Journal, Sigma Tau Delta.
Hobbies: Running, Baking, Reading, Traveling, and watching way too much Netflix
Future goals: To work as a book editor at a small independent Press
"Hello and welcome to Illinois State! I'm so excited to show you around our beautiful campus and hopefully help it feel like a second home. I grew up in Bloomington-Normal so I know the area well and look forward to sharing my favorite places that I'm sure you will come to love too. I look forward to meeting you all and having a great international orientation week!"
“Hello, Global Redbirds! Welcome to Illinois State University. I am beyond excited for you to be a part of the Redbird family and experience all the great things that the ISU community has to offer. It is my pleasure to serve as one of your International Orientation Team Leaders and I cannot wait to show you the campus and tell you more about the community. I look forward to meeting you all, Go BIRDS!”
Hometown: Jamnagar, Gujarat, India
School Year: Senior Undergrad Student
Major: Information Systems Security
Languages known: Gujarati, Hindi, English
Favorite thing/place at ISU: Quad, Library 5th floor, Vrooman lobby
Clubs/Activities: International Orientation Team Leader
Hobbies: Programming, Learning, Workout/Gym, Discussion, Movies and programming again!
Future goals: Make my parents proud!
"Hello and welcome to the Redbirds family. I am so excited about this upcoming year at Illinois State University and I have so many plans for the year for me as it is my last year as I am senior and will be graduating next year. But my plan includes you too. So come join me and I will try my best to show you what an amazing life at ISU I have had."
Hometown: Lavras, Brazil
School Year: Second Year Graduate Student
Major: Masters in Exercise Physiology
Languages known: English, Portuguese
Favorite thing/place at ISU: Student Fitness Center
Clubs/Activities: Exercise Science Club
Hobbies: Physical Activity and Exercise in general, video games, and watching movies/series
Future goals: To get a PhD in Exercise Physiology, get a nice job, develop a formula to become immortal.
"Greetings, international students! We are really glad each of you have chosen to be a member of our Redbird family. As one of the International Orientation Team Leaders, it is my pleasure to be part of the team responsible to assisting you with your first steps toward academic success. I look forward to seeing you during the International Orientation Week!"
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
School Year: 2nd Year Graduate Student
Major: Project, Quality Management and Analytics
Languages known: English, Yoruba
Favorite thing/place at ISU: Redbird Arena
Clubs/Activities: International Talk Time, Graduate Student Advisory Council, African Students Association
Hobbies: Singing and listening to music, cooking, reading, writing, meeting new people and dancing
"It is such a wonderful, enriching and, priceless opportunity to get to meet, interact and share stories with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I'm honored to be a part of your first experience in Bloomington-Normal and I would be glad to help with your transition to life in America. I cannot wait to meet you all and show you around our beautiful campus. Welcome to ISU and see you soon!"