Introducing our International Pre-Orientation Assistants
Learn a little bit about the Wheaton students who will be International Pre-Orientation Assistants in 2014!
Alicia Alvarez, Class of 2015
Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
I chose to be an orientation assistant because I want to help first year students in their adjustment process and give them tips of how to have a better Wheaton experience. I love a lot of things about Wheaton but mostly the sense of community that we have and the fact that I feel at home whenever I am there. I was president of the Latino Student Association, member of the Intercultural Board and I am going to be SGA Vice President this year. Getting involved has been the best way to meet new people and improve my leadership skills.
Fun fact: I am obsessed with elephants.
Nesli Kohen, Class of 2017
Major: Psychology & Music
If you wonder how to pronounce my name, yes it is like the chocolate and water brand Nestle. I am so excited to meet all of you and make you feel home from your very first day. I am looking forward to share this experience with all of you before classes start, because international pre-orientation played a big role on my Wheaton life. I met the greatest friends and faculty members. It feels great to know that you are not alone even if you are far away from home, and that we are each other's family. Which is what Wheaton provides to you at the very first minute. I love to sing and dance. I am also in VUJ which is the only acapella/band gospel/rnb music group on campus. I will also be working for Admissions Office next fall, and I am more than happy to help you find your way with classes, employment, social activities and more importantly your feelings. I am also down to cook with you if you miss the food back home. Welcome to Wheaton, and do not forget how lucky you are!
Louis Molina, Class of 2017
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
I chose to be an Orientation Assistant because I attended the Marshall Center Intercultural Pre-Orientation last year and I had an amazing experience and was offered help on adjusting to the college life and to the Wheaton atmosphere, so I wanted to provide a hand and do the same. I want to promote cultural diversity and make the international students feel welcomed and comfortable in a new environment. My favorite part of Wheaton is the community because everybody is really friendly. I love the outdoors and have a passion for soccer and I will be living in Davis International House. I am involved in Club Soccer, LSA (Latino Student Association), BSA (Black Student Association), and the Outdoors club. I strongly encourage people to join clubs because it helps keep busy and you get to find people with common interest. One piece of advice that I want to give to the international students will be to come with an open mind into Wheaton and get involved within the college community.
Corrinne Murphy, Class of 2016
Major: Biology, Pre-Physician's Assistant track
Hometown: Wallingford, Connecticut
I chose to be an Orientation Assistant because I love our school and enjoy meeting new members of the Wheaton community and helping them get to know the school and all it has to offer. What I like best about Wheaton is that the professors here truly care about their students and the subjects they teach, which allows for beneficial teacher to student relationships. I am a member of the wind symphony, jazz ensemble, brass quartet, and the pre-health society. I'm also really interested in joining the Lymin' Lyons steel drum band!
Fun Fact: The first time I visited Wheaton, I was determined to hate it because my grandfather was forcing me to visit. However, when the tour ended, I somewhat begrudgingly admitted that I loved the school!
Chaoran Zhang (Jason), Class of 2017
Major: Economics & Pyschology
Hometown: Dalian, China
I chose to become an orientation assistant because I was able to do something for Wheaton as the return for what Wheaton has done for us. Last year as a freshman I traveled from the other part of Earth, panicked and nervous. The Pre-orientation program was able to help me have a quick access to college life. As an International student from China, I’ve been seeking for the feeling of home for decades. Wheaton is not a big school, so the relationship here is remarkably close. People know about each other and take care each other. There is one more thing I want to say to all 2018ers. Nothing is better than freshman year!
Fun fact: I love all kinds of boarding and am obsessed with CrossFit.