Looking for guidance about Athens and Ohio University? Trying to find off campus housing? Have a question best answered by a current student?
Our team of peer advisors will support you and your fellow incoming international students prior to and during orientation!
The peer advisors offer a contact for questions or concerns you may have, and support or guidance as you manage life in Athens, Ohio and begin to navigate your first semester at Ohio University.
Country of Origin: Saudi Arabia
Languages I Speak: Arabic and English
What I Do: I am a doctoral student in Higher Education and Student Affairs.
About Me: I am an artist and that is a fulfilling part of my life. I like meeting new people from different cultures and sharing ideas. I also love reading and cooking.
Country of Origin: Pakistan
Languages I Speak: Urdu and English
What I Do: I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Health Communication Studies. I work as a teaching assistant for the Department of Communication Studies and serve as a global network fellow.
About Me: I love to travel and explore new places and cultures. I am poetic by nature and love to write poems to express my feelings and advocate for social change.
Country of Origin: Iran
Languages I speak: Persian and English
What I Do: I am pursuing a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary arts.
About Me: I love theatre, running, meeting new people and spending time with my wonderful spouse.
Country of origin: Nigeria
Languages I Speak: Yoruba and English
What I Do: I am a graduate student pursuing a masters degree in Communication and Development Studies. I also serve as the publicity secretary for African Student Union (ASU).
About Me: I enjoying spending time outside and taking photos of clouds. I like meeting new people, sharing happiness with my smile, and talking. I am a work in progress and striving to be the best version of me in all that I do.
Country of origin: Tunisia
Languages I Speak: English, Arabic, and French
What I Do: I am pursuing a masters degree in Applied Linguistics. As a teaching assistant I taught Arabic and will teach The Nature of Language this academic year.
About Me: I am a very humorous and playful person. I love learning about anything and enjoy trying new foods. I enjoy challenging myself, whether it is in my studies, my work, or my physical fitness. I find great pleasure in sharing my knowledge and helping others.
Country of Origin: Egypt
Languages I Speak: English and Arabic
What I Do: I am pursuing a masters degree in Applied Linguistics.
About Me: I am an animal lover and have had several pets. I love traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures, and trying new foods.
Jia Hui (Recca) Lee
Country of Origin: Malaysia
Languages I Speak: Mandarin, English and some Malay.
What I Do: I am a junior studying Applied Nutrition. I am a part of OHIO’s Global Ambassador team who loves to assist prospective and incoming students to learn more about student life at OHIO.
About Me: I love walking around campus and be surrounded by trees and bustling college life. I also enjoy hearing stories and experiences from people of different cultures. In my spare time, I like to paint or just hang out with friends outdoors.
Maria Mary Mugeni
Country of Origin: Kenya
Languages I Speak: English, Swahili, and Luhya
What I Do: I am pursuing a masters degree in Geography.
About Me: I enjoy meeting new people, learning about their culture and sharing my own. I love preparing soft carrot chapatti for my friends. I recently began jogging in the morning too!
Country of Origin: Afghanistan
Languages I Speak: English and Dari
What I Do: I am a Fulbright student pursuing a masters degree in Communication and Development Studies.
About Me: I am passionate about making new friends and learning about new cultures. Throughout my journey I want to explore new things and be open to new challenges that will impact me and those around me in positive ways. I see every interaction as an opportunity to discover new things about the world. Each person has a unique story and I am looking forward to support new international students and learning their stories.
Kehinde Moyosola Ositimehin
Country of Origin: Nigeria
Languages I Speak: English, Yoruba, and Pidgin
What I Do: I am a graduate student in the Voinovich School studying Environmental Studies where I assess water quality, its impact on the environment, and examine how different remediation approaches improve water security. I am passionate about reducing our ecological footprint as a species. I am involved with the OHIO Sustainability Team and currently serve as a recycling assistant with Campus Recycling.
About Me: I have an identical twin sister, with whom I created Twinzy Farms and Foods, a startup in Nigeria that empowers young girls on fish processing skills thereby contributing to food security. Together, we also co-founded the R5 initiative in Nigeria which provides mentorship to secondary school age girls. I love dancing, listening to music, meeting people, and learning about new cultures.
Country of Origin: Indonesia
Languages I Speak: English and Indonesian
What I Do: I am a senior in the OHIO Honors Program majoring in Nutrition Science with double minors in both Biological Sciences and Chemistry. I work as a lab research assistant and am involved in various organizations on campus including the Indonesian Student Association, Global Ambassadors, Global Buddies, and Chubu Choki Program.
About Me: I am an adventurous traveler, love to cook and bake in my spare time and am a proud mom of succulent plant babies. I also love to assist prospective and incoming students and share about student life here at OHIO.
Country of Origin: United States
Languages I Speak: English
What I Do: I am an undergraduate student pursuing a bachelors in Psychology and a certificate in Appalachian Studies.
About Me: I am passionate about nature and the outdoors and love to hike, swim, and explore Southeastern Ohio. I am also a musician and play the cello and piano. I love to travel, meet new people and am very passionate about mental health.
Amrit Bahadur Thapa
Country of Origin: Nepal
Languages I speak: English and Nepali
What I Do: I am pursuing a Ph.D. Mathematics Education and currently teach undergraduates at OHIO. I served as the president of the Nepalese Student association in 2021-22 and have been appointed as the vice president of the graduate student senate for the coming academic year.
About Me: I am a first generation student from the South Asian country of Mt. Everest and Gautam Buddah, Nepal. I love watching movies, taking walks, and being in nature. I am peace-loving person, and I firmly believe that peace can be achieved through mutual respect and appreciation of diversity.
Country of Origin: Indonesian
Languages I speak: English, Malay, Bahasa Indonesia, and Javanese native language
What I Do: I am doctoral candidate in Instructional Design and Technology. I have served as a graduate assistant in the Curriculum and Technology Center and as a teaching assistant in the Educational Studies department. I am interested in the application of technology for educational purposes.
About Me: Beyond technology, I love learning about history and culture, especially the African American culture. In my spare time, I love fixing things and listening to jazz.