Meet the IMP Mentors

Meet Your Mentors

Your mentors and coordinators are here to make the transition to life in the United States and life at Brown as easy as possible. Below is information about IMP mentors and coordinators for 2018-2019.

Do not hesitate to contact any one of the students below or e-mail [email protected] if you have any questions. We are here and trained to help you!

 

Benjamin (Benny) Eskenazi '21

Land(s) of origin:
Panama
Language(s) spoken:
Spanish & English
Concentration(s):
Applied Mathematics & Economics
Favorite place on campus:
Floor 4 of the SciLi, MoChamp Lounge
Advice for Incoming Students:
You are arriving to the best place on Earth with the most amazing people on it! Make the most out of it and learn from everyone around you!

[email protected]

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Land(s) of origin:
Canada
Language(s) spoken:
English & French
Concentration(s):
Comparative Literature
Favorite place on campus:
The Underground
Advice for Incoming Students:
Brown may seem super scary at first, and will probably still be a little overwhelming for a lot of freshman year. Just know that it’s a 100% okay and a shared process between everyone here. There’s always going to be room for growth, community, and fun no matter where you are!

[email protected]

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Carrie Shao '21

Land(s) of origin:
China
Language(s) spoken:
Mandarin & English
Concentration(s):
Cognitive Science & Biology
Favorite place on campus:
Faunce - bring your phone and play "city of stars"
Advice for Incoming Students:
Excited and stressed? So was I! Reflecting on experience, I'm now confident to say that indeed everything is going to be fine. Take your time, be yourself, stay curious, and embrace the amazing adventures on the horizon!

[email protected]

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Ceyhun Fırat '21

Land(s) of origin:
Turkey
Language(s) spoken:
Turkish & English
Concentration(s):
Psychology
Favorite place on campus:
Main Green (when it’s warm out)
Advice for Incoming Students:
Come with an open mind and situate your center of gravity on compassion, understanding and patience!

[email protected]

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Divya Maniar '21

Land(s) of origin:
Singapore
Language(s) spoken:
English, French & Mandarin
Concentration(s):
Philosophy & Cognitive Neuroscience
Favorite place on campus:
I sit under one specific tree on the Main Green
Advice for Incoming Students:
Don’t be afraid to change and try unexpected things! A lot of your best experiences will be spontaneous :)

[email protected]

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Eleni Gkini '21

Land(s) of origin:
Greece & Albania
Language(s) spoken:
Greek, Albanian & English
Concentration(s):
Neuroscience
Favorite place on campus:
ISE lounge, anywhere outdoors
Advice for Incoming Students:
Don't compare yourself to others. Do your best in whatever you choose, but also fnd time for yourself.

[email protected]

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Emily Yang '20

Land(s) of origin:
Taiwan
Language(s) spoken:
English, Mandarin, Spanish & Taiwanese
Concentration(s):
Literary Arts & Psychology
Favorite place on campus:
Metcalf Research Building
Advice for Incoming Students:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Quality over quantity - take your time to survey what's around you and choose that of the highest quality, whether academically, extracurricular-wise, or socially. Don't panic and try to garner the most friends, most activities, etc.

[email protected]

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Emma Rook '21

Land(s) of origin:
United States & Korea
Language(s) spoken:
English
Concentration(s):
Computer Science
Favorite place on campus:
Main Green
Advice for Incoming Students:
Just have fun and enjoy the moments! Coming into college is exciting and new. It is important to embrace it, so don't freak out or worry, these next years will be amazing.

[email protected]

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Giovanni (John) Bitar '21

Land(s) of origin:
Italy, Lebanon & Ghana
Language(s) spoken:
English & Italian
Concentration(s):
Undecided
Favorite place on campus:
Miller Patio
Advice for Incoming Students:
Be patient. It is all going to come together beautifully.

[email protected]

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Harshita Agarwal '21

Land(s) of origin:
Nepal
Language(s) spoken:
English, Hindi & Nepali
Concentration(s):
Chemistry & Economics
Favorite place on campus:
Main Green
Advice for Incoming Students:
Explore all your passions during your first year. You have plenty of time to narrow down your interests in the other 6 semesters!

[email protected]

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Houda Barroug '20

Land(s) of origin:
United States, Morocco, Palestine, Armenia & Lebanon
Language(s) spoken:
Darija, Arabic, French, English & Korean
Concentration(s):
International Relations
Favorite place on campus:
International Student Experience (ISE)
Advice for Incoming Students:
Welcome to Brown and be ready for launching into wonderful journeys.

[email protected]

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José Soria '19

Land(s) of origin:
Spain
Language(s) spoken:
Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, English & French
Concentration(s):
International Relations & Economics
Favorite place on campus:
Prospect Terrace Park
Advice for Incoming Students:
Get out of your comfort zone and don’t be shy to make use of all the resources Brown offers you. You won’t regret it!

[email protected]

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Kimberlin (Kimber) Brain '21

Land(s) of origin:
Namibia
Language(s) spoken:
English & Afrikaans
Concentration(s):
Biology
Favorite place on campus:
Main Green on a sunny day
Advice for Incoming Students:
Don't be afraid to get out there and make friends, there are amazing people at Brown.

[email protected]

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Lucia (Lucy) Reyes '21

Land(s) of origin:
Mexico
Language(s) spoken:
Spanish & English
Concentration(s):
International Relations & Economics
Favorite place on campus:
The Rock
Advice for Incoming Students:
Make sure to find a cool study place where you can focus! Always have some emergency food in your dorm...weather in Providence can get a bit crazy!

[email protected]

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Mandana Vakil '21

Land(s) of origin:
Poland & Iran
Language(s) spoken:
English, Polish & Spanish
Concentration(s):
Economics
Favorite place on campus:
Blue Room
Advice for Incoming Students:
Enjoy your first year! Do the things you love, be yourself and you will find amazing people to share your passions with :)

[email protected]

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Matthew Ding '21

Land(s) of origin:
Hong Kong & Beijing
Language(s) spoken:
Cantonese, Mandarin & English
Concentration(s):
Economics & Public Health
Favorite place on campus:
Wayland Arch
Advice for Incoming Students:
Do something you never expected to do! Brown has great opportunities everywhere.

[email protected]

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Mikael (Mika) Lehoux '21

Land(s) of origin:
Dominican Republic
Language(s) spoken:
English, Spanish & French
Concentration(s):
Neuroscience
Favorite place on campus:
Alumni Association Garden
Advice for Incoming Students:
At Brown you will be surrounded by incredibly talented and brilliant people. This may seem intimidating, but know that you belong here and get excited to dive in!

[email protected]

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Mojolaoluwa (Mojo) Alabi '21

Land(s) of origin:
Nigeria
Language(s) spoken:
English & Yoruba
Concentration(s):
Economics & Political Science
Favorite place on campus:
The Blue Room (love their chocolate muffins!)
Advice for Incoming Students:
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

[email protected]

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Nhu Phung '21

Land(s) of origin:
Vietnam
Language(s) spoken:
Vietnamese & English
Concentration(s):
Anthropology & Environmental Science
Favorite place on campus:
The Hay
Advice for Incoming Students:
You have time! Do not feel like you have to do everything in your freshman year.

[email protected]

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Oluwatomisin (Tomi) Onabanjo '19

Land(s) of origin:
Nigeria & United States
Language(s) spoken:
English
Concentration(s):
History & African Studies
Favorite place on campus:
The Absolute Quiet Room
Advice for Incoming Students:
Take advantage of the variety of resources offered at Brown!

[email protected]

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Sanya Dewan '21

Land(s) of origin:
Singapore & India
Language(s) spoken:
English & Hindi
Concentration(s):
Undecided
Favorite place on campus:
Blueno, The Blue Room
Advice for Incoming Students:
Don't be afraid to put yourself out there - it’s usually worth it! Also there is really good pasta at Andrews on Thursdays.

[email protected]

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Sara Montoya '21

Land(s) of origin:
Colombia
Language(s) spoken:
Spanish & English
Concentration(s):
Gender and Sexuality Studies & Hispanic and Latin American Studies
Favorite place on campus:
Conservatory on top of BERT
Advice for Incoming Students:
There are SO many resources at Brown, and it can be overwhelming to access them or know where to go, but I guarantee that there are people you can see and talk to about almost any problem/concern/experience you may have!

[email protected]

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Trish Razunguzwa '21

Land(s) of origin:
Zimbabwe
Language(s) spoken:
Shona, English & French
Concentration(s):
Undecided
Favorite place on campus:
The Globe
Advice for Incoming Students:
Do not be afraid to ask questions. It makes life so much easier!

[email protected]

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Vania Vera-García '21

Land(s) of origin:
Peru
Language(s) spoken:
Spanish & English
Concentration(s):
Undecided
Favorite place on campus:
SciLi
Advice for Incoming Students:
Don’t be intimidated! Everyone is awesome at Brown but so are you!

[email protected]

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Yanhoo Cho '20

Land(s) of origin:
South Korea
Language(s) spoken:
Korean, English & Spanish
Concentration(s):
Undecided
Favorite place on campus:
Quiet Green
Advice for Incoming Students:
Get enough sleep, drink lots of water. Put your physical & mental health before anything else!

[email protected]

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Anton Tekhneriadov '20 (Coordinator)

Land(s) of origin:
Russia & Belarus
Language(s) spoken:
English, Russian, Belarusian & French
Concentration(s):
Neuroscience
Favorite place on campus:
ISE Storage Room
Advice for Incoming Students:
Be friends with Gail - she will be your guardian angel!

[email protected]

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Crystal Zhang '19 (Coordinator) 

Land(s) of origin:
China & United States
Language(s) spoken:
English, Chinese & Japanese
Concentration(s):
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Favorite place on campus:
Sidney Frank Hall Lobby
Advice for Incoming Students:
Sleep and self care is worth much more than a GPA!

[email protected]

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Wendy Koh '20 (Coordinator)

Land(s) of origin:
South Korea
Language(s) spoken:
English, Korean & Mandarin
Concentration(s):
Political Science
Favorite place on campus:
Steinert Piano Rooms
Advice for Incoming Students:
Don't be afraid to admit that you don't know something and ask for help!

[email protected]

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Beatriz (Bia) de Arruda '19 (Coordinator)

Land(s) of origin:

Brazil
Language(s) spoken:
Portuguese, Spanish, English
Concentration(s):
Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience
Favorite place on campus:
International Student Experience Center
Advice for Incoming Students:
Explore your passions and don't be afraid of pursuing new ones!

[email protected]

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Sisasenkosi (Sisa) Mandi '19 (Coordinator)

Land(s) of origin:
Zimbabwe
Language(s) spoken:
Ndebele, Shona & English
Concentration(s):
Immunobiology
Favorite place in Brown:
Leung Gallery
Advice for Incoming Students:
Everything will be okay! Take things slow and enjoy your time as much as possible!

[email protected]

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IMP Staff Advisor

Christina Phillips

As the Program Director for the Global Brown Center for International Students (GBC), Christina Phillips works to enhance the experience of international undergraduate and graduate students through international orientation coordination, student organization advising, community building initiatives, and advocacy.

[email protected]

401-863-6397

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