International Peer Orientation Leaders (iPOL)

For the orientation program, all international students will be placed into small groups led by an International Peer Orientation Leader (iPOL). iPOLs are current Miami University students who can answer questions about campus life, academics, transitioning to Miami, and many other topics. Feel free to ask the iPOLs any questions you have about being a student! We hope that you have a great orientation experience and are interested in applying to be an iPOL in the future.

Spring 2021 Orientation iPOL Team To Be Announced!

Fall 2020 Orientation iPOL Team

Zeina Zhuoran Bao

Hey folks! My name is Zhuoran. I'm a Senior Media & Culture major and Interactive Media Studies co-major. I come from Liaocheng, China. My favorite moment at Miami is sharing my culture with people, I also enjoy learning about others' culture. When I came to Miami, my goal was to be an iPOL and help our new students to familiarize themselves with Miami. And here I am! My advice for you guys is to never be afraid to try new things. I'm sure you will be great!"

Alexa (Ali) Becker

Hi there! My name is Ali Becker, and I am a junior, Biology/Pre-med major here at Miami. One of my favorite things that I am involved in at this school is a program called “Whiz Kids.” In Whiz Kids, Miami students are partnered with children of Latino ESL (english second language) families that live in the Oxford area. We play with the kids and help them with their homework while their parents attend English classes that are also taught by Miami students. The mentee that I am paired with is a 9 year old named Jason, and he is the coolest kid. I love being a part of this program because it gives Miami students like me a chance to develop a relationship and serve as a mentor for kids while helping families that are in need of improving their English skills. It really is a win-win for everybody, and getting to hangout with Jason is the highlight of my week every week.

One piece of advice I have for you guys is to try to be open to new things. This journey is scary and being in an entirely new place can be extremely intimidating, but being open to new people and experiences will make the transition much more smooth and enjoyable. Miami is great; I am sure you will love it!

Nghia (Martin) Le

Hi! I'm Nghia (Martin) Le from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. I'm currently a sophomore majoring in Education Studies. For me, attending MEGA Fair to see how vibrant the Miami community is, with all the organizations, clubs, and opportunities it offers was quite memorable. Since then, I've made it my goal to be as active and involved as I can. So far, I'm only in the table tennis club but I'll definitely do more this year, starting with iPOL. One advice I'd give to international students is never be afraid to ask for help; it's easier to get through college together.

Yonglin (Angel) Luo

Hello! My name is Angel Luo. I come from Guangzhou, China. I am a rising sophomore majoring in Emerging Technology in Business and Design. Miami has offered me ample opportunities and resources. It has also introduced me to a caring community and the brightest people I know. I am currently an active member of the Chinese Culture and Art Association and C-Hope Volunteering Organization. I enjoy art, running, making new friends, and helping people who are in need. So don’t hesitate to reach out when you need help! Please take full advantage of your first year at Miami, because you will find college life a thousand times more enriched than you imagined. I know you will all shine in your own way:)

S M Mustaquim

Hello new Miamians! My name is Mustaquim, you pronounce it as Moos-tah-kim. I am a graduate student from the department of Mathematics. My home country is Bangladesh which is only 8000 miles away from Oxford. My favorite pastime is reading, cycling, hiking, and studying more math. There is no place like Miami University and you are going to have the time of your life here. Welcome to "the most beautiful campus that there ever was".

Md Mainul Hasan Sabbir

I'm Sabbir, a graduate student in Physics. I'm from Dhaka, Bangladesh.One of the most memorable moments at Miami is to be friends with some amazing souls. Walking around the Hueston Woods, playing soccer, and watching Ice hockey and Volleyball games are my favorite things to do. One piece of advice that I have for the international students is to reach out for any kind of help. Go out of your comfort zone and mingle and be friends with the students from diverse cultures. That's how you may create memories of a lifetime. Welcome to Miami!

Lauren Sandeman

Hi everyone, my name is Lauren, and I'm an international graduate student from St Andrews in Scotland, studying for a master's degree in Geography. Miami has so much to offer! In my first month, I joined a field-trip to Chicago where we explored the urban geography and cultural diversity of the city. I have enjoyed experiencing holidays and traditions, such as Thanksgiving celebrations, and have brought Scottish traditions to Miami in return! There are so many opportunities, so definitely get involved and don't be afraid to try new things. We're here to help and look forward to welcoming you all to campus!

Sakshi Shah

Sakshi Shah

Hi! I am Sakshi Shah from Indore, India. I am majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Humanitarian Engineering and Computing. I absolutely love walking around the beautiful campus for classes, events, or just grabbing food. Additionally, I get to enjoy the pretty sunsets. Coming to a new country was crazy, but I am making the most out of it by achieving everything by being highly involved on campus. One advice I have for incoming international students would be to believe that there are people willing to help you. Never hesitate to ask for help. Can’t wait to see you!!

Junlei Wang

Hello everyone, my name is Junlei Wang. I'm from Chengdu, China. I'm a Junior, majoring in Accounting at FSB. I served as UA on campus and also actively participated in and organized events. Such as the CABO organization, I am committed to spreading Chinese culture and making everyone more integrated. Getting out of my comfort zone is something I've been trying. I like to try something new every semester because I think it helps me be more integrated into campus and open my horizon. Welcome to Miami! Believe yourself, don't be afraid to try. Love & honor.