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ISC Mentor Program

ISC Mentor Program

Welcome to the International Student Center Mentor Program!


The goal of the ISC Mentor Program is to foster academic and personal excellence among first year international students by:

  1. Increasing their sense of knowledge about U.S. culture and lifestyle
  2. Connecting them to campus resources that will help them succeed at SDSU
  3. Helping them build essential skills for academic and personal success

As part of a support team, the ISC Mentors encourage first year international students (Mentees) to embrace their new  learning environment, while recognizing the importance of overcoming the diverse challenges and demand of college life in order to successfully pursue  their academic goals. 

Benefits of the program 

First time international freshmen who have participated in this Mentor Program for at least 1 year will be able to:

  • Maintain High GPA
  • Improve Confidence
  • Participate Actively in Classroom
  • Form Friendships with U.S. Experienced Students
  • Adjust Better to their New Environment 

Who should apply to be a Mentee?

First time international freshmen who would appreciate the guidance, support and friendship of an experienced SDSU student. 





 Fall 2018 Mentors

My name is Huy Thai and I am from Vietnam. I am a senior student. My major is Finance and minor is MIS. I have been at SDSU for five years and had much experience or tips to share and support freshman students. I like making friends and learning from others. Also, my favorite activities are playing badminton, swimming and doing photography. I hope that we can make friend and you have a good start in SDSU. Welcome to SDSU!

My name is Zed. I am pursuing my bachelor’s in philosophy, with a specialization in ethics, logic and critical thinking Ethnically, I am an Indian. I work as a teaching assistant in the Philosophy Department. My mentees are going to have my full support. I have traveled places, Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, Singapore, UAE, etc to name a few. Welcome to SDSU! You are here to have fun and be ready to have an amazing semester!
Growing up in the diplomatic community in Washington D.C., I have always enjoyed meeting people from all across the globe and experiencing different cultures.  As a faculty member in the School of Communication here at SDSU, I want to support SDSU students in their adjustment to campus life and connection with our student community.
My name is Linsey Santos. I am a Child and Family Development major with a Spanish minor. I grew up in Northern California and moved to San Diego to attend SDSU. I’ve diversified my time at SDSU by studying abroad in Seville, Spain, serving in our student government, and taking watersports classes offered here (surfing, sailing, etc.). My free time is spent outside exploring new areas of San Diego (I particularly love the farmers’ markets). I look forward to meeting you soon!
HI! My name is Xiaoling DING and I come from Fujian, CHINA. This is my third yeas on SDSU and my major is international Business. I still remember when I first time to leave my home country and met some difficulty. I love to share with you my experience and get friend with you in this lovely university.
My name is Yuanyuan Ni. I am from Dalian, China. I am a senior in San Diego State. My major 
is Accounting. I would like to use my experiences to tell you how to figure problems in 
your academic area. Also, I will help you have a better life in San Diego Sates. I have 
lots of experiences since I came to San Diego State, I cannot wait to share them with you.

Hi! My name is Maddy Desjardins and I’m a 4th year here at San Diego State majoring in Marketing. I love traveling and I recently had the opportunity to study abroad in London. I can’t wait to show my mentees all of the wonderful things SDSU has to offer as well as how great living in San Diego is! I hope I can be not only a resource to my mentees but, a friend as well. Welcome to State! 
I am a senior at SDSU. I am currently studying German as my major with a minor in ISCOR. Having lived here in San Diego most of my life, I can show you how to vibe like a local! My favorite things include going to concerts, hiking and the local food scene! I've studied abroad in Germany. I am a native speaker of both English and Spanish. I also am fluent in German and can speak a bit of French. I hope that I and the other mentors can help make your time here an unforgettable one!
My name is Rianna, and I am a senior with a double major in English and French. I just finished a year abroad in France, so I understand how intimidating life in a new country can be. I'm very social and friendly, and I would love to take you around San Diego and help you to feel more comfortable in your new home! I'm so excited to meet you, and I can't wait to have fun with you this year!
I am from Mexico and a senior majoring in Accounting. I recently lived abroad in South Korea and Colombia. I am passionate about meeting people from all over the world and learning about their culture, cuisine, language, way of life while also sharing about my Mexican heritage. My purpose is to help you feel safe and welcome to San Diego State University and I look forward to meeting you all and make this an unforgettable experience.
Hi!! my name is Kashish Panjwani however you can call me "KASH." I am a junior and an international student as I am from India. I am an applied mathematics major and a finance minor. I love to play basketball. I would love to help the new joining students as I have experienced being one and it was extremely hard as I didn't took my mentors help. So, I would love to make your first year in this college as easy going as possible. I am a very good adviser and an even better friend.
I transferred to SDSU in 2016. I’m originally from Los Angeles, CA and enjoy the outdoors and the beach. I am a Business Management major. This Spring 2018 semester I had the chance to study abroad in Madrid, Spain; so, I understand how challenging and intimidating it can be to study in a different country. Through this program, I hope I can help international students feel comfortable and get situated at SDSU. I also hope to build friendships and learn from international students!
I am pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Management and Graphic Design at SDSU. I look forward to meeting and sharing my experiences with my mentees to help them be successful in their first year of college. I hope to help mentees feel inspired to learn and always remain curious to uplift the humanity and change the world.

I am a Fourth year Microbiology student. I was born and raised in San Diego and I love going out to eat at local restaurants and go to the beach with friends.I am currently involved with the Viromics lab with Dr.Elizabeth Dinsdale as well as Dr. Niesman in the Electron Microscopy Lab. I am also  a peer mentor for the Women in Science Society apart from the ISC. I hope to guide my mentees and show them a good time here at San Diego State University. 
Hey everyone! My name is Susmeetha, and I am currently a junior majoring in Finance. I am from India and have traveled to many places around the world such as India, Singapore, Europe, etc as I have family staying there. I have a lot of international family and friends, so I hope I will be able to use this experience to help you all. Welcome to San Diego State University and I can’t wait to meet you all!
I am a 5th year SDSU student studying Anthropology and I recently came back from studying abroad for 1 year in France. I am here to answer any questions help in any way I can! As a peer mentor I wish help others with their adjustment to SDSU and let them know that they have someone as a resource and as an immediate friend. Liking Milk Tea (or wanting to know what it is) is a plus for me
I'm a senior double majoring in Political Science and Anthropology with a pre-law emphasis. I have lived in California my whole life. I love hanging out with friends, going to yoga, binge watching my favorite tv shows, exploring San Diego, anything involving nature or animals, and eating out at local restaurants. Studying abroad has been one of the best experiences in my life and I would love to help make this experience just as amazing for a student studying abroad at SDSU. Welcome to state!
I am a senior in Business Management with a minor in Spanish. I am a fun, outgoing girl living in Pacific Beach who loves San Diego and showing my beautiful city and state to everyone! I am passionate about travel, coffee, running, meeting new people and learning about new cultures. This past year I studied abroad in Seville, Spain, and loved every minute of it. I am excited to welcome and help all the international and incoming students that I can this year and make SDSU a home for all.
I'm Kelly and I am a senior studying International Business with an emphasis in Spanish & Western Europe and a minor in Marketing. I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, for six months and am fluent in Spanish! I am an outgoing and talkative person so come and say hi! I love adventures, exploring new places and meeting new people. I always enjoy staying active, being outdoors and love the beach! I cannot wait to help you find your home away from home here at SDSU. Welcome to San Diego State!
Hello, my name is Timmy Shar! I am a 4th year student studying Finance and Real Estate while also having various interests including literature and writing. I lived in Hong Kong for 6 months last year and am drawn to understanding cultures beyond their surface level. I am excited to help you adjust to the US and achieve all of your goals!
I was born in San Diego. My major is French and Linguistics with a minor focus in Italian. I love studying foreign languages and learning about different cultures and cuisines. I have studied abroad in Italy, Canada and France. 
My name is Dena Yaareb, I came from Dubai majoring in Biology and working towards being a doctor in the future. I like watching movies, walking, and swimming. I always wanted to provide new students with all the support needed to make their path easier and comfortable.
Hi, I am an undergraduate student from China. I am now a Junior majoring in Japanese and minoring in leadership. I like playing guitar, learning all types of history and going on a road trip. I am also a returning mentor. I would like to help you with your life here at San Diego State University.
I am pursuing my bachelor's in biology. I am an Indian. I love to read a lot of books (Harry Potter) and watch tons of TV shows. Being an international student myself, I understand all the hardships they face. I had a mentor who helped me through all those hardships in my first year and still continues to help me. So, I know that having a mentor is extremely beneficial. I would love to make the college experience a truly memorable one for my mentees and guide them in any way I can. 
Hi! My name is Lia and I am a senior at SDSU. I am a marketing major and have recently returned from studying abroad in Marseille, France. Some of my favorite things to do in San Diego are hanging out at the beach, going to the local farmers' markets, and eating at lots of delicious restaurants! 
Hi! My name is Abby, I'm a junior doing my 3rd year at SDSU this year. I study Business and have an interest in Woman's Studies. I was born in England, Manchester but lived in France, Bordeaux for about 10 years before moving to America. I moved here to play basketball for State, so please come watch our games! I love San Diego and would like to stay here after school, so I'd love to share all the good places with you and ensure you're experience at state is the best it can be!
I'm Natalie, I am going to be third year International Business major with an emphasis in Spanish and Latin America. I am a San Diego native and I love the beach. I want to make your time here the best it can be and I am excited for all of you!
I’m a third year Computer Science major from San Diego. I volunteer at the greenhouse at SDSU. In my free time I play volleyball, soccer, bowling, table tennis, and video games. I’ve studied in and currently work in Singapore, so I understand the difficulties of being an international student. I can offer advice on academics, culture transition, and activities. Looking forward to meeting you all!
I am from Moscow, Russia, a senior majoring in Psychology. I plan on getting a Master’s degree and obtaining a Marriage and Family Therapist license to be able to practice as a psychologist. In my free time I like to read and do horseback riding. I am passionate about helping new students adjust to the hectic and often times confusing world of an American college. I also know quite a few tips and useful techniques to be academically successful and would love to pass on my knowledge.
Hi! My name is Sayra Flores, and I am currently a 4th year at SDSU. I am majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource.  I can speak fluently in Spanish and SDSU has given me the opportunity to study abroad in Germany. I welcome you to San Diego State University, and I hope to be a mentor, friend, and companion throughout your journey here at SDSU.  
My name is Lan Phan and I came from Vietnam. I major in Finance. I know what it feels like to be an international student; I know the difficulties that international students might have and some necessary skills or tips they can get in order to better adapt American culture.  I enjoy basketball and traveling. Overall, it is great being a mentor at the International Student Center!
My name is Lu Yang. I am from Guangdong, China. I am Marketing major in SDSU and would be junior after this summer. I like baking, cooking and traveling around. 
Hi, I’m Shane, a Business Administration Information Systems major from Orange County, California. Because I have a passion for Internation business, I’m a CGBP and the president of International Business Society. I’ve also traveled abroad to Brazil and Australia. I’m currently studying French, and I plan to study abroad in Senegal Fall 2019. I’m a mentor because I know I can help you get involved at San Diego State and love your time in the US.
I am Mehul Sompura and I am a sophomore majoring in Computer Science. I really like helping people a lot. I am very easy person to talk to and can help you in all the ways I can! I like to play soccer and tennis in my free time. 
Hi, I'm a fourth year Hospitality and Tourism student from Malaysia! I'm super easy going and laid back and besides spending time in my department, I love to take portraits and discover new coffee spots. I'd love to help students in becoming involved on campus and especially in their department, I want to help mentees to be part of a huge community where they'll make life long connections in their work and social life! 
I am from India.My major is computer science. Apart from my academic interest, I love to do photography. I am a good adviser as well as a great listener too. 
I am an international undergraduate student majoring in psychology. I am a returning ISC mentor and I love to help international students with academic planning, study tips and resource recommendations.
I am a senior Mechanical Engineering Major. I have been working at the International Admissions Office since freshman year and I always loved working with students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Moreover, I have lived in multiple countries throughout my life, which enabled me to be very adaptable while being with people from all over the world. Looking forward to meeting all of you! 
I’m Julia and I am a sophomore majoring in Management and minoring in TFM. I was born and raised in Brazil. My favorite things to do include listening to music, hanging out with friends and looking for free food and stuff. I love meeting new people and giving advice to help in every possible way! I’d not only be a mentor but also a friend that could help adapting to your new journey here! Cannot wait to meet all of you guys!
My name is Ines, I am a third year international student from France studying Chemistry and I wish to go to Medical School in the future. I know the worries and struggles you have as a new international student at San Diego State because I had the exact same ones, and I want to help you better adapt to your new home and your new life in San Diego. I love music and travelling!
I am Carol and I am majoring in International Security and Conflict Resolution. I am also minoring in Leadership and Women's studies. I love to go hiking, play soccer, go out to eat, and hangout! Being an international student from Brazil, I know exactly what it's like to deal with obstacles and how to overcome them. I am on this journey just like any other student. I am super excited to help you and to be a friend!

Our staff

Roselyn Enwemeka, Assistant Director

Alison Peppers, ISC Mentor Coordinator
(619) 594-1977

ISC Mentor Program Email

Are you interesting in mentoring an

international student?

The ISC Mentor program is a volunteer based program seeking SDSU students, faculty, and staff who are passionate about motivating and empowering other students to be successful. 

Interested students are encouraged to attend an info workshop for program details. 
Click here to sign up for an info workshop.

 Tel: (619) 594-1982  |  Fax: 619-594-1973  |  Email: