International Connections Student Profiles

Upper class students volunteering as International Connections serve as a mentor and resource to new incoming students from abroad and will be meeting new incoming students during Welcome Week and at the International Connection Dinner at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.  Learn more about the International Connections program here.

Patricio Cardenas '23 (Mexico)

PatricioHello Lawrentians! My name is Patricio Cardenas but people also call me Pato. I'm from Monterrey, Mexico and I'm majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. I'm a very outgoing person that loves getting involved around campus. This past year I was the president of Lawrence International and I'm the current president of VIVA: Hispanic club. I was also a CA, and currently work with Leah in International Student Services and I'm the Coordinator for the International Connections Program so if you ever have any questions please feel free to reach out.

I'm very excited to get to meet y'all and share with you all the experiences I've gathered here in Lawrence. At first it could be very scary to come to a completely new place where you don't know anybody, but do not worry, this is exactly the reason why we're here. As a mentor you can ask me anything, from what clothes to bring, to good hang out places in Appleton. I want to help answer some of the many questions I had when I first came here. Honestly, some students tend to not take full advantage of this incredible program, but be assured that knowing more of where you're going and starting to develop relationships with people on campus will definitely make your transition to college life way easier.


Aine Yang '22 (China)

Yyyang Hi! This is Yanyan Yang(Aine) from Chengdu, China. I am a philosophy major and have a minor in Education Studies. My academic interests are Ethics, Cosmopolitanism, and Philosophy of Education. I like reading, traveling, and trying new food! I also spend time watching funny animal videos as one way to escape from schoolwork. I am here to support and build connections. Hopefully, we all can learn something from each other's stories and go beyond the connections we have made because I truly believe that there's light buried in your soul, and here at LU, let's make it shine TOGETHER!

Cat Chu '24 (Vietnam)

catchuHello! Welcome to Lawrence! My name is Cat Chu, a rising sophomore from Vietnam. I am a Neuroscience major and potentially on a Pre-med track and a minor in Data Science. I love photography and traveling. I enjoy swimming, running, and playing sports. Congratulations on your admission! Look forward to meeting y’all!

Charlotte Ho '24 (Vietnam)

Charlotte Heyyyyy y’all! Congratulations and welcome to Lawrence! You made ittt! I’m Charlotte Ho from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. I am a rising sophomore, majoring in biology and probably along with anthropology as well. I am very approachable, sociable and I love engaging in different organizations and activities at Lawrence. During my first year, I worked as a COVID Testing Supervisor, Dispatcher for LU SafeWalk Program and front desk worker in Wellness Center in summer. I will be a Community Advisor in Trever Hall, Program Coordinator for PLUS, and Info desk worker in Warch. Besides my job, I am part of PLUS, PAO, VITAL Tutoring, and the Community Building Chair for LI. Since I am quite active on campus, you’ll come across me almost everywhere on campus. My hobbies are traveling, binging on Youtube, getting involved in outdoor activities, and meeting new people. Fun fact: I am huge dog-lover and I’m always open to chat about dogs! I enjoy swimming, playing badminton and ultimate frisbee.

I am glad that I made such great friends and met amazing professors/ faculties in Lawrence that helped me succeed first year of college. As an international student, I was lost when I just came to the US because of the difference in culture, education and community. But thanks to Lawrence I found my light and I will bring that light to my fellow first year friends! Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and make the most out of your college life! I am willing to talk and answer all of your questions so feel free to reach out to me! I look forward to seeing you guys soon!

Dimitris Binopoulos '24 (Greece)

DimitrisHello guys, my name is Dimitris Binopoulos, and I come from Thessaloniki, Greece. This fall I will be a sophomore at Lawrence University. I am a member of the Men’s Tennis team, and I am interested in studying political science and economics. Tennis has always been a big part of my life. It is a sport I love and I believe I will be playing it for all my life. The time difference with Greece is 8 hours, and ever since I came to the United States it has been so awesome because I can finally enjoy NBA games without having to get up at 4 am. My main hobbies reading and watching Greek politics and politicians, writing articles about issues of everyday life, and hanging out with friends. Can’t wait to meet all of you guys, it is going to be a year to remember.

Gaby Kim '24 (South Korea)

GabyKimHello! I am Gaby Kim, from South Korea. I am rising sophomore, planning to do 3-2 engineering program with a physics major and computer science minor. I will live in Art House, which is one of the small group housing. I am currently an Event Coordinator of Lawrence International and a member of LU Rock Climber and  SPS. I work as a custodial assistant and I might work in the mailroom or library from next term. I really love playing badminton with people, watching baseball games (while none of my friends are not interested in baseball) and watching Netflix! (not movies but shows, but I don’t like horrors particularly) I also enjoy walking around the campus. Please ask anything anytime, literally anything you wonder about. I am more than happy to help you, so please reach me out. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Jiwoo Suk '23 (South Korea)

jiwooHi everyone! My name is Jiwoo Suk, I use she/her pronoun, I’m a rising Junior (class of 2023) at Lawrence University and mentor for the Lawrence International orientation 2021-2022. A little description of myself is, I’m from South Korea, I’m a Junior (as I said in the beginning) and my major is currently biology (but also thinking of changing it to neuroscience) and probably minoring psychology. I’m a pre-vet student, I am currently active board member of PAWs at Lawrence which is People for Animal Welfare, and becoming co-president from this fall. So, if you are somehow interested in animal welfare or any voluntary activity related to animals you can check out PAWs! I’m also a member of Delta Gamma, Alpha Zeta chapter. So if you are interested in joining Greek life, you can check that out too.
I’m interested in learning new languages. I’ve learned Chinese for about 2 years, and currently learning Spanish by myself, it’s my goal for this summer.
I love traveling, I’ve been to Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and New Zealand. I lived in New Zealand for one and a half year when I was young and it’s my favorite memory. It’s been so long that I really went traveling to another country (except for US). I hope we can travel around the world without COVID-19 soon.
One thing that I’m really passionate about is really love ballet. I like watching ballet performance, I learned ballet until I was 13, but recently restarted learning as a hobby and exercise!

What about you? What are you interested in? Is there anything that you are passionate about?

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. (Email : )

Layan Naqawa '24 (Jordan)

LayanMy name is Layan Naqawa. I am an international student from Amman, Jordan. I am currently planning on following the pre-med track with the potential majors of Biology and Neuroscience at Lawrence. I am also planning on minoring in French. I will be a biology tutor and a community advisor for the upcoming year. I have been part of the SOUP organization on-campus, and I am looking forward to getting involved in more organizations. I worked as an intramural/tournament organizer and a COVID supervisor my first year here at Lawrence. Away from academics, I play the piano, I like volunteering and helping others, and I enjoy getting to know more people and going out with friends.

Nafis Ahmed '24 (Bangladesh)


Congratulations to all the souls who are here to prove their worth after breaking all the glass ceilings and shackles of the long admission procedures. I am Nafis Ahmed Munim a rising sophomore from Cumilla, Bangladesh. I am planning to major in Computer Science and Econ with a minor in Data Science. I work for the Office of Spiritual and Religious life as a Multifaith Specialist, Information and Technology Services as a Student Technician and I am also an Econ tutor on Campus. I will be a CA in Kohler Hall for the next academic year. I play Intramural Badminton which super fun to play in the wellness centre. I am also a member of the Fraternity Beta Theta Pi.

I like to cook food for myself and my friends whenever I get free times and I love to walk around the campus and down the bridge at a moonlit night. I know how hard it is to live thousands of miles away from your home and concentrate on your goals. As I have gone through the hard times to get myself adapted to all the situations here, I will be always try my best to make you guys feel more comfortable on campus. College is not only about studies rather it’s about balancing all the parts of life. You will face a lots of problems in College and these are the problems which will prepare you for a better future. Just remember that Life isn’t about living without problems, it is all about how we solve our problems and live on! Life goes by in seconds, make sure you do only things you like.

I am always there for help and if you like Indian or desi food Biriyani and Chicken Masala right away *-*

Nicole Lagman '24 (Philippines)

NicLagmanHi all! My name is Nicole Lagman, and I am from the Philippines! I am a rising sophomore who is planning to major in Biochemistry alongside a pre-med track. I will be working in the library, biology stockroom and Trever hall next year so if you ever visit those places, you'll most likely see me! I am the treasurer of PAO, a VITAL tutor and a current member of SLUG and AMSA. I enjoy playing sports like badminton and volleyball, as well as some video games (particularly in the horror genre).

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for help because I am more than happy and willing to help you with almost anything! Congratulations on becoming a Lawrentian and I look forward to meeting all of you!

Raian Rith '23 (Bangladesh)


Hello First Years!

Welcome to the world of freedom from your parents! My name is Raian and I am a rising Junior from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I am planning to major in Mathematics (Statistics) and Economics. Lawrence makes being active at campus very easy and ecstatic. I work for ISS, Mail Room, and Admissions. I will be playing soccer for Lawrence this coming year. I also play Intramural Basketball and Soccer which is super fun. I am also a member of the Fraternity Beta Theta Pi.

When I was a freshman, I had no idea what to expect for the next four years of my life in this college. I was excited to finally start growing up and find my purpose, but I was also extremely scared about being in a whole new place with new students, new teachers, new food, and new classes; there were so many things being thrown at me at once. I know that you as well  may be stressing about entering a new environment; and that is why I am here to let you know that everything will be ok. After four years, you will leave this college knowing that you have matured into successful and happy human beings and I will be there to help you along your way to make memories to cherish for ever. So, Carpe Diem!

P.S. I am super extrovert and I will answer any (literally) questions you have.

Valeria Núñez ’22 (Ecuador)

valeriaBienvenidos a Lawrence! My name is Valeria Núñez and my pronouns are she/her. I am a rising senior double majoring in Gender Studies and Film Studies. Currently, I am the TA for the Spanish department, co-president of LU green machine, and manager of the VR. I love photography, taking long walks, reading, and watching stand-up comedy. I look forward to meeting all of you!

Wilson Chen ’22, China

Congratulations! Welcome to the LAWRENTIAN family. My name’s Wilson Chen and I’m from Xi’an, China. I’m a rising junior and double majoring in Biochemistry and Linguistics. My favorite thing about Lawrence is that Lawrence connects you with the world! You will be able to meet awesome people from different backgrounds here. You will also be able to enjoy the academics here which brings anything possible! For me, I majored in both natural science and humanities, and the combination works very well, bringing me a totally different view of life. I hope everyone will arrive here safely and enjoy your college life! Brilliance awaits!

Pathway/Waseda Program Mentor

Celeste Reyes '22 (USA)


Hello everyone, and welcome to Lawrence! My name is Celeste and I’m from Chicago, Illinois. I’m currently a 5th year here at Lawrence pursuing a double-degree in Clarinet Performance and Studio Art. I also work for the school newspaper ‘The Lawrentian’ as both the Variety Section Editor and as one of the artists! So be on the look out for some wholesome art in the paper! :)

I am extremely excited and honored to be this year’s Waseda and Pathway mentor. I love meeting new people, and I can’t wait to work with each and every one of you. Lawrence is an absolutely wonderful community of people that you will soon get to meet and build long-lasting relationships with. Please always feel free to reach out to me whenever you have questions about student life, our campus, or if you just want to say hi! I would love to chat with you!

I wish you all a lovely year at Lawrence! がんばって! Good luck!