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Paulo J Murillo-Sandoval was born in Cali (Salsa World Capital) in Colombia. Being surrounded by this unique and amusing environment drove him to challenge himself both personally and professionally and to set a life path. Paulo obtained a Bachelor's in Topographic Engineering. Afterwards, he worked at Colombian Sugarcane Research Center monitoring sugarcane crops using satellite images. He loves working with spatial-data, satellite imagery and aerial images taken by drones for the observation of land covers, which are very important tools to identify land-uses changes. In addition to his academic background, Paulo also loves dancing, teaching salsa, listening to music and playing soccer. He deeply appreciates the opportunity to be part of ICSP and looks forward to sharing his thoughts and skills with OSU and Corvallis.
Gaetan is a native from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) located in central Africa. He is a French native speaker who also speaks Lingala and English. During his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym, watching professional soccer games, movies and TV shows. For this academic year, he will be the Finley’s Diversity Learning Assistant for the University Housing and Dining Services (DLA) as well as a mentor for both the Faculty-Student and International Peer Mentoring Program. He joined the ICSP because he likes providing first hand awareness about the Congo that will challenge one’s personal biases. Studying civil engineering, he is passionate about social justice and giving back to the community as a future leader.
Mazen Elsheikh is a citizen of Egypt but was born in Oman. He joined Oregon State University last year. His major is Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and he lived in Oman for 8 years. His family moved to Saudi Arabia after that, and again he spent 8 years there. Those 8 years were his favorite, where he matured and met his lifelong friends. The school he attended was a British international school, and luckily they had a yearly event called International Day, so he was able to represent his country. Overtime, Mazen became a really good swimmer, and enjoys it to this day. Now, Mazen has earned the ICSP scholarship, which he saw as a great opportunity to share his culture with another country that may know very little about Egypt.
Safia is an international student from a beautiful city called Créteil, a suburb of Paris, France. People often get confused with “all her countries” when she explains that she was born and raised in France by an Algerian father and a Moroccan mother. To make it simple, she likes to describe herself as a citizen of the world with a French accent. She transferred to OSU from Portland Community College to pursue a B.A. in a major she is passionate about: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. With the heartbreaking events that happened in her beloved home country and the ones that keep happening all over the world, Safia takes her role as ICSP ambassador to heart and is looking forward to promoting values of peace and respect. Besides English, Safia is fluent in French, Moroccan Arabic and Emoji. That’s right, there is no way she can write any type of correspondence without spreading love and happiness through a smiling face emoji :)
Nikoloz comes from Tbilisi - capital city of Georgia. Since Nik was born in a multicultural family he is fluent in four languages. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering at OSU since 2017. In addition to his profession, he is also interested in theater and performing on stage. He used to perform at a theater in Georgia and was filmed in the commercial of one of the Georgian companies, although he was in the crowd, but he got the experience of shooting. Nik loves sharing Georgian culture and tell stories about the traditions of his home-region. He is happy to be part of ICSP and have so many opportunities to learn and share.
Lena was born and raised in Luedenscheid, a small city in the northwestern part of Germany. This is her senior year at OSU and she is majoring in both Psychology and Business Administration. In her free time, Lena loves to spend time exploring the outdoors with her friends and dog named Milo. Through ICSP, Lena hopes to connect with new people and she is looking forward to continue sharing her culture, while also learning about that of others.
Vania Halim is a chemical engineering student from Jakarta, Indonesia. She also lived in Singapore for 9 years, so she also considers it home - her favorite comfort food is Hainanese chicken rice. Since coming to Oregon in Fall of 2017, she has learned to appreciate nature a lot more. Her main hobbies these days are taking naps, online shopping, and watching YouTube channels about tiny homes. She is very passionate about learning from other cultures as well as sharing her own. She does this through being an ICSP speaker and being involved with the Indonesian Student Association at OSU (PERMIAS OSU), which hosts cultural events to raise awareness of and educate people about Indonesian culture.
Aoi Ueda is from Japan, but lived in three other different countries: Brazil, Hong Kong, and Singapore. She is majoring in earth sciences, oceanography in OSU since fall 2016, and she is looking forward to exploring other cultures she has never got in touch with. She currently does Karate, since freshman in high school, but she also used to play other sports like basketball and soccer. She enjoys watching movies and TV shows. She is looking forward to sharing what she has experienced and to expanding her knowledge about other countries through ICSP.
Alisha’s hometown is the largest city of Kazakhstan - Almaty. It is also called “South Capital” by locals. Since the time of the Soviet Union, Almaty remains the most culturally developed city where people of almost any nationality can be met. Thus, she has been interested in the culture and traditions of different nations from the very childhood. In 2015, she graduated from Technical Lyceum #165 which is well-known for its in-depth study in mathematics and physics. Presently, she is getting a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. In addition, she was engaged in table tennis as a professional player up to 16 years old. In 2010, she became a national champion among girls born in 1997. She thinks “this sport has been the safety valve when I was a teenager.” At a spare time, she enjoys reading classical Russian literature and taking photos of beautiful scenery and historical sites. Despite the fact that music is not her strongest side, she also likes playing national musical instruments such as dombra or kobyz.
Katrina Ong comes from a town called Sandakan, on Malaysian Borneo. She is currently studying Merchandising Management at Oregon State University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new places and hanging out with friends. She also likes to keep herself updated with the skincare and fashion world. Katrina particularly loves Korean food. She is new in Oregon and is eager to see more of this beautiful part of the US. By joining the ICSP family, Katrina hopes to broaden her cultural awareness and establish meaningful friendships.
Jae transferred to OSU from Portland Community College in Fall 2017, and she is majoring in Graphic Design. She has visited Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Kentucky and Chicago. Jae enjoys listening to music and traveling around. She joined ICSP because she likes to communicate and share the culture. Through ICSP, she is hoping to get a chance to meet new people and participate in many cultural events.
Cat Hoang was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She is a junior in Microbiology with minor in Chemistry and Fermentation Science. She loves cooking Vietnamese dishes and share them with her friends. Besides cooking, she also enjoys dancing and playing with cats. Through ICSP program, Cat hopes to share her culture and brings awareness about cultural diversity as well as social justice and sustainability. She is always eager to meet new friends and learn about their values and culture.