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I-Team members (ISO student coordinators)

New international students will be assigned a Trinity International Student Orientation (ISO) I-Team member. Your I-Team member is a current Trinity student who will be in touch with you before you arrive at Trinity to assist you with preparing for arrival and life at Trinity.

Rachel Poovathoor

Academic Year and Major: Rising Junior (3rd-year), International Studies and Global Health Studies double major.

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Favorite Trinity Memory: My favorite Trinity memory was our Welcome Week concert, which is held for all students, but a part of New Student Orientation for freshmen. I was a freshman in the Fall of 2018 and the artist KYLE was at our Welcome Week concert. I didn’t expect an up-and-coming artist to be featured at a concert on our campus! More than that, for the first time during Welcome Week, I felt less stressed about the big transition to college. It was so fun to dance with some new friends and listen to awesome music. Even after the concert, some of my friends met KYLE and I met one of the other featured rappers. Even if concerts aren’t your interest, rest assured that Trinity has really cool events set up for students throughout the year to destress and have fun!

Advice for new Trinity Students: For every no, say YES! Take this advice with regards to social invitations. Throughout your college experience, you’re going to have to say “no” to hanging out with friends. It’s because you are first and foremost here to learn and study. But don’t fall into the habit of saying no too much. This can result in you losing opportunities to make really awesome memories. For example, if you say “no” to getting pizza on a Tuesday night, say “yes” to a movie night on Friday night! This is a mindset that will help you balance out your social and academic responsibilities a little bit.

Yian Ann Xu

Academic Year and Major: Senior, Physics

Hometown: Qingdao, China

Favorite Trinity Memory: I started doing research with Orrin Shindell, Ph.D., from the Physics Department my freshman year, and it is a very precious and unique experience. I work with the professor both during the school year and during summer, and usually the school provides various funding resources for summer research. Now I am doing the honors senior thesis for my degree. After working on this project for more than two years now, I can confidently give scientific presentations in national conferences and am able to obtain valuable results that contribute to the field.

Advice for new Trinity Students: Don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t know about certain things. It might be hard at the beginning, but we all have our strengths and weaknesses. It is perfectly okay to seek help, and you could also help others with what you are good at. At Trinity, which is a relatively small school, we try to create an inclusive and safe community for everyone. You could always find someone who could answer your question: your professor, peer tutors, various school services offices, AND your I-Team leaders! We are happy that you are here, and we will be here for you!

Diep Hoang

Academic Year and Major: Sophomore, Arts Major

Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam

Favorite Trinity Memory: I was never a fan of horror movies but a lot of my friends like it so they got me to watch one. Four of us all laid down on the pushed-together-two-twin-XL-bed. The two big football guys laid in the back while us three girls laid in the front, me the very front as I am the smallest of them (sadly). We laid diagonally so we could all see the movies on the small IPad screen. The film turned out to be not too scary so I would take it. But what I liked most wasn’t the movie but just us friends hanging out together and have fun. Even if it’s watching a simple movie together on small beds. What matters the most to me is being able to spend time together.

Advice for new Trinity Students: Don’t forget to spend time with friends and make memories. Of course, your study should be the first priority but don’t forget to spend time with your friends. You’ll regret it later if you say no. If you have time, go out with your friends or maybe just stay in the dorm and chill together, it doesn’t matter, as long as you are making memories with them.

Sara Tagarot

Academic Year and Major: Junior, Computer Science and General Economics Double Major

Hometown: Mendoza, Argentina

Favorite Trinity Memory: I have two favorite moments at Trinity, one of them involves cooking a homemade meal at CityVista while having a marathon of Disney movies. The second one, and most recent was Pledging/AXΛ Orientation. Joining a sorority and going through the process of rushing and pledging allowed me to get to know a lot of wonderful women, open my mind to different opinions and points of view, and grow academically and as a person.

Advice for new Trinity Students: Be open to try new things, spend time with different people than what you’re used to, take classes you used to avoid, and experience things you have not experienced before. College is the best time to find out what you love to do, who you really are, and what group of people help you be the best you you can possibly be. It is also the perfect time to get out of your comfort zone and welcome personal growth.

Runyu Li (Martin)

Academic Year and Major: Junior, Communication

Hometown: Kunming, China

Favorite Trinity Memory: On the first day of school, me and my friend came to school around 5 am in the morning, and didn’t know where to go. Then TUPD (Trinity’s Police) officer found us and asked us what was going on. Then, one of the policemen decided to drive us to the Witt Center (the residential center) by the police car. It was my first time sitting in a police car. It was weird but also interesting. I will never forget this fun experience.

Advice for new Trinity Students: In the beginning, it is kind of scary to jump out of my “comfort zone”. Most students like to stick with people with the same cultural background, and who speak the same language. Studying abroad definitely is not an easy thing. But since you already decided, just try to make friends with local people and get a taste of the local culture. I still can’t believe I was the officer for three clubs in my sophomore year. It was a little crazy and made me really busy. But I gained a lot, which includes skills, knowledge, and friends. Just don’t be afraid to take an adventure, and ready for your Trinity Trip.

Tharun Anandha Kumar

Academic Year and Major: Rising Sophomore and a Finance and Accounting double major with a minor in Economics.

Hometown: Tamil Nadu, India

Favorite Trinity Memory: My favorite Trinity memory would be going through the application process and getting admitted to the Shanghai Summer Study Abroad Program offered by Trinity. I love travelling to new places and learning new things and I felt that this program was a perfect fit. Trinity offers a lot of such opportunities to travel the world, thus making your college experience a global one. It was an interesting process as this program is very selective and it was amazing to get admitted. It was just disappointing that it got postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but I am hoping to go next summer.

Advice for new Trinity Students: Trinity is definitely a home away from home for all international students like me. The staff, faculty and students are very welcoming, and they make a smooth transition for the international students, so do not worry. It is a super fun experience with lots of things to do and try, so get ready to learn a lot of new things and make new friends.