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INTERNATIONAL PEER COACHING PROGRAM

 

  • The International Peer Coach Program (IPCP) is a collaboration between the International Students and Programs Office (ISPO) and the Student Success Coaching Program. This program is dedicated to supporting the success and retention of a cohort of international students at UC San Diego through a variety of coaching programs and services. Our hallmark approach is using coaching as a vehicle to partner with students to achieve their goals.
  • Our international student peer coaches are NASPA Certified Peer Educators trained through our College of Reading and Learning Association certified program. Through peer coaching, we offer academic support, information, skill development, and advocacy that inspires and empowers first-year and transfer international college students, and to equip them with tools to successfully navigate their college life and beyond.
  • Students participating in our program can receive credit towards their Globally Engaged Tritons (GET) Co-Curricular Record (CCR) when they meet with their coach in one-on-one appointments (up to 10 hours over the academic year) and by attending our events and our partners’ within the GET collective! Learn more about GET CCR by clicking the logo below.
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 Quick guide to navigating your first quarter at UC San Diego
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Program Coordinator

  • Michelle Huynh

    Michelle Huynh

    International Peer Coaching Program Coordinator

    Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii.

    A piece of advice I have for first-year international students: You may be far away from home but find small ways to make yourself feel at home. This may be cooking and sharing your favorite meals with your roommates or joining a social organization close to your own cultural background. Home is always where you are.

    During my first year as a Triton, I was most excited about: Being a part of the Theatre District at UC San Diego, especially since La Jolla Playhouse is right on campus. I was also excited to meet everyone in my program and further develop my teaching career at UC San Diego.

    When I’m not at Geisel library, you can find me: At the beach and enjoying my weekends at the mall. I am slowly building my indoor jungle as a newly minted "plant mom," so you can catch me at the local plant nurseries as well. I also love trying new drink spots around San Diego for a good cup of coffee or delicious boba.

    Something I want students to know about me: I grew up in Hawaii where the sociocultural dynamics are vastly different from the continental US. I, too, had to adjust to the different culture here in "the mainland." I also grew up with multilingual first-generation immigrant parents, so I truly empathize with the difficulties that come with transitioning to live in a new country and/or culture.

    Top goals for the year: To gain ABD status, prepare for my future research in Southeast Asia, collaborate with other theatre artists, and better serve the UC San Diego community.

    Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

2021 International Peer Coaches

  • Jessy (Jiaming) Li

    Jessy (Jiaming) Li

    College: Revelle.

    Major: Cognitive Science w/ a Specialization in Design and Interaction.

    Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa.

    A piece of advice I have for first-year international students: You can do this. You made it here for a reason. Don't doubt yourself and don't compare yourself to others because you are you, and no one can do it like you do. Shine baby, shine!

    During my first year as an international Triton, I was most excited about: Being in a different country even though it brings about its own challenges. However, it brings excitement and countless possibilities too. I was most excited for what I could learn and all the people I would meet.

    When I’m not at Geisel library, you can find me: Learning languages, practicing my photography and videography skills, and traveling.

    Something I want my mentees to know about me: I can speak four languages and don't intend on stopping at four. This is because I am always hungry to learn more languages and the cultures that come with it. Also, I am so excited to meet you all!!! Let's make some precious memories together :)

    My top goals for the upcoming academic year: Learn a new language, learn how to surf, explore more of San Diego and the US in general, vlog more, have a successful rowing season, get an internship or job in UX/UI.

    Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

  • Claudia (My An) Huynh

    Claudia (My An) Huynh

    College: Muir.

    Major: Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience.

    Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    A piece of advice I have for first-year international students: Don't be intimidated with the size of the lecture hall. Just because lecture halls are much bigger than your normal high school classroom, it doesn't mean you can't build relationships with your Professor. Even though you do need a lot of courage to come up and talk to them, they are super open to help with course content and can assist you with research opportunities/lab jobs or even help with letters of recommendation!

    During my first year as an international Triton, I was most excited about: Being far away from my family for the first time. I loved making travel plans with friends, meeting new people, and exploring the San Diego area. However, after COVID hit, I came to realize that time away from family made me appreciate their presence and support much more.

    When I’m not at Geisel library, you can find me: Baking, traveling, volunteering, and spending time with friends.

    Something I want my mentees to know about me: I'm a Type 2 Enneagram, the Helper/Giver, which is why I find being a Peer Coach a very fitting role. I am excited to be able to help my mentees as much as I can in terms of transitioning to a new environment and culture. I look forward to forming meaningful friendships with incoming international students and being a part of their growth.

    My top goals for the upcoming academic year: Find internships in Psychology/Neuroscience labs, bring more awareness about social issues to the Vietnamese community, travel across California and spend quality time with my loved ones.

    Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

  • Maho Miura

    Maho Miura

    College: Marshall.

    Major: Human Developmental Sciences.

    Hometown: Akita, Japan.

    A piece of advice I have for first-year international students: As an international student, you might face challenges and difficulties while transitioning to the university, but never forget that we are always here to help you succeed at UC San Diego so don't be afraid to ask for help! My advice for you is get involved in a club, school organization, and/or volunteer work because there are many opportunities out there for you to get connected with amazing people!

    During my first year as an international Triton, I was most excited about: Meeting new people from different cultural backgrounds. Everyone whom I met at UC San Diego took different paths to get here so it was amazing to see how many people have had different experiences and perspectives!

    When I’m not at Geisel library, you can find me: Baking, cooking, singing, working out, hiking, and sharpening my photography skills.

    Something I want my mentees to know about me: As an international peer coach, I hope to be your good friend who you can easily reach out to when you need help. I'm always looking forward to meeting you.

    My top goals for the upcoming academic year: To keep up with my schoolwork, watch one new TED Talk every week, go skydiving, and try all the boba places in San Diego!

     Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

  • Tony (Yukun) Bao

    Tony (Yukun) Bao

    College: Warren.

    Major: Applied Mathematics.

    Hometown: Shenzhen, China.

    A piece of advice I have for first-year international students: Do not be afraid to try new things. Make good friends and develop good professional relationships with professors.

    During my first year as an international Triton, I was most excited about: Getting to meet new people and the great professors.

    When I’m not at Geisel library, you can find me: At volleyball matches, listening to music, and reading.

    Something I want my mentees to know about me: I can play Wei-qi and write Chinese calligraphy.

    My top goals for the upcoming academic year: Doing research and getting internships.

    Personal gender pronouns: he/him/his.

  • Shagun Taneja

    Shagun Taneja

    College: Roosevelt.

    Major: Clinical Psychology.

    Hometown: Gurgaon, India.

    A piece of advice I have for first-year international students: I understand that it's scary and you're nervous to be in a new place, just remember that a lot of people are in the same boat as you! Do the things you love and try to find your place in this huge campus through organizations! There are ample opportunities, don't be scared to grab them and have an amazing time!

    During my first year as an international Triton, I was most excited about: Meeting new people and getting to explore a new place where I can start a new chapter of my life!

    When I’m not at Geisel library, you can find me: Reading, practicing yoga, dancing and listening to music!

    Something I want my mentees to know about me: I love hanging out and meeting new people, come find me if you ever just need to talk or just to have fun and hangout, I'm usually down to do anything!

    My top goals for the upcoming academic year: To maintain a good academic record, work towards my research project, and stay involved in different organizations I'm a part of!

    Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

  • Paulina Laba

    Paulina Laba

    College: Sixth.

    Major: Aerospace Engineering.

    Hometown: Warsaw, Poland.

    A piece of advice I have for first-year international students: Take it easy on yourself! Everybody is different, and so is their journey! Everything will work out in the end, but don't be afraid to ask for help if you feel like you need it.

    During my first year as an international Triton, I was most excited about: Meeting new people and building relationships with them! I love to learn about different stories and experiences from people from all around the world. I want to help new students to acclimate, extend their opportunities, and make them feel like home at UC San Diego!

    When I’m not at Geisel library, you can find me: Hiking, reading books, running, and skiing.

    Something I want my mentees to know about me: I love dogs, I have a golden retriever named Ruby back home. My favorite place to go is Gliderport, where I love to watch dolphins and waves. I am very easygoing, positive, and open to new ideas! I have been to +20 different countries, but I would love to learn about your culture. Let's go on a hike or grab a coffee together!

    My top goals for the upcoming academic year: I want to join more organizations and meet new people!

    Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

  • Jasmine (Loc) Ngo

    Jasmine (Loc) Ngo

    College: Seventh.

    Major: Mathematics - Secondary Education.

    Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

    A piece of advice I have for first-year international students: Finding a student club or organization that fits and welcomes you (that is not necessarily beneficial for your major) is the priority! It may take a few trials for you to find your match, but UC San Diego has many to offer, so get out there and explore!

    During my first year as an international Triton, I was most excited about: Meeting my roommates and taking up a new hobby to mark my time at UC San Diego, and both of them turned out to be very rewarding experiences.

    When I’m not at Geisel library, you can find me: Playing basketball, playing musical instruments (cello, piano, saxophone), and crocheting.

    Something I want my mentees to know about me: There are so many places in San Diego I have not explored but I really want to. It'd be awesome to go on tours and adventures with my international students, whether it is traveling to downtown San Diego or going on a hike.

    My top goals for the upcoming academic year: I want to finish my academic plan as how I planned it, meet and make more friends, master time management and cooking skills, make the most of my time at UC San Diego by taking classes of interests, being more involved in my orchestra, and probably also joining an advocacy group (there are so many!).

    Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

Make an Appointment with your International Peer Coaches

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I participate in the International Peer Coaching Pilot Program?

     

    International Peer Coaches are international students like you who would like to help you navigate this new endeavor that is college!

     

    There are many reasons to participate, these are just a few of the ones our students have mentioned:

    • Desire to get connected on campus.
    • Interest in having a mentor who has gone through similar experiences.
    • Support for adjusting to American culture.
    • Help with registration tools.
    • Access to academic, career-building and social resources.
    • Feelings of isolation on campus.
    • Feelings of struggle within coursework.
    • The need for an "accountability buddy" as it relates to your time here at UC San Diego.

     

  • What is the time commitment?

     

    We encourage you to meet with your International Peer Coach 2 -3 times per quarter. Meeting times range from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

     

    Your coach will provide you with activities to complete that directly relate to your goals and needs. Completing these before your meetings will be helpful for you and your coach to debrief and make next steps.

     

    Activities might include:

    • Academic and community-based programming
    • Faculty office hours
    • Visiting a relevant resource on campus
    • Participating in major- and career-focused activities

     

    You can also meet with a coach for quick questions. These meetings may be drop-in during Virtual hours, reaching out to coaches through Microsoft Teams, or by appointment.

     

  • I live in another time zone and it's hard to make time for extra activities. What are my options?

     

    We can definitely accommodate you digitally! Let us know your availability.

     

  • How do I set up a time to meet with an International Peer Coach?

     

    Make an appointment here.

     

    You can also chat with your peer coaches by joining their International Peer Coaching Virtual Community on Microsoft Teams!

     

International Peer Coaching Virtual Resources

  • Zoom - One-on-One Peer Coaching

    Zoom - One-on-One Peer Coaching

    Our International Peer Coaches offer one-on-one virtual peer coaching through Zoom video and Microsoft Team video.

  • Microsoft Teams - Virtual Community

    Microsoft Teams - Virtual Community

    Through Microsoft Teams, our students can engage with their fellow first year international peers, peer coaches, and staff. It is a central hub for students to gain access to resources, events, and support.

  • Regional Meet-ups

    Regional Meet-ups

    Join our social events to learn, laugh, and play games with other international students, peer coaches, and staff during your regional time-zone! Check out the times and weeks below!

  • Intercultural Social Hour

    Intercultural Social Hour

    Sometimes you just need a break. At Intercultural Social Hour, you can hang out, relax, and play games while meeting new people (both international and domestic students) in a fun environment. Now that we have taken Intercultural Social Hour online, join from wherever you are and let's play across time-zones!

  • Weekly E-mails

    Weekly E-mails

    Our International Peer Coaches engage with their students through weekly personalized email messages updating on events, resources, and topical information to aid in the students’ success.