Cultural Mentor Program

The Cultural Mentor Team is a group of U.S. American and international student volunteers who have been trained to assist new international students with their adjustment to the U.S., on everything from finding housing to tips about Fort Collins to cultural adjustment.

Interested in Becoming a Cultural Mentor?

The application to be a Cultural Mentor for the fall 2018 semester is closed; we will accept applications for the spring 2019 Cultural Mentor program in October. Visit our Cultural Mentor application page for information about the benefits, requirements, and time commitment of being a Cultural Mentor, and to apply!

Why Connect?

After signing up, we will assign you a pair of Cultural Mentors who are part of an Interest Group. Each group will have various planned activities each semester. Cultural Mentor Interest groups provide members with a great opportunity to connect with others who hold similar interests, share in fun experiences, build a support system, and to learn about various cultures from around the world!

You can remain in contact with the Cultural Mentors who communicated with you throughout the summer, but your new Mentors will also stay in contact the rest of the semester and let you know about fun events to attend. It’s a great way to start building your community here at CSU! (Note, this is different from the First Year Mentoring Program.)

Sign up here to be matched with a Cultural Mentor

 

Cultural Mentor Events:

In addition to being paired with a Cultural Mentor who can answer your questions, the team of 30 Cultural Mentors regularly hosts activities and events open to all international students!

Past events have included: 

  • Night at the Corn Maze
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Intramural Basketball Team
  • Ice Skating
  • Scavenger hunt of Old Town
  • Salsa Dancing lessons
  • Game Night
  • Karaoke Night
  • Movie Nights
  • Valentine’s Day Card-making Party
  • Easter Egg Dying/Hunting Party
  • Trip to the “Cheap Theater”
  • Laser Tag
  • Day in Boulder
  • and more!!

MEET THE 2018 - 2019 CULTURAL MENTORS

Alfy Joseph George

Master’s in Civil Engineering

Hobbies: Climate change, hiking, climbing, running, biking, snowboarding, surfing, yoga, reading, and traveling!
Places Visited:  New Zealand, Spain, Colorado, India.
Reasons why I love CSU: I love CSU because everyone is so welcoming and interested in people from other parts of the world. I have managed to find people who enjoy my favorite sports including hiking and snowboarding as well as community projects and interest groups that keep me engaged 24/7!

Anna Slage

Senior in Widlife Biology

Hobbies: Horticulture Major/ Hobbies include biking, hiking and camping!
Places Visited: Lived: Chicago Illinois, Arlee Montana, Visited: Sweden, Iceland, France, Norway, England, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland.
Interesting Fact About Me: I love waking up being able to see the mountains everyday, the weather is beautiful and the people here are very kind hearted and pleasant.

Austin Berrelez
Sophomore in Horticulture

Hobbies: Climbing, hiking, running, swimming, photography
Places Visited: Lived: Turkey, Colorado, Visited: Mexico, Canada.
Interesting Fact About Me: Kind people, great outdoors, diversity.

Gaurav Harshe
Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hobbies: Sketching and painting on glass, canvas, sandpaper, plastic, walls, (almost anything). Exploring Colorado’s landscapes.
Places Visited: Lived: Mumbai, India and Fort Collins, US. Visited: Nepal.
Interesting Fact About Me: I have been a vegetarian all my life.You can find me attending some of the 250+ CSU UCA’s events, making new friends and catching up with besties over dinner or planning fun events.

Basak Aslan
Master’s in Toxicology

Hobbies: Climbing, hiking, running, swimming, photography
Places Visited: Turkey, Colorado
Interesting Fact About Me: Kind people, great outdoors, diversity

Chenwei Zhu
Sophomore in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Hobbies: watching movie, reading novel.

Places Visited: Lived: Beijing, China, Fort Collins in U.S. Visited: United Stated, Austria, Italy, French,Slovakia, Hungary, Greece.
Interesting Fact About Me: – people are so nice in here

Edrees Al-Abdali
Sophomore in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Hobbies: Relevant Skills: Good Communication skills in Arabic and English, Microsoft Office, Trouble shooting. Hobbies: (varies depending on the season): Hiking, biking, PC games, learning languages, board games, cooking, watching Anime, learning from educational YouTube channels.
Places Visited:
 Lived: Oman, Fort Collins, CO, USA. Visited: Saudi Arabia.
Interesting Fact About Me: I love CSU because it has an awesome interational program that other universities don’t have, nice community members, and is located in the beautiful Fort Collins area.

Emad Hassan
Ph.D. candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Hobbies: Nature, Traveling, Soccer, gaming
Places Visited: Lived and visited: Egypt, United Arab Emirates and USA.
Reasons why I love CSU: I love the pretty nature, crazy weather, diverse community and how friendly and supportive the people in CSU!

Hazelle Tomlin
Master’s in Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting

Hobbies: Climate change, hiking, climbing, running, biking, snowboarding, surfing, yoga, reading, and traveling!
Places Visited: Lived in New Zealand, Spain, Colorado, Spain and USA. Visited 25 countries in Europe, as well as Japan, Singapore, Bali, Australia, Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Bolivia.
Reasons why I love CSU: Home feeling community, a lot of activities.

Hussain Alabdullah

Junior in Electrical Engineering

Hobbies: Soccer, Volleyball, photography, Film maker, Video and board games, and Discovering
Places Visited: Lived: Saudi Arabia – Fort Collins, USA. Visited: France.
Reasons why I love CSU: Because it is a multicultural area, have a have many activities to do, diverse and friendly people.

Jennifer Fermin
Master’s in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA

Hobbies: Sustainability and business are my areas of expertise. As for my hobbies, I like reading, going to the movies, bowling, cooking and hanging out with friends.
Places Visited: Lived: The Dominican  Republic and Fort Collins, USA. Visited: Canada, Panama, Colombia.
Interesting Fact About Me: The diversity, the sense of security and community

Jess Egnatovich

Master’s in Spanish/TEFL

Hobbies: Exercise, running; Spanish, Portuguese, grammar; learning languages; traveling
Places Visited: New Jersey, Florida, Colorado, Arizona, Maryland
Reasons why I love CSU: Everyone is so friendly! You can stop and say, “Hi” to anyone, and they will reply with a smile. The international community and programs are what attracted me back to CSU because I think there are so many people to meet and get to know. The campus is beautiful, and the instructors are super supportive and want to see you succeed.

Joohee Lee
Master’s in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA

Hobbies: Hiking, climbing.
Places Visited: Lived: Beijing, Fort Collins in U.S. Visited: UK, Austria, Viet Nam, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hawaii, Philippines.
Interesting Fact About Me: People are so nice in here.

Joyce Xinyi
Junior in Political Science(Major) and International Development(Minor)

Hobbies: Reading, travelling and food!
Places Visited: Lived:Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Fort Collins, CO and San Jose, CA. Visited: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Fort Collins; although I did live briefly in San Jose, CA. I have visited over 15 countries, including Australia, Korea, China, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand etc.
Reasons why I love CSU: The fact that there are 300 days of sunshine and you can always see the mountains (as long as you are looking westwards). I also especially love that CSU is extremely welcoming and accepting of individuals from all backgrounds. 

Julia Kallis
Sophomore in Music Performance

Hobbies: Music, hiking, graphic design, tea drinking, yoga.
Places Visited: Denver, Colorado,
Reasons why I love CSU: CSU is a laid-back yet driven campus, and the people in the community are genuine and kind! It’s also a beautiful campus.

 

 Ismail Alhelal
Senior in Chemical & Biological Engineering

Hobbies: Picnic, BBQ, soccer, cooking & photographing.
Places Visited: Saudi Arabia (KSA)
Reasons why I love CSU: Beautiful Campus, Safe city, and friendly people of Fort Collins!

 Reza Ameri
Ph.D. in Structural Engineering

Hobbies: Traveling, road trips, hiking, camping, reading, and cooking.
Places Visited: Iran, U.S.
Interesting Fact About Me: I am one of the biggest candy addicts you will ever meet. I’m particularly in love with Haribo gummies!

 

 Laxmitej Vengala
Master’s in Computer Information Systems

Hobbies:
Places Visited:
Reasons why I love CSU:

 Mae Carreon
Junior in Behavioral Sciences, Clinical Psychology

Hobbies:
Expert Areas:
– Great interpersonal skills
– Balancing schedule/organizational skills/time management
– Listening

Hobbies:
– Exploring different places (restaurants, museums) /traveling
– Hiking
– Movies/Netflix
– Photography
Places Visited: Lived in: Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, San Antonio, Texas, Fort Collins, CO. Visited: Cuba.
Reasons why I love CSU: – Always events to welcome all kinds of students
– Beautiful campus (bonus: Horsetooth)
– Most of my professors have their Ph.D.
– Plenty of resources to be successful in school
– Plenty of opportunities to get involved

 Majed Alqatari
Sophomore in Environmental Engineering

Hobbies: Leadership, cross-cultural-communication, soccer, tennis.
Places Visited: Lived: Saudi Arabia. Visited: UK, Italy, Germany, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, Austria, UAE, Kuwait, Iran, Bahrain.
Interesting Fact About Me: I feel that I belong here. People are very friendly.

 Manci Li
Senior in Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology

Hobbies: Research, violin, singing.
Places Visited: Lived: Beijing, Fort Collins, Minneapolis. Visited: China, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands.
Reasons why I love CSU: Always proud to be a RAM!

 Maria Jose Munoz Muro
Junior in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Hobbies: I love sports and animals, I used to play basketball in high school and practiced taekwondo!
Places Visited: I’m from Peru but I’ve been living in Aspen for four months and now I’m here in FoCo.
Reasons why I love CSU: I love the friendliness of most of the people and all the green we have.

 Nouf Alyami
Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology

Hobbies: Anything involved Cell and Molecular Biology,Cancer Biology. Art, anime and hiking.
Places Visited: Egypt, Kuwait, Indonesia, USA.
Interesting Fact About Me: Its’ my home.

Qingyuan(Mike) Sun
Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education

Hobbies: 
Places Visited:
Reasons why I love CSU: 

 Salman Alhaddad
Sophomore in Biology

Hobbies: Hiking, running, technology , TV shows and reading.
Places Visited: Saudi Arabia.
Reasons why I love CSU: it’s a lovely place

 Syed Naqvi
Senior in Economics

Hobbies:
Places Visited:
Interesting Fact About Me:

Xiya Li
Senior in Psychology

Hobbies: Psychology, watching movies
Places Visited: China, USA.
Reasons why I love CSU: Everyone I met here was nice and help me a lot.

 Yasmine Zaid
Junior in International Studies(Major), French, Business Administration & Real Estate(Minors)

Hobbies: Documentaries, fashion, volleyball, travelling.
Places Visited:
Lived: Marrakech – Morocco, Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates.
Visited: France, UK, Australia, Cuba, Canada and many others!
Reasons why I love CSU: CSU is located in a city that is completely student oriented. I love the student culture that goes on especially the positive reinforcement. You will feel right at home because there is a community for every one of you!