Yale College International Peer Liaisons

These undergraduate students are here to help you connect with the wealth of support at Yale College. They will be delighted to hear from any incoming freshmen if you have questions or concerns. Or you can write to them just to say hello!

Taka Konari

Jez Marston

Linh Nguyen


counselorDivyansh Agarwal

Hi guys! I'm Divyansh, Branford College Class of 2015. I’m excited to be a peer liaison for upcoming academic year 2013-2014 and really look forward to this experience. I grew up in Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) India, but went to boarding school for the last four years of high school, for what turned out to be the most enjoyable experience. I am a Biology major, love taking classes, and have spent a good bit of time since freshmen year in a lab. I thoroughly enjoy the research experiences that I’ve been fortunate to have in neuroscience and chemistry. I have a keen ear for music and enjoy the community interaction programs at college, be it volunteer work or teaching local kids. I am also a Chaplaincy Fellow for the coming year for Branford College and a peer tutor Hindi. I love playing sports and am a part of the Yale Pistol and Rifle Team and the Yale Cricket Club. I can’t wait to share my experiences with you all and hear about yours, as a mentor cum friend for the new class of 2017! Please feel free to write to me or come have a chat whenever you feel like it!


counselorZahra Baitie

Akwaba everyone! My name is Zahra Baitie, a rising junior in Calhoun College from the sunny coastal city of Accra, Ghana; I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as a peer liaison and welcome you all to my home-away from home - Yale. I am a Global Affairs and will most likely double major in East Asian Studies. I am interested in history, international relations, economics and the humanities in general. I love to travel and while at Yale thanks internships, extra-curricula, study-abroad and research opportunities I have been able to travel to Serbia and Bosnia,  China, Kenya, Nigeria, South-Africa, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia. For all those adventurous Freshmen eager to see the world I would love to share my experiences! I have spent the last year studying abroad in China in pursuit of improving my Mandarin. I started Mandarin at Yale and because of Yale’s strong Mandarin program, abundant funding to study abroad  within the short span of two years I am now reading novels and giving full-fledged speeches and presentations in Chinese on issues ranging from international relations, cultural studies and philosophy. My experience with learning Chinese and with many of my extra-curricula is reflective of the Yale experience as a whole - Yale provides you with the resources and support to realize your dreams and ambitions; and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to help you embark on this journey and seize all the opportunities at Yale. If you have any questions from good places to eat at, to shopping period, to you name it, don’t hesitate to contact me  - zahra.baitie@yale.edu. Get ready for a life-changing, defining and thrilling experience! Can’t wait to meet you all!


counselorJuliet Caragianis

Hello international class of 2017! My name is Juliet Caragianis and I am from beautiful Ottawa, Canada. I am a proud member of Timothy Dwight College, class of 2015. I'm studying political science and haven't been happier. I kind of speak french, and even less modern Greek, but I would love to test either language out with some patient international freshmen. At Yale I am a member of the Yale Women's Crew team, a Community and Consent Educator, a member of the Global Undergraduate Economic Forum and on the TD social committee (SAC). I love to sleep and rank it as one of the most valuable aspects of life. I'm a Toad's enthusiast (both Wednesday and Saturday), Claire's devotee and Chipotle frequenter (if you don't know what any of these things are, I will show you). I can't wait to meet you all!


counselorVictor Kang

Kia ora everyone! My name is Victor Kang, and I'm a rising senior in Trumbull (MOORAHHH). I was born in Seoul, Korea, but moved to New Zealand when I was 7 years old. I consider myself a child of both cultures, so my favourite dishes are all Korean, but I talk like a Kiwi (aka New Zealander). I'm majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, but, like all of you guys, I have a wide range of interests! I am a freelance photographer, as well as the former photo editor for the Yale Daily News;  I'm passionate about technology, and I work as a Student Technician and a Student Developer, which are two awesome on-campus jobs. And I like music and have been involved with the Jonathan Edwards College Philharmonic. If you have any questions about these activities, or if you share a certain hobby with me, feel free to flick me an email victor.kang@yale.edu. I am very much looking forward to meeting all of you come Fall!


counselorTaka Konari

Hey y’all! My name is Taka, and I’m a rising senior in Morse College. Woot!! I’m very excited to be a Peer Liaison for 2017 international students! I was born and raised in Japan for my whole life until I came to Yale, except for my high school sophomore year that I spent as an exchange student in Texas (as you may be able to tell from the second word of this self-introduction?). I am majoring in Economics, but I also love learning languages, studying art history, travelling and experiencing different cultures and food. Having started studying Spanish at Yale, I participated in Yale Summer Session in Bilbao, Spain after my freshman year. I liked Spain so much that I went back to Madrid the next summer for an internship at an auction house, where my knowledge from an art history course at Yale came in handy. I also spent the spring semester of sophomore year studying abroad at Peking University in Beijing, China. At Yale, I have been involved with the International Students’ Organization, Morse College Housing Committee, the Sailing Team, and have worked as a research assistant for MacMillan Center for International Studies and as a Master’s Aide. I also enjoy whistling, and have made a CD with a World Whistling Champion. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of you! Feel free to ask me any questions you have, and if you see me around, just say hi and talk to me! See y’all in August!!


counselorJez Marston

Hi everyone!! I am so excited to get to know you all! My name is Jez Marston. I'm a rising junior from Kingston, Jamaica, in Berkeley College. I have lived in Jamaica for most of my life, but spent a few years in England and, after returning to Jamaica, went to boarding school in the US before I got to Yale. I am a pre-med student majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. I’m one of the few who has been pretty set on a major from the get go, but at times I still contemplate other options and Yale is such an amazing place to find yourself and decide on what you really want to study, so never fret! Outside of my major and medicine, I’m interested in world history, linguistics, art, Spanish and Portuguese but I would gladly talk to you about any major! I spent the summer after my freshman year doing an internship in a laboratory in Madrid, Spain, thanks to Yale’s International Summer Award (ISA). This summer I will be doing research in a laboratory at the Yale School of Medicine and then travelling to Brazil for two months with the Yale Summer Session program! My favorite things include almost any kind of food (and there are so many different types to try in New Haven), dancing, chatting with friends, the beach, and the international community at Yale. ;)  I have had such an amazing time at this incredible university and I can’t wait for all of you to experience it as well! I know I really relied on my peer liaisons freshman year and I’ll be there at any point if you need help or just want someone to talk to. If you want, you can email me at jez.marston@yale.edu or add me on Facebook and I would be happy to answer any of your questions and get to know you better! Hope you are having wonderful summers.


counselorLinh Nguyen

Hi! My name is Linh Nguyen, a rising junior from Silliman College. I'm an international student from Hanoi, Vietnam, but I had spent a year as an exchange student in Chicago before coming back to the States for college. I am so excited to serve as one of OISS’ peer liaison this upcoming school year. I major in Political Science, and my other academic interests include history and anthropology. In fact, I have been working for the Department of Anthropology for the past 2 years! At Yale, I'm involved with Yale International Relations Association, Yale Ballroom Dancing, Vietnamese Students Organization at Yale and also Yale Language Connections. Thanks to Yale’s generosity, I have been able to spend my summers in China and England participating in classes. I would also love to answer question regarding study Chinese at Yale or Light Fellowship! I hope you will have the time of your life at OIS and Yale.


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Consider signing up for OIS, a program designed to introduce new international students to Yale and to the city of New Haven.