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Meet Our International Peer Mentors

Become an International Peer Mentor

International Peer Mentors (IPM) volunteer their time to serve as resources, advocates and connectors for new international students to help them adjust to their new environment at Geneseo. IPMs will be selected for their outstanding communication skills, friendliness, reliability, knowledge of campus resources and passion.

*The fall 2021 application deadline to become an IPM is closed. We will be accepting new applications beginning May 2022.

Eligibility: 

  • IPMs must be considered a full-time student and be registered for a minimum 12 credit hours for the semester.
  • IPMs must maintain both a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5.
  • Monthly meetings with the ISSS Office are mandatory.

At the beginning of each semester, we assign IPMs to every new International student to answer questions they may have prior to arrival. Once school starts, IPMs keep in touch with their Mentee to serve as a resource, advocate, and connection for them. Ideally, IPMs have a bi-weekly meeting with their Mentee to see how they are adjusting to their new environment and to address difficulties or struggles that their Mentees are facing. They also help new international students get involved in campus activities by holding events, taking Mentees to multicultural and other student organizations, to GLK events and more! 

If you are not a new F-1 student but would like to have your own International Peer Mentor, fill out this form. Request your own International Peer Mentor 


2021-2022 International Peer Mentors

International Peer Mentors (IPMs) are Geneseo students who are passionate about spreading diversity on campus and making campus life for new international students as successful (and fun!) as possible. Many IPMs are international students who have experienced the challenges that international students face in college and they volunteer their time to help others get through those struggles. These IPMs were selected for their outstanding skills of communication, friendliness, reliability, knowledge of campus resources and passion. 

Natsuki Takata

 

Natsuki Takata is a sophomore business administration major and environmental studies minor. She was born in Japan, and came to Geneseo as a first year student in 2020, in the middle of pandemic. Her motivation always comes from friends, so she is involved in some organizations to expand her network. She is a member of the Business Excellence Program and the Food Security Advocate, and experiences the Directed Study internship with the office of sustainability. When she has time, she enjoys working out, baking, watching movies, and just walking around campus seeing a beautiful scenery.

She works as a RAISE (Residence Assistant for International Student Engagement) this year as well as the IPM, so she hopes that she can be a person who is the easiest for new international students to contact when they need helps.

Fun facts:

She loves matcha and really missed it the most in the first year, so she filled half of her suitcase with match sweets for the second time.

 

Natsuki by the Gazebo on the Geneseo campus


Yuki Morita

 

Yuki Morita is a senior Communication major student from Sapporo, Japan. She was born and raised in Japan and started her Geneseo life in 2018 as a freshman. She had focused on the study of Interpersonal communication and diversity & inclusion. She’d like to make the Geneseo Community more diverse and has actively worked on campus as a DICE facilitator and E-board member of the Japanese culture club. She also attended the Disney College Program during her sophomore year and is a member of Alpha Phi Omega. 

As an IPM, she hopes that she can be the person who new international students can easily talk to when they need any help. She genuinely wishes their experiences at Geneseo will be amazing, but at the same time, she knows there are some struggles as she experienced. So, she hopes this program would be a great resource for them to adjust to Geneseo life and enjoy their studying abroad experiences.

Fun Fact: She works at Starbucks in Geneseo, but in the past, she also worked at Starbucks in Japan and Starbucks in Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World in FL.

 

Picture of Yuki with a river in the background

 

 


Reo Sakida

Reo Sakida is a Junior student majoring in Economics and Geography with a minor in Developing World (International Relations). He works for the International Student Office at Geneseo with Jennifer Kenyon and Jessica Cosimano; therefore, he might be the first person you can contact when you have questions of any kind. We are always ready to help and support International Students!! If you have any ideas or suggestions for something fun, please let us know!!

His most favorite time is when he is watching wildlife or clouds in the sky. He loves any kind of physical activities other than swimming and running. He is willing to make Geneseo a fabulous place for both International Students and Local Students. 

We are waiting for YOU !!

 

 Picture of Reo in a big city


 Michael Kleinlercher

Michael Kleinlercher is a junior History/International Relations Major. He is from Carmel, New York and originally came to Geneseo as a History Secondary Education major his freshman year. On campus he was involved with Student Senate, College Senate, and the Japanese Culture Club as a Secretary. Through being an IPM he hopes to help new students get used to the campus and community, as well as be a resource for questions about life at Geneseo. All in all, he’s hoping he can help make new students’ first year at Geneseo the best it can be.

Outside of Geneseo stuff, he is generally interested in learning new things and expanding his world view. During his freshman year he studied abroad in Japan at Rikkyo University over the summer.

Fun Fact: He’s shockingly bad at math, numbers put him to sleep fast. He likes to read though!

picture of peer mentor


Katsunobu Okazawa

Katsunobu Okazawa is a junior student from Japan. His major is Communication, but he is also taking Geography as his minor. He is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, one of the largest fraternities in Geneseo. He likes traveling, playing and watching sports, working out, listening to music, watching Netflix, and of course talking with people.

As an International Peer Mentor, he will do his best to make new students’ lives great by taking plenty of time to talk in person and online. He hopes to answer any questions new students might have and be by their side whenever they face struggles.

Fun facts: Although he is just 20 years old, he has already experienced 10 different part time jobs in his life.

picture of peer mentor


Ayaka Machida

Ayaka Machida is a junior student from Japan. Her major is Accounting, and she came to Geneseo in Spring 2019 as a freshman. She is a member of the Women's Track and Field team at Geneseo. Her main event is Javelin throw. She is also an E-board member of English Immersion Group. She likes playing and watching sports, reading,  traveling, driving, and hiking.

 

As an International Peer Mentor, she is willing to work on making new international students feel more welcomed and Geneseo is like their second home. Also, she would like to meet new students and share stories together. She is hoping Geneseo would be a great school for every student.

 

Fun Fact:

She has been playing sports for 15 years, and she loves to play any sports, but she cannot swim.

 

Photo of Ayaka