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Meet the Global Greeters

Email Logan or Natalia with any questions, or if you would like to be put in touch with a Global Greeter.


Hey everyone! My name is Logan Petkosek and I can’t wait to welcome you all to our UVA community! I am a rising fourth year studying Economics and Foreign Affairs with a minor in Spanish. I spent a lot of my childhood moving around and have gotten the chance to live in Germany, England, Guam and various states in the US. During Spring 2019 I spent 6 months studying abroad in Santiago, Chile. I currently call Alexandria, VA home. On grounds I am involved in VISAS, Madison House’s ESOL program, International Buddies Program and Economics Club. I speak English, Spanish and a bit of German. During my free time I love traveling, running and spending time with friends! If you have any questions about majors, CIOs or life in general feel free to reach out! (

Welcome everyone! My name is Natalia Zhiltsova and I’m a rising fourth year in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Economics and minoring in Urban and Environmental Planning. I have spent most of my life in Connecticut, but I was born in Moscow, Russia. I’m a part of Salsa Club, I work at the International Center, and I teach tennis for IM Rec. In my free time I love hiking, running, and cooking. I also have two labradors at home that I adore and miss every day, so I try to say hi to every dog I meet on Grounds. I can’t wait to meet all of you and share my experiences with you! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about classes or student life in general. Wahoowa! (


Hello there! My name is Bader Alfarhan and I am a second-year MA student in the Department of Anthropology. I was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Kuwait, but have been living in the United States for the past seven years. Prior to arriving in Charlottesville, I studied and worked in Seattle and New York City, where I got to meet international students hailing from over 70 countries. When I am not studying, I could be found checking out the latest films to hit theatres or going on a late afternoon run around Grounds. Looking forward to meeting you! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have about life at UVa or C-ville (!

Hey everyone! I'm Chris Chung and I'm a fifth year PhD in Mathematics. I grew up in Malaysia, did my undergrad at Michigan and my Master's in Australia before coming to UVa. In my limited free time I enjoy swimming, going on hikes and exploring Charlottesville. I've also had a lot of fun participating in events by UVa's own Lorna Sundberg International Center (such as their cooking classes); join us sometime! (

Hey! My name is Grace Kim and I'm currently a first year graduate student. I was born in South Korea but lived a few years in Arizona and New Zealand before moving to Canada when I was around 7. I love travelling, watching any movie with Leonardo DiCaprio in it, and petting dogs. I'm hoping to get more involved with the Charlottesville community and can't wait to meet everyone! (

Hello everyone! I'm Nouha Gammar and hail from Tunisia. I'm finishing my PhD in the French Department. I enjoy walking around the Grounds and discovering a different good place to read – take a look at the wonderful UVa Gardens or at the Rotunda's Dome Room. Don't forget to also check out the various parks and trails around Charlottesville. I look forward to meet y’all ! Welcome to UVa! (

Hello! My name is Sana Abdi and I'm from Tunisia. I'm a PhD candidate and TA at the French Department. When I'm not teaching, reading or working on my thesis, I enjoy playing the drums and perfecting my gaming skills. I am a foodie with a soft spot for cheese. I love meeting new people and would be delighted to welcome you to UVA! (

Hey new Wahoos! I'm Tyler Hinkle, a graduate student studying Urban and Environmental Planning at the Architecture School. I was here for undergrad studying History and Latin American Studies. I am the President of the Student Planning Association, and the county planner of my home, Shenandoah County. In my free time I love to hike, make tea, take pictures, and volunteer with kids. I am so excited to meet you all and introduce you to your new home away from home. If you ever have any questions or places to check out while in the Charlottesville area, be sure to reach out to me! (



Hey guys! My name is Arindam Datta (I also go by Reeshi). I'm a third/fourth year double majoring in Economics and History with a minor in Statistical Analysis. I'm an international student from Bangladesh and I've lived in 3 different countries and have tried my best to travel as much as I can. During my time at UVA, I explored another one of my interests - languages. I speak Bengali and English and I've studied German and Spanish. I've taken part in clubs such as Enactus and the Advertising and Marketing Association and am currently active in Greek Life. I look forward to meeting, and welcoming fellow international students to our tremendous University of Virginia community! (

Hey everyone! My name is Camiellalouisa Sehidou but I go by Cammy. I am a rising third year Biology major and Spanish minor, I am also pre-med. I currently live in Maryland, but was born in Cameroon where I spent the first 8 years of my life. I love learning about different cultures and languages. In my free time I watch a lot of Kdramas, Korean variety shows, Bollywood movies and telenovelas. I one day hope to travel the world, even though so far I have only been to India and Cameroon. Feel free to contact me anytime, I would love to watch a movie or just hang out and talk. Welcome to UVA!! (

Hi guys! I'm Eunice Lee, and I'm a rising second year international student in the College. I'm still not sure what I want to study, but I'm pre-comm for now! I was born in Korea, but I moved to the States for a couple of years until I went back to Seoul for high school. I love listening to all kinds of music and watching Netflix (I started Designated Survivor really recently). I'm super excited to meet everyone! Go Hoos! (

Hello, my name is Felicia Aiyeotan, I am a fourth year in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Sociology and minoring in Global Culture and Commerce. I am an international student from Lagos, Nigeria and a current member of the women's basketball team. I love sports, music and personal development books. My favorite book is "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell, and it speaks on how when and where you were born can influence the opportunities you have. I was afforded the opportunity to come to UVA and meet a group of such diverse students. I am looking forward to helping the next generation of international students navigate their way through UVA and realize their full potential. See you soon! Go Hoos! (

Hi everyone! First of all, congratulations and welcome to UVa. My name is Felipe Buitrago and I'm a second year international student from Bogotá, Colombia. I will be pursuing my degree in Commerce this coming August, and I'm considering a minor in the Politics department. During high shool I had the opportunity to visit over 50 countries which showed me how much diversity can teach and made me appreciate the smallest things that different cultures have to offer. Again, welcome to UVa! If there's anything I can do to help you don't hesitate to contact me. (

Hey! My name is Grace Leffler, and I am a third year majoring in psychology and cognitive science. I spent my first semester as a part of UVA’s very first London First study abroad program. Back at UVA, I am very much involved with leadership at the International Residential College, volunteering, the National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter at UVA, and my research lab! If you have any questions about UVA or life here in general, please email me at!

Hi there friends! My name is Grace Medrano and I'm a rising third year East Asian Studies major living in the International Residential College! I'm currently learning Mandarin Chinese and in the past I've traveled to Beijing and Harbin. While my family is originally from Honduras, I grew up here in Virginia. In my free time I enjoy language-learning, exploring used bookstores, sitting in New Cabell Hall windowsills, and watercolor painting. I'm so excited to get to know your story and welcome you to Charlottesville! Feel free to reach out with any questions about UVA or just to say hello :-) (

Heartily welcome! My name is Hanzhang Li and I am a rising third year student from Beijing, China. I have a great enthusiasm in scientific research and the natural world and intend to pursue a B.S. degree in Biology. Outside of class I am a volunteer on Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards (CATS) and a member of the Shea House Government, the language residential community on grounds. Of my wide range of interests, I especially enjoy graphic designing, language learning and getting to know new people. I am thrilled that you are arriving as new wahoos and look forward to show you around or answer any of your questions! (

Hi! I am Jierui Ou, a rising fourth-year student majoring in Anthropology and Psychology. I grew up in China and came to U.S for college in 2016. I love watching films, reading books, meeting people and making friends. At UVA, I am involved in Mainland Student Network (MSN), an on-grounds CIO that aims to help international Chinese students adapt to university life. I love social sciences very much and it’s always been a pleasure for me to learn many different perspectives from people at UVA and also contribute my own. Welcome to UVA :D  (

Hello everyone! My name is Lauren Smits, and I’m a rising second year from Falls Church, Virginia in the College of Arts and Sciences as a prospective economics and media studies double major. Outside of classes, I’m involved in VISAS and currently live in the International Residential College, where I'm blessed by the many diverse cultural opportunities available. I spent my first semester in London through UVa’s Global First program, and along the same lines, absolutely love travel and learning foreign languages. I look forward to welcoming all of you to grounds and into the Hoo community! (

Hello y’all! Welcome to UVA!!! My name is Quang Nguyen and I’m a rising third year majoring in Biology and minoring in Entrepreneurship. I’m a huge fan of traveling. I have been traveling to 11 countries and am planning to make many more trips in the future. In my free time I enjoy listening to music and watching Netflix (my favorite shows are Baby Daddy and Santa Clarita Diet). Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m looking forward to seeing y’all on Grounds soon! Go Hoos! (

I'm Quinn LeGallo-Malone and I'm a fourth year linguistics major, focusing mostly on Indo-European languages, especially Sanskrit. I don't actually wear glasses (my friend's just matched my hair!). I'm a life long resident of Charlottesville, and at UVA I'm also involved with quizbowl, the Washington Society, and VISAS, an ESL organization. Outside of class, I'm a very enthusiastic aquarist, especially when it comes to caring for my pet African lungfish, Charybdis. She can breath air on land and use her gills underwater! It's very cool! Other things I love include Sufjan Stevens, Bodo's Bagels, and The Shape of Water (I've only seen it like, seven times). I can't wait to meet you when you get here! (

I’m Rany Makarem and I'm a Lebanese transfer student hoos had an interesting journey that has led me to UVA. Overall, I’m extraordinarily outgoing and and I try a lot of different activities and experiences, generally I don’t really know what kind of person I am but I’m sure you’ll like me. I play many sports and I’m very involved in music as well as volunteering in the local community. I’m currently pursuing a diverse academic career and love to socialize. Writing Bio’s are weird not gonna lie hahahaha, hope you enjoyed it! (

Hello new hoos! I'm Wenqian Wang, AKA Wendy. I'm a rising second-year, and considering to double major in Econ and East Asia studies. Outside classes, I also do volunteer work with Madison house and Virginia Discovery Museum, currently involved in UVA Student Police Advisory Board, member of Chi Alpha and Minority Rights Coalition, and a BIG fan of cookery, movies, soccer, and golf! You could easily capture me in Regal movie theatre and amazing restaurants. As an international student from China, I share the same feelings when first arriving the grounds, and I do hope that with our help you could quickly adjust the college lives here and enjoy this wonderful family of UVa! (

Welcome! My name is Yuying Zhang and I'll be a third-year when I meet you. I transferred into UVA in 2018 from a Chinese university and was studying business before. My current major is Computer Science and Maths, but I'm also interested in ethics and policy. I've done entrepreneurship and research before, and spent my free time with kitchen, camera, rock and dance. I'm going to stay in IRC in the fall, and I'm involved with Jefferson Society and Career Center. I know how difficult it is to fit into a culturally different environment but I also encourage you to fully experience UVA. I understand how cultural background shape everyone's view and I'm always ready to chat with you! :) (

Hi! My name is Zumzum Khan and I'm a 4th year in the McIntire School of Commerce studying IT. I was born and raised in Virginia, but I have always liked traveling and learning about other cultures. This past semester I had the opportunity to study abroad in Sydney and it was a really great experience! Outside of class, you can find me in the library, sitting on the steps of the amphitheater or on the corner grabbing food from Bodos or Roots. I really look forward to meeting you all and welcoming you to UVA! (