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Meet the Global Greeters

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


Hi! My name is Pasuth Thothaveesansuk and I am a third year in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Statistics. I’m an international student from Bangkok, Thailand and have attended international school there before coming to UVA. I am currently involved in the Washington Literary Society and Debating Union and the Global Greeters Exec Board. My passions include working with numbers, debate, and being a sports nerd. During my free time, I enjoy watching sports, especially supporting our wonderful student-athletes. Welcome to UVA., I cannot wait to meet you all on Grounds! Go ‘Hoos!  (

Hi! My name is Aditya Seth and I'm an international student from Mumbai, India. I am a third year in the McIntire School of Commerce and will be concentrating in Finance. Outside of class, I am extremely passionate about politics and foreign affairs and I'm majorly involved with the International Relations Organisation on Grounds. As a part of this, I have been on the planning committee for Model UN Conferences and occasionally travel on the Model UN team. I'm also a big foodie and love exploring all the different food options around Charlottesville every now and then. This will be my second year as a global greeter and I'm excited to show all of you around grounds! Go Hoos!  (

Hi everyone! My name is Jessie Nielsen, and I am a third year from Fresno, California. My dad’s job moved my family around a lot, so I spent my childhood in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and graduated from an international high school in Frankfurt, Germany. Although I plan on taking the required classes to go to medical school, I will hopefully end up majoring in Comparative Literature (in both English and Spanish). I also recently joined Delta Gamma, one of the many sororities on grounds. I love traveling to new places, Harry Potter, and the strawberry pecan salad from Basil on the corner. I love everything about U.V.A., and I can’t imagine enjoying anything more than showing you guys the things that I think make it a wonderful place! (

Hello and welcome to UVA! My name is Matthew Keitelman and I will be a fourth year studying computer engineering. In my free time I like to cook and look at art. Over the summer I will be working in Brazil and I speak Portuguese and some French. Once again, welcome to UVA! (

Hey! My name is Sara Hall, and I’m a third year in the School of Architecture on the pre-professional track. I grew up in a small town a couple of hours away from Charlottesville, and I love calling Virginia my home! On Grounds, I’m involved in the Navigators, one of the many Christian fellowships, and I work in Alderman library. When I’m not in studio, you can find me taking pictures, eating chocolate, or taking a nap. I love learning about different cultures and I’ve had so much fun exploring Mexico, Ecuador, and Ireland during my summers. I can’t wait to meet everyone! Wahoowa! (


Hello Everyone! My name is Shaheen Jaisingh and I am a rising 4th year Biology major and Astronomy minor on the pre-dental track. I am an Indian by ethnicity and I was raised in Accra, Ghana. I have been involved with Global Greeters since my second year and I am so excited to meet you and to get to know you all. Welcome to UVA!  (


Hey everyone! I'm Chris Chung and I'm a third 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! (


Hello everyone! My name is Nouha Gammar and I hail from Tunis, Tunisia. I am in the French Graduate Program. 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. I look forward to meet y’all ! Welcome to UVa!   (


I’m Andrew Jacobson, a third year double majoring in Latin American Studies and Studio Art. I grew up in Vienna, Virginia but have spent most of my life abroad. I was born in Korea, but most recently I’ve lived in India, Brazil, and Mexico. I live in the International Residential College, and really enjoy being involved in the international community. I can speak Spanish and Portuguese and I love going to art museums, as well as exploring grounds and the rest of Charlottesville.(

Hey! My name is Grace Leffler, and I am currently a first year in the College planning on majoring in psychology. I spent my first semester as a part of UVA’s very first London First study abroad program. In my second semester, I began getting involved in the Benjamin Franklin Literary and Debating Society, the International Residential College, and various volunteering efforts around grounds. I am also extremely into reading, debating Star Wars (the originals and sequels only), and exploring Charlottesville. If you have any questions about UVA or life here in general, please email me at!

Hello, everybody! My name is Grace Medrano and I’m a rising second-year from Fairfax, Virginia, living in the International Residential College. I am currently planning to double major in Chinese and Global Development Studies. Here at UVA, I’m a part of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, VISAS, and I’m a mentor in the Hispanic Peer Mentor Program. As for hobbies, I’m a big fan of language-learning! I’ve studied Chinese for four years and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve studied a little bit of Arabic and Korean as well, and I’m planning to begin studying American Sign Language during my second year. Since my family is from Honduras, I also speak Spanish fluently! If you want to chat in Chinese or Spanish (or English), feel free to come say hi! I’m so excited to meet you all! (

Hey new Hoos, my name is Griffin Perry and I’m a rising second year from central New Jersey. I’m currently in the College of Arts and Sciences as a music major on the pre-med track. Outside of the classroom and in addition to being a global greeter, I do Alternative Spring Break, volunteer with Madison House, am a UVA Student Ambassador, and am involved in Greek life. I love traveling and have been learning Spanish from a young age. This is my first year as a global greeter but I’m looking forward to welcoming you all onto grounds and getting to know you! If you have any questions/comments/ anything, feel free to reach out at Wahoowa!

Hey! My name is Harmanjit Tiwana and I'm a fourth year studying Foreign Affairs and Anthropology. I'm from New York, New York and am huge on traveling! I have traveled to 6 different countries, on 3 different continents. My life goal is to visit every continent! At UVA, I'm a member of Gamma Phi Beta, one of the many sororities on Grounds, and I volunteer at a local elementary school. You can always find me "working" at Alderman and Nau/Gibson, or grabbing a bagel at Bodo's. If you have any questions about UVA, dogs, or literally anything, feel free to shoot me an email! I am so excited to welcome you all to this amazing community! (

Hi, I'm Isabelle Hermsmeier, and I'm a rising fourth year at UVA majoring in Global Environments and Sustainability and minoring in Urban Planning. I love learning about different cultures and traveling. So far I have studied abroad in Copenhagen and Scotland. I am excited to be going to Australia this summer and I really want to visit India sometime soon. I like running, eating pizza, and going to art events with fancy cheese. (

Hi! My name is Jay Park and I am a second  year. I was born in South Korea but moved to the United States at the age of two. I currently live in Northern Virginia. As of now, I am a interested in applying to the McIntire School of Commerce, but I am also interested in studying Computer Science and other majors. One thing I love to do here at UVA is to discover new places to study. However, I am still on the search to find that perfect spot on Grounds. (

Hey everyone! My name is Logan Petkosek and I can’t wait to welcome you all to our UVA community! I am a rising third 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. I currently call Alexandria, VA home. This semester I am studying abroad in Santiago, Chile and have learned a lot about the ups and downs of studying in a foreign language/ new culture. Back on grounds, I am involved in VISAS and Madison House’s ESOL program. 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! (

Hi! My name is Natalia Zhiltsova and I’m a rising second year in the College of Arts and Sciences, planning on majoring in Economics and Global Studies. I have spent most of my life in Connecticut, but I was born in Moscow, Russia. I’m a part of Outdoors Club, HASS (Human Animal Support Services), and I have a job on Grounds. Through HASS I volunteer at an animal shelter which gives me some much needed puppy time. I miss my two Labs at home so you can find me saying hi to every dog I encounter on Grounds. In my free time I love hiking, running, watching Netflix, and cooking. I can’t wait to meet all of you and share everything that UVA has to offer! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Wahoowa! (

I'm Quinn LeGallo-Malone and I'm a third 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! (

Hey! I am Ruhi Parvatam, a rising fourth year studying physics and computer science. I grew up in Falls Church, VA, but I've had the opportunity to travel to a lot of countries over the years: India, China, Italy, France, Switzerland, and more! When I'm not hunched over a computer or physics problem set, you can find me listening to music, napping on the Lawn, or trying a new flavor of bubble tea. I'm also always up for trying new things and exploring Charlottesville! Welcome to UVA! (

Hi! My name is Sanya Parekh and I'm from Mumbai, India. I am a rising second year in the College of Arts and Sciences and hope to get into the McIntire School of Commerce. I am currently involved in the education entrepreneurship program at HackCville and part of the outreach committee in Smart Woman Securities. Apart from this I’m also a volunteer for Cavs in the Classroom in Madison House. This will be my first year as a global greeter and I'm excited to show all of you around grounds! Go Hoos! (

Hello everyone! My name is Yinhao Ge, aka. Tony. I am a rising fourth-year from Shanghai, China, majoring in Chemical Engineering. I love Chemistry and enjoy reading and thinking about public policy and geopolitics. Besides, I have a passion for chess, bridge, Chinese calligraphy, classical music, tennis, and traveling. Outside of class, I am actively involved in American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), ChemE Car Team and Chinese Student and Scholar Society (CSSS). I hope that, through global greeters, I can help you make UVA your new home!  (

Hi! My name is Yizhou Wang (Tracy), a rising third year from Beijing, China and I am majoring in biology and economics. I love traveling, Chinese dance and ballet, taking photos for friends and trying all kinds of food. Besides class, I am now involved in Paradanse, Undergraduate Research Network, and am volunteering in a lab at the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology at UVA . Some things I like to do here are exploring the interconnected and complicated buildings on grounds and listening to different people's stories. I am excited to meet you on grounds, and welcome to UVA! (

Hey everyone! My name is Tyler Hinkle and I am a rising third year History and Latin American Studies double major and Urban and Environmental Planning minor. I'm from New Market, Virginia, a place over the Blue Ridge Mountains. I grew up with and learned the culture of many individuals from places such as Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Peru. I am also involved with International Buddies, VISAS (Volunteers with International Students, Staff, and Scholars), International Relations Organization, and I am working on a thesis on Latinx migration into the Shenandoah Valley. You can catch me hiking, searching for pawpaws, or collecting tea. I loved helping out all the wonderful students last summer, and I'm excited to return for Global Greeters and welcome you to UVa! ( 

HELLO WONDERFUL WAHOOS! My name is Zumzum Khan and I am so excited to welcome you all to UVA! I am a rising second year from Springfield, Virginia in the College of Arts & Sciences. I am currently undecided on my major, but I have taken a wide-variety of classes and would be more than happy to answer any of your questions! On grounds, I am involved in Sustained Dialogue, Globemed, Muslim Student Association and Madison House. Outside of class, you can find me eating dumplings from the dumplings cart, reading a book on the lawn, or sitting in the amphitheater soaking up the sun. I love meeting new people, and I am thrilled to greet you to this amazing family of Hoos and to this wonderful place I call home. (