CIRCLE

Established in 2022, CIRCLE of Friends (CoF) is a space for international undergraduates as well as students interested in different cultures, to hangout, make friends, share, learn, and get support.  Every Tue/ Wed/ Thur from 6:00-8:30 p.m., you can stop by HUB141 to join CoF teams for all kinds of fun activities, helpful presentations, meaningful discussions, free snacks, and many more.
To learn about what’s going on with CoF each week, follow UW CIRCLE Instagram or check out CIRCLE calendar. A long list of amazing CoF events is coming up soon for Spring quarter.

Chat 1:1 with CIRCLE Staff or Peer Advisors:

As part of the CoF program, now you can book a 30-minute appointment with a CIRCLE Staff or a Peer Advisor. Each of them specializes in different areas to help you succeed in your college life, including transitioning, student life, financial aid, student care, academic resources. 

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

CoF Program Goals:

  • Provide a welcoming space where international undergraduates can hang out, make friends and find a community where they belong.  (Connection & Community)
  • Create a safe space where international undergraduates can share their stories, voice their concerns, and support one another (Safe space)
  • Connect international undergraduates with campus resources to support their academic and professional growth. (Resources and support)
  • Create fun activities to enhance cultural understanding, as well as social aspects of being a college student in the U.S. (Social life)
  • Build a casual environment for students to reach their full potential. (Leadership)

Meet the CoF Team

CoF Leadership

Dan Zhu (朱老師) (she/her) | CoF Program Manager, 

From: Jiangxi & Beijing, China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, Hakka and English
Major: I did my undergraduate in BNU (北师大) and finished my PhD in English composition at UW a while ago.
Fun fact: I have two lovely mixed boys: Miles and Sebastian.


Xinyue Yu | CoF Program Assistant, 

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, Korean and English. ❤️
Intended major: Linguistics (Sophomore)
Hobbies: Traveling around the world, skating, swimming🏊‍♀️, hiking⛰️, studying in the library📚.


TUESDAY TEAM



Zhi Yang Lim | Peer Advisor (PA)

From: Malaysia
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, Malay and English.
Major: Computer Science (Sophomore)
Hobbies: Playing table tennis, badminton, and guitar.


Keyan Ying| CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, English, and a little bit of Spanish.
Major: Art (Sophomore)
Hobbies: Cooking, watching movies, and laying by the ocean.


Khulan Ariunbat| CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: Mongolia
Languages Spoken: Mongolian, English, and a little bit of Japanese.
Major: Business Administration (First-year)
Hobbies: Journaling, dance, sleeping, k-drama, and walking.


Paula Vu| CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: Vietnam
Languages Spoken: English and Vietnamese
Major: Political Science and Mathematics (Junior)
Hobbies: Cooking and badminton. 


Russel Wijaya Teguh| CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: Indonesia
Languages Spoken: English and Indonesian
Major: Business Administration – Accounting (Junior)
Hobbies: Badminton, swimming, and watching movies.


Shaohan Hou (Sherry)| CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English
Major: ECO (Sophomore)
Hobbies: Reading novels and photography.

 


Weikun Zhang| CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, English, and a little bit of Japanese.
Intended Major: CS and CSE (First-year)
Hobbies: Playing piano, video games and coding.

 


Zhuojun Wang| CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, English, and some Spanish.
Intended Major: Economics (First-year)
Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, camping, watching movies, and reading.

 


WEDNESDAY TEAM



Patrick Wu | Peer Advisor (PA)

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English
Intended Major: Business (Junior)
Hobbies: Basketball, cooking, and traveling


Jiayu Xu (Catherine)| CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English
Intended Major: Undecided (Sophomore)
Hobbies: Cooking, watching movies, and laying by the ocean.


 

Liuyixin Shao| CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English. 
Intended major: Statistics – Data Science (Sophomore)
Hobbies: I love photography, traveling, and AI painting.


 

Siyao Liu | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China/Singapore
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English. 
Intended major: Economics (First-year)
Hobbies: Badminton and photography.



Shanglin Jiang (Sean) | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, English
(Intended) Major: Economics (Sophomore)
Hobby: Basketball



Yihan Yin (Charlie) | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, English
(Intended) Major: Economics and CFRM (Sophomore)
Hobby: Playing the piano, watching movies, vlogging, traveling, and reading!


Zichen Zhuang | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China
Languages spoken: Mandarin and English.
Major: Mathematics (Sophomore)
Hobbies: Calligraphy, table tennis, and photography.


 

THURSDAY TEAM


Chenxi Yang (Rita)  | Peer Advisor,

From:  China
Languages spoken: Mandarin and English.
Major: ECO and Art (Junior)
Hobby: I like watching animation, making some handicrafts and journals, and collecting pretty “trash” from everywhere. Also, K-pop in music and dance and travel!


Gabriella Winona Wiem | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Indonesia
Languages spoken: Indonesian and English.
Intended Major: Finance and Information System (Senior)
Hobby: Archery and art. 


Hanwen Lou | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China
Languages spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English.
Intended Major: Psychology (Junior)
Hobby: Listening to music playing piano.

 


Jason Cundrawijaya | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Indonesia
Languages spoken: Indonesian and English.
Intended Major: Aerospace Engineering (Junior)
Hobby: Watching Formula 1 racing on weekends, listening to music, sometimes playing guitar, and playing badminton if I have enough time.

 


Mohan Wang | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China
Languages spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English.
Intended Major: Biology or Mathematics (First-year)
Hobby: Listening to music, art , and watching movies.

 


Jiayu Feng (Vivian) | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China
Languages spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English.
Intended Major: Informatics and Business Administration (Sophomore)
Hobby: Listening to music, art , and watching movies.


Wanqi Dong| CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China
Languages spoken: Mandarin and English.
Major: Undecided (Sophomore)
Hobby: Listening to music and reading.

 


CIRCLE of Friends
Autumn Quarter Events Overview(All dates are tentative!)
Week 1 Sep 30 (Fri) RCG Reunion by FYP & CIRCLE
Week 2
Oct 4 (Tu) COVID-19 Safety, Life Hacks & Husky Card 101
Oct 5 (Wed) Japanese & Thai Student Get Together
Oct 6 (Thur) Korean & Taiwanese Student Get Together
Week 3
Oct 11 (Tu) SE Asia RCG Group Get Together
Oct 12 (Wed) Indonesia Student Get Together
Oct 13 (Thur) Free Campus Tutoring Resources
Week 4
Oct 18 (Tu) On-Campus Jobs & SSN
Oct 19 (Wed) Bowling Night
Oct 20 (Thur) Diwali Art Painting
Week 5
Oct 24 (Mon) Diwali Celebration by CIRCLE
Oct 25 (Tu) First Year Plans (Ticket Sale for Corn Maze)
Oct 26 (Wed) Chinese Culture Night
Oct 27 (Thur) Int’l Student Academic Advising
Oct 29 (TBD) Halloween Party by CIRCLE
Oct 30 (Sun) Night Corn Maze with Unite UW
Week 6
Nov 1 (Tu) Study Session with Snacks & Drinks
Nov 2 (Wed) Study Hacks & Study Session
Nov 3 (Thur) Snacks Around the World
Week 7
Nov 8 (Tu) Major Fair with UWClassmate
Nov 9 (Wed) Board Game Night
Nov 10 (Thur) Movie Night
Week 8
Nov 15 (Tu) Game Night with Prizes
Nov 16 (Wed) ISHIP & MyChart
Nov 17 (Thur) “Table for Four” at a Boba Place
Week 9
Nov 22 (Tu) Black Friday Tips & Shopping 101
Nov 23 (Wed) Thanksgiving by CIRCLE
Week 10
Nov 29 (Tu) Study Session at a Café
Nov 30 (Wed) Unite UW Winter Quarter Info Session
Dec 1 (Thur) Things to Do & Places to Visit during Winter Break