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 5:30-8:30pm, 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 & Sebastian.



Zhaoqi (Maggie) Lyu (she/her) | CoF Graduate Student Assistant, 

From: Beijing, China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English.
Major: M.Ed in Education Policy (MEP)
Fun fact:  l like traveling to different places and trying different cuisines.



Anokhi Shah (she/her) | CoF Program Coordinator, 

From: Ahmedabad, India
Languages Spoken: English, Hindi, Gujarati and a little bit of French.
Major: Informatics with a Business minor.
Fun fact:  l love learning new languages.


TREASURE TUESDAY TEAM



Vanessa Sutjitro (she/her) | Peer Advisor,

From: Indonesia
Languages spoken: Indonesian, English, Korean, (Basic) Mandarin Chinese
Major: Finance & IS at Foster School of Business
Fun fact: My hidden talent is I can type in Korean with my eyes closed on an English keyboard!


Yishi Zheng (Reena) (she/her) | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: Shanghai, China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, Shanghainese, English
(Intended) Major: Informatics / Communication
Fun fact: I can make bird sounds that can sometimes elicit a response from the birds.

 



Shanglin Jiang (Sean) (he/him) | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, English
(Intended) Major: Economics
Hobby: I like stag beetle!



Yihan Yin (Charlie) (she/her) | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: Shandong, China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, English
(Intended) Major: Economics
Hobby: playing the piano, watching movie, vlog, traveling, and reading!


Zhi Yang Lim (he/him) | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

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



Hutiancong Wang (Albert) (he/him) | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: Anhui, China
Languages Spoken: Chinese, English, and Basic Spanish
Major: Economics
Hobby: I like walking in mild rains 🙂


Jiayu Xu (Catherine) (she/her) | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: Shandong, China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English
(Intended) Major: Biochemistry/ Bio-related Series
Hobby: Hiking outside, going to beaches 🏖️, and waiting for the sunrise and sunset 🌄.

 


UWEDNESDAY TEAM


Xinyue Yu (she/her) | Peer Advisor, 

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


Liuyixin Shao (Mila) | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From Tianjin, China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English. 
Intended major: Statistics
Hobbies: I love photography.


Mika Hara (she/her) | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Tokyo, Japan
Languages spoken: Japanese and English.
Intended Major: Biology (General) / Biology (MCD)
Hobby: Petting dogs🐩, Listening to Music🎧, Sleeping, Watch Movies & Anime🎬, Skating⛸, Horse riding🐎


Mika Hara (she/her) | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Tokyo, Japan
Languages spoken: Japanese and English.
Major: Business Administration (Information Systems, Marketing)
Hobby: Traveling, Watching movies/K-drama, K-pop, listening to music.


Jood Almokharrak (she/her) | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Saudi Arabia
Languages spoken: Arabic and English.
Intended Major: Pre-Sciences (Computer Science, Oceanography)
Hobby: Baking, crocheting, listening to music, playing guitar, reading, traveling, and watching movies.


Alexandra (she/her) | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Hong Kong
Languages spoken: Cantonese, Mandarin, English and Japanese.
(Double) Major: Japanese and Food Systems, Nutrition and Health
Minor: Asian languages and culture
Fun fact: I am currently learning Korean


Angela Zheng (she/her) | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Sydney, Australia
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin, and French.
(Intended) Major: MCD Biology
Hobbies: Taking naps in between classes, deadline fighting (controlled procrastination), drinking milk tea, and practicing how to write with my left hand!


 

PEPPA PIG THURSDAY TEAM


Heyang Dai (Dean) (he/him) | Peer Advisor, 

From: Chongqing, China
Languages spoken: Mandarin and English.
Major: Finance & Information Systems
Hobbies: Traveling, Food and Photography


Siqi Lin (he/him) | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: Suzhou, China
Languages spoken: Mandarin and English.
(Intended) Major: EE
Hobby: Like eating rice.


Angela Zheng (she/her) | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Henan, China
Languages spoken: Mandarin and English.
Intended Major: Material Science and Engineering
Hobby: Reading novels, trying new things like foods, and studying in different places everyday.


Tong Wu (Patrick) (he/him) | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Chongqing, China
Languages spoken: Mandarin and English.
Intended Major: Finance & Information Systems
Hobbies: Basketball and hotpot.


Chenxi Yang (Rita) (she/her) | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Wuhan, China
Languages spoken: Mandarin and English.
Intended Major: Education, Design.
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!


Yuqi Liu (Ada) | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Beijing, China
Languages spoken: Mandarin and English.
Intended Major: Psychology and Communication
Hobby: Tennis


Zichen Zhuang | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Jinan, China
Languages spoken: Mandarin and English.
Intended Major: Economics
Hobbies: Calligraphy, table tennis, and photography.

 


Jiayu Feng (Vivian) | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Xi’an, China
Languages spoken: Mandarin and English.
Intended Major: Marketing/Informatics
Hobby: Listening to music and sleeping.  Recently I like to watch “Jackie Chan Adventure,” and want to try skateboarding.

 


CIRCLE of Friends
Spring Quarter Events Overview
Weeks Date Day in Week Event Title Time Location
Week 1 March 31 Thursday Last-Minute Tips for Foster Application 6-7pm HUB141
Week 2
April 5 Tuesday Movie Night with Boba Tea 6-8pm HUB141
April 6 Wednesday Yozakura Night: Picnic under Cherry Blossom 6-8pm Quad
April 7 Thursday Filing Your Taxes 6-8pm HUB141
Week 3
April 12 Tuesday Ping Pong/Pool Night 6-8pm HUB Games
April 13 Wednesday Korean Culture Night 6-8pm HUB141
April 14 Thursday Frisby & Jump Rope Competition 5:30-7:30pm Denny Field
Week 4
April 19 Tuesday Easter Egg Decorate/Egg Hunt 6-8pm HUB141
April 20 Wednesday Ramadan Celebration 6:30-8:30pm HUB141
April 21 Thursday Photography & Tulip Town Trip On-site Signup 6-7pm HUB141
Week 5
April 26 Tuesday Coffee/Boba Tea Study Sesh Takeover 2-4pm Boba Store on the Ave
April 27 Wednesday Study session 5:30-8:30pm HUB141
April 28 Thursday Get Ready for Econ Major Application 6-7pm HUB141
Week 6
May 3 Tuesday Make a Gift for Mother’s Day 6-8pm HUB141
May 4 Wednesday Movie Night with Snacks: Studio Ghibli 6-8pm HUB141
May 5 Thursday Internships & Jobs 6-7pm HUB141
Week 7
May 10 Tuesday Make Speciman 101 6-7pm HUB141
May 11 Wednesday Japanese 101 & Korean 101 6-7pm HUB141
May 12 Thursday Chinese Culture Sharing Night 6-7pm HUB141
Week 8
May 17 Tuesday Trivia Night 6-7pm HUB141
May 18 Wednesday Potluck with ISMP 6-8pm HUB141
May 19 Thursday Chinese Language Corner 6-7pm HUB141
Week 9
May 24 Tuesday Games Night 6-8pm HUB141
May 25 Wednesday Things You Need to Know Before Summer 6-7pm HUB141
May 26 Thursday Major Fair 6-8pm HUB141
Week 10 June 2 Thursday Dragon Boat Festival 6-8pm HUB141