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CIRCLE of Friends

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 and Fri from 6:00-8:00 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. 


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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

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. 
Major: Linguistics (Sophomore)
Hobbies: Skiing, skating, golfing, hiking, swimming, and traveling around the world!


 

Jason Cundrawijaya | Peer Advisor (PA),

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


Jenny WangXiangying (Jenny) Wang | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English
Intended Major: Marketing (Sophomore)
Hobbies: Music and traveling. 


Sangey Rinchen | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Bhutan
Languages Spoken: English, Dzongkha, German (a little)
Intended Major: Statistics (First-year)
Hobbies: Skiing, Table Tennis, I have a total of 51 moles


Seongha Yi | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: South Korea
Languages Spoken: Korean, English, Arabic, French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese
Major: Biology (First-year)
Hobbies: I like bugs 🐞🐜🐛🪲


Tiffany Dang | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: Vietnam
Languages Spoken: English, Vietnamese
Major: Biochemistry
Hobbies: I love boba.


Jaz Pang

Jaz Pang | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: Singapore
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English
Intended Major: Neuroscience (First-year)
Hobbies: I like to dance!


Qingyu Mao (Wendy) | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, English
Intended Major: AMath (First-year)
Hobbies: I love traveling and practicing Chinese Calligraphy.

 


Mrityunjay Joshi (MJ) | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: India
Languages Spoken: English, Hindi.
Major: Microbiology (First-year)
Hobbies: Formula 1, Cricket, the real football and TwentyOne Pilots


Yifei Huang (Ethan) | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, English, and a little bit of Japanese.
Intended Major: Design (First-year)
Hobbies: I am a fan of sci-fi and visual design.


Jiayu Xu (Catherine) | Peer Advisor, 

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese; English; Korean (just a bit)
Major: Marine Biology (Junior)
Hobbies: Enjoying sunsets by the ocean.


Wanqi (Maggie) Dong | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China
Languages spoken: Mandarin and English.
Major: Accounting (Junior)
Hobbies: Listening to music and reading.


Elizabeth (Ellie) Park | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: South Korea
Languages spoken: English, Korean, toddler level Mandarin Chinese
Major: Neuroscience (First-year)
Hobbies: Ice-skating, Snoopy, Mickey Mouse, and dogs.


Charlie Yin | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese, English
Major: CFRM ECON (Junior)
Hobbies: Music and travel.


Younseo (Skyler) Choi | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: South Korea
Languages spoken: English and Korean
Intended Major: Bioengineering (First-year)
Hobbies: Dancing and learning languages.


Kenny Xie | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English. 
Major: Marketing and Accounting (Senior)
Hobbies: Music, working out, and watching baseball.


Amy Li | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China
Languages Spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English. 
Major: Marketing and Accounting (Senior)
Hobbies: Music and movies.

 


 

Tan Solip Chea | Peer Advisor (PA)

From: Cambodia
Languages Spoken: Khmer, English, Thai
Major: Information Systems, Operations & Supply Chain Management (Junior)
Fun Fact: I can solve a Rubik’s cube.


Hibina (Emma) Nakamura | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: Japan
Languages Spoken: Japanese, English, (a little) Korean
(Intended) Major: Biology (First-Year)
Hobbies: I love dancing (K-pop, jazz, contemporary), reading, going to concerts, and traveling 🙂


Zhaoyi Wang | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.
Major: Economics (First-Year)
Hobbies: Soccer fan, J-pop, reading, badminton, anime, modern history, travelling.


KhawtonSedthasard (Khawton) Kasetcharoenkit | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Thailand
Languages spoken: Thai and English.
Major: Undeclared engineering (intended: Electrical and computer engineering)
Hobbies: Playing guitar, singing, scuba diving, cooking, badminton, and travelling.


Helena Haixin Wang | CIRCLE Ambassador, 

From: Canada
Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese (a little)
Major: ACMS (First-year)
Hobbies: I love drawing (watercolor, oil painting, sketch, digital…)! 🎨


Anh Duong | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: Vietnam
Languages spoken: Vietnamese, English
Major: Finance (Transfer Junior)
Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, badminton, I’m left-handed 🙂


Brian Yuan  | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China
Languages spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English.
Major: Informatics (Junior)
Hobbies: Badminton, tennis, hiking, skiing, traveling, and ping pong.


Olivia JiaYi (Olivia) Jia | CIRCLE Ambassador,

From: China
Languages spoken: Mandarin Chinese and English.
Major: Psychology (First-year)
Hobbies: Dancing, Ice skating, music.


CIRCLE of Friends Winter Quarter Events Overview
(All dates are tentative!)

Date Event Location Time
Jan 3 (Wed) First Day of School
Jan 5 (Fri) IWP Bowling Night with Pizza HUB Games Bowling 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Jan 9 (Tue) Merit Scholarships HUB 141
6-7 p.m. session; 7-8 p.m. Q&A
Jan 12 (Fri) Karaoke Night HUB 141 & HUB 145 6-8 p.m.
Jan 16 (Tue) Study Abroad Session Zoom 6-7 p.m.
Jan 20 (Sat) Ice Skating with Pizza (TBD) Kraken Iceplex in Northgate 7-8 p.m.
Jan 23 (Tue) Mental Wellness & New Year Planning HUB 141 6-8 p.m.
Jan 26 (Friday) Off-campus job during OPT U District Station 3:30-6 p.m.
Jan 30 (Tue) Major Talk: Student Panelist Hub Games 6-8 p.m.
Feb 3 (Sat) Apple Cup for Men’s Basketball with WSU Alaska Airline Arena 6:00 p.m.
Feb 6 (Tue) Movie Night with Boba HUB 141 6-8 p.m.
Feb 9 (Fri) Lunar New Year Celebration Intellectual House 5-8 p.m.
Feb 13 (Tue) Valentine Crafting HUB 141 6-8 p.m.
Feb 16 (Fri) Board Game Night with Hot Chocolate & Smores HUB 141 6-8 p.m.
Feb 20 (Tue) Driver’s License & Driving School HUB 141 6-8 p.m.
Feb 23 (Fri) Off-campus Housing with Boba HUB 141 & HUB 145 6-8 p.m.
Feb 27 (Tue) Korean Cultural Night with K-pop HUB 141 & HUB 145 5-8 p.m.
Mar 1 (Fri) Game Show Night: Are u Smarter Than a 5th Grader? HUB 141 6-8 p.m.
Mar 4 (Tue) Study Session with Ramen HUB 141 6-8 p.m.
Mar 8 (Fri) Meal before Finals HUB 141 6-8 p.m.