International Student Profiles
How does a kid from Chittagong, Bangladesh end up in Northfield? He spends a year in the even smaller town of New London, Wisconsin, of course.
Surprisingly enough, Melanie Xu chose Carleton because of the weather. The Hangzhou, China native wanted to be surrounded by snow -- though she quickly learned that winter isn’t just a passing fad in Minnesota.
Hiyanthi Peiris is a Psychology major from Sri Lanka. A member of CSA Senate and MOSAIC (Mosaic of South Asian Interests at Carleton), she also serves as a resident assistant and delivered a campus TED Talk about how media can responsibly cover issues of civil war and ethnic divide.
Dashini Jeyathurai is an English major from Johor Bahru, Malaysia. She also has a concentration in women’s and gender studies, and plans to pursue a PhD in English and women’s studies at the University of Michigan.
Wayne Soon is a history and international relations major from Singapore who came to Carleton after completing two-and-a-half years of compulsory military service. He received a Chang-Lan Fellowship from Carleton to be a summer research assistant to history professor Jamie Monson, whose primary scholastic interest is the history of Chinese development assistance in Africa, particularly connected to the TAZARA railway in Tanzania.
Felix Amankona-Diawuo is from Berekum, Ghana, in West Africa. He is a chemistry major and plans to pursue computational chemistry in graduate school at Northwestern University. He is the founder of Carleton’s table tennis club and has been a leader for Sola Scriptura, a Bible-study group.
Economics major Saeyoon Baik of Seoul, Korea, has put her interest in gastronomy to good use at Carleton. She is a food columnist for the student newspaper and cofounded Slow Food Carleton, an offshoot of the national Slow Food movement.
Economics major Anthony Wong of Malaysia attended a United World College in New Mexico. He has been a summer intern with two investment banks, JP Chase in New York City and Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong, and after graduation will return to work at Morgan Stanley in its global capital markets division.
Hikaru Teramoto is an economics major from Japan who has taken advantage of opportunities for getting involved in campus life. He has been a student senator, a multicultural peer leader, an international student orientation leader, a discus thrower for the men’s track and field team, and a practice player for the women’s basketball team.
Rashika Perera is a psychology major from Sri Lanka, although her family recently moved to Australia. She is passionate about music and has sung and played the cello at Carleton. She in an intern in the Office of International Student Programs and recently has been active in raising funds for tsunami relief.