Jieyu Wang
Chinese-Speaking Mentor

Graduate Student
Intercultural Communication

Hi, my name is Jieyu Wang. I would be the Chinese mentor of the Chinese cluster this year. Let me introduce myself first. Jieyu is my Chinese name which means a pure jade. My name comes from a famous Chinese poem sentence which means that the man is so humble and mild that he is just like the jade. I come from Beijing, the capital of People's Republic of China. Before I came to the United State, I worked as a translator in China Central TV. Now I am here to be the Chinese mentor and participate in the UMBC Intercultural Communication Master’s program. I am enthusiastic to share the beauty of the Chinese language and culture with you. At the same time if I can give you a hand, please do not hesitate to tell me because now we are a big family here in the ILE.

 

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japanese mentor

Natalie Curto Garcia-Nieto
Spanish-speaking mentor

Hi, everybody!

Those goggles you see are for “diving in knowledge”. And that is the ILE: a way of diving into a bit of the world’s diversity. It is about sharing experiences, opinions, interests and good times. You learn about what very different people think and how they go about things. You learn about yourself. And you have fun.

My name is Natalia and I come from Salamanca, Spain. I majored in Translation and Linguistics and I have spent some time in different places in Europe. The people that I have met, my friends, are what I value most in my life. Now I have come to UMBC to join the program in Intercultural Communication. I enjoy coffee, dancing, and taking pictures of silly things.

And yes, I enjoy traveling. That doesn’t mean only going abroad, it means talking to people, watching, reading and listening to all sorts of things. Getting involved. That is also why I like the ILE. Traveling is a way of living. Come on board!

 

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louise Louise Djapgne
French-Speaking Mentor
Undergraduate Student
English Language Center

Salut!

My name is Louise Djapgne and I am majoring in Biochemistry. I am originally from Cameroon, in Central Africa, just above the equator. I was born into a large family, although I do not yet have any children of my own. I speak three languages: French which is my first language, Bansoa (my parents’ native language), and English. I also know a little bit of Spanish. Before arriving in the United States two years ago, I technically spent three years studying law at the University of Douala, in the economic capital of Cameroon. Coming to UMBC was the first time I traveled outside of my country, hence my interest in the Intercultural Living Exchange. I have been the French Mentor in the ILE Program since I arrived in the USA. For the past two years I have had a wonderful experience not only as a Mentor, but also because I am in contact with other languages such as Spanish, Chinese, Russian, German, and Japanese. My hope to encounter new cultures and values, and to share my own culture and values with other students has become true through the ILE. I still want to continue to be familiar with the way people from other countries think, do things and interact, which is all made possible by the ILE.

Cordialement votre.

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