The mission of the International Peer Advisor program is to support international students with their adjustment to Tufts and the US through peer-to-peer support and guidance. Through peers, students will learn about resources for navigating Tufts and will be able to build an inclusive community and connect with one another.
Fall 2020 Peer Advising
For Fall 2020, all undergraduate peer advising will be done remotely through on-line Zoom appointments and events. To contact a peer advisor, use this contact form. For assistance on immigration and visa related questions contact an international student advisor at the International Center.
02/26/2019 – Somerville/Medford, Mass. – Students hang out in the campus center on Feb. 26, 2019. (Anna Miller/Tufts University)
Meet Our Peer Advisors
Undergraduate Peer Advisor Program
The role of the International Undergraduate Peer Advisor program is to support international undergraduate students through peer-to-peer connections. Peer advisors are other undergraduate students who have first-hand knowledge of the Tufts campus and university environment. They are available for one-on-one meetings and they work to connect international undergraduates to campus resources and other academic and extracurricular opportunities. Peer advisors are an important resource who can provide additional insight into how undergraduate international students can enhance their overall experience at Tufts. Contact a peer advisor to talk about:
Where to go to address get information about various issues and concerns such as academic, personal, or financial support
Identify ways to connect to campus extracurricular or other activities
Learn how to get practical advice on navigating the Tufts environment or pursuing different academic and professional opportunities
Get informal opinions and advice about how to make the most of your Tufts experience
Peer advisors do not provide advice on complex immigration, health, psychological or related private and confidential matters. However, they can provide directions to appropriate campus resources.
Hey everyone, I am Manish Aryal, a senior at Tufts university. I am originally from Nepal, the country of Mt. Everest, which I have not climbed yet. I get asked that often. I am a huge football (soccer) fan; I support Manchester City from England. I finally got to see them play live when I did study abroad in the UK last semester.
At Tufts, I am involved in the computer science community and international community through different clubs and organizations. The Tufts international community holds a special place in my heart as I grew, learned and enjoyed my three years at the campus with this community. I found it exciting to live on campus with people from a totally different part of the world. We went from hearing each other's stories to creating ours in campus. Likewise, I am very excited to meet you guys (virtually for now 🙁) and hear about your stories from home. I can also let you know about some of my Tufts stories.
Laura Harvey (United Kingdom), C23
Combined Degree School of Arts and Sciences and the SMFA
BA/BFA in Studio Art and Interdisciplinary Studies: Colonial and Environmental Studies
I am a sophomore in the combined degree program with the SMFA. I am from a small rural village in northern England, and before coming to campus, I took a gap year in Brazil with Tisch’s 1+4 program. There, I learnt to speak Portuguese, play and dance in carnival, and volunteered in waste management and environmental education. Now on campus, I compete with Tufts Ballroom team, dance with Tufts Middle Eastern Dance Group, and continue working on environmental issues with Tufts Climate Action and the SMFA Sustainability Committee. I am an avid podcast listener (I highly recommend All My Relations and Revisionist History) and will be working on the Tufts Daily’s COVID Chronicles Podcast. I love to travel, and hope that my 1+4 year, and my time at Tufts will be the start to a life of travelling, forming international friendships, making art world-wide, and contributing to efforts that will protect our natural world.
Rishabh Sharda (India), C23
School of Arts & Sciences
BS Economics, Minors in Finance and Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies
I am a rising sophomore with a keen interest in Investment Banking, Asset Management and Equity Research. Because of my interest in the finance industry, I am part of the Tufts Financial Group and the Tufts Real Estate Society. Over the summer, I have founded a financial consultancy to give equity solutions to traders in capital markets. I am also part of the Tufts Varsity Tennis team and I am very excited to be a part of the peer advising team as it will help me become a greater part of the Tufts student community.
Mrugank Bhusari (India), C21
School of Arts & Sciences
BS International Relations and Quantitative Economics
Hey! I’m Mrugank (or Gank), a senior majoring in International Relations and Quantitative Economics. I grew up in Mumbai, India and attended the Mahindra United World College (UWC) of India. At UWC, which is an international boarding school representing 70+ nationalities, I was fascinated by how different people across the world have an experience of life completely different from my own. I was captivated by their stories of home and how their identities had been moulded as a result. I have come to value these differences, and subsequently, in the last four years, I have undertaken academic and professional experiences in four different countries (USA, India, UK, and Bangladesh). I am particularly interested in the fields of international policy and global governance. Apart from my academic interests, I am deeply passionate about soccer (and fantasy soccer), and regularly wake up at 7am on weekends to watch Manchester United play. I love exploring Boston and occasionally driving to the beach with friends. I still haven’t fully come to terms with the winter cold, but it doesn’t stop me from finishing pint after pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! I look forward to meet all of you!
Maycon Santos (Brazil), C22
School of Arts & Sciences
BS Engineering Psychology
(Pronouns: He/Him/His) I’m a first-generation student studying Engineering Psychology with a minor in Computer Science. I love using the privilege of my Tufts education to help my community back in Brazil. One of my favorite extracurricular activities is Brazil4Education, a project that develops and donates VR educational simulators to Brazilian public schools. Also, I’m always trying to be involved in activities on campus. I’m the Co-President of the Brazilian Student Association at Tufts, Tisch Scholar, Laidlaw Scholar, and work as a Research Assistant at the Spatial Cognition Lab. When I’m not studying or working, I usually watch The Voice videos on YouTube and RuPaul’s Drag Race episodes.