The I-PREP Student Staff consists of six current international undergraduate students that will serve as your guides during your first few days at Rice. They will be staying with you at the Hilton Hotel, and will be leading you through your I-PREP experience. All of them are excellent students, superior leaders, and wonderful company!
The 2019 I-PREP Student Staff is Sofia, Kris, Linda, Matheus and Tona. Now let's learn a little more about your I-PREP Student Staff!!!
Sofia is the I-PREP Student Director and the leader of the rest of the I-PREP Student Staff.
Hometown: Queretaro, Mexico
Interests: I like playing volleyball and playing the piano
Fun Facts: I'm the biggest "Wicked" fan. If you want to read the books, get a piano sheet for a song, or see my cool Elphaba and Glinda socks just let me know!
Advice to new students: Welcome to Rice! We hope you soon feel at home, no matter where you come from. For me, one of the most special things about Rice is all the people I’ve met so far. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help if you ever need it; you are surrounded by people who want to get to know you and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. I promise that if you take advantage of Rice’s Culture of Care, you’ll make Rice your home in no time at all.
Favorite thing to do in Houston: I love going to concerts. Houston is such a diverse city you can pretty much find any type of music you like. Each concert has its unique energy and I love listening to live music with my friends.
The I-PREP Advisors are very excited to help welcome you to Rice University and I-PREP 2019!
Major: I am triple majoring in Economics, Political Science, and Policy Studies
Hometown: Oslo, Norway
Interests: I love watching and playing sports, specifically soccer, football and basketball. I also enjoy going to the movies and trying out new restaurants.
Fun Fact: I have moved seven times in my life.
Advice to new students: Be yourself and don’t be afraid to try new things or get outside of your comfort zone a little. Every new student at Rice is somewhat nervous, so don’t feel out of place if you are too.
Favorite thing to do in Houston: My favorite thing to do in Houston is to go out bowling with friends and then grab food late at night.
Major: Sport Management and Kinesiology with a Minor in Business
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Interests: I love playing tennis, hanging out with my friends, shopping and hanging out at the beach!
Fun Fact: I have a strange obsession with macarons. To be honest, I just love anything and everything that is sweet.
Advice to new students: Regardless of where you come from, what you believe in or what you’re into, you will always find your place at Rice. Coming to Rice may be the best decision you could have made. The first couple days or weeks of school can be frightening as you’re trying to make friends and memorize your way around campus, however don’t forget that everyone else is in the same boat as you! Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone to immerse yourself in the American culture. Be open to meeting new people who may have different interests and strengths to you, because who knows, at the end of the day, they could be life-long friends. Take advantage of I-Prep and O-Week!!!
Favorite thing to do in Houston: My favorite thing to do in Houston is to swing by the Galleria! It has so many shops and is definitely a place that could steal hours away from you. From fine-dining to fast-food restaurants, street-wear to designer wear, the Galleria is an enormous mall perfect if you’re looking for the perfect outfit.
Major: Physics and Mathematics
Hometown: Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil
Interests: Physics, Math, Philosophy, Literature, Board Games, Movies, National Anthems.
Fun Fact: Yes, I am Brazilian. No, I am not a good soccer player.
Advice to new students: Do not be shy. Talk to everyone, go after every opportunity, challenge yourself, engage your college’s unique culture, pursue your academic passions, learn as much as you can, try new experiences. There are many advices I would like to give you, but I can summarize them in: 1) be yourself (be authentic), 2) push your limits and 3) enjoy your time at Rice! You are more than welcome here!
Favorite thing to do in Houston: There are many possible activities in Houston, but my favorite thing to do is to visit a Museum and try different restaurants.
Hometown: Drogheda, Ireland
Interests: Singing & music, youtube, hanging with friends, watching movies, basketball.
Fun Fact: I can sleep through a hurricane!
Advice to new students: Every midterm counts– that is, don’t flake on your first set of midterms because that could very well be the difference between an A and a B in a class.
Favorite thing to do in Houston: The Galleria is pretty cool but for a really down to earth experience with some friends, Hermann Park tops!