IPOP Class of 2021

International Pre-Orientation Program [IPOP]

IPOP Arrival Day is Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022

Click here for the IPOP 2022 Schedule.

Welcome! The Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) is dedicated to helping you be successful, and to helping Grinnell College be International Student friendly. Our team is fluent in your regulatory needs, as well as the nuance of cultural sojourn.

New international students must arrive on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, to participate in the International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP). IPOP Check-In will take place in the Global Living Room of the Humanities and Social Sciences Center (HSSC) located at 1226 Park Street on Sunday, Aug. 14, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. or on Monday, Aug. 15, between 9 a.m. and noon. You will receive your room key and Pioneer-1 access card (P-card), and you will present your immigration documents (passport and I-20) for review.

As of May 1, please visit your New Student Checklist to complete the IPOP Registration Form to help us plan for your arrival. IPOP will be a fun, action-packed week and you will learn a lot!  You will attend sessions about immigration regulations, cultural transitions, and academic success. There will be time to open a bank account, complete your medical check-in, and finish important paperwork. You will meet new friends, learn your way around campus, and explore the local community.

IPOP Mentors will host a souvenir gift exchange, so please bring 15 inexpensive items – a favorite snack, craft, or souvenir from home. We will also invite you to sign up for Friends of International Students (FIS) (the application is embedded in your IPOP Registration Form). FIS offers a fantastic opportunity for you to get to know a local host who will befriend you during your first year in Grinnell! International students will also participate in New Student Orientation (NSO), which begins on Friday, Aug. 20.

Please read the information below as you prepare for this adventure. You are welcome to reach out to OISA with any questions. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Karen Edwards, Dean of International Student Affairs & Exchange Visitors, PDSO/RO
Brenda Strong, Associate Director of International Student Compliance, DSO/ARO
Emily Perry, Assistant Director of International Student Programs, DSO

#YouAreWelcomeHere #MiddleOfEverywhere #CourageToSpare

 

If you will arrive in Iowa before Aug. 14, you must make your own arrangements for alternate lodging and/or transportation. You could stay in Des Moines, and book a College Shuttle to Grinnell on Aug. 14. Late arrivals (after Aug. 14) require advance permission from the OISA, and a late entry can result in a denial at the U.S. Port of Entry.

Preparing for Your Arrival

  • Present your full name exactly as it appears on your Passport and I-20.
  • Your U.S. address will be: 1115 8th Avenue, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA 50112.
  • List your Grinnell contact as: Karen Edwards, International Student Affairs, Grinnell College, 641-269-3705.
  • Canadian citizens do not need a visa, but do need an I-20 and must pay the SEVIS fee.

Step 1:  Complete Grinnell’s I-20 Request Form

(available starting Mar. 10 from your Grinnell Applicant Portal, or starting May 1 from the New Student Checklist). Do this as soon as possible, and preferably well before the Jun. 1 deadline. The I-20 Request Form collects essential information that we need in order to support your pursuit of an F-1 visa (if you hold a different visa status, the form will help us learn more about your situation).

The OISA will issue new I-20 forms starting in mid-April, and this legal document will be sent to you via an encrypted email, from our office email. You must print all three pages single-sided and sign and date (MM/DD/YYYY) on page one in blue ink.

*If you already hold F-1 status through a U.S. high school, please complete the I-20 Request Form and ask your current school to release your SEVIS record to Grinnell College: OMA214F00159000. The release will take place when your current program ends (typically your high school graduation date) and the OISA can issue a new Grinnell College I-20 at that time.

Step 2:  Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee

You will need to include data from your Passport and your new I-20 when you submit the $350 SEVIS fee. Visit this website to learn more. An instructional video is also available.

The I-901 SEVIS Fee payment is required in order to schedule an F-1 visa appointment. Once paid, the receipt will be valid for 12 months. Retain your I-901 SEVIS Fee receipt, so you can present it at your visa interview and the U.S. Port of Entry.

Step 3:  Schedule an F-1 visa appointment at a U.S. consulate

Schedule an F-1 visa appointment (Form DS-160) at a U.S. Consulate in your home country (in some cases, it is possible or necessary to make your appointment in a different country). The visa application fee is $160, and the specific process and the timeline will vary by country or consulate, especially during the pandemic.  

Prepare for your visa interview by reviewing EducationUSA guidance. You can also locate in-country advising centers — many offer tips and/or pre-departure information sessions.

  • Required Documents: Passport; DS-160 Visa Application Confirmation; I-901 SEVIS Fee Payment Confirmation; Form I-20 (print all 3 pages and sign in blue ink); financial documents (as submitted for your I-20 Request Form). We recommend that you bring your Grinnell College admission letter; OISA’s letter to the embassy; and your secondary school completion documents.
  • The interview is your opportunity to confirm your intention to study in the U.S. and to return home after you graduate. The more you know about where you are going and why, the better you will do. Consular officers conduct a high number of interviews and many decisions are based on first impressions.
  • Remember: F-1 status requires ‘non-immigrant intent.’ Officers may review your social media. Maintain a positive attitude!
  • The Consulate cannot issue your visa more than 120 days prior to your I-20 start date.
  • Contact the OISA to update us on your progress!

Initial arrival F-1 students must enter the U.S. within 30 days prior to their I-20 start date. For your first trip to Grinnell, we recommend flying through to the Des Moines International Airport. Des Moines is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Grinnell — a one-hour drive from campus. Some students fly to Chicago, but that is five hours away by car or seven hours away by bus.

Book your flight so that you can arrive in Grinnell on Aug. 14. We recommend flying through to Des Moines, Iowa. Grinnell’s Office of Facilities Management (FM) will offer cost-effective airport shuttles on that day (10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m.) and staff will try to assist you regardless of your arrival time and/or flight delays. Reserve a seat on the Aug. 14 airport shuttle (posted in early to mid-June). The OISA will distribute room keys and P-cards for IPOP arrivals.

Most international students travel to campus by themselves, and we are prepared to support you. If a family member travels with you to Grinnell, you will need to arrange for their lodging and transportation separately. There is no local taxi service, so it is best to either rent a car at the airport or book lodging within walking distance of campus. The FM airport shuttle for IPOP participants offers instructions if a parent needs to schedule airport transportation (this support is only available for international travelers). It is also possible to hire a taxi, Lyft, or Uber to travel between Des Moines and Grinnell.

What To (or Not To) Pack

The more you bring, the more you have to haul through the airport, load onto the shuttle, and carry up the stairs to your residence hall room — so keep it simple. It is typically quite warm in Iowa in August. It is best to secure U.S. currency before you travel or at the first U.S. airport you land in. Student rooms are equipped with a study desk, chair, chest of drawers, and a bed, and you will be able to shop for necessities here in Grinnell.

IPOP participants who order linens via Dormco prior to July 15 will have the order delivered to their residence hall room prior to their arrival. If you order late, or if you purchase items through a different vendor, your items will only be available for pick up during College Mail Room hours, Monday–Friday, between noon and 4:30 p.m. Grinnell’s student beds are sized 36 inches by 81 inches — extra-long twins.

In August, you can access your campus mailbox number and combination. Your address will be [Name and Box #] Grinnell College, 1115 8th Avenue, Grinnell, IA, 50112 U.S. The mailroom does not offer pre-arrival storage. If needed, you may contact C & K Transfer L.L.C. (a local storage and moving company). If you need to ship items, you may mail them to yourself but the package may not arrive prior to Aug. 10.

Communicate directly with your airline about luggage options and limitations. Most airlines forbid items like pocket knives, nail clippers, or fluids of over 3oz. in your carry-on luggage and they will be confiscated. In addition, electronic devices are subject to search by visa and border officials. Dress for comfort when you travel. A light sweater and a neck pillow are wise carry-on items. If you have any Grinnell gear, wear it — you might meet a fellow Grinnellian at the airport!

Flying to the U.S. 

The Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (not to mention crowded airports) will all affect your travel experience, so be prepared and approach your trip with a positive attitude! Carry contact information for Grinnell’s offices of Facilities Management (airport shuttle service); International Student Affairs (641-269-3703); and Campus Safety (641-269-4600).

  • COVID Vaccination requirements for non-citizens who travel to the US are posted on the CDC website.
  • Immigration Requirements: You must present your Passport; F-1 Visa; I-901 SEVIS Fee Receipt; and Form I-20 (print all 3 pages and sign in blue) before you board your plane and when you enter the U.S.

On landing in the U.S., you will claim your luggage and pass through U.S. Customs and Border Protection procedures. Inform the inspecting officer that you are enrolling at Grinnell College and they will take your photo and fingerprints. If the officer has concerns, you could be directed to Secondary Inspection for additional questioning and/or given Form I-515A (this allows temporary entry but it requires immediate follow-up with the OISA). The officer does have the discretion to deny your admission, but we predict a successful entry.

Assuming success, the officer will stamp your passport to reflect the class of your admission, “F-1, D/S” (Duration of Status). After entry, you can access your I-94 Arrival/Departure record (we will help you during IPOP). The electronic record will be updated every time that you exit and re-enter the U.S. Feel free to visit Study in the States to learn more.

On arrival in Grinnell, the Office of International Student Affairs will facilitate your immigration check-in. Designated School Officials (Karen Edwards, Brenda Strong, and Emily Perry) will inspect your documents and help you print your I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, and we will register your arrival in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

OISA staff are fluent in the regulatory issues facing students and exchange visitors who don’t hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Most international students hold F-1 status, and the OISA will be your primary source of regulatory support at Grinnell. We will teach you about your important documents as well as your responsibilities, benefits, and limitations. The OISA offers individual appointments and group information sessions, and we curate robust advising materials on GrinnellShare (log-in required). We will teach and advise you throughout your enrollment at Grinnell, and for up to three years after you graduate (for those who pursue post-completion practical training). If your regulatory needs exceed our purview or expertise, we will encourage you to pursue legal counsel outside of the College.

It is important to monitor both the New Student Checklist (available on May 1) and your @grinnell.edu account. Academic success begins now by preparing with intention and establishing smart habits!

Here are some additional tips and resources:

  • Read Academic Planning for New Students. In June, you will need to submit your First-Year Tutorial preferences via the New Student Check List.  The Checklist will also include on-campus employment paperwork and Paycor Payroll forms. You can work on these forms prior to your arrival, and we will help you complete them in person during IPOP (this requires presentation of your immigration documents). It is realistic for students to work 8-12 hours per week, though you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week (and 40 hours/week during break or vacation periods).
  • Student Health and Wellness (SHAW): Registered nurses and counselors provide on-campus health and counseling services to Grinnell students. Services are free, with the exception of modest at-cost fees for a few medical tests and supplies. This summer you will receive instructions to submit required Health and Immunization Records to SHAW. Please use your SHAW portal to communicate related questions.
  • Grinnell requires all students to have an ACA compliant Health Insurance plan. You must enroll in (or request a formal waiver of) a Student Health Insurance plan through Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The deadline is Aug. 14, but it is best to pre-enroll to ensure coverage prior to your arrival. The charge will be included in your fall bill. You also have the option to purchase dental insurance through Delta Dental of Iowa. You will receive more information about insurance with your tuition bills. Questions may be sent to Jim Mulholland, Director of Compensation and Risk Management.
  • Visit the Office of Student Accounts to learn about the billing schedule, your student self-service portal, and/or how to submit international payments using Flywire. Students with an unpaid balance cannot register for classes.
  • The Office of Residence Life will share room assignments in early August. All students are required to live on-campus, with limited exceptions. On arrival, you will meet your Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) and Community Adviser (CA). RLCs are professional staff who live in the halls and support community life, and CAs are trained peer leaders.
  • Smart Phones: Student rooms do not have landline telephones. Most students secure a cell phone and many secure a U.S. number. There are stores in town for U.S. Cellular and Verizon. Sprint or AT&T offer good service, with stores in Des Moines or Iowa City. Service for T-Mobile is limited. Most monthly phone plans require a U.S. Social Security Number (which takes several weeks). Alternately, some students purchase pre-paid plans, phones, and/or numbers (Skype, Straight-talk, Netphone, Tracfone). It is possible to purchase a pre-paid SIM Card (Mint Mobil). Some students advise against using a phone from home with a U.S. SIM card, due to poor service and higher costs. Feel free to consult your IPOP Mentor.
  • There are computer stations and public printers on campus, but most students have their own laptop. There is free wireless on campus, and you will get free network storage space that is accessible from any campus computer. For more information, contact Information Technology Services (ITS).
  • Grinnell Athletics offers twenty varsity sports (NCAA Division III). If you are interested in participating, you should initiate contact with a coach via email. There are also several club sports (like Frisbee or Water Polo) and various intramural sports like basketball, badminton, or ping pong.
  • disAbility Resources helps people of all abilities to do their best work. Accommodations include adjustment, modification, or service that allows better access to an environment. This may include additional time for exams, a first floor room for a student in a wheelchair, or the use of an assistive learning technology. Contact Jae Hirschman if you would like to learn more.
  • International student tuition grants are offered on the basis of financial need at the point of initial admission to the College. The Office of Financial Aid is committed to providing a consistent aid package that is renewed annually, with moderate increases to grant assistance as costs rise. The maximum timeframe to receive aid is eight semesters. Grinnell will not increase (or decrease) your award for changes to your family’s circumstances, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or additional family members in college. No changes are made for loss of sponsorship. (U.S. citizens apply for financial aid based on CSS Profile and FAFSA guidelines.)
  • Grinnell students can buy or rent books from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. There is also a lending library for students with financial need, located in the Center for Religious Spirituality and Social Justice (CRSSJ).
  • There are SO MANY excellent resources at Grinnell. We look forward to helping you learn more during IPOP and NSO!

2022 IPOP Mentors

Elisa Carrasco Lanusse '24 (Ecuador); Nick El Hajj '24 (Lebanon); Khondamir Imomnazarov '23 (Uzbekistan); Paata Kaloiani '25 (Georgia); Hannah Kim '25 (South Korea); Lu (Elena) Li '23 (China); Ganlin Ouyang '23 (China); Patrick Sales Garcia '25 (Brazil); Divyansh Singh '23 (India); Haruna Suzuki '23 (Japan); Tinotenda Tazvitya '23 (Zimbabwe); Jivyaa Vaidya '23 (India)

  • Elisa Carrasco Lanusse and an alpaca

    Elisa Carrasco Lanusse ’24

    ¡Hola! Elisa (she/her) is a sociology and studio art double major from Quito, Ecuador. She studied at Fundación Colegio Americano de Quito for secondary school. Elisa speaks Spanish, English, and beginner Italian and Portuguese. One of her favorite places to visit is Valparaíso in Chile – “the street art and the culture are amazing, and Chileans are very nice.” Outside of class, Elisa likes to draw and play music, video games, and tabletop games. In her humble opinion, bubblegum and cotton candy are the superior ice cream flavors. Her favorite quote is from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince: “All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others, they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems... But all these stars are silent. You-You alone will have stars as no one else has them."

  • Nick El Hajj

    Nick El Hajj ’24

    !مرحبا  Nick (he/him) is an economics and political science double major from Beirut, Lebanon. He speaks Arabic, French, and English, with limited proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL). His favorite places in the world involve beaches, be it the beaches of Jounieh, Lebanon; Chicago, Illinois; or Anchorage, Alaska. At Grinnell, Nick is a class of 2024 ambassador, a writer for the Scarlet & Black student newspaper, a tour guide and panel host for the Office of Admissions, and the social coordinator for the International Student Organization (ISO). He loves writing, debating, biking, fishing, overfeeding his axolotl Toothless, and going on spontaneous adventures. His Friends of International Students (FIS) hosts have also been an amazing resource in helping him become “a true Iowan”. His favorite quote is by Art Cullen: “Not all crazy ideas are great, but all great ideas are crazy.”

  • Khondamir Imomnazarov

    Khondamir Imomnazarov ’23

    Salom! Khondamir (he/him) is a biological chemistry major, with neuroscience and peace and conflict studies concentrations from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Before Grinnell, he attended Tashkent International School for his secondary school, and he can speak Uzbek, Russian, French, and English. Some of his favorite trips have led him to New York City (U.S.), Delft (Netherlands), Tulum (Mexico), and Singapore. In his free time, Khondamir likes to dance, do gymnastics, and read for the Neuroscience Journal Club. His Friends of International Student (FIS) hosts have introduced him to a lot of local Grinnell families and invited him to the celebrations of major American holidays. They have offered him a lot of familial support, encouragement, and advice. One of Khondamir’s favorite quotes is by Hank Green: “You will always struggle with not feeling productive until you accept that your own joy can be something you produce. It is not the only thing you will make, nor should it be, but it is something valuable and beautiful.”

  • Paata Kaloiani

    Paata Kaloiani ’25

    გამარჯობა! Paata (he/him) is an intended political science and economics double major from Tbilisi, Georgia. Before coming to Grinnell, Paata studied at the European School in Tbilisi. He speaks Georgian, English, intermediate German, and conversational Russian. In his free time, Paata is a photographer and a new member of the Grinnell football team (using his experience as a former rugby player). Paata also has an FIS host in Grinnell, with whom he has enjoyed nice meals and shared stories about Georgia (since their son lives there). “It is generally nice to have someone outside of the college check up on how you are doing.” One of Paata’s tips for living in Grinnell is that it’s worth it to get up early on the weekend for Grin City Bakery. Paata’s favorite quote is by Ilia Chavchavadze: “Movement and only movement is a power for life!"

  • Hannah Kim

    Hannah Kim ’25

    안녕하세요! Hannah (she/her) is an intended biology major from Bundang, South Korea. She studied at Bundang Daejin High School and speaks Korean, English, and a little bit of Spanish! Hannah’s favorite place she’s lived in is her hometown, Bundang; this is where her family and friends live, and it is near the South Korean capital, Seoul. At Grinnell, you can always find Hannah at the Spencer Grill; she works there and greets friends and others as they come to eat food. The Grill is where she likes to talk about philosophical topics with a cup of hot black coffee. She also likes to visit downtown Grinnell for coffee, meals with friends, or visits to the Farmer’s Market with her FIS hosts. Hannah’s favorite quote is, “If you can’t beat them, join them” as “everything I think of this quote I feel that I do not have to push myself too hard and just enjoy, like ‘carpe diem.’”

  • Lu (Elena) Li

    Lu (Elena) Li ’23

    你好! Elena (she/her) is a psychology major student with a neuroscience concentration from Beijing, China. Before coming to Grinnell, she studied at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. She speaks Mandarin and English, with a little bit of French proficiency. Elena has enjoyed most the places where she has made close friends — Beijing, Beaver Dam, and Grinnell. In her free time, she enjoys running outside on nice days, loves cooking/baking with friends, and singing. At Grinnell, she has participated in the Grinnell Oratorio Society, which provided a fun opportunity to sing with professors and community members. She also goes hiking with GORP (Grinnell Outdoor Recreation Program) and hopes to go camping with them before she graduates. She got a hamster named SweetP during the pandemic — and is so adorable!

  • Ganlin Ouyang

    Ganlin Ouyang ’23

    你好! Ganlin (he/him) is an economics and mathematics double major with a statistics concentration from Nanjing, China. His secondary school before Grinnell was Nanjing Foreign Language School, and he can speak Chinese and English. Ganlin’s first trip abroad was to Vietnam, which is now one of his favorite places he’s visited because of the local food, culture, and welcoming people. In his free time, Ganlin likes to play Go and basketball and make origami. When his flight home was canceled and he had to stay in Grinnell over the summer, he learned how to cook over 50 different Chinese dishes. Ganlin has also cooked for his FIS hosts, who have invited him to join their Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, where he learned a lot about American culture. Ganlin’s favorite quote is by Reinhold Niebuhr: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."

  • Patrick Sales Garcia

    Patrick Sales Garcia ’25

    Olá! Patrick (he/him) is an intended computer science and studio art double major from São Paulo, Brazil. He studied at Etapa, São Paulo (Vila Mariana) before coming to Grinnell. Patrick can speak Portuguese, English, Japanese, and understand most Spanish. After living in Grinnell, Patrick realized that his hometown is one of his favorite places – “there’s always something to do, somewhere to explore, and so much diversity.” In Grinnell, he participates in student organizations like SOL (Student Organization of Latinx) and BRASA (Brazilian Association of Students Abroad). He’s also “passionate about making people swim in their imagination,” so he is participating in a board role-playing game about Pokémon where he makes his friends relive their childhood. Patrick found his favorite quote in the movie Kung Fu Panda, where Po’s dad said, “There’s no such a thing as a secret ingredient. If you want to make something special, you just have to believe it is special."

  • Divyansh Singh

    Divyansh Singh ’23

    नमस्ते! Divyansh (he/him) is an economics and computer science double major from Kolkata, India. Before Grinnell, he studied at Don Bosco Park Circus for secondary school. Divyansh can speak Hindi, Bengali, Maithili, Punjabi, and English. Two places he has loved visiting are Los Angeles, California, and McLeodganj, India. In his free time, Divyansh plays badminton and participates in the Jiu-Jitsu Club. His love and skill for cooking have helped him establish some strong connections in Grinnell. He has made some of his closest friends through joint cooking ventures and hosting dinners. Another lifelong connection Divyansh has made is with his FIS hosts – “they are one of the most wholesome, caring, and loving group of people I have met in my life. My host family has celebrated my birthday every year for the last 3 years, baked a cake, and invited my friend over for dinner. I think my connection with them has been the strongest reason why I love Grinnell so much.” Most importantly, Divyansh is a Downton Abbey superfan and can remember every line of the show.

  • Haruna Suzuki

    Haruna Suzuki ’23

    ようこそ! Haruna (she/her) is a computer science and physics double major from Kawagoe, Japan. Before Grinnell, Haruna studied at the Urawa Girls Upper Secondary School in Saitama, Japan. She can speak Japanese and English — and has taken classes in French and Hungarian. In fall 2021, Haruna studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary, which has been one of her favorite places to travel. She also loves Singapore, because it is such a small country but has so much diversity within it. At Grinnell, Haruna is part of the Grinnell Singers, works in the Office of Admissions as a tour guide, and is a community advisor (CA) with the Office of Residence Life. In her free time, she likes to try new things and loves photography, singing, and watching/participating in stage performances. Haruna’s favorite quote is from Nobita in Doraemon: “Sleeping soundly in a warm bed! Is there anything more fun than that?”

  • Tino Tazvitya

    Tinotenda (Tino) Tazvitya ’23

    Mhoro! Tino (she/her) is a computer science and mathematics double major from Harare, Zimbabwe. She studied at Saint David’s Girls High Bonda for secondary school, and she speaks Shona and English. Tino has visited and loved Victoria Falls in Zambia, the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, and the Chinhoyi Caves in Zimbabwe. Tino loves basketball and is involved in the Intramural Sports Department at Grinnell. She will attend Grinnell's home basketball games with her FIS hosts; she also feels like she can ask her hosts questions about Grinnell or for help when she needs it. She loves learning about new technologies — and using them, too! One of Tino’s favorite quotes is, “Allow yourself to make mistakes or fail.” She loves this quote because it reminds her that she shouldn’t be perfect all of the time. Because of this, she’s more willing to allow herself to make mistakes the more she learns.

  • Jivyaa Vaidya

    Jivyaa Vaidya ’23

    नमस्कार! Jivyaa (she/her) is an economics and Chinese double major from Indore, India. For secondary school, Jivyaa studied at the Shishukunj International School. Jivyaa speaks Hindi, Marathi, Chinese, English, and basic Spanish. Some of her favorite places she’s visited are the city of Columbia, Missouri, and the beaches of Goa, India. In her free time, Jivyaa loves painting, hiking, watching anime or reading manga, listening to podcasts, and jamming exclusively to music from the 2010s. At Grinnell, Jivyaa is involved in ISO as its treasurer and incoming president for the 2022–23 school year. She has also served in organizations like the South Asian Student Organization (SASO), the Economics SEPC, and the Diversity and Inclusivity Club for Economics (DICE). In her first year, Jivyaa wanted to do a research project on how to restart the monetary system after a zombie apocalypse but was unable to do so due to a lack of case studies to look at (for obvious reasons). Her favorite quote is, “This too shall pass. It may pass like a kidney stone, but it shall pass.”

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