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International Student Program
Kagin Commons, First Floor
+1 651-696-6992
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Annie Gavin, Program Assistant, (class of 2015) is from Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is currently undecided, but plans to major in the social sciences-possibly Sociology or Urban Studies. Annie started working at ISP in Spring 2012.

Emily Horecki, Program Assistant, (class of 2015) is from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and is majoring in Hispanic Studies with a minor in Linguistics. She is also pursuing a premed track! She previously has worked a Spanish immersion camp and spent the majority of last year living in Mexico teaching English and taking classes at the local university. In her free time she likes to go for walks, eat chocolate and travel. Emily started working for ISP in Spring 2012.

Sankara John, Program Assistant, (class of 2015), Sankara is originally from Nairobi, Kenya but has lived in South Africa for two years while a student at African Leadership Academy in the outskirts of Johannesburg. He plans to major in Economics and Physics at Macalester and is a member of Macalester Men's Rugby Club and Afrika!. He recently took up soccer and pool which he enjoys playing with friends. Sankara also loves reading and just finished the Pulitzer-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

Alexa Peters Posner, Program Assistant, (class of 2016) is from a tiny but awesome ski town called Telluride, Colorado. She is majoring in International Studies and American Studies with a minor in Hispanic Studies. She spent a year of high school in Sweden with Rotary Youth Exchange because she loves learning languages, immersing herself in new cultures, and meeting/getting to know new people! Alexa started working for ISP in Spring 2013.

Simon Sanggaard, Program Assistant, (class of 2015) is a senior from Holbæk, Denmark. He is a member of the extremely talented, super ambitious and near-legendary Men's Water Polo team (club level). He is majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience Studies. If you're interested in how to say weird things in Danish, feel free to send him a message!

Jake Speirs, Program Assistant, (class of 2016) is a junior from Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Jake is planning on majoring in International Studies as well as Chinese. He is leaving the United States for the first time this summer to visit the beautiful country of Norway! He can't wait to study abroad in Hangzhou, China in Spring, 2015. Jake started working for ISP in the summer of 2013.

Siyan (Janice) Zhang, Program Assistant, (class of 2017) is from Shenzhen, China. Her family is originally from Hunan, China and immigrated to Shenzhen in 1980s, so her family keeps a lot of Hunan traditions, such as the Hunan dialect and delicious spicy food! She plans to major in Econ and Art. Meanwhile, she also started to learn Spanish at Mac. She is an art enthusiast and likes drawing and photography a lot. She is a member of the Art Alliance and Chinese Culture Club (CCC). She started to work for ISP in Spring 2014. 

Merrit Stüven, Program Assistant, (class of 2017) is originally from Munich, Germany. However, Merrit spent her middle and high school years moving back and forth between Munich and Minneapolis. She plans on majoring in Political Science with either a minor or double major in Economics. She is also a tour guide here at Mac. Merrit started working for ISP in the Spring of 2014.

Dongmin Park, Program Assistant, (Class of 2018) is originally from Seoul, South Korea. She spent her whole life living in different countries, including Japan, Sri Lanka, Chicago, Qatar, and Egypt. Dongmin plans on majoring in Computer Science and International Studies. She enjoys playing her tuba, eating strawberries, dancing, and playing on the swings. 

Paul Chery, Program Assistant (Class of 2018) is originally from Nancy, France.  He moved to Peoria, Arizona in 2009.  Paul plans on majoring in Physics and Computer Science but is also interested in learning languages and philosophy. During his free time, he enjoys playing the piano and taking pictures.  Paul started working for ISP in the spring of 2015.

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                                              ISP Student Staff Schedule Summer 2014

09:30-10:00 Emily Emily Merrit, Paul
10:00-10:30 Emily Emily Merrit, Paul
10:30-11:00 Emily Merrit Emily Merrit, Emily, Paul
11:00-11:30 Annie, Merrit, Emily Annie,  Anne, Merrit, Emily, Paul Annie
11:30-12:00 Annie, Merrit, Emily Annie Anne, Merrit, Emily Annie
12:00-12:30 Simon Staff Meeting Annie Anne, Merrit Simon
12:30-13:00 Simon Staff Meeting Annie Merrit Simon, Emily, Paul
13:00-13:30 Simon Merrit, John Paul Merrit, John Simon, Emily, Paul
13:30-14:00 Simon Merrit, John Paul Merrit, John Simon, Emily, Paul
14:00-14:30 Simon Merrit, John Paul John Simon, Emily, Paul
14:30-15:00 John, Janice, Dongmin, Simon Merrit, John John, Dongmin, Paul John Simon, Janice, Emily, Dongmin, Paul
15:00-15:30 John, Janice, Dongmin, Simon John, Janice John, Dongmin, Paul John, Janice,  Emily, Annie, Janice, Dongmin, Paul, John
15:30-16:00 John, Janice, Dongmin, Simon John, Janice John, Dongmin, Paul John, Janice,  Emily, Annie, Janice, Dongmin, Paul, John
16:00-16:30 John, Janice, Dongmin John, Janice John, Dongmin, Paul John, Janice,  Annie, Janice, Dongmin, Paul, John
16:30-17:00 John, Janice John, Janice John Janice Dongmin