Meet the 2013-14 IPALs

Aashika SuseendranAashika Suseendran

I have found my niche at Arcadia majoring in Psychology/Pre-Physical Therapy and minoring in Music. I hope to attend a graduate DPT program to pursue a career as a physical therapist. Music, a predominant part of my life, has been with me since childhood, as I have been taking private piano lessons for fourteen years, classical Indian dance (Bharatanatyam) for nine years, and singing for as long as I can remember. An avid member of Arcadia’s Performing Arts department, I am also partaking in musical theatre, university choir, and an audition-based chamber ensemble. Elected vice president of the University Choir this past semester, I am thrilled to be serving as a segue between conductor and choir; I particularly enjoyed coordinating and hosting “Arcadia’s Got Talent!” a student showcase event that premiered on April 12, 2013. I am also an active member of PAW (People for Animal Welfare), EN (Environmental Network), and DADA (Department of Art and Design at Arcadia), which are student-led organizations on campus. Part of the Honors Program and FYSAE Network (the First-Year Study Abroad Experience), I have discovered a love for giving back to the Arcadia community through mentorship. Last year, I thoroughly valued being an Honors mentor and a FYSAE mentor. After a memorable semester in Stirling, Scotland, I was eager to help other first-years and prospective students, just like I was guided when I was in their shoes. I will be mentoring students again this upcoming academic year, and I hope to continue to be a part of these programs at Arcadia.

Najmah PerkinsNajmah Perkins

I am someone who is very fond of meeting new people and opening up pathways to learn about other cultures and languages around the world. Being a part of I-Pal helps with self-improvement, not only with my future goals and dreams but also by giving me a chance to gain a wonderful experience in this program. I know I-Pal will give wondrous experience to present and future international students to come.


Christine-VincentChristine Vincent

I am a senior psychology pre-art therapy major from the Philadelphia area. I love dancing, and I’ve been a part of Knight Club for five semesters. I also enjoy photography and all other types of art. Since I participated in an exchange program in high school, I have been passionate about traveling and seeing the world. I also try to give back as much as I can by volunteering.


Alix CullumAlix Cullum

My name is Alix Cullum and I am currently a junior at Arcadia. I study Political Science with a focus on International Relations and also French. I’m from New York and have studied abroad with Arcadia in London, Glasgow, and Shanghai!


David-BafumiDavid Bafumi

My name is David Bafumi. I'm an International Studies major and Spanish minor here at Arcadia. Last spring I studied in Brisbane, Australia, and this spring I studied in Granada, Spain. I am very interested to learn about other cultures, languages, ways of thinking, and ways of living. For fun I like to play soccer, do Latin dance, hang out with friends, and listen to music.


Elizabeth-KorneckiElizabeth Kornecki

My name is Elizabeth Kornecki. I’m 20 years-old and a Philadelphia native. At Arcadia I study History as my major and Political Science as a minor. With this degree I plan on attending law school after I spend time volunteering with AmeriCorps or the Peace Corp. I have two jobs—one as a member of Arcadia’s groundkeepers and the other as a part-time nanny. Outside of school and work, I’m an active participate in my local scouting group. I love it because I get to camp, hike, and do other fun outdoorsy things. I also like to bake and cook with my friends.


Grizel-RiveraGrizel Rivera

My name is Grizel Rivera. I am from Vineland, New Jersey. I have lived there my whole life. I am one hundred percent Puerto Rican. Both my parents were born in Puerto Rico. I can speak Spanish, but I understand it more than I can speak it. I will be a senior this coming fall. My major is Criminal Justice with a minor in Global Security and Emergency Management. I am also in the Honors program. I was born and raised Pentecostal, so I will be the one wearing skirts all the time. I love to sing because it brings me so much joy. I am a movie and television junky. I would be happy just staying in and watching movies all day. My dream is to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Department of Homeland Security. Another dream is to live in Washington DC. I believe I can make those dream come true with the help from God and my family. Some characteristics to describe me would be kind, funny, sometimes shy, loving, accepting, and faithful.


Mara NissleyMara Nissley

My name is Mara Nissley and I am a senior studying Political Science at Arcadia University. I’m from Pottstown, PA which is about 45 minutes from the Glenside campus. I absolutely love to travel as evidenced by my three semesters abroad in London England, Toledo Spain, and Dublin Ireland. Even though I’m an adventurer at heart, I do enjoy relaxing by the pool or beach during the summer and indulging in a good book. Gardening and biking are other outside activities I enjoy when the weather is nice. When I’m at school, I love being close to Philly because I am able to take advantage of all of the fun things the city has to offer. And when the travel bug hits, I am ready for a fun road trip adventure! I like to keep things fun and interesting!


Julian-AlpernJulian Alpern

I was born and raised in Upstate New York, and I was homeschooled until my last year of high school. Since then I've studied in Michigan, Pennsylvania, London, and Heidelberg, Germany. I'm majoring in History—one of my passions—but after spending a year in Germany, I've decided I have to pursue my passion for languages as well, and am designing an individualized German Language major. Right now German is enough to keep me busy, but ideally I could spend the rest of my life learning new languages, and would never get tired of it. I can't be sure where I'll end up after graduating from Arcadia in 2014, but the dream right now is to make my way back to Germany and get a graduate degree in Translation. History will find its way in there somewhere!


Troy-HealeyTroy Healey

Troy Healey is a lover of life. Learning through living has been his personal mantra for some time. An avid traveler, drinker, “foodie”, adventure seeker and karaoke singer, Troy has learned a lot in his short amount of time on this Earth. As a current college student, Troy has experienced and realized what it actually means to learn. He has learned about life, the meaning, purpose and reason whilst travelling and living in various countries of Southern Africa and Western Europe. Troy’s ultimate dream is to open up a bar. Preferably on the sun drenched beaches of Mozambique or in the Observatory district of Cape Town, South Africa. As soon as possible Troy plans to travel again and start his life outside of the United States, hopefully working with an NGO. “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end”.


Robert-NappaRobert Nappa

Hello, my name is Rob Nappa and I am a Business Admin major with a minor in International Studies. I hope to live and work abroad after I graduate from Arcadia University. I try my hardest to experience new things all of the time and live for those moments. I have studied abroad for a full academic year and felt like I have had the time of my life, meeting many new people and seeing some of the most amazing things this planet and human beings have to offer.


Shana-HartzelShana Hartzel

I am a senior studying Global Media with a minor in marketing. On campus, I’m always keeping busy, involved in all sorts of clubs and activities. In my free time, I enjoy all forms of entertainment, especially live music. I love meeting new people and exchanging cultures!


Leann ManriquezLeann Manriquez

Leann Manriquez is a junior at Arcadia University majoring in International Studies. She has studied abroad in France for a semester and has had many opportunities to travel around Europe. She was able to bike around Spain, teach Bachata to her host parents in Paris, roam around Ireland and meet many people from around the world. She is originally from Dodge City, Kansas and is the oldest of three children not including the various pets her family owns.


Lala-LiuLala Liu

My name is a Lala and I am a senior at Arcadia University majoring in History and French. I was born and raised in China and moved to Botswana at age of 12. Coming to Arcadia for my undergraduate studies has helped me to grow both culturally and academically. Arcadia has an international outlook that emphasizes intercultural connection, and raises the students' global awareness by offering a variety of study-away programs. I studied abroad in Paris, France for one semester in my sophomore year and it was one of my best educational experiences.


Danielle-DiverdeDanielle Diverde

My name is Danielle DiVerde, and I am an International Studies and Spanish major here at Arcadia University. During my first year, I had the fantastic opportunity to study abroad in London on the FYSAE program during my spring semester. My love of traveling began during my junior year of high school, where I was invited to attend a ten day trip to Panama and Costa Rica with my Spanish teacher. This will be my second year as an IPAL, and I hope to continue being one for the rest of my time here at Arcadia!


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