One-on-One Conversation Partners

The following information is provided as a courtesy of the American Language Institute (ALI). The ALI is not responsible for any agreements or arrangements made between students and Conversation Partners. 

The list below provides the names and contact information of USC students who are available for one-on-one conversation partner sessions. These meetings give international students the opportunity to practice their oral skills one-on-one with a native English speaker. 

If you are an international student interested in hiring a Conversation Partner, you may directly contact the student(s) of your choice from the following list and set up a meeting time that fits your schedule. The meetings will be held on the UPC campus. Please note that the One-on-One Conversation Partner Program is meant to be used as an educational resource and that only persons associated with USC may utilize this service.

The mandatory cost for these private sessions is $10 per hour (60 minutes) and is non-negotiable. The ALI does not receive any portion of these payments; all business is between the partnering students.

The ALI does not schedule, monitor, or take responsibility for the quality or management of these personal extra-curricular sessions. The department does, however, welcome feedback from participating students. Comments and/or suggestions can be entered in the box at the bottom of the page or emailed to Shelly Hacco at hacco@usc.edu. 

Cindy Barrios

Cindy is a senior from Washington D.C. majoring in East Asian Area Studies, with a focus in Mandarin. She is from the east coast, but has slowly fallen in love with Los Angeles. Last semester, Cindy studied abroad in Taiwan for six months to improve her Mandarin. She understands how difficult it is to learn a new language; especially a crazy language like English; it is so irregular! When she is not struggling to learn Mandarin, Cindy likes to ride her bicycle through downtown and cheer on the USC Marching Band. Please come by to her group conversation sessions, she'd love to meet and get to know you!

crbarrio@usc.edu

Katherine Chang

Katherine is a Junior majoring in Music Industry and minoring in Korean Studies. She was born in Taiwan and moved to New Jersey when she was three, then moved again to Taiwan during her Sophomore year of high school, so she understands the difficulties of getting used to a new culture! She loves to travel and has traveled to over 10 countries in the past few years. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, cooking, and listening to music. Katherine has also interned at many companies in different fields such as Marketing, Education, and Music. Katherine loves learning about new cultures and meeting new people, so don’t be shy and contact her!

yuhsinch@usc.edu

Linda Chow

Linda is a native Southern Californian, born and raised in Los Angeles (only 15 minutes away from USC!). She is senior majoring in Policy, Planning and Development with a focus in health management. During her free time, Linda enjoys exploring Los Angeles and other neighboring areas, watching movies, and being outdoors. She loves meeting new students and learning about different cultures. She is very excited to meet you!

lindawch@usc.edu

Zach Clouse

Zach, a senior from small town Missouri, majors in International Relations with a minor in Slavic Language and Literature (Russian) and East Asian Language and Culture (Mandarin). He enjoys meeting new people and sharing different experiences, and can definitely identify with the difficulties of learning another language. He especially likes reading Sci-Fi novels, exploring different places, and cultural exchanges, so feel free to contact him for an interesting conversation!

zclouse1@gmail.com

Maggie Deagon

Maggie is a sophomore pursuing a double major in Spanish and Social Sciences (with an emphasis in Psychology) and a minor in Korean Studies. Since she was born and raised in Los Angeles, she has been exposed to many cultures, and she developed a strong interest in learning more about the world around her and the people it holds. Last summer, she traveled to Korea with the Global East Asia program and fell in love with the culture (and the food). Her hobbies include running, reading, watching movies, cooking/baking, and writing. She is eager to travel more, learn more languages, and make more friends from around the world. She loves to try new things—especially new foods—and looks forward to learning more about you!

deagon@usc.edu

Nicolas Doyle

Nick is a graduate student in the MAT TESOL program here at USC. He comes all the way  from New York and loves the diversity, weather, and food in Los Angeles. He has taught English in Madrid and has 2 years of experience teaching English to adults and PhD students in Northwest Ohio. He was worked with students of many different age levels, backgrounds, and levels of English. He speaks fluent Spanish and conversational French. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Spanish and Psychology. He loves pop culture, drinking coffee, making friends, studying languages, and meeting new people.

ndoyle@usc.edu

Jocelyn Eng

Jocelyn is a junior year from Seattle, WA studying Computer Science and Business Administration. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, running, and eating. Jocelyn has experienced a variety of American cultures, from her studies in Boston to summers working in Honolulu. She loves any chance to meet to new people and looks forward to sharing experiences and helping you improve your English!

jocelyne@usc.edu

Jasmine Espindola

Jasmine is currently a sophomore and plans to pursue an engineering major. As a San Diego native, she loves going to the beach frequently, going out for long walks, and enjoys watching sunsets. She is very eager to get to know LA more and plans on exploring the different aspects of it and making it her home. She is fluent in Spanish and is currently learning Portuguese and plans to study abroad in Brazil. She enjoys reading, listening to new different types of music, and doing arts and crafts. She also loves to cook and likes playing basketball. She is very excited to get to meet you and hopes to help you have an amazing year in whatever way she can.

espindol@usc.edu

Meghan Jahnke

Meghan is a Junior at USC studying International Relations with a minor in French and Social Entrepreneurship. She grew up in New York but has also lived in France and Switzerland, so she knows the feeling of going out of your comfort zone to speak a new language. At USC, she enjoys volunteering, exploring LA with friends and eating great food.  She has had the opportunity to travel around Europe but she cannot wait to learn about new places and cultures and visit them one day!

mjahnke@usc.edu

Skye Kriger

Skye is a Junior studying Human Biology from Los Angeles, California. She is fluent in Japanese and lived in Japan for three years during her childhood, and also took 4 years of Chinese in high school. She loves the ocean, is on the club rowing team at USC, and is also passionate about food and different cuisines from around the world. She loves sports and working out and can often be found at the Lyon Center. She hopes to find a career in Physical Therapy or Athletic Medicine. Skye loves meeting people from all different backgrounds and talking about culture. She is very excited to meet you!

kriger@usc.edu

Lynn Le

Lynn is a senior majoring in Computer Science Games at USC. She grew up in San Diego and has lived in Southern California her whole life. She is an artist, creative writer, and aspiring game programmer. Her favorite game genre is RPG, and her favorite titles are Kingdom Hearts and Persona. She also likes various books, comics, cartoons, movies, and TV shows, including Doctor Who, How To Train Your Dragon, and some other Japanese manga and anime. Lynn can speak some Japanese, has many friends in other countries, and has spent most of her high school years volunteering at her former elementary school, so she's very good with children and foreign cultures. She looks forward to hearing from you!

le.lynn.n@gmail.com

Victoria Martinez

Victoria is a freshman at USC, majoring in Biological Sciences so that she may pursue a medical career as a pediatrician. She is from Orange County and loves exploring all the events throughout LA. She loves playing soccer, going to concerts, meeting new people, and is always up for an adventure. Victoria has enjoyed being a surf instructor, volunteering with children in Baja California, and interning in a veterinary office throughout high school. She is excited to join plenty of clubs in college as well as meet new people and learn about their cultures, so feel free to contact her!

victoram@usc.edu

Audrey Moore

Audrey is a second-year student excited to be studying International Relations (Global Business) for her major and Spanish as a minor.  She has traveled to 20 countries outside the U.S., and is an avid language-learner.  In her free time, she loves to listen to music, take/edit digital photography, or go on boba runs!  Milkshake runs at GroundZero are just as awesome!  She has experience working with students in ESL programs from her high school, and has had a blast learning cultural tips from her international friends here at USC. Having lived abroad for three years herself, she completely understands how difficult immersion in a new language and culture can be; but, she also knows how exciting this new adventure at USC can be, and is ready to help students take this challenge head on!  So feel free to contact her, she is excited to meet you!

audrey.moore@usc.edu

Dominique Murdock

Dominique Murdock is a first year grad student with the Rossier School of Education studying Teaching English to Second Language Speakers. Dominique is a native of Detroit, Michigan but has recently decided the west coast can adopt her. She has an overwhelming passion for humanity, and hopes one day to impose tolerance on the world.  Just last year, Dominique was a 3.7 student at Howard University in Washington, DC where her exposure and interaction with the global society was stimulated. As a Gates Scholar, Dominique has had the privilege of volunteering with peers from all over the world. She is a lover of travel, language, and culture and aspires one day to write a novel curtailing her journeys. Murdock, as her friends like to call her, is a lover of life and an advocate for vitality. She would absolutely adore the chance to be your English buddy and hopes that you are excited about meeting her too!

dmurdock72@yahoo.com

Anna Ngo

Anna Ngo is a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering (Petroleum). She is from Houston, Texas but is loving the Los Angeles atmosphere. She has been dancing and playing basketball since she was five years old. However, she loves all sports and enjoys cooking and exploring. The one thing she loves the most is engaging herself in new cultures and experiencing new things. Therefore, don't be afraid to stop by to introduce yourself!

annango@usc.edu

Matthew Nordstrom

Matt is a senior from the South Bay, California. He is currently majoring in Political Science and is also in the U.S. military. He loves learning new and challenging things that range from surfing to speaking a new language. He is currently studying Mandarin, Korean and Hebrew, and hopes to complete his understanding of written Arabic soon. Matt spent last summer exploring China and hopes to travel even more in the future. He has also worked as an insurance agent in downtown L.A. and is a certified personal trainer. Matt looks forward to improving your English and to giving you a lot of cultural insight into the Los Angeles American lifestyle.

mnordstr@usc.edu

Tim Paik

Tim is a master's student at USC's Rossier School of Education majoring in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). He was born in New York but has lived in many different cities across the country including Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and Portland, as well as abroad, specifically in South Korea. Tim's professional and academic interests are primarily focused on undergraduate and graduate level international students, and the objective for his conversation sessions is to familiarize the students with American culture and conversational English. In his free time, Tim enjoys new experiences: traveling to new places, trying “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants, and learning new things from people of different backgrounds.

tpaik@usc.edu

Meghna Rajeev

Megs, or Meghna, moved to the US from Saudi Arabia two years ago and loves USC! She's a junior studying Business Administration and Communication Design. In her free time, she writes, goes to movies with her friends, and explores LA because it's such a vibrant city with so much to do. She's always been passionate about English, and she'd love to help you out, even if it's just for a chat! She loves teaching and meeting new people, so feel free to contact her :)

sathiapa@usc.edu

Kamille Robertson

Kamille Robertson is senior studying theatre at the School of Dramatic Arts. She was born in California but raised in the deep south of Texas. Kamille hopes to land a career somewhere in the world of entertainment, as an actor, writer, costume designer... She is casting a wide net and hoping to find her niche. She has had a variety of experiences from working at Walt Disney World to working as a server at a little surf restaurant on South Padre Island to being a flower girl at the USC Flowershop. Kamille loves to read books, study French and women studies, and of course, watch screen and live performances. She hopes to one day write a book about her experiences, but not for a very long time, she has a lot of life to live.

kamillelyssaroberts@gmail.com

Laurie Sample

Laurie is a graduate student majoring in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She is originally from London, but has spent most of her life as an expat, and has lived in thirteen countries including South Africa, Japan and Colombia. Her major passion in life is travelling. She has visited 54 countries to date, although her goal is to reach 100! She is a dedicated foodie and loves international cuisine. She loves hiking and plans to climb Mt. Whitney before graduation. She has been a teacher since 2008 and says that the best part of her job is getting to chat with interesting people from different backgrounds.

lsample@usc.edu

Evan Sawyer

Evan Sawyer is a junior majoring in International Relations with minors in Spanish and Nonprofit, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism. He is from snowy Vermont and loves the excitement, diversity, and beautiful weather of Los Angeles. Evan is a club baseball player and an avid sports fan who will talk about baseball, basketball, or football for hours on end if you let him and is always looking for new kinds of music to listen to. He is passionate about volunteering and immersing himself in new cultures and languages and is excited to step into the international nonprofit sector in the US, Latin America, and elsewhere. If you haven't already met Evan as an Undergraduate Student Consultant in the ITA program, he is excited to meet you in conversation groups soon!

esawyer@usc.edu

John Schutte

John Schutte is an undergrad graduate who is on staff with the University Religious Center. He is from Tipton, an unknown town in the middle of Missouri. Needless to say, he has found his LA life exciting thus far. John enjoys traveling and new cultures. He has lived for 3 months in Thailand and one month in Kyrgyzstan. His interests also include reading, basketball, and spending time with friends. John is a follower of Christ who is passionate about his work with Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at USC. He is excited and dedicated to serving international students through conversational English interaction.

Brandon Shelley

Brandon Shelley is an Air Force ROTC cadet studying Neuroscience. He was born in Japan but grew up in Huntington Beach California. Brandon is a very spontaneous person and even his closest friends cannot predict where in the world he will end up next. He loves traveling and has visited over 10 different countries and lived in 3 of them. Brandon's many hobbies include surfing, SCUBA diving, dirt biking, snowboarding, and pretty much any activity under the sun. He has friends from all over the world and cannot wait to make more!

bshelley@usc.edu

Andrew Shen

Andrew is a junior studying Business Administration with an Information Technology Minor in both Web and Mobile App Development. He was born and raised in Orange County, California and loves the outdoors. He enjoys running, skateboarding, surfing, basketball, and just about every sport you can think of. His career interest is with IT consulting and has worked with Farmers, Pacific Life, NGames, and yourPolitician. On his free time, Andrew likes to do a lot of freelance work building websites for clubs, start-ups, and people that need them. Andrew studied abroad at National Taiwan University last summer and loves meeting international students. He is excited to meet many of you!

andrewshen1@yahoo.com

Angela Shen

Angela is a sophomore from Albuquerque, New Mexico majoring in communication. She loves traveling and learning about different cultures. She enjoys dance, watching movies, and exploring LA. Angela is always willing to meet new people and try new things!

angelacs@usc.edu

Samantha Smith

Samantha is a Senior from New Jersey; majoring in Business and minoring in Japanese. She has a large amount of experience teaching English! In her free time, Samantha enjoys hanging out with friends, going out to eat, and listening to music. She has interned at a non-profit organization in Japan this past summer, where she worked with interns from 24 different countries, so she has some insight on dealing with new cultures. Samantha loves learning new things and enjoys meeting new people!

smithsh@usc.edu

Alexa Spatidol

Alexa is a junior majoring in Art with a concentration in Design. She is from New Jersey but is enjoying her time on the beautiful west coast. In her free time she loves to draw, try new foods, and run! She's currently training for her first marathon,the LA marathon in March. Alexa is excited to meet new people and learn all about different cultures.

spatidol@usc.edu

Samantha Trout

Samantha is a junior from a farm town in central California. She is majoring in Occupational Therapy, with a minor in Spanish. Before transferring to USC as a sophomore, she attended Boston University for a year. Despite the near-frostbite in Massachusetts, it took some time for her to adjust to the culture of Los Angeles, so she understands the difficult transition involved when moving to a new school in a different city. Because of the diversity of both Boston and LA, Samantha has developed a love for cooking and trying new foods. She also enjoys hiking, playing acoustic guitar, and witty TV shows. Her first love, however, will always be coffee and tea. She looks forward to meeting you over a cup someday.

strout@usc.edu

Christine Xu

Christine is a senior, born in Los Angeles and raised in Arcadia, currently majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology.  She has a great love for reading, exploring the city, trying new foods, and meeting people from all walks of life. One of her most memorable experiences was an engineering elective she took in spring 2013—every Thursday she was in a global classroom of students from the U.S., China, Korea, Germany, and Israel. They worked together on innovation-based projects through webconferencing and got the chance to meet each other in person at their final project presentation in Korea—not a bad way to spend a semester, if you ask her. Christine is very much looking forward to meeting you as a Conversation Partner and is more than happy to show you around LA and try new foods while helping you with your English!

christix@usc.edu

Susan Yang

Susan is a current senior at USC double majoring in International Relations and East Asian Area Studies, and minoring in business. She was born in Seoul, Korea, but raised mainly in Rancho Cucamonga, California. She speaks fluent Korean and is currently learning Mandarin. She also works at the American Language Institute as an undergraduate student consultant to help international teaching assistants improve their teaching and language skills. She enjoys working with and talking to international students, and hopes to study abroad in some of their native countries. In her free time, Susan enjoys online shopping, painting, and watching TV.

younheey@usc.edu

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