Meet Our Students

Adrián Díaz

Hometown: A Coruña, Spain
Major: Media Studies and Digital Art, and Psychology

High School: Vermont Academy
Date started at SMC: Fall 2014
SMC Programs: Undergraduate

About: Adrián completed multiple internships including one with the Saint Michael's College Office of Admission, where he is also a tour guide. He was named to the Saint Michael's Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester. Adrián is captain of the men's varsity soccer team and was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll three times during the fall 2017 semester for his outstanding athletic performance. He is a member of the student-athlete leadership board for Hope Happens Here, a student-run campus organization that promotes mental health awareness and mental well-being among college students, in particular student-athletes. He has served as a Social Ambassador, writing a blog about his college experience. He also participated in an extended service trip to the Dominican Republic during the spring 2017 recess.


Alain Achinda

Hometown: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Major: Information Systems

High School: College Kubama
Date started at SMC: Spring 2015
SMC Programs: Undergraduate, Academic English

About: Alain presented his experiences as an international student as part of the Leadership Reception held during Alumni Weekend 2017. He is also completing an internship with the Institutional Advancement office. This internship focusses on a specific goal and objectives within the Life After College Strategic Planning goal. The primary outcome will be the development of career mapping for each academic major based on research of best practices and integration of academic programs with career education initiatives and programs. A secondary responsibility will be short-term completion of an on-campus audit specifically related to on-campus student employment. 


Andres Rivas

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Major: Business Administration
High School: Palmer-Trinity School
Date started at SMC: Fall 2016
SMC Programs: Undergraduate

About: Andres is a member of the men's varsity soccer team and was named to the Northeast-10 Weekly Honor Roll in October 2016 and October 2017 for his outstanding athletic performance. He also earned a spot on the Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference third team (2017-2018). During the 2016-2017 season, he was named to the NE10 All-Rookie team. Rivas is only the third player in program history to receive both honors.


Anna Willassen

Hometown: Jar, Norway
Major: Economics
High School: Persbraathen Videregaende Skole
Date started at SMC: Fall 2016
SMC Programs: Undergraduate

About: Anna was named to the Saint Michael's Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester. She is a member of the women's varsity alpine ski team and qualified for NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships in spring 2017. In addition, Anna raced in 2017 post-season competition.


Anne van der Erve

Hometown: Tervuren, Belgium
Major: Economics
High School:
Heilig Hartcollege
Date started at SMC:
Fall 2016
SMC Programs:
Undergraduate, Summer TESOL/TEFL Certificate

About: Anne was a midfielder on the women's field hockey team. She was named to the fall 2016 Northeast-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll, as well as to the Saint Michael's Dean's List. Anne completed the Summer TESOL/TEFL Certificate program in 2017.


Baimaji "Pemyaki"

Hometown: Lhasa, Tibet
Major: Exploratory

High School: High School Affiliated with Fudan University
Date started at SMC: Fall 2016
SMC Programs: Undergraduate, Academic English, Intensive English

About: After completing the Academic English Program, Pemyaki was invited to join the Saint Michael's College Honors Program. Students must have a grade point average of at least 3.6 to qualify for this program. The Honors Program provides unique opportunities and challenges for our highest-achieving students and is only available to a limited group of students.


Bernard Achinda

Hometown: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Major: Engineering

High School: College Boboto
Date started at SMC: Spring 2014
SMC Programs: Undergraduate, Academic English, Intensive English

About: Bernard has been named to the College's Dean's List. He works as a Student Assistant for the Applied Linguistics Department. As an Undergraduate Research Assistant, Bernard worked on electrical engineering research and development projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. He presented a talk on "Packetized Energy Management: Asynchronous and Anonymous Coordination of Thermostatically Controlled Loads" at the Mathematics Department's colloquium. Bernard was part of the team that studied methods of managing the power consumption of thermostatically controlled loads, such as water heaters, during peak hours to reduce the electrical load on power plants, thereby maintaining a quality of service favorable to consumers. Bernard also serves as secretary of the Diversity Coalition.


Bruno Beča

Hometown: Zagreb, Croatia
Major: Accounting

High School: Westchester Country Day School
Date started at SMC: Fall 2013
SMC Programs: Undergraduate

About: Bruno completed an accounting internship and co-presented on his experience at the poster session during Saint Michael's College's 2017 Academic Symposium. Bruno is a member of the men's varsity basketball team. He was named to the Dean's List for multiple semesters.


Guillaume Grand

Hometown: Lamastre, France
Major: Business Administration
High School: Général Ferrié High School
Date started at SMC: Fall 2015
SMC Programs: Undergraduate, Intensive English

About: Gui was named to the College's Dean's List. He is co-captain of the men's varsity alpine ski team, and qualified for the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships in 2016 where he became the first All-America Skier in Saint Michael's history. He again qualified for the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships in 2017. In addition, Gui competed at the US Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine at the end of the 2017 season. Gui appeared with his sister, Meggane, in the Fall/Winter 2016-127 issue of Saint Michael's College Magazine.


Iullia Fakhrutdinova

Hometown: Samara, Russia
Major:
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
College/University:
Samara State University
Date started at SMC:
Fall 2017
SMC Programs:
Graduate

About: Iullia is a Fulbright Scholar at Saint Michael’s College. Before coming to the U.S., Iullia taught English and Spanish at Samara State University and Go English language club. She also worked as an Advertising Manager in the Sales Department at Subaru Centre Samara. Iullia presented a talk on Russian stereotypes, history, and culture at the first International Student Speaker series at SMC.


Katelyn "Katie" Merchat

Hometown: Landstuhl, Germany
Major: Psychology and Elementary Education

High School: Kaiserslautern American High School
Date started at SMC: Fall 2016
SMC Programs: Undergraduate

About: Katie is enrolled in the Honors Program. She is also a member of the Founders Society and gives campus tours to prospective students. In addition, Katie is a member of the Random Acts of Kindness Club, and participates in programs through the Adventure Sports Center.


Mathias Grimsrud

Hometown: Stabekk, Norway
Major: Business Administration

High School: Donski Videregaende Skole
Date started at SMC: Fall 2014
SMC Programs: Undergraduate

About: Mathias was named to the Saint Michael's Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester. He is a member of the men's varsity alpine ski team and qualified for NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships in spring 2017. He co-presented at the Saint Michael's College 2017 Academic Symposium.


Meggane Grand

Hometown: Lamastre, France
Majors: Political Science and Economics
High School: School of Trades, Ambroise Croizat
Date started at SMC: Fall 2014
SMC Programs: Undergraduate

About: Meggane was named to the Saint Michael's Dean's List for multiple semesters. In addition, she was inducted into two academic honor societies; Chi Alpha Sigma (National College Athlete Honor Society) and Pi Sigma Alpha (political science). She is co-captain of the women's varsity alpine ski team. In 2016, Meggane qualified for the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships. In 2017, she raced in post-season competition in New Hampshire at Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett and Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway. Meggane appeared with her brother Guillaume, in the Fall/Winter 2016-17 issue of Saint Michael's College Magazine.


Mouhamadou Ka

Hometown: Dakar, Senegal
Major: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

High School: Gaston Berger University
Date started at SMC: Fall 2016
SMC Programs: Graduate

About: Mouhamadou is a Fulbright Scholar at Saint Michael's College. Before coming to the U.S., he was an English teacher at Thiaroye High School and an online tutor at Université Virtuelle du Sénégal. Mouhamadou is a French peer tutor and member of the French Club at Saint Michael's.


Natalie Zimmer

Hometown: Ingleside, ON, Canada
Major: Clinical Psychology

High School: Cornwall Collegiate & Vocational School
Date started at SMC: Fall 2009
SMC Programs: Graduate, Undergraduate

About: As an undergraduate, Natalie was inducted into Psi Chi, the national psychology honors society, and named to the Dean's List for multiple semesters. She played varsity soccer for Saint Michael's and was named to the Northeast-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll. Currently, Natalie works on campus as a Resident Director.


Neera b.k.

Hometown: Ghandruk, Nepal
Major: Clinical Psychology

High School: Jagat Mandir Higher Secondary School
Date started at SMC: Spring 2013
SMC Programs: Graduate, undergraduate

About: As an undergraduate student at Saint Michael's, Neera majored in sociology and completed multiple internships working with refugees, the elderly, and at a community health center. She also worked on campus as a Student Assistant for the Applied Linguistics Department, and as a Resident Assistant. She is currently completing a master's degree and working as a Resident Director.


Nicholas Hermary

Hometown: Coquitlam, BC, Canada
Major: Engineering

High School: Centennial Secondary School
Date started at SMC: Fall 2014
SMC Programs: Undergraduate

About: Nicholas was named to the Saint Michael's Dean's List for multiple semesters and was included on the Northeast-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll. He is an assistant captain and a forward on the men's ice hockey team.


Pedro de Mendonça Cândido Pereira

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Hometown: Ceará, Brazil
Major: Psychology
High School: Farias Brito University School
Date started at SMC: Fall 2014
SMC Programs:
Undergraduate

About: In spring 2017 Pedro was inducted into Psi Chi, the national psychology honors society. He also was named to the Dean's List for multiple semesters. Pedro works on campus as a Student Assistant with the Applied Linguistics Department, and was selected to join the Residence Life staff as a Resident Assistant. He volunteers with Knight Safe, an outreach and programming initiative launched by the Office of Public Safety, that provides free rides/walking escorts to students in the evenings. Previously, he was a Student Ambassador and wrote a blog about college life.


Saad Alharbi

Hometown: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Major: Chemistry
High School: Khalid bin Alwalid High School
Date started at SMC: Fall 2012
SMC Programs: Undergraduate, Academic English, Intensive English

About: Saad was awarded a summer research grant from the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs to study Quantitative Analysis of the Nutritional Value of Date Fruits from the United States and Saudi Arabia. In addition, Saad co-presented at a poster session held during the Saint Michael's 2017 Academic Symposium. He was also named to the Saint Michael's College dean's list.


Takumi Fukushima

Hometown: Yokohama, Japan
Major: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

High School: Kokugakuin University
Date started at SMC: Fall 2016
SMC Programs: Graduate, Graduate Academic English, Intensive English

About: Takumi first studied at Saint Michael's in 2013 as part of an exchange student group from Kokugakuin University. Three years later, he returned to Saint Michael's for post-graduate study. Takumi works on-campus as a student intern for the University Abroad program.


Tendai Andrew John

Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Major: Business Administration

High School: United Church Schools
Date started at SMC: Fall 2015
SMC Programs: Undergraduate

About: Andrew co-presented during the poster session of the Saint Michael's College 2017 Academic Symposium. He also completed a summer internship in New York City.


Thomas Boullier

Hometown: Paris
Major: Economics

High School: Massillon School
Date started at SMC: Fall 2014
SMC Programs: Undergraduate

About: Thomas co-presented during Saint Michael's 2017 Academic Symposium. In addition, Thomas was awarded a summer research grant from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. He examined The Socio Economic Impact of Hosting a Sporting Mega-Event upon the Long-Term Economic Development of Developing and Developed Countries. Thomas also was selected to be a student speaker at a fall 2017 Open House for prospective students.


Tomilayo "Tomi" Akinpetide

Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Major: Psychology
High School: Rice Memorial High School
Date started at SMC: Fall 2013
SMC Programs: Undergraduate

About: Tomi co-presented the findings from her psychology practicum during the 2017 Academic Symposium at Saint Michael’s. She was also co-captain of the women’s varsity basketball team. She appeared in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Saint Michael’s College Magazine.


Torjus Grimsrud

Hometown: Stabekk, Noway
Major: Business Administration

High School: Donski Videregaende Skole
Date started at SMC: Fall 2015
SMC Programs: Undergraduate

About: Torjus was named to the Saint Michael's Dean's List for multiple semesters. Torjus is co-captain of the men's varsity alpine ski team. In 2016, he qualified for the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships.


Weiguo "Jeremy" Yu

Hometown: Fuzhou, China
Major: Theatre

High School: No. 4 Senior High School
Date started at SMC: Fall 2015
SMC Programs: Undergraduate, Academic English

About: Jeremy was named to the College's Dean's List. He works as a Student Assistant for the Applied Linguistics Department. He played Charles Dickens and other characters in the fall 2017 main stage production of Mill Girls.


Yucheng "Vincent" Mou

Hometown: Tianjin, China
Major: Media Studies and Digital Arts

High School: Winchendon School
Date started at SMC: Fall 2013
SMC Programs: Undergraduate, Academic English

About: As a Social Ambassador, Vincent helped the International Admission Office to set up a Chinese social media account, writing a blog about international students at Saint Michael's College for the audience interested in SMC in China. In addition, he also was a member of Multicultural Affairs and Services, serving as the Vice President of the Diversity Coalition. He presented a digital film titled Universal Students of America: International Students and Higher Education in the United States and co-presented at the poster session during the Saint Michael's College 2017 Academic Symposium. In addition, Vincent completed an internship in his field of study, and worked as a resident assistant.


Yuran Tian

Hometowns: Nanjing, China and Cranston, Rhode Island
Major: Business Administration
Minor: Accounting, Economics
High School:
Lincoln High School
Date started at SMC: Fall 2015
SMC Programs: Undergraduate, Academic English Program

About: Yuran was named to the Saint Michael’s Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester. Yuran co-presented at the poster session during Saint Michael’s College Academic Symposium. In addition, she completed a summer internship at Rhode Island Credit Union in Providence, Rhode Island. She works as a tour guide for the College’s admission office, is the videographer for the field hockey team, and a member of the Founders Society.


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