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Indiana University Bloomington

Peer Instructors

The peer instructors are veteran Global Villagers who serve as facilitators for Q199, the one-credit course required of all students new to the GV. Besides leading Q, they are a great source of information about the GV, campus, and Bloomington.

Megan Diekhoff

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Megan Diekhoff

Hello!  My name is Megan Diekhoff and I am really excited to be a peer instructor this year!  I grew up in Holland, Indiana working at my family’s ice cream shop, the Windmill Chill.  I am studying Speech-Language Pathology and Spanish.  I have traveled to Belize and I would like to study abroad in Lima, Perú next year.  This semester I am taking American Sign Language (ASL), so if you are looking for someone to talk (or sign) with, I would love to converse with you!  In my free time I enjoy attending and hosting GV events, seeing musical performances on campus, and going for walks.  My hope is that all of you will love living in the Global Village as much as I do, and I can’t wait to get to know you.  Welcome to our community!

Mercedes Farias

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Mercedes Farias

Hello everyone!  My name is Mercedes Farias, and I’m from Valparaiso, Indiana.  I am a junior majoring in Political Science and International Studies with a concentration in Human Rights and International Law in East Asia and minoring in Spanish, Japanese, and History.  I am very passionate about politics, both global and domestic, so you’ll see me involved with the Political Discussion Interest Group.  I served on Central Council as treasurer for two years and as treasurer for Books and Beyond.  I also studied abroad in Cuba the summer after my freshman year and am very interested in Latin American politics.  In the Spring 2017 semester, I will be heading to Nagoya, Japan to practice my Japanese skills and explore the East Asian political climate.  When I’m not talking about politics, I love to read, play video games, and talk with friends.  I can’t wait to see you all in class!

Carmen Henderson

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Carmen Henderson

Hello!  My name is Carmen Henderson and I am a senior here at Indiana University.  I am a Spanish major and an Italian and International Studies minor.  My interests include learning new languages, traveling, hiking, meeting new friends around the world, eating, learning and spending time with my family!

Aghilah Nadaraj

ndleisuratindiana.edu

Nick Leisure

My name is Nick Leisure.  I am a senior from Plainfield, IN majoring in Spanish and computer science with minors in Latino studies, linguistics, and informatics.  I am an alumnus of the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages, and I am just returning from my junior year abroad in Madrid as well.  In addition to Spanish, I have been learning Portuguese in my (limited) free time.  I have a passion for education, travel, food, and literature, and I would love to share that passion with you!

Pallavi Sarup

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Pallavi Sarup

My name is Pallavi, and I am a junior from Naperville, IL.  My major is Public Policy Analysis and Economic Consulting with a minor in International Studies.  I grew up listening to my parents speak Hindi at home so I have a pretty good proficiency in that, and I have also studied Chinese in the past.  In my free time I like to draw, read, watch Netflix, explore nature, and go out with friends.  It is my dream to travel around the world!  Two summers ago, I spent two months traveling around Turkey and Greece while doing a summer internship.  This upcoming spring semester I plan to go abroad to Hong Kong.  I hope that in the future I get to work with international businesses or nonprofits around the world so I can continue to travel.

David Sowerby

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David Sowerby

Hey, everyone!  My name is David Sowerby, and I’m a (super) senior.  I served my tenure of three years at the GV, and I was (and still am) very active in the community.  I’m a microbiology major with chemistry and biotechnology minors, and I love science with a passion.  I also love learning languages.  I speak Spanish, German, Italian, Hindi-Urdu, and a little Mandarin, and I’m learning Bulgarian in my free time.  I plan on moving to Germany in the near future for its beauty and biotechnology programs.  I really like to mentor new students, so if you ever need a hand with school, life, or anything, let me know!  I'm all ears.  In my spare time, I'm usually practicing banjo or bass guitar, gardening, or geeking out about science or other nerdy stuff.  If you see a guy walking around campus with no shoes on, chances are it's me.