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Meet the International Student Program

Natalya Quick
The ISL’s with Mrs. Quick on Chandler Field.

Leadership is a vital part of the beloved Webb community, but one group always seems to be overlooked: the International Student Program (ISP). Every year, Romana Quick, the International Support Program Coordinator, sets out to help new students adjust and bring new cultures to Webb with her group, the International Student Liaisons (ISL). However, they are often forgotten behind larger leadership groups like prefects and student government.  

According to Ken Rosenfeld, Dean of Campus Life, he and Elizabeth “Betsy” Potash, a former Webb faculty member, started the ISP back in 2010. Its purpose is to create a bridge between international students and the rest of the Webb community. Mrs. Quick joined the program in the second year following Mrs. Potash’s departure and introduced new resources like WeChat and email so parents and students can ask questions all summer long and be confident upon their arrival to campus. 

Every year, over 50 student leaders come to campus before the school year begins to prep for sports, set up the dorms, update the student handbook, and organize Theme Nights. Meanwhile, International Student Liaisons are emailing and WeChat messaging with parents and students to make sure that they adjust to life at Webb smoothly. 

Around mid-June, international student liaisons send emails to new students to introduce themselves and give a brief introduction to Webb. Karen Chen (‘23), a new international student from Shanghai, China, appreciated her email from ISP Alice Hou (‘20). 

Karen said, “It was really helpful because she introduced herself so I would know someone on campus. She gave me a brief introduction about the school and that was helpful as well.”

ISP also helps to bring American and international cultural events to the Webb community. Starting with the mid-autumn festival in September, ISP delivered festive snacks to Crossroads where students indulged themselves in boba and mooncakes. 

At the dorm prefects’ annual Haunted House held in October, ISLs pass out apple slices coated in thick caramel. During the holiday season, the ISP works with the day student prefects to host holiday cookie decorating. 

In conjunction with the Chinese Club, in the beginning of the second semester the ISP hosts events all week long for Lunar New Year. Partnered with the Alamo dorm, ISL also helps organize Webb’s esteemed end of year music festival Jubilee. 

The International Student Program is not the main facilitator of all these events, rather a leadership group that contributes to them. This leads to the common misconception that ISP does not do a lot at Webb.

Mr. Rosenfeld said, “It’s really important that for some students, it’s their first ever experience even in the US. Therefore it’s very important to help them get used to the culture and welcome them into our community.”

International student liaisons also help new students adjust to life at Webb by talking to them about when they were new. Laura Li (‘22), a new ISL this year, said “I joined ISP because I am an international student myself and I feel like it really helps the new students to have someone that can relate to their experiences or can sympathize with how they are feeling for example if they are homesick, or they’re not really finding their place yet … It’s like you have a support team.” 

Being able to come to Webb for the first time and have the ISP waiting for you is one of the great things about this school, and is something that brings together the community. The ISLs’ dedication to the introduction of culture in the Webb community can be seen in every corner of the campus, and they always look forward to hosting the next successful event.

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Stephen Li
Stephen Li, Chief Editor of Media
Stephen Li (‘21) is the Chief Editor of Media this year for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. He only started photography recreationally four years ago, but this skill has helped him contribute to the WCC through improving the quality of photos, an important yet often overlooked aspect of any publication. As the captain of the varsity football team, it’s no surprise that Stephens favorite spot on campus is the football field. Because of this passion, one of his many goals is to continue playing football in college, as he wants to increase Asian representation in American sports. This year, Stephen wants to increase the impact the Webb Canyon Chronicle has on the community through gaining more readers, and, as a peer advisor, he wants to continue bringing people together especially in the midst of a pandemic. Stephen’s proven talent for rallying the morale of his teammates and peers is a skill that makes him an irreplaceable member of the WCC team. 
Nichola Monroe
Nichola Monroe, Chief Editor of Features
If you’re looking for a Webb big sister, Nichola Monroe (‘22) is the person for you. An experienced co-chair of the VWS dorm prefect council, she is always looking for ways to lend her knowledge to newer students both in the dorm and outside. As a returning member of the Webb Canyon Chronicle and this year’s Chief Editor of Features, she is excited to write engaging articles, share her journalism experiences, and help others thrive. Over this last summer, Nichola fostered her leadership skills at a summer camp in Maine. She lived in a cabin with younger girls and taught them how to make ceramics and jewelry, sewing, and other important life skills. Although Nichola usually resides in Dana Point, she is currently living at Webb and hopes to initiate new dorm activities for other boarders in Jameson to enjoy. Also an activist, Nichola cares deeply about current issues like climate change and sustainability. When she’s not helping other people, you can most likely find her outdoors, whether it's dancing, walking her dog at the beach, knitting under a tree, or simply just doing somersaults in front of her dorm. Favorite song: "Stay for the Summer" by Logan & Isabel

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