People

Meet some of the amazing people who make the I-House community their home - while living at I-House and beyond. 

Adrien Ooms, from Belgium, lived at I-House UAlberta

Adrien Ooms

Place(s) of origin: Belgium
Area of Study: Physics

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

I wanted a home far from home, find an environment where I would quickly make new friends, and meet people from around the world.

What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)
I love I-house for our jam sessions in the lounge, long study nights, but also parties and of course ... potlucks!


Awurakua Anim, from Ghana, lived at I-House UAlberta

Awurakua Anim

Place(s) of origin: Ghana
Area of Study: Political Science

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

I chose to live here because I felt the need to be surrounded by people that could relate to the struggle of being away for home, whilst coming together to create a community that felt like a home away from home. Also, the exposure to different cultures and most importantly, languages was a journey I was ready to partake on.

What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)

It would be having instant translators that work better than google. Having a conversation and simultaneously asking "how do you say this in your language?" is so exciting! Exposure to languages has been engaging and pleasurable.


Hisano Ogura, from Japan, lived at I-House UAlberta

Hisano Ogura

Place(s) of origin: Japan Fukuoka
Area of Study: Japan Kyoto

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

Because I can communicate with people from various countries and I can know a lot of cultures.

What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)

I could make many friends and they respect each culture.


Jenni Zeller, from Austria, lived at I-House UAlberta

Jenni Zeller

Place(s) of origin:Austria
Area of study: Humanities (Philosophy, Translation Studies, Political Science, it's a bit of a mix at the moment)

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

A friend of mine recommended it to me and told me that I-House is a great community and – on top of that – conveniently located on campus.

What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)

I love about I-House that you can always find someone for a Timmie's run, no matter what time of the day/night :-)


Joanne Chan, from Hong Kong, lived at I-House UAlberta

Joanne Chan

Place(s) of origin: Hong Kong 
Area of study: Faculty of Education major in Math minor in Chem

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

I want to learn more about other cultures- the food, celebration, history, everything! 

What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)

Get to know people from all over the world! Hearing conversations in different languages in the kitchen/ lounge is so cool! ❤️ 


Liam De Villiers, from South Africa and Australia, lived at I-House UAlberta

Liam De Villiers


Place(s) of origin: South Africa and Australia
Area of study: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

I wanted to experience and interact with people from as many different backgrounds and cultures as possible, all of which I-House provided. As well, have people who were going through the same transitions as myself.

What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)

Of course, it's the people!
There are so many incredible and open individuals that living here is itself a unique experience altogether. My time in Canada is comprised of my adventures and relationships I've made with the people in I-House.
With that, all the trips and events we organize together, be it down the road or across the country, we do it all together.


Manuela Zindler, from Germany, lived at I-House UAlberta

Manuela Zindler

Place(s) of origin: Germany
Area of study: Geography

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

I wanted to live in a community and not alone in an apartment. I also wanted to live on campus to experience real campus life as something like this is not common in my country. 

What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)

What I love about I-House is that you can always find people to talk to, study with or go out and experience something. You never feel alone in this big international community and everyone accepts everyone, which makes I-House really special. From the first second I arrived it felt like home, and I can't imagine any other place or residence where it would be so easy to make friends.


Maria Matlinska, a world citizen, lived at I-House UAlberta

Maria Matlinska

Place(s) of origin: World citizen
Area of Study: Chemistry

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

I chose to live at I-House because it is the only on-campus residence that explicitly acknowledges the concept of global citizenship. Rich cultural programming helps to support global nomads and people of various backgrounds, creating a respectful and inclusive environment that I was looking for when choosing a place to live. 

What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)

The best part about living at I-House is that here your ideas can come to life. I-House is a great platform for people with initiative who want to build something for the community, and I-Housers are great audiences and co-creators of these projects.


Nana Yaa Fimpong, from Ghana, lived at I-House UAlberta

Nana Yaa Fimpong

Place(s) of origin: Ghana
Area of study: Political Science and Psychology 

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

I chose to live in I-House because I wanted to be a part of a community that would allow me to make friends from different parts of the world. I like learning about other cultures, and I-House presented the perfect opportunity. 

What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)
The best part about I-House is the community! I-House residents are so caring, and I felt welcome from the first moment I walked through the doors!


Rafaella Grana, from Peru, lived at I-House UAlberta

Rafaella Grana

Place(s) of origin: Peru
Area of study: Computer Engineering

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

I wanted to live with other people who understand what it feels like to be far away from home

What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)

Not only do we share our cultures, but we have created a new one. We are all about sharing and celebrating our differences.


Sanghon Kim, from Korea, lived at I-House UAlberta

Sanghon Kim

Place(s) of origin: Korea
Area of study: Music theory

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

It is because I am an international student.


What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)

Many events in I-House


Sophie Rhrl, from Germany, lived at I-House UAlberta

Sophie Röhrl

Place(s) of origin: Germany
Area of study: Environmental Science

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

I wanted to live in a place where the world is my home.


What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)

Seeing the world through the eyes of people from all over the world


Yume Nakaseko, from Japan, lived at I-House UAlberta

Yume Nakaseko

Place(s) of origin: Japan
Area of study: English

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

I can meet many people from many many different countries.


What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)

There are a lot of my sweet friends.


Zhaoyuan Mou, from China, lived at I-House UAlberta

Zhaoyuan Mou

Place(s) of origin: Xi'an, China
Area of study: Marketing

Why did you choose to live at I-House?

I was fascinated by the community concept from I-House, I wanted to be a part of this big family, and I was looking forward to creating sweet memories with the people in I-House.

What's the best part about living at I-House? (Why do you love I-House?)

It's about the community feelings and the nice people in the I-House, it's about the amazing events and fun floor life, it's about the friendships and kindness. 
We enjoyed the tasty Thanksgiving dinner together, I had so many happy moments with I-Housers in so many events, and we explored lots of interesting places around our university.
I made many friends in I-House this year, and then I tried to organize the first birthday party ever, and that's a nice one, it made this birthday become the most special one.
And on our floor, we watched movies together, we played games in the lounge, we even made our own hot pot in the kitchen. 
I love I-House, it feels like home.