The International Peer Leader Program, or IPL for short, is a program where all new incoming international students are paired with a student who is farther along in their journey at PCC. These Peer Leaders can help you by introducing you to campus, going to club meetings together, or just answering any questions you have! If you want to get in contact with any of our 2023-2024 peer leaders below, please email and we would be more than happy to connect you. 

Ei Yadanar Naing

Major: Biology
Home Country: Myanmar
Dream School: UCLA, UCB, UCSD
Hobbies: Listening to music, watching Kdramas.

What's the tallest building you've been to the top in?: I've been to the top of Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world as of 2023. It is located in Dubai, UAE and is 828 M tall! I went there with my family on a Summer vacation.

Hello! My name is Ei and I'm an international student from Myanmar. I'm starting my second year at PCC and I hope to transfer by Fall 2024. I'd be happy to share my experience and help you navigate through your first year at PCC. So, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me and I'm looking forward to meeting all of you! 


Mya Loon Phyu

Major: Biology/Biochemistry
Home Country: Myanmar
Dream School: UC San Diego
Hobbies: Watching K-dramas, Having desserts

What is your favorite zoo animal?: Deer

Hi everyone! I am a third-year student majoring in Biology at PCC. I will be studying either biochemistry or molecular biology when I transfer next year. As a fellow international student, I will be more than happy to become your friend and help you navigate on and off campus. Let me know if you know any great dessert places too!

Thet Paing (David) Da Na 

Major:Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Home Country: Myanmar(Burma)
Dream School: MIT, UC Berkeley, USC, UCLA, UCSD
Hobbies: Listen to music,wondering around the area and seeking for excitement.
Do you love or hate roller coasters?: I used to be very afraid of roller coasters when I was young, and I could not even ride a small one. After bracing myself and riding the fastest roller coaster in Dubai, now I love roller coasters. Six Flags is my new favorite amusement park. 

မင်္ဂလာပါ. (Mingalarpar) Hi guys! I was born and raised in Myanmar, and I moved to United States in 2021. It has been an eye-opening and exciting journey. As you get to know me more, you will notice my broken humor and friendly personality. I also love to involve in multiple activities, so you might see me a lot around the campus events. Always feel free to say hi and I will welcome you with a smile. "Keep Smiling. Be Positive. Spread Love."

Min Aung Paing

Home Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Dream School: UC Berkeley
Hobbies: Badminton, watching movies and visiting new places.
What did you want to be when you were small?: I wanted to be a dinosaur :). I though dinosaurs were cool lol.

What is your favorite book to read?: Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer.

I am a second-year student majoring in Computer Science. I was born and raised in Myanmar so I speak two languages; Burmese and English. I love to learn new things as long as I am motivated enough. I am also friendly and funny once you get to know me! I am looking forward to making new friends and helping mentees through college!

Myat (Michael) Thiha  

Major: Computer Science  
Home Country: Myanmar
Dream School: Stanford, UC Berkeley
Hobbies: playing basketball, watching movies
What was the last movie you went to: What did you think: The last movie I went to was Oppenheimer. I think it is he greatest movie that describes the historical event in the fields of Science and Politics.              

I am Chinese-Burmese born and raised in Myanmar. I enjoy spending time with friends and family. One of my life goals is to retire soon and ravel around the world.

Ayaka (Aya) Irie

Major: Business Administration
Home Country: Japan
Hobbies: playing instruments such as piano and guitar, dancing, singing and reading books.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?: If I could go back in time, I would travel back to 2015 just because it was the best year of my life. 

Hi! My name is Ayaka (Aya) Irie. I am currently majoring in Business Administration, hoping to go into Accounting when I transfer. Some of the fun fact are that I speak 4 languages (Japanese, Chinese, Khmer & English) and I have moved to different places/cities 14 times throughout my life. 

Thien Chau

Major: Biology
Home Country: Vietnam
Dream School: UCLA
Hobbies: Watching horror movies, going out with friends. 
What motivates you to work hard? My dream job as a general dentist is the biggest motivation that empowers me to work hard in college. Besides, my family and friends are also reasons for me to improve and develop myself day by day.

Hi guys, I'm Thien, or you can call me Kevin as well. I'm majoring in biology, and my dream career is as a general dentist. I was born and raised in Vietnamese, but actually my home country is China (I guess my family has lived in Vietnamese for about a decade). I came to America in December 2022 and started my college life as an international student. There were lots of difficulties I had to overcome in my first days of being in another country, so I can understand what most international students have been suffering from. With my experience, I will do my best to assist you anytime you need advice. 

I'm looking forward to being with you on your college path. 

Nguyen Thanh Tam Tran

Major: Business Administration
Home Country: Vietnam
Dream School: UCLA/CSUN
Hobbies: Playing card games and volunteering.
What would you sing at Karaoke night?: I have attempted to damage my vocal cords at karaoke night many times with Set Fire to the Rain by Adele. It's an amazing song, but I was screaming more than singing at some points.

Hi everyone! My name is Tam. I am an international student and this year 2023-2024 will be my second year at PCC. Although I have debated a lot on what major should I pursue, I eventually settled on business with an emphasis in Accounting (I hope it won't change again). I enjoy working with numbers and money, as well as helping others who are new to the accounting world to learn more about the industry.

Yilin Cai

Major: Computer Science
Home Country: China
Dream School: UCB, USC, UCSD
Hobbies: Reading novels, playing the piano, playing video games
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Boston. Because I really like the weather in Boston, which is a little bit colder, and the excellent level of education here.

Hey there! I'm Yilin. Born in China. I arrived here just last year. I'm currently in my second year at PCC and have plans to transfer this coming fall. I'm absolutely thrilled to be part of the IPL team and eagerly look forward to meeting everyone and forging new friendships!

Seungmin, Jo (Jo)

Major: Economics
Home Country: Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Dream School: Stanford, UCLA, Yale, UCB
Hobbies: Weight Lifting, Watching and playing baseball games, Reading books.
Who is your hero?: Shohei Ohtani

Hello, my name is Jo. Always feel free to contact me. I would love to get to know you guys more. 

Pete Chayapirad

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Home Country: Thailand
Dream School: I don't have one
Hobbies: Muay Thai, Reading, Working out, Learning new languages.
Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?: A watch. Since I was young, I've always been interested in watches. I've heard that a lot of people who wear watches look at the time on their phones. However, for me, I have built a habit of looking at the time on my watch. In the past ten years, I could say that I went without a watch only 1% of the time. 

Hi everyone, I'm an international student from Thailand. My goal is to someday work in the space industry. If you have any questions about school or life, feel free to reach out.

Moe Thet Hmoo

Major: Business Administration
Home Country: Myanmar
Dream School: CSULB
Hobbies: Sketching, Graphic Art, Chess, Curating Spotify playlists
What three things do you think of the most each day? Worry about what to do today, worry about what to do tomorrow, worry about what to do for my future.

Hi, I'm Moe and if there's one thing you absolutely need to know about me, it is the fact that I will do whatever it takes to win a game of Uno or Exploding Kittens. Other than that, one of my career goals is to open my own animal & art cafe. Hence, I am a Business major. I look forward to helping all of you get settled here at PCC :)

Deysi Chen Li

Major: Computer Science
Home Country: Honduras
Dream School: UCLA
Hobbies: Cooking and baking
Fun question: What's your favorite type of foreign food? My favorite foreign food is pho. Every time I am exhausted after going through finals, as soon as I have it, my soul feels instantly at ease. It's my ultimate comfort food. When I am feeling down, eating something I don't like just makes things worse, but Pho is like a warm hug that lifts my spirits.

Nhan Tri Danh

Major: Engineering and Technology
Home Country: Vietnam
Dream School: UC Irvine
Hobbies: Coding, Learning, Soccer, Hanging out.
What is your biggest fear?: My biggest fear is giving up doing something even before trying it.

Hi everyone, I am an energetic and positive CS student and I am from Vietnam. My motto of life is "Play Hard Work Hard", I believe that students should experience as many events as possible, a bad experience can be a lesson too. Therefore, having a chance to be an IPL is one of the most important experiences of my student life. Have fun guys.

Shin Min Thant

Major: Business Administration
Home Country: Myanmar
Dream School: Pepperdine University
Hobbies: Making films, swimming, going out
Who makes you laugh the most?: I would have to say my friends make me laugh the most especially my best friends. They play a big role in my life

I am an international student myself so I know how things could be not in its place and sometimes I just don't know what to do or how to do stuff. So I hope I would be able to help everyone here on campus and give you guys an enormous warm welcome.

Jasmine Castro

Major: Nursing
Home Country: United States
Dream School: UCI
Hobbies: Drawing, video games, watching C-dramas and K-dramas, ceramics
What's your favorite type of foreign food?: My favorite type of foreign food is Filipino food because eating it brings back so many memories of my family in the Philipines. My favorite dishes are dinuguan, bangus sisig, and kare kare.

Hi, my name is Jasmine! I'm currently a second year at PCC and I'm hoping to become a nurse in the future. I'm learning Chinese and Spanish right now because I love to learn new languages and I'm hoping it will help me get to meet new people!

Miriam Dama

Major: Nursing RN
Home Country: Benin Republic
Dream School: I don't really have one but I would love to go to one of the UC schools
Hobbies: Cooking, walking, dancing, listening to music, and hanging out with my close friends.
What is your favorite thing about your career?: One favorite thing about my career is that I am able to help other people and travel around the world to help people who are in need of assistance. This is because I am planning on getting my Nursing license and then becoming a traveling nurse.

My name is Miriam Dama. I was born and raised in Benin which is in West Africa. I also speak French so feel free to get some lessons from me.

Thiri Htet Naing

Major: Biology
Home Country: Myanmar
Dream School: UCLA/UC
Hobbies:Playing Badminton, Crocheting, Traveling
One of these fun questions: Do you love or hate rollercoasters? I hate them.

Hi Everyone! I'm Thiri, and I was born and raised in Myanmar. I have two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister. This is my second year at PCC. I still have a lot to learn, but let me know if you have any questions, I will try my best to help you out!

Eveline Govorov

Major: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Home Country: France
Dream School: UCLA
Hobbies:Learning new languages (I know five already), reading books, or doing yoga
What was your first job?: My first job was a French teacher.

If you were a superhero, what would be your superpower?: If I were a superhero my superpower would be omniscience, complete knowledge and understanding of all things.   

With this being my 4th semester at PCC, I'm strongly committed to making the school a better environment for international students at IPL, improving cultural diversity with the French Club, and volunteering with the Global Club.

May Thu Soe Moe

Major: Computer Science
Home Country: Myanmar
Dream School: UCI, UCSD, UCLA
Hobbies: Watching movies, playing badminton, listening to music, cooking. 
If you could only eat one meal fo the rest of your life what would it be?: Tteokbokki and fish cake :)

Hi. I'm May and I'm an international student from Myanmar. This is my second year at PCC and majoring in Computer Science. One fun thing about me is that I cook and make food when I feel stressed or miserable. I would live to make new friends and share my experiences. So, feel free to reach me out and looking forwards to meet you!