Meet IHP's Resident Advisors

We asked each RA to respond to the following 4 questions:
What do you love most about being an RA?
Thinking about your professional goals, what do you hope to become?
When you aren't busy, what do you enjoy doing?
What does the IHP community mean to you?

Tamara Galoyan

Country: Armenia

University: Drexel University

Field of study
Educational Leadership & Learning Technology

House: A House


I became a Resident Advisor because I enjoy using my knowledge and skills to the benefit of people around.


I hope to become a researcher /educator who always seeks for creative and novel solutions to the issues faced by the current educational system.


I enjoy listening to music, reading, and socializing with people when I’m not studying or working.


One of the things I plan to do to promote international understanding is to enhance awareness and tolerance of cultural, racial, religious, and other types of diversities that exist among people.

Salem Alameri

Country: United Arab Emirates

University: University of Pennsylvania
Field of study: 

Electrical  Engineering

House: C House

I became a Resident Advisor because I love to participate in the IHP’s active community. This place is unique since it has diverse mixture of backgrounds while paying attention to others’ cultures.

My goal is to become an Electrical Engineer and return back my country and make a valuable impact in my country.

I enjoy learning new things. Trying new things is my hobby.  I try to look at all the new options.  I feel that I gain knowledge from these experiences. That is how I live my life.

IHP community means an active community where everyone can fit in. I have lived in the International House Philadelphia for several months. IHP is a vibrant community. 

I love the experience of living  at IHP.  Here, I can learn about fellow residents backgrounds and cultures from all over the world.

Muhammad Sarahne

Country: Israel

University: University of Pennsylvania

Field of study: Law

House: E House

The thing I love the most about being an RA is having the chance to know people from various countries and cultures, learning about their views and traditions, and helping them regarding any concerns or problems they might face.

I hope to become a judge.

In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, listening to music and watching movies.

To me, the IHP community means a place wherein people, coming from all around the world, will feel home regardless of their race, gender, religion or background.

Ammar Salahuddin

Country: USA

University: Community College Philadelphia

Field of study: Business Administration

House:  G House

What I love about being an RA is it allows me to have direct contact with residents and staff, this allows me to build relationships with former and future residents.

My goal is to become a respected cinematographer.

When I'm not busy with school and work I enjoy going to the gym and practicing photography and film editing.

The IHP community to means a sense of never being alone even when you are so far from your home. There is almost always someone around or something going on and that helps a great deal especially when you're coming from abroad and looking to meet new people. 

Qiang Zheng

Country: China

University: University of Pennsylvania

Field of study: Computer Science

House: B House


 I became a Resident Advisor because I enjoy sharing my knowledge and skills to help other residents from all over the world.

I hope to become a research scientist, who contributes to developing computer science technology to help physicians improve disease diagnosis or surgery, and help deliver the highest quality care to patients. 

I enjoy running along the Schuylkill River and cooking food when I’m not studying or working. Both of them can make me feel relaxed from working. I also like socializing with international students. 


IHP community means window to the world that gives me the opportunity to learn diversities and connect multi-cultural people.

Macy Chang

Country: Taiwan

University: University of Pennsylvania

Field of study: Education

House: D House

My favorite thing about being an RA is to have the opportunity to meet different people and build up bonds between my RA teammates. It is cool that we all hold different identities and thoughts, but we are all living in the same place and try to learn more about each other.

I would love to become an educator that can change the world even if it’s just a little bit. As a teacher, it is always rewarding to see the students’ improvements day by day. 

I enjoy watching movies, trying out new food, hanging out with my friends. To explore new sites in Philly is also my favorite thing to do on weekends.

For me, IHP is a second family. As an international student that just arrived to this unfamiliar county a year ago, I immediately got the support, love, and care from this lovely place. I’ll never forget the inspiration it has given me. 

Chu –Chuan Chiu

Country: Taiwan

University: Drexel University

Field of study: Business

House: F House

The most exciting part of being an RA is to meet people from all over the world. Through the role of RA, I gain a unique leadership opportunity to work with a diverse population and expand my global perspective. 

I deeply believe education is a power to change people's lives and make the world a better place to live. I hope to become a professional who helps improve today's education through data-driven research.

In my free time, I enjoy cooking or tasting different cuisines with my family and friends. To burn the calories and continue my food adventure, I also develop my passion to workout when I have the downtime!   

To me, the IHP is more than just a place to live. The IHP provides a lot of social events and opportunities that allow us to connect to the world through the residents from all over the world, to exchange our views of the world, to explore Philadelphia, and to build this community like a home together. 

Adil Ozturk

Country: Turkey

University: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Field of study: Art Design Graduate

House: H House

I became a Resident Advisor because it is amazing to discover all the cultures of the people living in Ihouse. I also enjoy the fact that helping the residents and communicating with them let me express my own cultural identity broadly.

I hope to become a designer/artist and scholar in sociology who always seeks for making the world more beautiful and sophisticated, and for being part of an effort to create a more progressive environment.

I enjoy reading (and talk about what I have read), working out, socializing, and going to cinema with my friends.

There are many benefits one can gain from the IHP community. The community consists of the profound interaction with multicultural structure. Living in the IHP is not only communicating with people all around the world, but it is also living with them, namely expanding our understanding of who we are and where we are. IHP community is the meaning of witnessing the culturally rich events and their context of uniqueness, and the appreciation of the international respect when we stand alongside in the Candle Light Ceremony.