Fiona is born and raised in China’s far west, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where there are vast Gobi Desert, mountains, lakes, mixed identity and thousands years of mystery. She was a debate coach before coming to Wagner and wishes to become a professor in the future. For her, feeling needed and helping those who need her is the meaning of life. Fiona is passionate about adventures, especially ones that can change the world in a good way. She is a soprano and is addicted to all kinds of art. She loves to travel and explore different culture, and most importantly, the cuisine. Fiona considers WISS as a family, where you always have support and joy. She will always be here to help. Well, um… as long as she’s fed.
Vasundhara is true blue North-Indian, with a flair for colors, conversations & cuisines. She is a former human-rights activist from, working against child-trafficking in the interiors of North India. At Wagner, her track is MPA-Public Finance and just completed her first stint as a Graduate Consultant to Office of Financial Empowerment, NYC-Dept of Consumer Affairs. She has a firm belief in "Financial Empowerment as the road towards to development and progress even for the most marginal in the society." Has big ambition of pursuing a PhD sooner or later. Till then, she will often be seen pursuing culinary delights in different parts of NYC and procrastinating about studies & school. WISS for a her is like an exciting start-up where everyone is buzzing with innovative ideas for growth and larger audiences. In the future, she envisions WISS as the in NYC "one stop for all" to the incoming international students.
Swapan Ramesh Prajapati
Swapan, a.k.a. Swappy is an Indian-gujarati guy. Born and raised in Gujarat, one of the most vibrant, prosperous and beautiful parts of India. He is a physician, completed Bachelors in medicine & surgery from India and right now pursuing MPA-Health financial management from NYU-Wagner. Earlier he had made an NGO in Baroda city working for education. He belongs to a leading political family of Gujarat and aspires to dedicate life for Indian social and economical development. A very good dancer and a world traveller, who is also passionate about breath taking adventures. for him, WISS is a unique platform for all international students to explore & live Wagner, NYU and NYC simultaneously with excelling at studies and self development.
Greetings fellow International Wagners! My name is Xiaolei Guo and I’m currently a first year student from PNP program, specializing in Finance. I am from Xinjiang, China (which is near Kazakhstan) and was raised in Shanghai. Before coming to the city, I worked as an auditor for one year while volunteered at several nonprofits. From time to time, I enjoyed almost everything here in the city - parks, food, music, whether and people. I am thrilled about the upcoming year and I hope to see you at the many WISS events!
Anyounghaseyo—welcome to Wagner! I am a second year International Policy and Management student, currently working full-time as a Client Relationship Manager at an international exchange organization. I hail from Seoul, South Korea, and completed my Bachelors in International Relations and Psychology at NYU. While partaking in a semester abroad in Praha, Czech Republic, I had a life changing experience that led to numerous meaningful friendships. Working for a women's labor rights organization in Nepal as a research intern was equally enriching, and it ignited my interest in trafficking and migration issues. Now, it is already my 7th year in New York City, and I am excited to contribute to the international student community at Wagner and give back what I have learned throughout the years. Feel free to reach out to me for any questions from where to dine and wine, scenic city bike trails, good current events sources, arts and culture events to cool vintage shops. See you around!