Meet the Leaders


Amanda Barreto

Hi my name is Amanda Barreto! I’m graduating in December 2022 with a major in Accounting. I was born and raised by the beach in Brazil. I enjoy living in Dallas because there are so many job opportunities in a variety of industries. Also, DFW is just around the corner, which makes traveling a lot easier. One of my favorite things about SMU is my professors, they are a useful resource to help navigate through the university and adult life.

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Jerry Lin

Hey guys, I'm Jerry Lin I am a senior studying Finance and Education at SMU! My hometown is Shanghai, China. It is a very modern and beautiful city with many skyscrapers and historical buildings. I like to play sports like badminton and basketball. I'm interested in watching TV shows and films in my spare time. I just finished "Stranger Things" which is such a good show! Other favorite TV shows of mine are Breaking Bad, Peaky Blinders, and Game of Thrones. I also make my own films. I'm a man of integrity, so feel free to contact me if you want to talk or have any questions. I am open to any question related to SMU and COX. I'm looking forward to meeting y'all on campus!

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Kaiyan Zhao

Hi, my name is Kaiyan Zhao. I am from China. I am a mathematics and statistics double major at SMU. I’m in the class of 2025, but I’m planning to graduate earlier. I love SMU and the campus is so pretty. There are lots of events going on and it is always fun to join them with your friends. I like board games and strategy games. I’m a 5 Dan Go player, so if you want to find a Go mate, feel free to email me. 

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Sultan Alanazy

Hello! My name is Sultan Alanazy and I am a PhD student at the Computer science department. I am from Riyadh; Saudi Arabia and I love to meet people and discover their cultures. I have a long experience in working at student's organizations at different universities such as IAU, USC, and SMU. Moreover, I have been a student at SMU since 2016, and I can say the SMU campus is so special for every Mustang! My best memory at SMU was when I attended "the Game Day" for the first time and watched SMU win! I'm so excited to get to know more international students!

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Yazeed Alkhrijah

Hey! My name is Yazeed Alkhrijah, and I’m from Saudi Arabia. Currently, I am working toward my PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at SMU. I have been a student at SMU since 2017, where I have a lot of good memories. My favorite memory at SMU is the SMU American football home game experience where you can enjoy your day at the boulevard and watch the Gerald J. Ford stadium game. Also, SMU gave me the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic city of Dallas that has endless activities such as seeing the Cowboys and being around many world-class museums.

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Ana Sofia Reyna

Hello! My name is Ana Sofia Reyna, and I am currently in my second year at SMU (Sophomore). I study three majors, Earth Sciences B.A. with Specialization in Environmental Studies, French Studies B.A., and Educational Studies B.S. I am from Monterrey, Mexico, and the USA. Living in Dallas, TX has been amazing because it feels like the best of both worlds. Here you get to experience life in the city, while at the same time getting that feeling of home on campus. Being at SMU has allowed me to experience wonderful traditions and moments like Boulevarding before a football game and going to the beautiful libraries like Fondren and Bridwell with friends.

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Lucia Hinojosa

Hi!!  My name is Lucia Hinojosa. I am a sophomore at SMU, and this is my first year as an ILP Leader. I am from Mexico City and have lived there for 8 years, but I also grew up in New York City and London. I am currently studying Business and Arts Management, but this could potentially change. I’d never been to Dallas before coming to SMU, but I have definitely grown to love how versatile and cultural the city is. I love that in Dallas you have access to a ton of sports games, new coffee shops, and beautiful parks. 

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Samuel Xie

Hello! My name is Samuel Xie and will be graduating in 2025 with a psychology major. I was born and raised in Shanghai, China. I have been living in the Dallas area for six years now and absolutely loving it. My favorite part about SMU is Greek life, I am a member of Beta Upsilon Chi here at SMU and it is always a blast to hang out with my fraternity brothers. Ask me about anything! I would love to chat and help!

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Vicky Yan

Hi, my name is Vicky Yan. I’m from China. My hometown is Shanghai, a very modern city with a busy life. Here in Texas, I feel the nature and get more chances to focus on myself as well as the people around me. That's also the reason that I joined this program. To find people who need help and to care for them. I’m in statistics major. I’m excited for joining this program to explore more new friends and experiences!

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Reeth Magoo

My name is Reeth Magoo and I am a senior majoring in Philosophy with minors in Political Science, Law & Legal Reasoning, and History. I am originally from San Antonio, Texas so I love that SMU is located in the heart of Dallas with lots of exciting sights and culturally immersive experiences to partake in. One of my favorite SMU traditions is the Indian Student Association’s annual Diwali celebration! 

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