MEET OUR SENIOR RESIDENTS FOR 2022

At International House we offer a Pastoral Care Program where residents are nurtured in a caring and supportive community setting. Under the guidance of the Deputy Director, the Senior Residents (SR’s) are integral to the delivery of this program, providing a caring, supportive presence in each Tower.

At International House a Senior Resident is based in each tower, making them the go-to-person for approximately 20 fellow students, and a key point of contact and friendship for our resident community. They also are typically very active in leading our social activities and in the InterCollege Council (ICC) events.

Our Senior Residents are students who have been with us for at least one year and have received professional training, development, and support during an induction.

It is a role they relish as they have the opportunity to build strong connections with the residents within their tower and develop leadership and communication skills that will benefit them in any future endeavour.

International House is very appreciative and proud of the partnership we have with our Senior Residents.

Please meet our 2022 Senior Residents:

KAVSHIKA BASNAYAKE

B TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hi, I’m Kavshika, and I will be your B tower SR for 2022 as well as the IH Student Club Secretary. I’m currently studying Environmental Management at UQ and I joined IH in 2021. I’m originally from Sri Lanka where I spent a lot of time travelling and mountain biking. I enjoy sports and spend a lot of time playing water polo. In addition to travelling, I love to try different cuisines and cultural experiences. Besides all the things we have planned this year, I hope to contribute to enhancing your college life and look forward to all the memorable things this year has in store. Feel free to meet me for a chat and I hope to see you soon.

AALIYAH KUVAWALA

E TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hey my name is Aaliyah and I am the SR for Tower E. I am originally from Pune, India and moved to Brisbane about two years ago to study exercise and sports science at UQ. I hope to specialise in clinical exercise physiology at the end of my degree and work with sports teams in Australia. I am passionate about sports, especially swimming, soccer and waterpolo. My hobbies include reading, travelling and volunteering. I can speak five languages and I spent a month travelling and working in Germany before I started university. This is my third year at IH and I’m really looking forward to meeting you guys!!

RILEY HANNAM-SMITH

G TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hi everyone! I’m Riley, and I’ll be one of your G Tower Senior Residents for 2022. I’m originally from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, and am just entering my second year studying Biotechnology and Engineering at UQ. I love books, games, D&D, and all of that nerdy stuff, but I’m also super outgoing and always happy to have a chat. Part of my tower or not, feel free to always knock on my door if you’re having a rough day and need someone to talk to over hot chocolate. I hope I can help provide an amazing IH experience for you this year, and am super excited to meet you all!

CHARLOTTE (CHARLIE) DAWSON

G TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hi I’m Charlie, G Tower SR and 2022 IH Student Club President. Although I am Australian, I have lived most of my life in China. I lived in Shanghai, where I attended the British International School, and Hong Kong, where I attended South Island School. I speak passable mandarin and relish the chance to chat with native speakers. My hobbies include cooking, hiking, and reading as well as exploring Brisbane, finding markets, restaurants, and fun experiences. I am currently in my 2nd year of a Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree at UQ. I love the multicultural aspect of IH, and getting to know people from all over the world.

DZIILA MAO

H TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hey, My name is Dziila Mao & I’m the H Tower Senior Resident for 2022. I’m 20 years old and studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at UQ. I am originally from Mumbai, India and spent 2020 at IH before returning home. I absolutely love playing the piano, running and playing sports, I could spend all day just scrapbooking and listening to music. I also enjoy travelling and exploring new places. I am keen to meet you all this year and excited to see you all participate in the events that college has to offer. Feel free to knock on my door anytime! Welcome to IH!

KAI FUNG ONG

I TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hi, I’m Kai and I am a 2nd year biomedical science student with provisional entry into medicine at UQ. I was born and raised in Sydney before moving to Brisbane last year. It wasn’t easy deciding to move interstate, but it was an experience that I don’t regret. My parents are from Malaysia, and though I’ve only been there once, I enjoy Malaysian food and culture and also like learning about other cultures. I love playing all sorts of sports such as soccer and basketball, and sometimes a bit of esports. I’m excited to meet all of you and help make 2022 a fun year!

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