MEET OUR SENIOR RESIDENTS FOR 2020

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 there are 9 separate accommodation towers with a Senior Resident being 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 2020 Senior Residents:

PIETER VAN DER HAVE

A TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hey Everyone, my name is Pieter and I’m the A tower SR for 2020! I am originally from the Netherlands but moved to Australia in 2004. I spent 2016 in Germany before starting college in 2017. I’ve had a wonderful experience at college and am sure that everyone will find their niche here! I’m studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations. I love learning languages and have lots of hobbies including reading, RPG video games and choral singing. I have sung in many choirs from musicals to classical and baroque. I also enjoy listening to orchestral and symphonic metal music. I have lots of plans for tower activities this year and look forward to meeting everyone!

ALEXANDRIA BENNETT

B TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hi there, I’m Alex and I will be your B Tower SR for 2020. I am from Hobart but I finished high school on the Sunshine Coast. I will be studying a Bachelor of Midwifery at UQ this year. This will be my second year at IH and I am excited to make your college experience as memorable as mine has been. This year I will also be your Cultural Convenor so I encourage you all to participate in college cultural events. I enjoy listening to music, playing piano, reading (Harry Potter is my favourite!), and travelling. I am looking forward to creating some amazing tower activities for you all, and getting to know you. My door is always open so feel free to come and have a chat!

MEGHAN AH-NIM

C TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hey everyone! I’m Meghan and I will be the C Tower SR and one of the O-Week conveners for 2020. I am 20 years old and was born and raised in Mauritius. My first language is French. I am studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at UQ and this is my second year as a Housie. I love travelling! Some countries I have been to include Singapore, Dubai, South Africa and Thailand. I also enjoy painting, anything artsy, paddle boarding and learning about different cultures. I am excited to meet you all and I hope that you will enjoy everything that IH has to offer! Don’t hesitate to come have a chat!

TJEARD VAN OORT

D TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hey guys! My name is Tjeard, and I’m the D tower SR for 2020. I’m 20, I’m Dutch American but lived most of my life in China. I’m in my 3rd year studying a bachelor engineering with a major in mechatronics at QUT, I enjoy playing a lot of sports, mainly swimming, table tennis and track and field. I also play a lot of pool and snooker so if you ever feel like you’re up to a challenge feel free to play a game against me. This will be my second year in the SR role and my goal is to help everyone feel at home and to create a family environment. I look forward to meeting all of you guys and hope to see you participating in all the great events that we will have throughout the year!

MACONACHY SMITH

E TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hello! My name is Maconachy Smith. I was born in Brisbane, and grew up on the Sunshine Coast in a small town called Cooran. I went to school in Noosa then spent a year in Finland as Rotary Exchange Student in 2018. I arrived at IH in 2019 about half way through the first semester, a weird time to arrive I know! Since then, I have become more and more involved in college life and love living in the IH community! I love food and cooking, sport, music (I used to play piano), and languages, I managed to reach conversational fluency in Finnish in my year abroad. I study International Relations at UQ and also a bit of French. I am SR of E tower for 2020 and am keen to make it a good year!

PEYTON REYNOLDS

F TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hi! I’m Peyton and I will be the F tower SR for 2020! I will be 20 this year and am originally from Townsville, Australia. I’m in my second year of studying a Bachelor of Architectural Design at UQ. My main love is Netflix and I can definitely binge a whole show in a day. I also love to get outside and go on a road trip or an adventure to somewhere new. I have been to New Zealand, but would love to travel all over the world, especially places like Italy, France and Greece (to check out all that cool architecture and the yummy food)! I’m super excited to meet you all and experience this year together and I can’t wait for you guys to start your own IH story!

BENJAMIN WIESNER

G TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hey there! My name is Benjamin (call me Ben), I am 22 years old and I am your G-Tower SR for 2020! I am in my 4th year at IH and 3rd year studying Environmental Management. I plan to work on global environmental issues with organisations such as the UN. I like climbing, hiking and rogaining, as well as interests ranging from board games to movies! I spent 15 years of my life in Germany where I grew up in a multicultural environment speaking German, English and French. As a result, you might notice I am very straight forward and (hopefully) quite open-minded. So feel free to have a chat with me anytime, I love meeting new people!

SARAH SMITS

G TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hi guys! I’m Sarah and I will be one of your G tower SR’s alongside Ben, as well as your ICC rep this year! The ICC is a group of 10 students, from each college, that collaborate in creating all the fun inter-college events for you throughout the year! I grew up in Hong Kong, but I am originally from Australia and New Zealand. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Communications at UQ and this will be my second year at IH. I’m really looking forward to getting to know all of you! I love playing a variety of different sports, especially netball! I hope you all enjoy your time at IH and get involved with all the fun social, cultural and sporting events this year!

KITT WIN CHEE

H TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

Hello, my name is Kitt, and I’ll be your H-Tower SR for 2020. I’m from Malaysia, studying a bachelors degree in mathematics. I have had a great experience here and I hope to help make your IH experience just as awesome! I have lots of hobbies, including playing the piano, badminton, pool (I’m the one playing at 3am in the morning), chess, Dota 2 and football. I am also a huge fan of the manga/anime One Piece. Whoever you are and wherever you’re from, you’ll be able to find your own niche here in IH. Be sure to go all out in O-Week, because that’s where you’ll make a ton of friends and have a ton of fun! Lets have a great time in 2020!

BRYLEY MANNING-HAYTER

I TOWER SENIOR RESIDENT

G’day everyone, my name is Bryley, I’m 21 years old and your I tower SR for 2020! I’m from a small town called Alstonville located near Byron Bay. I’m currently in my 3rd year at UQ studying Computer Science. I enjoy free-running and tricking and love the occasional trip to BOUNCE or Spring Loaded for a jump on the trampolines. I also enjoy programming, speed cubing, calisthenics, rock-climbing and hanging out with my little brother. Hope to see everyone having a great time around IH and join in all the amazing activities the exec team and SRs organise. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and I can’t wait to have another amazing year at IH!

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