Peer Advisers

Celina Hollmichel

photo of Celina HollmichelHi everyone! My name is Celina Hollmichel (hollmichel@college) and I am really excited to be one of the OIE student advisers this semester. I am a junior (usually) in Winthrop house doing a joint concentration in Government and East Asian Studies, but I also love learning languages: My mother tongue is German, as I am originally from just north of Berlin, and I am currently also studying Korean and Czech. Outside of classes I am mainly involved in the international student organization Woodbridge, where I am one of the Co-presidents this semester. Furthermore, since September I have had the honor of PAFing, and when on campus I also enjoy playing lacrosse in the Women’s Club Team. Feel free to contact me if you want to chat about any of these things or the ones mentioned below!

Celina's Harvard Highlights

  • Freshman Orientation Week
  • Finding amazing friends to form my blocking group with
  • Two very specific but incredible classes about Aliens and Extraterrestrial Life
  • The International Student Formal
  • Housing Day
  • Intensive Summer Class of Korean (Originally Studying-Abroad turned online class)

Ask Celina About

  • The international student experience
  • Life at Harvard as a First Gen/Low Income Student
  • Taking oddly specific but fun classes
  • Dealing with social isolation at home due to online classes
  • Making use of Harvard’s resources to explore your passions
  • ...anything else really!

Nicole Kagan

photo of Nicole KaganHi! My name is Nicole Kagan (nkagan@college) and I’m a junior from Sydney, Australia. I study Economics with a secondary in Computer Science, and am pursuing language citations in German and Russian. At Harvard, I serve as a Peer Advising Fellow and as the Interim Co-President of the Woodbridge International Society. As a result, I have a demonstrated interest in meeting the needs of both domestic and international students and am excited to help in any way I can!

Nicole's Harvard Highlights

  • Travelling to Cambridge (UK) and Dublin, Ireland to compete in international debating championships with the Harvard College Debating Union.
  • Working at the Harvard College Writing Center as a Writing Tutor. Students have such brilliant ideas and it is very rewarding watching students become more confident in their written work.
  • Involving myself with research projects run by professors and graduate students. Each project I have worked on has been interesting in its own unique way, and I have learned a lot both about data analysis techniques, and about the impact of research on the world more broadly.
  • Eating Blackbird Doughnuts in the Smith Campus Center. I unashamedly come here when I am stressed about exams or papers, and the doughnuts never disappoint!
  • Travelling to and living in China for a month of the summer after my first-year with HCMUD (Harvard College Mentors for Urban Debate).
  • Taking classes. This is as cliché as it gets, but believe me when I say that Harvard faculty is world-class.

Ask Nicole About

  • Being an international student
  • Managing classes in the middle of the night
  • Being a low-income student
  • Work on-campus
  • Debating or consulting
  • Learning languages at Harvard
  • Economics and finance (including where to find internships)
  • Book recommendations

Lisa van der Sluijs

OIE Student AdviserHi! My name is Lisa van der Sluijs ( and I am a senior living in Eliot House. I am both Dutch and German, grew up in the north of the Netherlands and spent the past year living in the north of Germany. I study Government and Middle Eastern Studies and have been taking Arabic classes since my first semester at Harvard. Apart from academics, I have been really involved in the international student community over the past few years, whether it be through Woodbridge, organizing FIP, being a FIP leader or welcoming Visiting Undergraduate Students. I also really enjoy outdoor sports, so you’ll often find me sailing, hiking, running, biking, or skiing around campus or New England.

Lisa's Harvard Highlights

  • FIP! (as a participant, leader, and director)
  • Spending summers interning at nonprofits in Jordan and Turkey with OCS funding
  • Competing for the Varsity Sailing team against universities in the Northeast
  • Cross-country skiing in New Hampshire with the Harvard Outing Club
  • Studying abroad in Beirut, Lebanon

Ask Lisa About

  • Being an international student
  • Transitioning from a non-English high school
  • Studying abroad as an international student
  • Outdoor sports 
  • Interning with non-profits abroad
  • Solo (female) travel & backpacking
  • Vegan food in Harvard’s dining halls