Ruth Jaensubhakij, Co-Director of International First-Year Affairs (Co-DIFA)

Ruth Jaensubhakij

Hometown & Country

Singapore, Singapore


Social Studies with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights

Extracurricular Interests

A Cappella, Public/Community Service, the Task Force on Asian Pacific American Advocacy and Studies (TAPAS), Peer Advising Fellows, Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, Harvard Christian Impact, Thai Studies Program at the Harvard Asia Center

Favorite Place in Harvard Square

Pokeworks, &Pizza, or the Smith Center!

What can FIPpers talk to you about?

Being a quasi-international student (I lived in the U.S. for a while and went to international schools), music and seeing cheap performances in Boston, getting enough sleep in college, foreign language TV shows, homesickness, or cooking!

Why should a freshman choose FIP?

Because no matter who you are and no matter where you come from, you can find a family here! Your FIP parents and siblings will be some of the most loving, incredible, passionate, and kind people you will meet here at Harvard, and getting the chance to be a part of such a tight-knit community before you even begin freshman year is so precious. Plus, it's incredibly fun, and you'll get insider tips on how to navigate Harvard, Boston, and life in the US from people who have done it all before.

Leader Bio

Ruth was born in Singapore, but spent eight years in New York and two years in London before returning to Singapore when she was thirteen. She also has family in the US, the UK, Switzerland, Thailand, and Malaysia, which makes answering the question "where are you from?" incredibly difficult. Now, Ruth is a rising junior in Eliot House, studying Social Studies with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights and a language citation in Thai. Apart from studying, she can usually be heard singing—with her a Cappella group, in an HRDC musical, or alone in her bathroom—or seen volunteering at Chinatown Afterschool, advocating for ethnic studies with TAPAS, doing outreach with her on-campus fellowship Christian Impact, or helping blossoming first-years as a Peer Advising Fellow (PAF). When Ruth says that she wants to grab a meal with you, she really means it, so feel free to reach out any time! She's always down to take a walk by the Charles river, try a new restaurant in the square, or have a movie night. To relax, Ruth also makes Spotify playlists for any and every occasion. This summer, she'll be completing an internship with International Justice Mission back in Singapore, as well as a part-time job as a cohort leader for Harvard's SPARK Program for the Class of 2024. She's also learning to crochet, attempting to run, and watching a lot of Schitt's Creek.