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Ask a Student Ambassador

Our Student Ambassadors play an important role in welcoming new international students to Hillsborough Community College, and we are grateful to have them as members of our CIE team!

Whether you are a prospective student who is still trying to decide whether HCC is the right fit for you, or a first-year international student adjusting to life and academics in the United States, our International Student Ambassadors Denis, Lauren and Marco are ready to share their experiences with you and answer any questions you may have.  


Name: Denis Laesker 
Hometown: Balneario Camboriu, SC, Brazil
Major: Liberal Arts
Favorite Course: Linguistics/Languages 
International Student Club Position and Experience: I’ve been a member of the Club since the Spring Semester of 2013. Becoming a member was a very good decision. The International Club provided me with the opportunity to experience different things, and the club also helped me adapt to living and studying in the U.S. I went for the first time to the Florida State Fair, I participated in the International Festival carrying the Brazilian Flag and teaching some Portuguese, among many other fun activities. I became Vice President of the Club in the Fall Semester and have been helping to keep the Club functional and plan events. 
Extra-Curricular Activities: Music, traveling 
Chat with Denis on Skype on Mondays from 11am-12pm and Wednesdays from 11am-12pm.


Name: Lauren O'Farrill
Hometown: Habana, Cuba
Major: Business Administration
Favorite Course: Financial Accounting and Astronomy
International Student Club Position and Experience: As an international Student Ambassador, I have learned about other cultures, and made friends from all over the world. It makes me feel gratified to help the new students get to know the school and the area.  

Chat with Lauren on Skype on Tuesdays from 7pm-8pm and Thursdays from 11am-12pm.



Name: Marco Rangel
Hometown: Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Major: Performing Arts
Favorite Course: Makeup for the Stage with Professor Rosemary Orlando
International Student Club Position and Experience: I am an active member of various clubs and organizations within HCC and the Tampa Bay Area.
Extra-Curricular Activities: HCC Ybor Theatre Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Honors Institute, Usher at Straz Center for the Performing Arts 

Chat with Marco on Skype on Mondays from 8pm-10pm. 


Apply to Be an International Student Ambassador for the Fall 2014 semester!

Do you want to share your experiences at HCC with new international students? Are you friendly and outgoing? As an International Student Ambassador you meet international students from around the world and help them in the weeks leading up to their arrival in Tampa and their first days at HCC, during our New International Student Orientations and other activities and events. Click here to learn more about our International Student Ambassador program.

If you are interested in becoming an International Student Ambassador, submit your application and resume in person at the CIE, or via email to Matt Barrett at mbarrett5@hccfl.edu by March 19, 2014.