Ask a Student Ambassador

Our Student Ambassadors play an important role in welcoming new international students to Hillsborough Community College. Whether you are a prospective student who is still trying to decide whether HCC is the right fit for you, have just been admitted to HCC for the Fall 2016 term, or are a first-year international student adjusting to life and academics in the United States, our International Student Ambassadors are ready to share their experiences with you and answer any questions you may have.  

Meet our New Student Ambassadors for the Fall 2016 Term!

 

Name: ROI FAROUD
Hometown: Choluteca, Honduras
Major: Engineering

Favorite Course: Ethics 
Club Position and Experience: SGA Representative for the Engineering Club (Fall 2016).
HCC Clubs in which you are a member: Engineering Club, International Student Club, International Student Ambassadors, Chess Club.
My Favorite Thing About Tampa: I love Gasparilla and going to the beach. 
Extracurricular activities: Volunteering, chess, and playing Ping-Pong.
One thing people do not know about you: I can learn languages very quickly!  
How to contact Roi:  Email me at rfaroudlopez@hawkmail.hccfl.edu.

 

Name: JOHN FERNANDEZ
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: Sports Administration
Favorite Course: Psychology
Club Position and Experience:  SGA Representative, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Arête member.
HCC Clubs in which you are a member: Arête, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Theta Kappa, International Student Ambassadors.
My Favorite Thing About Tampa: The city's diverse population.
Extracurricular activities: Fantasy Sports, volunteering when and where I can, and trying new things. 
One thing people do not know about youI enjoy writing poetry. 
How to contact John: Email me at jfernandez78@hawkmail.hccfl.edu
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Name: TAKHIR KAKIMOV
Hometown: Astana, Kazakhstan
Major: International Business Administration and Management
Favorite Course: Psychology and Sociology
Club Position and Experience:  The International Student Club is a lot of fun, and you have the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people from different countries.
HCC Clubs in which you are a member: International Student Club, International Student Ambassadors.
My Favorite Thing About Tampa: Tampa is a wonderful place for studying and relaxing. 
Extracurricular activities: Volunteering, football, flying, running and swimming.
One thing people do not know about youI am able to speak a couple of languages on the basic and advanced levels.
How to contact Takhir: Email me at tkakimov@hawkmail.hccfl.edu.

 

Name: VANESSA MAK
Hometown: Hong Kong
Major: Architecture
Favorite Course: Literature
Club Position and Experience: NSCS VP of Public Relations, Arête Board of Directors, NSCS & International Student Ambassadors. 
HCC Clubs in which you are a member: NSCS, Arête, International Student Ambassadors.
My Favorite Thing About Tampa: The weather and proximity of many theme parks.   
Extracurricular activities: Running, editing video, and day dreaming.
One thing people do not know about youI enjoy singing, but I am a terrible singer (I bet you don't want to listen!).
How to contact Vanessa: Email me at ymak@hawkmail.hccfl.edu.

 

Name: YAEL MARGULIS
Hometown:
Stockholm, Sweden
Major: Environmental Science
Favorite Course: Energy and Environment
International Student Club Position and Experience: International Student Ambassadors. 
HCC Clubs in which you are a member: International Student Club, International Student Ambassadors, HCC Soccer Club.
My Favorite Thing About Tampa: I like being close to the ocean, all the nature reserve parks, and places where I can kayak. I also love the Mexican food!
Extra-Curricular Activities: Soccer, hiking, traveling, working out, and dog walking.
One thing people do not know about you: I really want to learn how to speak fluent French.
How to contact Yael:
Email me at ymargulis@hawkmail.hccfl.edu.

Apply to Be an International Student Ambassador!

Do you want to share your experiences at HCC with new international students? Are you friendly and outgoing? The CIE office provides leadership opportunities for students to contribute to their and their peers’ holistic HCC experience. 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, International Student Club activities, community events, etc.  

There are several paid Ambassador Positions available each academic year for which students in their 2nd semester or beyond may apply. Applications to be an Ambassador become available in March. If you are interested in becoming an International Student Ambassador and would like to learn more, contact Matt Barrett at mbarrett5@hccfl.edu.