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, or 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 Spring 2016 Student Ambassadors!

 Raquel Baudrit

Name: Raquel Baudrit
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
Major: Economics

Favorite Course: Macroeconomics
Club Position and Experience:  Chapter President, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Aret​é Member, Board of Directors
HCC Clubs in which you are a member: Aret​é, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa, Science
My Favorite Thing About Tampa: The location. You can drive to the beach or go kayaking, discover new places in downtown or attend topnotch concerts, plays and sporting events year-round.
Extracurricular activities: Graphic design, road trips, swimming and club events
One thing people do not know about youI used to be an Art major.  
How to contact Raquel:  Email me at rbaudrit@hawkmail.hccfl.edu.

 BrittanyJudson

Name: Brittany Judson
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: Liberal Arts
Favorite Course: Global Leadership
Club Position and Experience:  NSCS Community Service Committee (14-15), NSCS and Arête Public Relations Chair (14-15), NSCS VP of Community Service (15-16), Arête Board of Directors (15-16), NSCS & Arête Public Relations/Historian (15-16), International Student Ambassador (15-16).
HCC Clubs in which you are a member:  Arête, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, International Student Ambassadors.
My Favorite Thing About Tampa: I love the urban vibe and history of Seminole Heights as well as all the fun activities downtown Tampa always has to offer. 
Extracurricular activities: Volunteering for various different organizations such as Metropolitan Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, Lowry Park Zoo, and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful; assisting with photography needs for the HCC Honor’s Institute.
One thing people do not know about youI want to spend a summer being a truck driver traveling all over the U.S. by myself.  
How to contact Brittany: Email me at 
bjudson@hawkmail.hccfl.edu.

 Hung Tang

Name: Hung Tang
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Major: Computer Programming
Favorite Course: Intro to Computer and Technology, General Psychology
Club Position and Experience:  I have worked as an International Student Ambassador since July. My previous experience includes working as a student assistant/peer mentor in Seattle. I love making friends with new people and communicating with them. My dream is to become an software engineer. When I graduate from HCC, I will transfer to 4-year university to pursue my degree.
HCC Clubs in which you are a member: Phi Theta Kappa, International Student Club, International Student Ambassadors.
My Favorite Thing About TampaDiverse culture, the humid weather, Lowry park zoo, Busch Gardens.
Extracurricular activities: Volunteer, soccer, swimming, basketball and team building.
One thing people do not know about youI am fluent in both Vietnamese and Chinese.
How to contact Hung: Email me at tangquochung2901@gmail.com.

 Kenneth Lee

Name: Kenneth Pak Hin Lee
Hometown: Hong Kong
Major: Hospitality Administration Management
Favorite Course: Sociology
Club Position and Experience: President, active in the International Ambassador Club for one semester . 
HCC Clubs in which you are a member: International Student Ambassadors.
My Favorite Thing About Tampa: I like the weather, Hillsborough Community College, and Universal Studios in nearby Orlando.   
Extracurricular activities: Student Government Association Senator, Honors Institute.  
One thing people do not know about youI have a good sense of humor.
How to contact Kenneth: Email me at leepakhin2008@yahoo.com.hk.

 Nicolas Botia

Name: Nicolas Botia 
Hometown:
Bogota, Colombia
Major: Business Administration
Favorite Course: Calculus for Business
International Student Club Position and Experience: This is my first semester as an international student ambassador. I have participated in the International Student Club and volunteered before becoming an ambassador.
HCC Clubs in which you are a member: International Student Ambassadors and the HCC Soccer Club
Extra-Curricular Activities: Soccer, Volunteering, traveling, helping out as a translator
One thing people do not know about you: I had to learn how to cook by myself (and I am still struggling). 
How to contact Nicolas:
Email me at nbotiaduran@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.