Ask an International 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, 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 Student Ambassadors

Olga Aranzabal

Olga Aranzabal

oaranzabal@hawkmail.hccfl.edu

Home country: Peru
Major: Psychology
Favorite course: Leadership
My favorite thing about HCC: The diversity among its students, student clubs, and community engagement.
My favorite thing about Tampa: Its people and the beautiful beaches.
Hobbies: Reading, painting, dancing, and watching movies.
Languages: English and Spanish
One thing people do not know about me: I learned to swim and ride a bicycle when I was fifteen years old.

Fernando Melo

Fernando Melo

fernandociocchi@gmail.com

Home country: Brazil
Major: Business
Favorite course: Leadership
My favorite thing about Tampa: The opportunity to meet people from all over the world.
Hobbies: Motocross, wakeboarding, reading and volunteering.
Languages: Portuguese and English
One thing people do not know about me: I was an exchange student in Germany.
 

Ayano Okazaki

Ayano Okazaki

aokazaki@hawkmail.hccfl.edu

Home country: Japan
Major: Business/Hospitality
Favorite course: Economics
My favorite thing about Tampa: Tampa is a very diverse city so you have the chance to meet people from all over the world and try new foods.
Hobbies: Dancing, swimming, and traveling.
Languages: English and Japanese
One thing people do not know about meI was a high school exchange student in Idaho.

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Sylvie-Anne Ostiana

sostiana@hawkmail.hccfl.edu

Home country: Curaçao
Major: Psychology
Favorite course: Psychology of personal growth
My favorite thing about Tampa: The diversity of people you find here.
Hobbies: Reading, writing, dancing, and filming.
Languages: Papiamentu, Dutch, English, and basic Spanish
One thing people do not know about meI did karate for 8 years.

Anastasiya Sukhenko

Anastasiya Sukhenko

AnastasiyaS123@gmail.com

Home country: USA
Country of birth: Ukraine
Major: Psychology
Favorite course: Asian Humanities
My favorite thing about HCC: The diversity.   
Hobbies: Photography, writing and running.
Languages: English
One thing people do not know about me: I taught myself how to code.

Vinicius Vieira

Vinicius Vieira

vfurtadovieira@hawkmail.hccfl.edu

Home country: Brazil
Major: Engineering
Favorite course: Math
My favorite thing about HCC: The weather and the parks.
Hobbies: Playing music and watching TV shows.
Languages: Portuguese, English and basic Spanish
One thing people do not know about me: I know how to play about 8 musical instruments.

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 second semester or beyond may apply. Applications to be an Ambassador become available in March.

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Would you like to learn more or apply?

Contact Information
International Student Recruiting Mgr