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

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    Gabriella Ferraz Silva

    Home country: Brazil
    Major: Business Administration
    Favorite course: English Composition
    My favorite thing about Tampa: Downtown 
    Hobbies: Binge-watching tv shows on Netflix, going to the beach, and going to restaurants with friends.
    Languages: English and Portuguese
    One thing people don’t know about me: I love baking, and I can make an excellent chocolate cake.
    Best way to contact me:

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    Hiba Zaki

    Home country: Morocco
    Major: Engineering 
    Favorite course: Calculus and Analytic Geometry 
    My favorite thing about Tampa: Downtown and beaches 
    Hobbies: Reading books, going out with friends, watching movies, and listening to music
    Languages: English, Arabic, and French 
    One thing people don’t know about me: I like adventures, and I love trying new things in my life. 
    Best way to contact me: ​

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    Melany Sampi

    Home country: Peru
    Major:  AA - Political Science
    Favorite course: Public Speaking
    My favorite thing about Tampa: I love the beaches down there and the
     Reading books, volunteering, and going out with friends.
    Languages: Spanish
    One thing people don’t know about me: I wanted be a chef before and I love trying new food from different cultures. 

    Best way to contact me: 

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    Tacara-Lee Farrell

    Home country: South Africa
    Major: AA - Education
    Favorite course: Psychology 
    My favorite thing about Tampa: The football 
    Languages: Afrikaans
    One thing people don’t know about me: I have an obsession with sunsets
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    Joao “JP” Ferreira Magalhaes 

    Home country: Brazil
    Major: AA - Mass Communications
    Favorite course: Public Speaking
    Favorite thing about Tampa: The weather, tourist attractions, and the friends I made here.
    Hobbies: Chilling with friends, playing Video Games, and traveling.
    Languages: Portuguese
    One thing people don’t know about me: I really like Italy and speak a bit of Italian.
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    Hikari Ishimine

    Home country: Japan
    Major: AS - Business Administration International Business 
    Favorite course: Entrepreneurship 
    My favorite thing about Tampa: Beautiful sunset
    Hobbies: Eating and working out
    Languages: Japanese 
    One thing people don't know about me: I love playing the piano! 
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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.