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

  • Nicole Awad

    Home country: Brazil
    Major: Psychology
    Favorite course: African Humanities  
    My favorite thing about Tampa: The beaches and the people here
    Hobbies: Traveling, going to the beach, reading, cooking
    Languages: English and Portuguese
    One thing people don’t know about me: I am passionate about learning about new countries and cultures, and I lived in Canada for 6 months. 
    Best way to contact me:

  • 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:

  • Andreina Di Geronimo

    Home country: Venezuela
    Major: Dental Hygiene
    Favorite course: Chemistry
    My favorite thing about Tampa: Bayshore and the beaches
    Hobbies: Working out and going to the beach with friends
    Languages: English, Spanish, and some Italian
    One thing people do not know about me: I prefer staying in and watching a good movie than going out.
    Best way to contact me:


  • Le Bao Khanh Mai

    Home country: Vietnam
    Major: Biomedical Science - Pharmacy
    Favorite course: Organic Chemistry
    My favorite thing about Tampa: The peaceful atmosphere in Drew Park
    Hobbies: Blogging, volunteering
    Languages: English, Vietnamese and Chinese
    One thing people don’t know about me: I can play the harmonica, and I love ice-skating.
    Best way to contact me:


  • 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: ​

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.