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 2018 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 Student Ambassadors for the Fall 2018 Term!

OLGA ARANZABAL

Home country: Peru
Major: Psychology
Favorite course: Leadership
My favorite thing about HCC: The diversity among its students, student clubs, and the 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 learnt to swim and ride a bicycle when I was fifteen years old.
Best way to contact me: Email me at oaranzabal@hawkmail.hccfl.edu.

 

FERNANDO MELO

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.
Best way to contact me: Email me at fernandociocchi@gmail.com.

AYANO OKAZAKI

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. 
Best way to contact me: Email me at aokazaki@hawkmail.hccfl.edu

SYLVIE-ANNE OSTIANA

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.
Best way to contact me: WhatsApp (+1 813 992-9101)

SASHARI ZALIKA STEPHENSON

Home country: Jamaica
Major: Pre-Nursing
Favorite course: Sociology
My favorite thing about Tampa: The hotels and Busch Gardens.   
Hobbies: Reading, singing, writing, going out, giving advice, and dressing up.
Languages: English
Best way to contact me: Email me at sashbulous@gmail.com.

ANASTASIYA SUKHENKO

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.
Best way to contact me: Email me at AnastasiyaS123@gmail.com.

VINICIUS VIEIRA

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.
Best way to contact me: WhatsApp (+55 11 99488 8874)

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. If you are interested in becoming an International Student Ambassador and would like to learn more, contact Andrew Stephens at astephens32@hccfl.edu.