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 2017 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 2017 Term!

 

Idowu Aderibigbe

Hometown: Ibadan, Nigeria
Major: Pre-Nursing

Favorite Course: Calculus
My Favorite Thing About Tampa: I love the weather and the beach. 
Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, socializing, and volunteering
Languages: English and Yoruba
One thing people do not know about me: I enjoy sleeping and am a terrible swimmer. 
Best way to contact me:  Email me at iaderibigbe@hawkmail.hccfl.edu.

 

JP (João Pedro) Affonso Sanchez

Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Major: Engineering
Favorite Course: Public Speaking
My Favorite Thing About Tampa: Tampa's cultural diversity
Hobbies: Soccer, gym, music, and skateboarding.
Languages: Portuguese and English
One thing people do not know about me
: I want to travel the world.
Best way to contact me: Email me at jaffonsosanchez@hawkmail.hccfl.edu.

 

Natsumi Komiyama

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Major: Psychology
Favorite Course: General Psychology
My Favorite Thing About Tampa: I like the weather and accessibility to the beach.   
Hobbies: Watching movies, dance and yoga
Languages: Japanese and English
One thing people do not know about me: I want to learn new languages.
Best way to contact me: Email me at nkomiyama@hawkmail.hccfl.edu.

 

Danae Moss

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Major: Physical Sciences
My Favorite Thing About HCC: The students and trips
Hobbies: Gym, cooking, watching YouTube, spending time with friends and family
Languages: English
One thing people do not know about me: I don't like scary movies.
Best way to contact me:
Email me at dmoss6@hawkmail.hccfl.edu.

Ayano Okazaki

Hometown: Tochigi, Japan
Major: Liberal Arts
Favorite Course: SLS 1101 Orientation
My Favorite Thing About Tampa: I like to go out with my friends and try new foods because
Tampa has a lot of different foods from different countries.   
Hobbies: Running, dancing, swimming, and traveling
Languages: Japanese and English
One thing people do not know about me: I was a high school exchange student in Idaho.
Best way to contact me: Email me at aokazaki@hawkmail.hccfl.edu.

Tram Anh Tran

Home country: Vietnam
Major: Pre-Pharmacy
Favorite Course: Chemistry
My Favorite Thing About Tampa: The many adventurous places Tampa has to offer 
Hobbies: Arts and crafts, traveling, and volunteering
Languages: Vietnamese and English
One thing people do not know about me: I want to learn more languages.
Best way to contact me: Email me at atran10@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 Minami Eberhard at meberhard@hccfl.edu.