global ambassadors

Are you a prospective international student looking to learn more about the international student experience at UNCW? Our Global Student Ambassadors serve to provide opportunities for current international students to connect with prospective international students. Learn more about our Global Student Ambassadors below and feel free to reach out to them to learn more about what it's like to join the global Seahawk community! 

Ana Cristina Canelos

anacWhere are you from?
Quito- Ecuador

Major?
Business Administration Major with a concentration in Marketing Strategies

What are you involved in on campus?
My favorite thing to do on campus is to attend sporting events. I enjoy going to the soccer games, tennis, and basketball games. I enjoy cheering for our school and being there for our student athletes. Also, I am a new International Student Ambassador, which I am very excited to begin meeting new international students and help them with whatever they need.

Why did you choose UNCW?
The reason I chose UNCW was because of a friend from back home who already graduated from UNCW, he talked to me about the school and how wonderful it was, so I started looking into it. Because of my college counselor from back home I was able to learn a little about UNCW and the Cameron School of Business, which offers a lot of opportunities for students, so that also influenced my decision. I have to admit the amazing weather Wilmington has is one of the other reasons I am now here.

Why do you like the student community at UNCW?
The reason why I like UNCW´s student community is that they are all very nice; you can always feel comfortable with the people here. In general, people in Wilmington are always willing to help you in any situation. UNCW´s student community will always be there to help and guide you.

What do you want to do after you graduate?
After I graduate I want to travel and then go back to Ecuador, get a job there, and build my life there. Even though I enjoy very much living here, my plan always was to go back to where my family is and build my own life there.

What challenges have you faced as an international student and how has UNCW helped you overcome those?
I have to be honest; it was very hard for me to leave home for the first time. The first couple of months I was very homesick and even considered moving back home. Time started passing and I met people and made my life here, and yes, I still miss it back home, but not as much as I love it here. It was also hard for me to keep my grades up, because there are a lot of things going on in college, but if you work for it you can have excellent grades.   

What advice do you have for international students considering studying in the United States?
I have to say this has been the best experience I have ever had in my life. The opportunity of leaving home and traveling to another country gives you the strength to learn how to live alone without anyone taking care of you. It has made me mature in an incredible way. This experience has made me learn a million new things I never thought I would be able to do. Also, the opportunity to travel and the opportunity to meet wonderful people is something that I would’t change for anything. Based on that, my only advice on coming here is to be yourself and be open to change, this is a life changing experience. I would advise you to get involved, to study hard, and meet new people who will mark your life forever. 

Luccas Souza Cruz

LuccasWhere are you from?
Proudly, from Brazil!

Major?
Double majoring in Marketing: Professional Selling and Communication Studies

Why did you choose UNCW?
My original plan was to study Engineering, so I came to UNCW thinking about the 2+2 Program with N.C. State. However, as my first semester went by, I got extremely attached to the people at UNCW, to the friendly environment and the campus itself. By the end of it, I had decided to change my major and that I did not want to leave this university. Besides that, I came to UNCW because I know some people here in North Carolina.

Why do you like the student community at UNCW?
I absolutely love the student community at UNCW! When I first got here, I was terrified, but got over it so quickly with the help of the super friendly and laid back environment the students and staff are able to create here. We all have our bad days from time to time, but I’m sure this place will get you back up on your feet in no time!

What do you want to do after you graduate?
Hopefully work within one of my majors areas, but I also have this huge dream of working in the music industry!

What advice do you have for international students considering studying in the United States?
I would say be ready to have one of the best experiences of your life, but make sure you are well prepared! Studying abroad is no easy task, but definitely worth it! Be ready to meet people from all around the world and get flawless in English! Considering school, make sure you stay on top of your assignments, but other than that, feel free to explore our wonderful community and find your spot here!

What challenges have you faced as an international student and how has UNCW helped you overcome those?
The language and cultural barrier was certainly a pain for me during my first months here and it still does give me a hard time sometimes. Other than that, I had some trouble with homesickness. It would hit me pretty hard sometimes and dealing with something like that is never easy. But fear not Future Seahawks; the UNCW community is prepared to receive international students and knows about all of those difficulties we go through, so they’ll be there to support you whenever you need it, may it be with the barriers or with the homesickness!

Claudia Perez

ClaudiaWhere are you from?
Ecuador

Major?
Psychology with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies

What are you involved in on campus?
Last year I had the opportunity to become a student mentor. It was great getting to know someone from a different culture; and helping her  get adjusted to the university. I also enjoy going to sporting events, and supporting the Seahawks in soccer and tennis tournaments.

Why do you like the student community at UNCW?
I like the student community because people are friendly and really polite. Another strength of the student community is that it is filled with people with all kinds of interests so there is a large variety of clubs you can join.

What do you want to do after you graduate?
My plan is to go to grad school in Barcelona.

What advice do you have for international students considering studying in the United States?
Take advantage of every opportunity, travel and explore because the US is filled with beautiful places.

What challenges have you faced as an international student and how has UNCW helped you overcome those?
The most challenging part of coming to UNCW was definitely the language barrier and the cultural barrier. Since most of the students here at UNCW are from North Carolina it does take time to adjust to their culture. Learning how to socialize in a different language was also hard for me at the beginning, although the more you practice the easier it gets. To overcome this my advice is to be more open to new experiences.

Jijun Niu (Preston)

JijunWhere are you from?
China

Major? English, concentrating in literary study

Why did you choose UNCW?
UNCW has a dual degree with my Chinese university, Nanjing University of Science and Technology; therefore, I applied for this program and went here in 2016. Furthermore, UNCW is located in a coastal city, Wilmington, where it has a mild climate and fantastic beaches. You can try a lot of water-based activities here. Also, the campus is beautiful. You can find everything you need here. Come join us!

Why do you like the student community at UNCW?
 The students here are friendly and warm-hearted. You can feel free to get help from them, and they will be patient to answer your questions.

What do you want to do after you graduate? I am planning to apply for a Master of Accounting Program in Chapel Hill and to go to the graduate school.

What advice do you have for international students considering studying in the United States? I mean, you should not be shy to join any activities you desire. The University and Office of International Student and Scholar Services offer many activities and events, such as bowling and concerts, either on campus or off campus. It is a great opportunity to have a chance to learn American culture and chat with American students.

What challenges have you faced as an international student and how has UNCW helped you overcome those?
As an international student, the first problem I had was Language. I mean, it is not easy for a second language student both at school and in daily life to communicate with others. However, fortunately, Office of International Student and Scholar Services will provide a workshop to help non-native language students’ language anxiety and to give students some strategies to overcome it.

What are you involved in on campus?
I am the member of Chinese club and Asian Student Association. I participated in several activities the last academic year, such as Sister Cities of Wilmington Reception for International Students.

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