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! 

 

 

David Begu

Where are you from?

I am from Albania. A small country located in Eastern Europe.

Why did you choose UNCW?

I chose to study at UNCW because it is a great university that provides an excellent atmosphere for learning and development.

Why do you like the student community at UNCW?

I like the student community at UNCW because it challenges me to excel in my studies and career formation as a world changer.

What do you want to do after you graduate?

After I graduate, I would like to create software that will improve the lives of people and communities around the world.

What challenges have you faced as an international student and how has UNCW helped you overcome those?

The challenges that I have faced are dealing with cultural shock. Also, shifting from an Eastern European to an American education system; the pandemic situation and the lack of community life; the shift to online classes; the student advisors, professors, and peers have helped me by giving me support and advice. At UNCW I have learned how to not be afraid to ask questions, and every time I have asked for help, I have found support.

 

Madi Beaulieu

Where are you from? 
Toronto, ON, Canada
Why did you choose UNCW?
I choose UNCW as when I visited the campus was such a welcoming place and seemed like the perfect environment for me to continue my undergraduate studies.
Why do you like the student community at UNCW?
I like how inclusive it is, how many opportunities there are to get involved, and how easy it is to get involved. I am already a part of a sorority and a part of a club sports team!
What do you want to do after you graduate?
I want to work in the sports marketing field or in a business working on issues like sustainability the environment. 
What challenges have you faced as an international student and how has UNCW helped you overcome those?
Personally, for me, the hardest part was adjusting to a new place and making new friends. However, everyone has been so welcoming and so kind, and I am happy I chose UNCW!

 

Phyllis Kho

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Where are you from?

I am from Singapore

Why did you choose UNCW?

I chose UNCW because the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences is known to be good and filled with friendly professors.

Why do you like the student community at UNCW?

I like that there will always be events for students to meet new people and have fun. Everybody is very understanding and that I do not have to hesitate to ask questions.

What do you want to do after you graduate?

I am not too sure at this point, but whatever works! I would love the opportunity to do a PhD.

What challenges have you faced as an international student and how has UNCW helped you overcome those?

Transport and making friends were my greatest issues. I do not own a car and always had to rely on friends for rides. I made my first friend through the international community at UNCW and have since received lots of help.

 

Oda Riksfjord

Oda.jpegWhere are you from?

I am from Molde, a city on the west coast of Norway.

Why did you choose UNCW?

I chose UNCW because it is a great school that is located next to the beach. In addition I have a lot of friends in North Carolina who I wanted to be close to, and they all recommended me UNCW! Besides, the Political Science department here is fantastic.

Why do you like the student community at UNCW?

I love how inclusive everyone here is. Especially the International Office, after just one semester I have met people from all around the world who make my days at UNCW so much better!

What do you want to do after you graduate?

I would like to pursue a master degree before working with diplomacy, international affairs and national security.

 

 Contact a Global Student Ambassador!

If you are a current F-1 international student interested in becoming a Global Student Ambassador, please review the OISS scholarships page.