UCLA International Student Ambassadors

About the Program

International Student Ambassadors are UCLA students that serve the campus community as official representatives of their respective home countries. Ambassadors use their own cultural background and experiences to serve as resources for the entirety of the UCLA community. They have all been students at UCLA for at least one full academic year, and have each undergone rigorous training in leadership, cultural sensitivity, and cultural adjustment. Ambassadors are one of the first points of contact for incoming international students, and support them by providing advice and resources to help ease their transition to life in Los Angeles and at UCLA. They also advocate to UCLA staff and faculty on behalf of the entire international community to make sure their voice is heard. 

The International Student Ambassadors are here to be a resource for anyone in the UCLA community. They can answer questions about: what it's like to transition to the United States, to Los Angeles, and to UCLA; what it's like to live abroad, as well as what it's like to live in their home country; the differences between American culture and the culture in their home country; academic life and campus resources; and assisting with panel discussions, focus groups, interviews, and other media requests.

We have Ambassadors from over 40 different countries! Select a region below, and feel free to contact the Ambassador for your specific country or any Ambassador of your choice.

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Brazil Ambassador

Name: Leonardo Feitosa Dantas

Email: UCLA.Brazil.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Joinville

Major: Pre-International Development Studies and Political Science

About Me: I was born in Rio de Janeiro but I was raised in Joinville, a smaller town in the south where I had the opportunity to study in an international school and enjoy a more friendly, laid-back environment. I was deeply involved in school and academic life —founding the student government and constantly speaking in events— but at the same time I could never decline an invite to go out or chill with my friends and family. My entire goal here at UCLA is to acquire the knowledge about politics and international development (that I would otherwise lack back home) to actually go back and make my part in reshaping the vastly corrupted and decadent social, political, and educational structure of Brazil.

 

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Canada Ambassador

Name: Robby Ngai

Email: UCLA.Canada.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Toronto

Major: Undeclared social science, interested in Psychology and Communications

About Me: heya, people tell me that I'm pretty easy to talk to even if i might not look like it. :) I love trying new things - went surfing for the first time recently and was terrible, but loved it! I can speak Mandarin/Cantonese fluently and Japanese fairy well, although unfortunately my French skill has deteriorated significantly. I love playing "would you rather" so hit me up widdit!

 

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Costa Rica Ambassador

Name: Jorge Jimenez 

Email: UCLA.CostaRica.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: San Jose

Major: Economics, possibly Neuroscience too

About Me: In terms of academics, I am very interested in the fields of economics, neuroscience and psychology, as well as history, politics and geography. In particular, I am fascinated by the merging of neuroscience, psychology and economics to study the brain and the biological basis of human behavior and decision-making. Regarding other aspects of life, I like running and playing sports such as soccer, both of which I used to do in a more rigorous way. I also enjoy working out, climbing and playing racquetball, as well as exploring new places and visiting tourist locations.

 

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 Jamaica Ambassador

Name: Peter Worton

Email: UCLA.Jamaica.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Kingston

Major: Mechanical Engineering '21

About Me: I visited California when I was young and loved it; still do. I came here for opportunity and I see my potential growing. I am very outgoing and active so I tend to keep myself very busy. 

 

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Mexico Ambassador

 
Name: Andrea González Herrera

Email: UCLA.Mexico.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Guadalajara, Jalisco

Major: Cognitive Science Major minoring in Comparative Literature

About Me: My goal is to eventually go to graduate school and become a Clinical Psychologist. I was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. I love my country and Mexican culture. My hobbies are painting, drawing, reading, listening to music, hanging out with my friends, watching Netflix, dancing and I adore learning new languages! My favorite type of music is reggaeton. My favorite food is always a tough choice between sushi and Italian food. I am very academically orientated, and I love learning. I like to explore new things and visit places around LA. I am a very upbeat person, I get excited very easily and I'm excited to meet you! At the same time, I also get nervous/scared quite easily and I was so nervous to move out of home and come to a big school, but also very excited. I learned how to balance these two emotions and use this excitement to get over my fear. I think the best thing to do if you are nervous of leaving your country is to just try to relax, be open-minded and try to find the bright side in any situation! Trust that UCLA is the place for you and that you will have fun and learn so much!

 

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Panama Amassador

Name: Nitya Mehta

Email: UCLA.Panama.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Colon

Major: Global Studies with a minor in Environmental Systems and Society 

About Me: Hello! My name is Nitya Mehta, and I am so honored to be serving as an international ambassador representing my country: Panamá. I am currently a sophomore at UCLA studying Global Studies because of my interest in international relations and diplomacy. A fun fact about me is that I was actually on James Corden. I got to play one of the games that he plays with the audience; talk about that LA life people. You should definitely take advantage of living in this not amazing city. I am also obsessed with Harry Potter, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, The Script, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, and food in general. So if you want to fangirl with me about any of these, I am definitely your person. 

 

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Ven Ambassador

Name: Isabella Gago

Email: UCLA.Venezuela.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Valencia

Major: Political Science and Geography/Environmental Studies

About Me: I was born and raised in my hometown of Valencia, so the first time I moved was when I came to UCLA. Growing up I loved playing sports, I played soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball and golf. I enjoy meeting new people and learning about other cultures as well as teaching others about mine.

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Germany Ambassador

Name: Alissa Lioznova

Email: UCLA.Germany.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Wedel

Major: Economics

About Me: I consider myself a cosmopolitan citizen, as I am Russian, but I was born in Belgium, and I grew up in Germany. I consider Germany to be my home, and I moved to the United States for college, because I have always felt comfortable and welcomed here. Since then, I have been waking up with a smile on my face every day. I love to travel (in fact, I have visited 46 countries so far, with number 47 coming up this summer) and I speak six languages, because I love to connect to other people through their native language.

 

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Greece Ambassador

Name: Farah Nuqul

Email: UCLA.Greece.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Amman / Athens

Major: Bachelors in Political Science

About Me: Hi! My name is Farah Nuqul, and I’m half Jordanian-half Greek. I was born and raised in Jordan, but I visit Greece a lot, and there’s no doubt that I consider it to be home. On another note, I’m obsessed with everything fashion, and I love to travel. Also, I love trying different kinds of food and cuisines. I’m in love with LA and I’m so grateful to be attending school here. I honestly have learned so much in my time here and I have grown greatly as an individual. Being so far away from home really teaches you a lot, but it can also be intimidating and at times overwhelming. For any of you who feel homesick or wants to talk to someone who understands, please feel free to contact me. I’m here to help in any way that I possibly can. Even if you just want to talk about a TV show or anything else, I got you.

 

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Italy Ambassador

 
Name: Anqi "Angie" Chen

Email: UCLA.Italy.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: I was born in China, but I moved to Modena in Italy with my family when I was 12.

Major: Piano Performance and Business Economics

About Me: As an international student with multicultural background, I totally understand how hard it is to assimilate to a new culture, adapt to a new environment, and be part of a new community. Sometimes you can feel homesick and feel powerless in a country where people don’t speak your native language. I went through all this everytime when I moved to a new country and as an international student ambassador I will help other international students to feel welcomed in this country and that their voice would be heard.

 

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Name: Vincent Chenneveau

Email: UCLA.Switzerland.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Geneva

Major: Economics

About Me: That I can remember I've lived in San Diego, California, Seoul, South Korea, and Geneva Switzerland before coming here for University. I've travelled extensively throughout Europe, South East Asia and other parts of the World. As a student of international schools I've been exposed to a large variety of different cultures and I'm always happy to meet new people. I play lots of video games and love to keep up with current affairs. Feel free to contact me about everything and anything Switzerland related!

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Ghana Ambassador

Name: Or Fisher

Email: UCLA.Ghana.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: I am originally from Ness Ziona, Israel, but for the last 7 years I have lived in Accra, Ghana.

Major: Physiological Science
 
Advice: I would give to students coming in from Israel or Ghana are to pack light because you will have to deal with packing and finding summer storage for all your things. It is always beneficial to learn how the American weather (Fahrenheit) and distance/size (miles/ounces), etc work because people will often ask you questions and they will not understand when you answer in Celsius or Kilometers/Kilograms. Last advice is to always book the flights as early as you can going back home after finals week because it costs extra to stay longer.

 

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Nigeria Ambassador 

Name: Chirag Thadani

Email: UCLA.Nigeria.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Port Harcourt

Major: Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics

About Me: I was born in Nigeria and raised partly in Nigeria, India and Singapore. The first time I ever came to the US was 2 days before UCLA orientation. I have changed schools and cities so many times in life that I cannot associate one particular place with my home. As a result, I very well understand the difficulties that come across when moving to a completely new place and trying to adjust to a whole new life (to the point that now I kinda enjoy it!). Moving into my third year here at UCLA, I am currently working in a Neurobiology Lab where we do some cool research and volunteer at the Ronald Reagan Hospital during weekends. I love meeting people and experiencing different cultures.

 

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South Africa Ambassador

Name: Luke Mostert

Email: UCLA.SouthAfrica.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Cape Town

Major: Political Science, with a minor in Accounting

About Me: Hi guys! My name is Luke, and I’m a senior Political Science and Accounting Student. I was born and raised in South Africa, having lived there all my life until coming to UCLA for college. My passions include entrepreneurship and non-profit work, while I also love playing and watching Tennis. As a student ambassador, I hope not only to advocate for more opportunities for international students, but also to ensure incoming students have as smooth and successful a transition as possible. My best advice for incoming students would be to seek mentor ship from fellow students in the areas you are interested in, as UCLA is a big place and thus without guidance, it is easy to get lost and miss out. For any students that may have concerns or questions about their UCLA experience, please feel free to contact me or come by my office hours. I look forward to meeting you! 

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Bahrain Ambassador

Name: Fares Al Ghareeb

Email: UCLA.Bahrain.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Hamad Town

About Me: I was born and raised in Bahrain, but lived in New Zealand for two years while I was younger, as my brother was in a program for autistic children. Graduated from high-school with an IB Diploma and was an avid member of our school's MUN club, organizing trips to St. Petersburg, Russia and Istanbul, Turkey.

 

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Jordan Ambassador

Name: Farah Nuqul

Email: UCLA.Jordan.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Amman / Athens

Dos: 
Take advantage of campus resources. 
Talk to counsellors in your department to stay on track. 
Try new things. Visit new places. There are so many trips and activities that are offered; sign up for them. Or just grab a few friends, and explore LA and all it has to offer.
Don’ts:
Don’t assume you know everything because you read about LA or visited it. You have so much to learn and so much to experience. 
Don’t leave everything till the last minute. The quarter flies by so quickly. So stay on top of things.
Don’t forget to have some fun.

 

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Lebanon Ambassador

Name: Mohammad Nakouzi

Email: UCLA.Lebanon.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Saidon

Major: Mechanical Engineering and Economics

About Me: My name is Mohammad Nakouzi and I am a Junior here at UCLA. I’m from a small town in Lebanon called Saida but I was born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. With my background, I experienced a large cultural shock when coming to Los Angeles. I have been to LA before during the summer, but I never realized how different it would be becoming a resident rather than a tourist. Going to an international school, I was given the opportunity to travel a lot and immerse myself in new cultures. My favorite cities I visited were Florence, Berlin and New York. I played a lot of varsity sports growing up (volleyball, soccer, basketball and badminton), but I believe I excelled in Rugby where I played for the U18’s National Saudi team against my home country, Lebanon. Ironic, I know! My favorite TV shows include Friends, Suits, Prison Break and Sherlock! The reason I became an International Student Ambassador is because I love meeting people and offer them any advice to help them in any way possible! And I mean it, I’m here to help you in any way possible!

 

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Israel Ambassador

Name: Or Fisher

Email: UCLA.Israel.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: I am originally from Ness Ziona, Israel, but for the last 7 years I have lived in Accra, Ghana.

Major: Physiological Science

Advice: I would give to students coming in from Israel or Ghana are to pack light because you will have to deal with packing and finding summer storage for all your things. It is always beneficial to learn how the American weather (Fahrenheit) and distance/size (miles/ounces), etc work because people will often ask you questions and they will not understand when you answer in Celsius or Kilometers/Kilograms. Last advice is to always book the flights as early as you can going back home after finals week because it costs extra to stay longer.

 

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Pakistan Ambassador

Name: Shezereh Hussain

Email: UCLA.Pakistan.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: I have lived all my life in Lahore, Pakistan. 

Major: Economics with potential minors in theater and digital humanities.

About Me: I am generally a very spontaneous and adventurous person, always out there to try something new and accept challenges. I believe in being studious and hardworking when it comes to school and responsibilities but I also see myself as loving life to the fullest and not missing any opportunity to explore as much. Just being in the US for the past 3 years, I have formed some of the best memories but I still think I am not done yet. Still got a lot of restaurants, events, concerts and areas to explore. Of course I love doing all this with as many people around so come join me in all my adventures, I love people and making friends in general!

 

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Saudi Arabia Ambassador

Name: Mohammad Nakouzi

Email: UCLA.SaudiArabia.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Jeddah

Major: Mechanical Engineering and Economics

Advice
1) Make use of the international student services at UCLA
2) Set yourself a goal and DO NOT PROCRASTINATE! University is not like High School, studying the night before will not work. Also, do not skip lecture even if attendance isn’t required. Many professors share questions on the exam during their lectures so students attending lectures usually perform better in the exams.
3) Get to know your TA’s – helps for letter of recommendation, understanding course material
4) Go outside your comfort zone and explore in every way you can – socially, academically, and with extracurricular activities. Do as much as you can because time flies fast in college. Participate in as many activities and clubs because this may be the only chance in your life to do so! Regret is one of the worst feeling in the world!

 

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Turkey Ambassador

Name: Eda Gokcebay

Email: UCLA.Turkey.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Istanbul

Major: Business Economics

About Me: I am from Istanbul, Kadikoy. I went to Koç School and did the IB programme. I love skiing and hiking. I have two yorkshire terriers (Puffy and Lilly) and I love dogs (I even made a photo gallery about the dogs of UCLA for the Daily Bruin). I love exploring new places. 

 

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UAE Ambassador

Name: Saagarika Verma

Email: UCLA.UAE.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: I’m from Madhya Pradesh, India but I’ve lived all over and attended high school in Dubai, UAE.

Major: Double majoring in Economics and Linguistics & Computer Science

Advice: I feel that coming to UCLA from a different country is hard enough, but on top of that, the different curriculum makes the transition even harder. I think that it’s comforting to know that others go through this too and continue to go through this. Yes, UCLA is pretty overwhelming, but don’t worry, if you keep an open mind, we can get through this together. Go Bruins!

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China Ambassador

Name: Ruiyao “Lacey” Sun

Email: UCLA.China.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Henan, Zhengzhou

Major: Psychology

About Me: Growing up I loved watching American TV shows and listening to Taylor Swift, which is why I was so thrilled to be able to study in Los Angeles - aka the headquarter of entertainment industries. Coming to a foreign country alone was undoubtedly a somewhat challenging experience, but it is also a privilege to be able to be exposed to two vastly different cultures. My friends still sometimes correct me when I say the wrong words in English, and in turn, I would rectify their myths about China, for example, how Orange Chicken does not exist in our country.

 

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Name: Zihe Tang

Email: UCLA.China.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Beijing

Major: Applied Math & Political Science

About Me: Hi, I'm Zihe, a third year in 2018 Fall with Applied Math & Political Science majors. I was born in Beijing and prepared to study abroad when I was in high school. I came to UCLA two years ago and had lots of meaningful experiences since then. I've worked in campus dining hall, participated in lots of interesting workshops or activities on campus and tried multiple classes in several academic fields. Personally, I feel there's a big difference between my hometown and LA, and thus it took me a while to adjust to the life here. I'd like to share all my experiences to other international bruins and hope it could help in some way.

 

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Hong Kong Ambassador

Name: Peggy Wong

Email: UCLA.HongKong.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Hong Kong

Major: Communications

About Me: My name is Peggy and I am a senior transfer here at UCLA. My major is Communications and I am minoring in Linguistics as well. Please don’t be afraid to ask me questions! I’ll do my best to answer them or direct you to resources you might need.

 

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Mongolia Ambassador

Name: Anudari “Anu” Chinzorig

Email: UCLA.Mongolia.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Ulaanbaatar

Major: Economics/ Pre-med

About Me: Hey, I’m Anu, a girl born and raised in the coldest capital of the world, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. I have lived in Japan for two years during middle school, so I can speak with you in Japanese and some Russian as well. Feel welcome to say hi! I love going to the beaches and doing homework or just basking in the sun. Just love doing all the LA things! I have chosen to pursue a career in medicine while majoring in economics, which I am quite passionate about as well. 

 

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South Korea Ambassador

Name: Jaegeon “Luke” Shin

Email: UCLA.SouthKorea.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Seoul

Major: Mathematics

About Me: Hello, I am a second year math student from South Korea. Although I spent most of my life in South Korea, I also lived in the Philippines and the United States for a bit before coming to UCLA. Feel free to ask me any questions you have about UCLA or just life in general!

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Brunei Ambassador

Name: Nur “Hazirah” Ahmad 

Email: UCLA.Brunei.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: BSB (Kampong Masin/Tutong)

Major: Undeclared social sciences, but leaning towards double majoring in Political Science and Economics or minor in Asian American studies

About Me: I’ve always failed at the 8-clap, but I love being a Bruin.  Always down to get lost in LA, down for that midnight taco truck run, and a day trip anywhere. You’ll probably always see me cram 4 weeks of lecture the night before finals. On a serious note, though I did regret coming to UCLA for quite some time in the beginning, especially because I did not have a Bruneian community to fall back on, I actually really love being here now. 

 

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Cambodia Ambassador

Name: June Bo 

Email: UCLA.Cambodia.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Major: Psychology

About Me: Hello everyone! Although I'm Cambodian, my birth name is Yihouy ("Ee-Hwae") since I am ethnically Chinese. I've been studying abroad since I was 12 - I spent 4 years in Singapore and then moved around in California until I finally ended up here in Westwood! So, like many of you, I am pretty much ethnically confused and no stranger to the incessant challenges of being an international student. However, I know this arduous life we chose are molding us to be extraordinarily resilient, cultured and competent individuals. So hang on there, it IS worth it!

 

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India Ambassador

Name: Saagarika Verma

Email: UCLA.India.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: I’m from Madhya Pradesh, India but I’ve lived all over and attended high school in Dubai, UAE.

Major: Double majoring in Economics and Linguistics & Computer Science

Advice: I feel that coming to UCLA from a different country is hard enough, but on top of that, the different curriculum makes the transition even harder. I think that it’s comforting to know that others go through this too and continue to go through this. Yes, UCLA is pretty overwhelming, but don’t worry, if you keep an open mind, we can get through this together. Go Bruins!


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Indonesia Ambassador

Name: Sahil Sibal

Email: UCLA.Indonesia.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Medan

Major: Bachelor's in Civil Engineering 

About Me: Hi! My name is Sahil Sibal and I'm from the not so tiny town Medan! I love traveling, exploring new places, and especially trying out different cuisines. I am known for being very approachable and I love interacting with students from different backgrounds. I struggled in adapting to the new lifestyle early on in my college life, but I'm glad that now I found my place here. But for everyone who still is, don't give up as it is only a matter of time! I hope that I can help other students transition better and make them feel more at home, so feel free to contact me!

 

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Malaysia Ambassador

Name: Andrea Ng

Email: UCLA.Malaysia.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur

Major: Psychology; Minor: Asian American Studies

About Me: Hello! I'm Andrea and I moved to the US about three and a half years ago. Before coming to UCLA, I went to a community college in LA and I remember being really really scared because I was leaving my family and I would be so far away from good Malaysian food! I'm a Psychology major and ultimately, I want to get a PhD. Currently, I am involved in research programs, some social programs, as well as the women's ultimate frisbee team! I love food and meeting new people so let me know if you ever want to chat and we can go eat good food somewhere! :D

 

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Singapore Ambassador

Name: Chirag Thadani

Email: UCLA.Singapore.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Port Harcourt, Nigeria/ Jaipur, India/ Singapore

Major: Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics

Advice: I would suggest coming here with an open mind and considering this as an opportunity to start with a clean slate. You have made the right choice by choosing UCLA and your life now onward would pretty much be whatever you want to make out of it. There is something for everyone here at UCLA. Just be prepared to be challenged but make sure to have fun along the way!

 

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Sri Lanka Ambassador

Name: Grace Pieris

Email: UCLA.SriLanka.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Colombo

About Me: Hey Bruins! I’m Grace, from Sri Lanka. I came to UCLA two years ago as a freshman, after a 30-hour flight, with two large suitcases and my parents halfway across the world, scared and excited for college. Even though I left my home for college, I found a home within my college. I meet colleagues who are, like me, passionate about development and social justice issues. I have met students from all walks of life, from China to the Ivory Coast, and learned from their experiences. I found my niche in the Bruinrunners club, whilst running through the scenic landscapes around LA and playing Vampire Tag in the Sculpture Gardens. UCLA is… amazing. You will love it. You will feel at home.

 

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Thailand Ambassador

Name: Lokachet “Time” Tanasugarn

Email: UCLA.Thailand.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Bangkok

Major: Masters in Epidemiology

About Me: Hello! My name is Lokachet Tanasugarn. You can call me "Time" as well which is my nickname. I grew up in Bangkok and just started my graduate study in Epidemiology at UCLA for about a year. During my undergrads, I was lucky enough to be able to travel to a number of countries and also visited a lot of places in Thailand apart from Bangkok. So, I value the experience of being an international student and glade to be of help to other internal students through this international ambassador program.    

 

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Vietnam Ambassador

Name: Ken Nguyen

Email: UCLA.Vietnam.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City

Major: Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics 

About Me: I am from Vietnam and traveled to LA to study. My mom and sister also came here with me and currently residing in Long Beach. As a life science major, I hope to be involved in research in the future. I'm a little bit of an introvert but easily open up when people approach and start talking to me!