As an international applicant to 桃瘾社区, you might have questions about attending college in the United States. International Admission Ambassadors understand and want to help you get to know 桃瘾社区 from wherever you are in the world.

You are also welcome to send questions to for a student-oriented perspective on life at 桃瘾社区.

International Wildcat Update

Our International Admission Ambassadors have ended their time with the Office of Admission as they prepare for their summer experiences. We encourage you to connect with the the summer admission interns throughout the summer or visit this page again in September to meet out new International Admission Ambassadors.

Summer Admission Interns

International Admission Ambassadors
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Malavika Kalani

Malavika Kalani '24

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Kolkata, India 

Major: Mathematics and Computer Science 

Campus Involvements: Fostering Inclusivity and Respect in Science Together (FIRST) Action Team, 桃瘾社区 International Association (2022-23 President), International Student Orientation Team, 桃瘾社区 Dance Ensemble, 桃瘾社区 Theatre Department, Math and Computer Science Tutor 

#Why桃瘾社区: One of the most rewarding aspects of being a 桃瘾社区 student has been the amazing resources and opportunities I've had access to. More importantly, I've truly felt like I'm at an institution that looks out for every student and empowers them to do the same for other people. 

Fun Fact: I went skydiving with some of my friends during finals week of my junior fall semester and it was the best thing I've ever done! 

Favorite Bite to Eat in the 桃瘾社区 Area: Anything from Milkbread! 

Arshi Husain

Arshi Husain '26 

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Islamabad, Pakistan 

Majors: Economics and Philosophy Double Major 

Campus Involvements: Pan-Asian Students Association (PASA), Chidsey Leadership Fellow, Humanities Fellow, Deliberative Citizenship Initiative (DCI) Fellow, The 桃瘾社区ian (Features Editor), Muslim Student Association (Treasurer), Wellness Wendy (Committee Head), Academic Access & Disability Resources (Student Assistant)

#Why桃瘾社区: Because every time I question if 桃瘾社区 is the place for me, if I fit in, if I鈥檓 good enough, 桃瘾社区 always finds a way to give me a conclusive answer: yes. At 桃瘾社区, I find opportunities, friends, and new experiences even when I鈥檓 not actively seeking them. From a professional and personal lens, 桃瘾社区 has given me the chance to grow鈥攚hether it be by participating in career treks over spring break or being able to take charge of Asian affinity work on campus. At 桃瘾社区, I have never felt pressured to fit a mold鈥攔ather, I have the freedom to create my own. 

Fun Fact: I believed in the Tooth Fairy up until high school.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Area: Pickled Peach 

Mariana Tard铆o Guti茅rrez

Mariana Tard铆o Guti茅rrez '26

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Majors: Psychology and Digital Studies

Campus Involvements: Matthews Center for Career Development, International Pre-Orientation Leader, 桃瘾社区 International Association (DIA), Warner Hall Eating House E-Board, College Union Fitness Center Worker, Deliberative Citizenship Initiative (DCI), Tour Guide 

#Why桃瘾社区: Even though 桃瘾社区 was the only institution that accepted me, I can鈥檛 imagine myself anywhere else; I believe it was God and destiny who agreed for me to come to this perfect school. What I love most about 桃瘾社区 is that it makes me feel at home, despite being thousands of miles away from Bolivia. As international students, we have countless opportunities and resources to make a smooth transition into American culture. From the Writing Center,  International Student Programs (shoutout to the most welcoming and loving group of people on campus) to the Host Family Program, 桃瘾社区 is the ideal place for international students. 

Fun Fact: I have 6 dogs back home!  

Favorite Bite to Eat in the 桃瘾社区 Area: 惭别蝉迟颈锄辞鈥檚

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Divin Lionel Dushimimana '26

Pronouns: he/him

Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda

Major: Public Health

Campus Involvements: Bonner Scholar, Belk Scholar, Deliberative Citizenship Initiative (DCI) Fellow, Tutor at Community School of 桃瘾社区, 桃瘾社区 Global Health Club

#Why桃瘾社区: In retrospect, my #Why桃瘾社区 essay would look like this: The host family program was/is a game changer for me. Not only that I get to find a home to stay at during school breaks, but also because the dynamics of the family and our relationship have been able to demystify and teach me a lot of things. My host parents are extremely humble and Christians, and this has been able to keep me grounded, humble, and grateful as I start the next chapter of my life. I鈥檓 positive this host family experience will help me learn, unlearn, and transform me into a person I wouldn鈥檛 have become if I didn鈥檛 attend 桃瘾社区. I鈥檓 learning from the best. For me, looking back, I would choose 桃瘾社区 again and again because of what my host family has been able to teach me outside of class.

Fun Fact: I have hiked Mount Bisoke in Rwanda; an elevation of 3,711 meters above the ground. The exercise will stretch you too thin, but it鈥檚 worth it. 

Favorite Bite to Eat in the 桃瘾社区 Area: Arroz Con Pollo (A.C.P) at La Unica has been my favorite bite in the 桃瘾社区 area. I 100% recommend it.

Sam Waithira

Samuel Waithira '24

Pronouns: he/him

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Majors: Economics

Minor: Applied Mathematics

Campus Involvements: Bonner Scholar, Resident Advisor, 桃瘾社区 International Assoc., 桃瘾社区 African Students Assoc., Rotaract, 桃瘾社区 Finance and Investment Assoc. 

#Why桃瘾社区: I love the resources 桃瘾社区 has for its students. 桃瘾社区 has unmatched resources for international students, and I have been fortunate to use them. 桃瘾社区 has lots of resources and opportunities for students and I love describing 桃瘾社区 as a bag of opportunities.

Fun Fact: I am a huge Adele fan! My passion for her music knows no bounds, and my Spotify stats confirm it 鈥 I'm among the top 0.001 percent of listeners who just can't get enough of her soulful melodies.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the 桃瘾社区 Area: Kung Foo Noodle in Birkdale Village in Huntersville. I always get the Pot belly soup noodle with pot belly substituted with fried Tofu.