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International Student Ambassadors Use Experiences to Assist New International Students

May 14, 2019


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MACOMB, IL – Eleven international students at Western Illinois University have been named international student ambassadors for the 2019-2020 school year. International Student Ambassadors are current WIU students who represent their home country, the international student population at WIU and the University. 

The students use their own experiences and knowledge to help new international students during the admissions process, as well as answer questions about life at WIU and in Macomb.  
 
"There is an enormous amount of preparation that comes with moving to and studying in a new country. The ambassadors can share first-hand experiences on housing, the American education systems, travel, cultural adjustment, etc. to our incoming students. We provide resources and information as well, but sometimes it means more coming from a peer," said Dana Sistko, assistant director, International Student Services.

The student ambassadors include:

• Damilola Ayomide Agboola, a health sciences graduate student from Nigeria

• Ibiyinka Amokeodo, a health sciences graduate student from Nigeria

• Sai Kiran Naik Banoth, a computer science graduate student from India

• Alexis Cunningham, a freshman hospitality management major from the Bahamas

• Queen E. Esekhalu, a health sciences graduate student from Nigeria

• Uzoma Vivian Igwe, an applied statistics and decision analytics graduate student from Nigeria

• Alice Oloo, a health sciences graduate student from Kenya

• Tolulope Olupona, a master of business administration (MBA) student from Nigeria

• Maureen Omerekpe, an economics graduate student from Nigeria

• Md. Abu Bakar Siddique, an economics graduate student from Bangladesh

• Pranaya Vidiyala, a computer science graduate student from India.


To learn more about the International Student Ambassadors program, visit wiu.edu/global_education/services/ambassadors.php



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