Current Global Ambassadors

Feel free to contact any of the current or previous ambassadors below with any questions you may have.

Meet your 2016-2017 Global Ambassadors

Adi at a monument at the Gateway of India, in Mumbai.

Aditaya Akheramka

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Favorite place you've traveled: Fairbanks, undoubtedly!

Most looking forward to as a GA: Making friends from around the world!

Advice for new international students: Be open to new experiences and cultures!

Advice for students interested in exchange/study abroad: Make life long friends! 

Email: aoakheramka@alaska.edu

Gabriel Cartagena

Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska

Studied in South Africa with SIT during Spring 2016

Favorite place you've traveled: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Most looking forward to as a GA: 
The thing I'm looking most forward to as a Global Ambassador is the chance to meet with new students of all backgrounds and start meaningful conversations about diversity and global learning.

Advice for new international students: 
Though things may seem different, always try to embrace the things that make you uncomfortable, remember where you come from, and be open to new experiences.

Advice for students interested in exchange/study abroad: 
Studying abroad is a chance to step out of your comfort zone and into a bigger, broader world. Move forward with courage and compassion. 

Email: gcartagena@alaska.edu

Zane DeBilt

Hometown: Quinhagak, Alaska

Studied at Nagoya Gakuin University in Japan during the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Favorite place you've traveled: Nagoya, Japan

Most looking forward to as a GA: 
Helping the new exchange students with their life at UAF and making new friends in the process

Advice for new international students: 
Meet people and get involved with various programs/clubs that are offered. UAF and Fairbanks are very welcoming places.

Advice for students interested in exchange/study abroad: 
Research beforehand and get advice from other students along with international department. If experience in the language is required to go, start early! It is a great experience and UAF makes it easy and affordable to take part in

Email: ztdebilt@alaska.edu

Gigi Durden

Gigi Durden

Hometown: Ramah, New Mexico

Studied at the Northern Arctic Federal University in Russia during Spring 2015

Favorite place you've traveled: Croatia

Most looking forward to as a GA: Being a part of UAF's international community

Advice for new international students: Time moves fast!

Advice for students interested in exchange/study abroad: Don't hesitate, it's an amazing experience

Email: gcdurden@alaska.edu

Md. Abir Hasan

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Favorite place you've traveled: Saint Martin, Bangladesh

Most looking forward to as a GA: 
Meeting with the new people and let them know about the UAF. I want to help the new students who want to know more about UAF and Life in the Fairbanks. I am also excited to acquire new experience and knowledge with this position.

Advice for new international students: 
Life in UAF is pretty exciting. Here you can enjoy the beauty of Aurora and many wild lives. And, the weather is also an interesting factor in this part of the world. Living in UAF is entirely different experience in comparison to other regions in the world. And you will find very co-operative persons around you. During the journey of the life in UAF, you will discover many good friends around you that will surprise you at the end of the day!

Advice for students interested in exchange/study abroad: 
As an exchange student, you will enjoy the study in UAF. UAF offer many diverse courses in their catalog which will help you to find out the right choices. And, also life in here is pretty experience along with Aurora, moose, bears, beautiful skies, Minus forty and much more! You will enjoy this journey.

Email: mhasan2@alaska.edu

 

Vaibhav Srivastava

Hometown: India

Favorite place you've traveled: Valdez & Kenai Peninsula

Advice for new international students: UAF has a great and diverse community and we are grateful to have you all as part of it. Make new friends, learn, grow, contribute and abide the rules and regulations of university. You are always welcome to share your problem with us. Enjoy this magical place.

Advice for students interested in exchange/study abroad: It's always a great experience to learn and discover new places, exchange/study abroad program provides an opportunity for such global exposure. Its is always good to know and be prepared for the place beforehand so that you may make necessary arrangements and get easily acclimatized to the place you are visiting. Feel free to ask any questions about a new place you are visiting.  

Email: vksrivastava@alaska.edu

 


Previous Ambassadors

Panav Hulsurkar

Panav Hulsurkar

F-1 Graduate Student

Home: Pune, India

Email: phulsurkar@alaska.edu

 

Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Ambassador

Maura Sullivan

Maura G. Sullivan

Studied Abroad to the University of Granada with API in Summer 2016

Home: Petersburg, Alaska

Email: mgsullivan2@alaska.edu

 

Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Ambassador

 

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