meet our international Diplomats
Abdul Samad - Pakistan
My name is Abdul Samad and I am an International Student from Pakistan pursuing my Masters in Public Administration at WKU. I have a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration followed by several years of working experience in nonprofit organizations. I am an International Student Ambassador at and I love to help the diverse international student population at WKU. I have friends from Asia to Africa to the Middle East and even here in United States. I am interested in social entrepreneurship, political science, international development, and public administration. I love interaction with international students and learning more about their culture. My aim in the future is to work for United Nations and work in the field of international development. By studying at WKU, I not only learned communication skills and research experience, but I also experienced world-class education and technology through seminars, conferences, and discussions. WKU is a great place to grow both personally and professionally and I am proud to be a part of WKU. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ali Alsheef - Saudi Arabia
My name is Ali and I'm from Saudi Arabia. I am training to be a Paramedic. I traveled all around the world and experienced many cultures. By age 21 I visited all the continents. I would like to help all the new students coming to WKU. As an international student myself, I will understand most of the new students coming from other countries. I like going out with people, traveling, watching movies, and meeting new people. Please contact me at email@example.com
Dharmesh Patel - Kenya
My name is Dharmesh Patel, from Kenya, first semester as IAP Diplomat. I am a senior at WKU, majoring in Biochemistry and Chemistry. I am also a student in the WKU Honors College, and a recipient of the Sofia, Zuheir & Susan Scholars Scholarship and College Heights Foundation Scholarship. I am a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), and the Indian Student Association. I have been involved with the Dynamic Leadership Institute (DLI), and other activities from the Student Activities Office, and have also been recognized on the President's and Dean's Lists. Favorite Places on Campus: Augenstein Alumni Building because of the architecture and history of WKU. The top of the hill in front of Van Meter Hall for the view of the city and the water fountain.
Favorite Quote: "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." Albert Einstein
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Domenicka Mendoza - Ecuador
Hi, my name is Domenicka Mendoza, I am from Guayaquil, Ecuador, and I am a sophomore majoring in Civil Engineering. I love soccer and shopping! I am an International Student Ambassador Program Diplomat and I am very excited to be involved in the international community at WKU! If you have any questions regarding campus and college life, please contact me at email@example.com
Lisa Shakachite - Zambia
My name is Lisa Shakachite and I am a sophomore at WKU majoring in Biology with a pre-medicine concentration.I come from Ndola, Zambia. I'm excited to be an Ambassador this year, and work with a group of awesome people from around the world to improve the student experience. When I first came to WKU it was a challenging time because it was my first time away from home and I had no family in the USA. Surrounding myself with the right friends helped me realize that I was not the only one going through these challenging times. It made my transition into a full-time college student much easier. In my free time, I like to listen to music, go to the gym with my friends, watch movies, and play games. I hope to make WKU memorable and interesting for our future talented and diverse student body. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ngoc Phung (Victoria) - Vietnam
Hello! My name is Victoria Phung. I am a junior at Western Kentucky University majoring in Computer Science and Marketing. I possess both strong technical skills and excellent interpersonal skills, fluent in both Vietnamese and English. I am manager of ENACTUS, ambassador of McGraw Hill Higher Education, and president of the Marketing Research Group at WKU. I have been doing a couple of internships related to my fields of study. My areas of interest are programming, web development, and professional selling.
Two years of staying at WKU have brought me many unforgettable memories and valuable skills. In addition, I have made so many friends from around the world including: Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Brazil, Ecuador, Mongolia, Kenya, etc. In my spare time, I enjoy playing ping pong, swimming, playing guitar, and singing.
I am here to serve the international student community. Contact me at email@example.com!
Tianyu Wu - China
My name is Tianyu Wu, I am a sophomore international student in WKU Advertising major. I come from China. I am very glad to help all international students with my experience and my skills. I hope my help will make you more comfortable in WKU. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me . I will help you as soon as possible and do everything I can to help you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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