2020-2021 CGE Ambassadors

  • Yuri Ando - United States of America
  • Josefina Echeverria - Santiago, Chile
  • Shan Gao - Beijing, China
  • Linden Gaultney - Hong Kong; Austin, Texas
  • Ayda Giacoman - San Pedro Sulas, Honduras
  • Belle Homer - Mansfield, Texas
  • Jinhee Kim - Seoul, South Korea; Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Boluwaji Oyewumi - Lagos, Nigeria
  • Ashley Patrick - United States of America
  • Himasha Perera - Wennappuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Garett Petty - United States of America
  • Anna Sahdev - Chandigarh, India
  • Carissa Setiawan - Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Fiza Shaikh - Karachi, Pakistan
  • Catherine Van Tatenhove - Lexington, Kentucky
  • Ting-Chen Wang - Taichung, Taiwan
  • Zhenbo Yan - Beijing, China
  • Fjoralba Zguro - Korçë, Albania
  • Xukun Zhang - Qingdao, China
  • Yang Zhang - Jinan, China
Yuri Ando

Home: United States of America

Hello Everyone! 

I’m Yuri Ando and I’m a Health Science Studies major on the Pre-Dental track. I spent most of my life in North Texas but have lived in Japan when I was younger, and have attended some college in South Korea. I love culture and language and continue to have a heart of learning about other cultures. I can’t wait to share stories and share meals together (I love food too)! With that being said I personally know that being a new international student can be scary, but I hope that we can make you all feel welcomed! Sic’em Bears!

Josefina Echeverria

Home: Santiago, Chile

Hi everyone! My name is Josefina Echeverria and I'm a sophomore International Studies and Economics major with a French minor. I was born and raised in Santiago, Chile, but completed my primary and secondary education in a small suburb outside of Philadelphia. I've always had a fascination for cultures and languages, and although I can only speak English, Spanish, and French fluently, I hope to learn more in the future! I love exploring new places, cooking, listening to new music, and grabbing a cup of coffee with friends. I can't wait to meet you and spend time getting to know you during your journey as a Baylor bear!

Shan Gao

Home: Beijing, China

My English name is Mark, I am a sophomore international student from China. My major is business. I love traveling and photography. This my first year to work as an ambassador, I am not a skillful instructor at this moment. However, I am willing to share my experience at Baylor University, and my understanding of American life. I really wish to help you build unforgettable memories during the college years. Therefore, if you have problems with college life, just let me know, I will do my best to help you! Unfortunately, I won't be able to get back to the US for the upcoming semester because of COVID-19. I will communicate with you online all time. I know the first year at college is always challenging, especially during this hard time. Keep up, I believe you will be proud of your achievements today!"

Linden Gaultney

Home: Hong Kong; Austin, Texas

Linden Gaultney Hey everyone! My name is Lindie and I’m a sophomore International Studies major with a minor in Chinese. As a Third Culture Kid (TCK) I’ve spent all of my life living abroad in both Europe and Asia and as result speak both German and Mandarin. Even though my parents are originally from the U.S., moving to Baylor has been my first time ever living in the U.S.. I am a massive foodie, love cooking and baking as well as exploring the outdoors with friends and family. I know how hard it can be moving abroad or away from family for the first time, but know that we are here to support you. I cannot wait to meet all of you!

Ayda Giacoman

Home: San Pedro Sulas, Honduras

Ayda GiacomanHey guys! My name is Ayda Giacoman and I am a junior studying Public Health. I was born and raised in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I have lived there all my life and I also lived in Washington D.C. for one year and a half before coming to Baylor. I speak two languages fluently, English and Spanish. Also, I really enjoy meeting new people, doing outdoor activities, listening to different kinds of music and expanding my knowledge about different cultures. I am so excited to be an Ambassador with the Center for Global Engagement and getting to know all of you! 

Belle Homer

Home: Mansfield, Texas

Belle Homer Hi! My name is Belle, and I am a senior French and International Studies major. I grew up in Texas, but I spent my summers on the beach in southern California with my family. I spent 6 months in Europe this past year traveling in different countries and studying in southern France. I absolutely love meeting people from around the world and hearing their stories! I love bread, lavender, and coffee and I love to spend time cooking new dishes. I can not wait to meet you and hear your story, and I hope that we can cook together sometime!

Jinhee Kim

Home: Seoul, South Korea; Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Hello Bears! My name is Jin Hee and I am a Junior studying Biology and Public Health. I am from South Korea, but I grew up in Uzbekistan and lived in Azerbaijan and Germany. My hobbies are traveling, watching sunsets, and journaling and I love spending time with my family and friends. You might feel overwhelmed coming to a new place with new faces, but fear not! We are here to meet you, encourage you, and serve you as best as we can. Welcome to our Baylor family!

Boluwaji Oyewumi

Home: Lagos, Nigeria

I am a graduate student in the department of Information Systems. Favorite thing to do outside of academic activities would be video games, traveling to new places, watching soccer and avid movie buff. I’ve lived and work in 4 countries around the world and traveled to 32 countries so far. Experience so far in the U.S. has been amazing and my goal as an international ambassador is to help other international students adapt successfully into the American culture. Oh! Finally, I love trying out various international cuisines.

Ashley Patrick

Hi there! My name is Ashley Patrick and I am a Corporate Communications major, Business Administration minor at Baylor University! For all of my life, before Baylor, I have lived overseas. I was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and about a month later my family moved to Singapore. I had been living in Singapore my whole life, essentially, until I moved to the US for college. I am so excited to be a part of the International Ambassador program here at Baylor and cannot wait to start meeting new people with similar experiences to mine! I love to help people and service is such a big part of my life, so I am absolutely ecstatic to be working with people who may need help around campus or even if they just want to hang out with someone! I can't wait to meet all of our International students this semester!

Himasha Perera

Home: Wennappuwa, Sri Lanka

Hey everyone! My name is Himasha Perera and I'm an international student from Sri Lanka. I'm currently in my 4th year of the PhD in Biochemistry. Baylor has become a second home to me, so here I am as a part of the CGE Ambassador team to give back to the international student community at Baylor. I'm excited to welcome y'all to the next chapter of your life. If you feel anxious about this transition, you're not alone, I was there too! We are here to help you make a smooth transition. I look forward to making new friends and learning more about new cultural experiences. I love enjoying music, painting, eating spicy food and travelling to new places. Sic'em Bears!

Garett Petty

Home: United States of America

Hey everyone! My name is Garett Petty. I am a sophomore and am majoring in Health Science Studies on the pre-med track, so if you have any questions regarding being pre-med at Baylor or just want suggestions on professors I’m your guy! Besides studying, I love being outside whether it be hiking, camping, or hanging out in a hammock by fountain mall. I love making new friends and getting to see each and every new face on campus. I grew up in Boerne, TX, which is a small town right outside San Antonio. Over the past year and half, both virtually and in person, Baylor has come to be a second home for me and my friends and I’d love to help make it your home too!

Anna Sahdev

Home: Chandigarh, India

Hello everyone! My name is Anna and I’m a Senior studying Electrical and Computer Engineering with interests in Entrepreneurship and Global Engagement. I grew up in India and also travelled to six continents on ships during the first 14 years of my life (ask me more about this if you are curious). I love experiencing and learning about different cultures through the people, food, stories and everything in between. So, talk to me, teach me, tell me! I also speak Hindi and Punjabi. I love cooking with friends and family and enjoy bringing people together to create community. I also love attending local concerts, painting with watercolors, reading under the sun and conversations over walks. I’m excited to meet everyone and welcome you all to Baylor!

Carissa Setiawan

Home: Jakarta, Indonesia

Hi everyone! My name is Carissa Setiawan and I'm from Jakarta, Indonesia. I'm currently a senior, double-majoring in MIS and Marketing. Some of my hobbies include travelling, photography, and going on spontaneous adventures! I've been to 25 states in the United States and my goal is to go to all 50 before I graduate! I've had the absolute best past 3 years here at Baylor and I'm so excited to welcome you all here to your new home! I'm always down to go on an adventure, so I hope we'll get to travel together this year! Welcome to the Baylor family!

Fiza Shaikh

Home: Karachi, Pakistan

السلام علیكم and Hi Baylor Bears! Are you excited? Because I surely am as your Global Ambassador! My Name is Fiza, just like Pizza but with an (F), and I am a Sophomore Biology Major. I was born in Karachi and raised in Dubai. Growing up, I learned a lot from people coming from diverse backgrounds and cultures. It has become one of the biggest reasons why I continue to appreciate the multi-cultural world of God, and especially the Baylor community. I love traveling, watching movies, listening to music. You might feel overwhelmed making this transition to college life during a pandemic, but fear not, Baylor Family's got your back! 

Sic 'em Bears!

Catherine Van Tatenhove

Home: Lexington, Kentucky

Hey guys! I am a Junior International Studies Major and French Minor. I had the privilege of moving to Port-de-Paix, Haiti after high school and spent a year living and teaching there. I have also spent extended periods of time abroad in South Asia and France! I love living in and learning about new people and cultures, and I love learning about new people and cultures, and I love doing anything outdoors--rock climbing, running, swimming, hiking, camping, and soccer are some of my favorite activities. I can't wait to meet and connect with you because I know you might feel overwhelmed, but you aren't alone!

Ting-Chen Wang

Home: Taichung, Taiwan

Ting-Chen WangHello everyone! My name is Ting-Chen and I am a senior majoring in Bioinformatics. I come from Taiwan. I speak English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese. I have two siblings, a younger brother and a younger sister. I love exploring new places and cultures, eating food and playing different sports. I am looking forward to seeing each one of you on Baylor campus! I believe you guys will love this place! Welcome to the Baylor Family! Sic’em bears!

Zhenbo Yan

Home: Beijing, China

Zhenbo WangSic’em Bears! 你好! I’m Zhenbo Yan. I will be a junior (third year) this fall. I study Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science. My major might make me sound like a nerd, but I like being outside, playing sport, and staying active. I really enjoy meeting new people and talking to people from different cultural backgrounds. I grew up in Beijing, but I moved to Dallas in high school, and I studied abroad in Dublin last semester. I speak Mandarin, but I am always open to learning a new language. Currently, I am working on my Spanish. Over the years, Baylor has become home to me, I hope one day you will call it home as well.

Fjoralba Zguro

Home: Korçë, Albania

Fjoralba ZguroHi everyone! My name is Alba and I am a junior studying piano performance. I am an international student from Albania and this is my fourth year studying in the United States. One of my favorite things to do is to learn new languages and explore different cultures. I can speak Albanian, Italian, Spanish and English and I would love to get to know more about your languages as well. I cannot wait to share my experiences as an international student with all of you. I know that being far away from your home and family is a little scary at first, however, one of the best things about Baylor is its close sense of community. I promise that you will find that out right from the beginning.  I’m so excited to get to know each and every one of you!

Xukun Zhang

Home: Qingdao, China

Hi everyone! This is Xukun Zhang. I am going to be a senior with a Corporate Communication major this Fall. I am a crazy fan of both musicals and dogs. I played the musical Jesus Christ Superstar (it's a great musical!) in January 2020 with some friends, m role in that show was King Herod. I am a volunteer at the Waco Human Shelter to walk dogs and introduce them to guests who would like to adopt them. I speak Mandarin and English. My favorite show is The Big Bang Theory. I'm really looking forward to meeting y'all! Let's pet some dogs (we also have cats here) together!

Yang Zhang

Home: Jinan, China

Hi! I am Yang Zhang. I am a sophomore studying Mathematics. I am from China. I speak Mandarin and English. I love exploring new cultures and trying different kinds of food. I enjoy meeting and talking to people from different culture. I have been to Singapore for studying for a while. I have been to Baylor for almost 2 years. I make many friends and have many fun experiences here. Welcome to Baylor! I believe you will love this place!  

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