2019-2020 S2S Connection

Do you have any questions for current international students at DU? Connect with any of these Ambassadors! Email intladm4@du.edu with “S2S Connection” in the subject line and you’ll be put in contact with the student of your choice!

Chris Chen – China

My name is Chris Chen, I was born and raised in Szechuan, China. This is my fourth year living in the United States. I am studying international business at Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. I love learning about different cultures around the world. That is why I am involved in the International Living and Learning Community (ILLC) at DU, where I can make friends with those who have same interests as me. I am also involved in the DU e-sport team and play League of Legends against other colleges in the US. I also play basketball and swim at DU Richie Center in my free time. Coming to DU is a great experience in which I got a chance to challenge myself academically and enjoyed what the Colorado and DU campus offer me. And by the way, I like our cafeteria food a lot! Feel free to ask me questions about my DU experience!

Elise Hamann – United States

My name is Elise Hamann. I am American, but I have lived in Rabat, Morocco longer than I have lived anywhere else in the US. Morocco has a special place in my heart and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to live and study there. Here at DU, I study International Relations and French at the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies.  I have also been a co-founder of a small startup called Cases on Cue here on campus for my Entrepreneurship minor. I am involved in a community service organization here on campus called Alpha Phi Omega where we go around Denver and participate in different community service events. My favorite one is volunteering at Casa de Paz, a center for migrants to re-assimilate into the US. I love Denver because it is the BEST mix of the perks of being in a city with incredible nature surrounding us! I am so excited to chat with you about coming to the University of Denver! 

Jakub Drobek – Poland

Cześć! My name is Jakub. I am a freshman international student majoring in Physics with a double minor in Math and Computer Science at the University of Denver. I was born in a small town and grew up in the third largest city in Poland – Wroclaw. I am currently involved with the Ski Team. I have not been here for a long time but I am eager to get new experience and share it with you guys! I love to ski, swim and recently I started to box. Since I grew up in Poland, like most kids there I have spent my afternoons and weekends playing soccer. I was always good with languages, I started to learn Russian when I was 6, then came French and four years ago I started learning Czech. Coming to DU has been a great adventure for me and I can’t wait to see what is still ahead of me. If you want to ask me any questions or just chat – don’t hesitate!

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Olivia Kayang

Hey everyone! My name is Olivia and I am an international student and freshman at DU. I moved to the U.S. in September 2017, so I guess that makes me a relatively new to the country and the culture. I am an undeclared major (hoping to change that very soon to Fine Arts). My hobbies include drawing and listening to music. I am quite shy so I do not often get to express myself in speech as much as I do in writing. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to blog for the Office of International Student Admission. This is not just a blog about my personal experiences and thoughts. It is meant to inspire not only international students but anyone and everyone. Living away from home is not always easy, especially when you have to handle the ups and downs of college. That’s why it is nice to know that someone else may also be going through the same thing as you’re going through. My hope is that this blog will put a smile on your face whenever you read it. 

Ronnie Cheng – Hong Kong

Hello! My name is Ronnie Cheng, and I am a first-year international student from Hong Kong, studying a biological sciences major with a cognitive neuroscience concentration. I am also really interested in film studies, so I am hoping to add a minor in that. Right now I am in the DU Kayaking Club, which has brought me a lot of fun. We have weekly practices in the Ritchie Center pool (the El Pomar Natatorium), and regular kayaking trips around Colorado. Denver is very different from Hong Kong, so I have thoroughly enjoyed experiencing life in a different environment. Feel free to reach out to me if there’s anything you want to talk or ask about coming to DU!

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