Akim Sanni is an undergraduate international student in the class of 2021. He was born and raised in Cotonou, Benin in a big family of eight children, but five years ago decided to pursue his passion both academically and athletically in the United States. He came to the United States his sophomore year of high school with an eagerness to learn a new language and culture. After graduating high school he decided to attend Brandeis because of its great academic and athletic programs. Akim wishes to pursue a degree in Business and a double minor in Economics and French. Akim is very curious and highly active both on and off the basketball court. Moreover, he is a Wein International Scholar and also a French and Francophone department UDR. As a student ambassador, he is passionate about helping international student understanding the American culture.
Kate is an undergraduate international student from Hanoi, Vietnam. She is pursuing a double major in Business and HSSP. Outside of class, she loves to engage in cultural events and activities that embrace her own culture as well as exploring other cultures. She enjoys traveling and trying out food from different countries. She is a part of Southeast Asia Club as a Cultural Show Coordinator and the Korean Student Association as an outreach chair. She also loves dancing and performing with her hip hop dance team on campus, Kaos Kids. As a student ambassador, Kate wants to reach out to more international students on campus to share her stories and experiences and hopes to be an approachable source of support for them.
Juan Bordon is an undergraduate international student from Paraguay. Although he was born in the capital city, Asuncion, he lived his entire life in Luque, located 45 minutes away from Asuncion. He is a first-generation student and so far, he is the only one who speaks English in his family. Juan can speak three languages, and he is learning his fourth language here at Brandeis. He is majoring in International and Global Studies and is leaning toward a minor in Italian. Juan is very active on campus; aside from working as a student ambassador, he is an upper-level Spanish tutor and a peer advocate at the Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center (PARC). As a student ambassador, he wants to help other international students take advantage of the resources available at the ISSO and hopes to gain some insight into the international education area in general.