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Name: Mariana Hosomi
Graduation year: 2016
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Major: Math & Physics
Activities (at King): Tennis Varsity Team, Math Club, Physics Club, FCA
Interests: Guitar, Dance, Traveling, Sports, Fitness, Nutrition, Engineering, Physics, Mechanincs,
Why did you choose King? I always wanted to study in the U.S., because they have the best education in the
world; also, because I wanted to join the tennis team at King and I’m really glad
What do you like best about King? I like the diversity of people at King. There are many international students from
all over the world and who play different kind of sports. It’s kind of cool how you
get to know all kinds of people.
What is the best thing about living on campus? I enjoy waking up and being right next to my classroom. There’s no better feeling
than avoiding the traffic jam from Sao Paulo (Brazil).
What advice do you have for prospective students? Enjoy every single day in college, mainly for the freshmen, because their classes
are easier and they have more time to enjoy other activities rather than studying.
What is having a roommate like? It’s really fun! I don’t have roommate anymore, but in my first year it helped a
lot. You can help each other in everything that is new for you.
What is your favorite memory of King? My favorite memory at King was the trip to Washington D.C.
Did you study abroad or participate in mission trips? I have studied in Brazil and Japan. Yes, they helped me a lot in many classes at King
and to figure out what I want to work on in the future.
Do you have a message to students relative to their own journey? Forget about the highest paid job. If you want to be great, you need to work on something
How was your experience with the Financial Aid office? Great. Whatever I needed they could help me fast and efficiently.
Name: Shalisa Barnett
Graduation year: 2017
Hometown: West Bay, Grand Cayman
Major: Sports Management with a Minor in Coaching
Activities (at King): Women’s Soccer Team
Interests: Playing soccer, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.
Why did you choose King? I choose King for soccer and the small classrooms.
What do you like best about King? I like the entrance to King and the classroom sizes.
What is the best thing about living on campus? Being close to the classes and being able to sleep in.
How are you coping with being away from home? I’m doing great! I like being able to make my own decisions.
Name: Cameron Sauro
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Major: Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing and Economics
Activities (at King): Men’s Soccer, Marketing Club, Economics Club
Interests: Soccer, marketing, economics, music and traveling.
Why did you choose King? I chose King because when I came on my recruiting visit the men’s soccer team the
campus made me feel welcome and I felt like I was at home.
What do you like best about King? Being able to communicate with my teachers and get to know them, which I would not
be able to do if I attended a bigger school.
What is the best thing about living on campus? Unlimited meal plan.
What is having a roommate like? Having a roommate is great because there is always someone around you can talk and
hang out with, especially when living so close together.
How are you coping with being away from home? I really enjoy being far away from home and being able to experience something different;
it has really opened my eyes to how beautiful this part of the country is.
What was your most rewarding extracurricular activity? I think my experience with the Men’s Soccer team has been very rewarding being able
to meet people from all over the world in a similar situation as me.
What is your favorite memory of King? The first day I arrived, I was really unsure what to expect and a little bit nervous.
All the people here at King made me feel at home and helped me settle in much faster
than I thought.
Did you study abroad or participate in mission trips? As an international student at King this has been the best cross cultural experience
I could ever get. Not only has it enabled me to mature and grow as a person but it
has provided me with the opportunity to experience a culture I never would have had
the chance to if I didn’t come here.
Do you have a message to students relative to their own journey? Enjoy the ride.
Name: Elizabeth Swallow
Hometown: Kintbury, England
Major: Biology and Mathematics
Activities: Women’s Golf team, King’s President’s Society (Fall 2015), Student Library Renovation
Interests: Sport, music, and specifically health related topics in science
Why did you choose King? My initial interest in King was due to the Golf program since there was a great coach
in charge with a really friendly team. The quality of King’s academics also attracted
me. King showed high rates of graduated students receiving their preferred choice
of graduate school.
What do you like best about King? The students and faculty are amazing. When I first came to King I couldn’t believe
how friendly people were. All the students look out for each other and extremely accommodating
especially since I’m an international student. Due to King being a smaller college
you get to know lots of the students and professors. The professors make time available
to students to receive help if they require it, no matter what the issue is. They
care about how you are doing and your education.
What is the best thing about living on campus? From living on campus and eating in the cafe you get to meet so many people. All your
classes are just a short walk away so it is really convenient for the early classes.
What advice do you have for prospective students? Try and contact a current student on campus to find out more information and don’t
be scared of asking them anything! Always look around for places and do your research
into every college.
What is having a roommate like? It can be a challenge now and again but it gives you quite a few life lessons at the
same time. You can gain your best friends from the people your share a dorm with.
How are you coping with being away from home? I find that keeping busy and getting involved in SLACK and on-campus activities is
the best way of coping from being away from home. I haven’t found it too bad as I
have many good friends who are a second family to me. Also, having a stash of UK chocolate
on the shelf is always a good home comfort.
What is your favorite memory of King? Hanging out with a group of international students off campus and sharing each other’s
culture and banter. Also, one of the best events was when SLACK hosted the hypnotist.
I have never laughed so hard!!
Name: Dickson Kurgat
Graduation year: May 2015
Hometown: Nandi Hills, Rift Valley, Kenya.
Activities: Cross-country and track practice.
Interests: Reading, Movies, Music, Sports
Why did you choose King? I choose King because it was nothing like the other schools I searched! I loved the
fact that the class sizes are small and the faculty and staff members are really friendly.
What do you like best about King? I love the cordial community and being known by everybody like a brother.
What is the best thing about living on campus? Hanging out with other students.
What advice do you have for prospective students? Take the opportunity you find when it is within your reach.
What advice do you have for first time freshman? This is hard work, so don't expect to just slide easily. There are so many opportunities,
so take advantage of your favorite now. Those opportunities may never arise again.