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International Student Profiles

Mariana HosomiName: 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, Business.

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 I did.

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 you love.

How was your experience with the Financial Aid office? Great. Whatever I needed they could help me fast and efficiently.


Shalisa BarnettName: 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.


Cameron SauroName: Cameron Sauro

Graduation year: 2017

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 Swallowelizabeth Swallow

Graduation year: 2016

Hometown: Kintbury, England

Major: Biology and Mathematics

Activities: Women’s Golf team, King’s President’s Society (Fall 2015), Student Library Renovation Committee.

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!!


Dickson KurgatName: Dickson Kurgat 

Graduation year: May 2015        

Hometown: Nandi Hills, Rift Valley, Kenya.        

Major: Nursing                  

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.