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International Student Leadership Team

What is ISLT?

The International Student Leadership Team works with ISSS and other departments to develop and promote events and programs for international and domestic students. With a variety of cultural, academic and social events, ISLT provides an environment to build a sense of belonging at UK. Get involved on campus by attending an ISLT event or contacting someone on our team. For more information, please email Seth Hall (seth.hall2@uky.edu). 

Edward Ojini

Email: eoj222@uky.edu

Home Country: Nigeria

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Graduation Date: May 2020

Languages: English, French, Igbo

What I love about UK: The unlimited amount of resources and support at students’ disposal

New Student Tip: Don’t be afraid to shoot for the moon; and if you miss, you’ll still be among the stars!

Sydney Petersen

Email: sydney.petersen@uky.edu

Home Country: USA

Major: Economics

Graduation Date: May 2019

Languages: English, Spanish

What I love about UK: Basketball, Rising Roll, the Johnson Center, and all the school spirit!

New Student Tip: Don't be afraid to take a leap of faith and join clubs or organizations! I met some of my best friends here from the clubs and organizations I have joined here. It was scary at first to put myself out there, but I'm so glad I did at the end of the day.

Aaron Mathias

Email: aaronmathias@uky.edu

Home Country: Bahrain

Major: Computer Science

Graduation Date: May 2020

Languages: English, Hindi

What I love about UK: Everyone on campus is very accepting and is willing to have a conversation.

New Student Tip: Rather than making assumptions, try out all that you can and see what fits you.

Ngoc Phan

Email: ngoc.phan@uky.edu

Home Country: Vietnam

Major: Computer Engineering

Graduation Date: May 2021

Languages: English, Vietnamese

What I love about UK: The diversity and opportunities it offers. I have friends from all over the world who make me feel like I'm learning something new about cultures, food, and people every time we talk.

New Student Tip: Don't be afraid to put yourself out to the world. Step out of your comfort zone and make friends. College is tough and GPA is important, but don't let those be your excuses to not have fun because beautiful memories with your friends are what you will miss the most when you graduate.

Khalil Dennis

Email: kgde223@g.uky.edu

Home Country: USA

Major: Music Performance - Saxophone

Graduation Date: May 2019

Languages: English, Jamaican Patois

What I love about UK: The music program and its continued efforts to promote meaningful student success and expression; also, the opportunities provided to expand poignant interactions between students of different cultures and backgrounds.

New Student Tip: It can be jarring being exposed to new environments, people, and values, and sometimes it's overwhelming - the key is to breathe. Open your heart to new perspectives and actively search for meaning, whether it be personal or external. Approach others with confidence, not with fear. Be someone you can be proud of at the end of the day, and never stop striving to evolve. If I could offer the best advice possible, it would be to experience as much as you can, observe as much as you can, and approach "failure" as a stepping stone to greatness and self-acceptance.

Jackson Bei

Email: jiaxun.bei@uky.edu

Home Country: China

Major: Biology

Graduation Date: May 2021

Languages: English, Chinese

What I love about UK: Basketball!

New Student Tip: Enjoy the social life and academic life, be open-mined to other students, enjoy the diversity campus, learn local culture, have one positive mind every single day.

Bee Shin

Email: beeson.shin@uky.edu

Home Country: South Korea

Major: Psychology 

Graduation Date: May 2019

Languages: English, Korean

What I love about UK: The beautiful campus

New Student Tip: Asking for help is very normal. When you are struggling with anything, make sure to find help!