As an international applicant to Davidson, you might have questions about attending college in the United States. International Admission Ambassadors understand and want to help you get to know Davidson from wherever you are in the world. Reach out to any of the ambassadors profiled below or one of the Senior Admission Fellows. We also offer virtual information sessions and one-on-one Zoom calls. The 20-minute Zoom calls are designed for international high school seniors and transfer students.

You are also welcome to send questions to admissionambassadors@davidson.edu for a student-oriented perspective on life at Davidson.

International Admission Ambassadors
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Belle Ange Itetere

Belle Ange Itetere

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda

Major: Biology

Minor: Public Health

Extracurriculars: Club Soccer, Davidson African Students Association, Black Student Coalition, Campus Post Office

#WhyDavidson: When thinking about college, I knew I wanted a school that resembled my high school: small, out of the city, with a welcoming community. Although I didn’t know about Davidson until a week before the EDI deadline, I am so glad I decided on applying to Davidson last minute. I’ve enjoyed every single moment on campus from the loving people on and off campus, the committed professors, charismatic peers, and the environment that pushes me outside my comfort zone to become a better version of myself.

Fun Fact: I have played soccer since I was eight. I actually competed with my brother's league (and he's four years older than me).

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Mandolino's Artisan Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

Email Belle Ange at beitetere@davidson.edu


Hera Jeong headshot

Hera Jeong

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Chungju, South Korea

Major: Political Science

Minor: Philosophy

Extracurriculars: President of Amnesty International, Treasure and Alumni Relations Chair of the Pre-Law Society, Korean Students Association, Student Initiative for Academic Diversity.

#WhyDavidson: As an international student, after attending multiple virtual information sessions of colleges, Davidson drew me the most with its close-knit community and supportive faculty members. I could also imagine myself being on campus when my high school advisor visited Davidson and described how kind and passionate everyone is. I applied for ED and am still glad that I chose Davidson.

Fun Fact: I love cats, but I’m allergic to them.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Ben & Jerry’s butter pecan ice cream!

Email Hera Jeong at hejeong@davidson.edu.


Tasos Pagounas

Tasos Pagounas

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hometown: Ioannina, Greece

Majors: Biology and and Computer Science

Extracurriculars: Center for Career Development Student Ambassador, Davidson's International Association (DIA), Athletics Tickets Office Representative, Intramural Sports

#WhyDavidson: As an international student coming from a rural part of western Greece, I didn't know much about studying in the United States. Through the recommendation of an advisor, I found out about Davidson, a place I had only heard about through a video game because of Steph Curry. At Davidson, I found a warm and welcoming community, based on trust and mutual respect that shows directly that they value diversity and multiple perspectives. They instantly made me feel like a valuable member of a well-organized and prospering academic environment. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to meet students and professors that helped me realize how I would fit in and develop here, both academically and personally. Lastly, as a Liberal Arts school, Davidson has allowed me to familiarize myself with different academic disciplines and interact with people from many different backgrounds. These are just some factors that save Davidson a special place in my heart!

Email Tasos at tapagounas@davidson.edu


Luisa Pereira

Luisa Pereira

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Major: Memory studies on the Premedicine Track

Extracurriculars: Kuykendall Scholar, Cheerleading, MILE (More Inclusive Learning Advisor), Portuguese Conversation Partner, President of Brazilian Student Association (BRASA), Senior Admissions Fellow, Researcher in Cognitive Aging Lab

#WhyDavidson: The people! I remember when I visited as a prospective student, everyone went out of their way to make sure I was having the best experience and feeling welcome. I knew that I would be surrounded by an amazing community, and I have not been disappointed.

Fun Fact: I once had two lobsters as pets!

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Build Your Own Bowl at the Davidson Icehouse!

Email Luisa at lupereira@davidson.edu.


Dvij Sharma

Dvij Sharma

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Major: Physics (intended)

Minor: Applied Mathematics (intended)

Campus Involvement: Club Tennis, Chidsey Leadership Fellow, International Orientation Team Mentor, Davidson Dharma, Sustainability Co-op Resident, Physics Teaching Assistant.

#WhyDavidson: Community is what most strongly attracted me to Davidson. I wasn't able to come to the U.S. physically to tour campuses and explore my options, but I got a really great taste of Davidson's community in other ways. It started with a few upperclassmen taking the initiative to reach out to me, helping me figure out whether I'd find the family-like atmosphere I knew I'd need as a new student in a foreign land. These conversations, along with a few others, gave me a sense of warmth and reassurance that I could be happy here. Even beyond students, though, was the kindness of International Student Programs and all the faculty I'd interacted with, all of whom gave my family and me support in some very taxing times.

Fun Fact: I play tennis with a one-handed backhand, and try to look as cool as Dominic Thiem when hitting it down the line.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Quesadillas or burritos at Carburritos. Super tasty and not too expensive!

Email Dvij at dvsharma@davidson.edu.


Bao Vu

Bao Vu

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam

Major: Political Science

Minor: Data Science

Extracurriculars: Dance Ensemble, International Orientation Leader, The Hurt Hub, Davidson's Alpha Iota Upsilon of the National Political Honor Society

#WhyDavidson: The community at Davidson is the biggest plus for me! You can meet many people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and everyone is very supportive and caring. With a close community here, it is not very difficult to find your place in a group of close friends who really want to bring the best out of you and can always relate to you.

Fun Fact: I can remember some of the most useless facts ever.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: The milkshake at the Soda Shop always amazes me, regardless of the flavors!

Email Bao at bavunguyen@davidson.edu.


Samuel Waithira

Samuel Waithira

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hometown: Githunguri, Kenya

Majors: Economics

Campus Involvement: Bonner Scholar, Treasurer, Davidson African Students Association, Community Engagement Chair, Black Student Coalition, Orientation Team Leader, Tour Guide, Fashion Club, and Davidson International Association (DIA)

#WhyDavidson: As an international student joining a new academic system, I needed a college with a strong support system. Davidson outstands all colleges with its efficient resources and programs that offer needed assistance to every student. The close-knit college community is highly supportive and reassuring. Lastly, with Davidson's small population and huge resources, it is easier to find opportunities. Concisely, Davidson is a bundle of opportunities!

Fun Fact: I can wiggle half my nose.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Biryani at Masala Mastee.

Email Sam at sawaithira@davidson.edu.


Serena Zhou

Serena Zhou

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Major: Psychology

Extracurriculars: Chinese Apprentice Teacher, Davidson International Association Co-Sponsorship Chair, The Davidsonian, Center for Civic Engagement, Davidson Refugee Support, Chinese Culture Club

#WhyDavidson: Mostly because I had experienced a tight and diverse community in high school (United World College). I heard about Davidson from my supervisor as she told me that Davidson has a close and supportive community with really nice people. And it is TRUE! From information sessions and virtual meetings, I learned that Davidson students, professors and staff love to reach out! They genuinely want to help you and they are patient with every single question you have. Coming to campus, this vibe only got stronger as people are looking after one another. One day I was carrying huge packages from the warehouse (10 minutes walking uphill and downhill from my dormitory), and a junior just stopped by and asked to give me a ride. That is a common scenario that happens every day at Davidson!

Fun Fact: I do boxing and I have a bit of talent in most sports! Very fun fact: I play violin but I do not read music notes.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Lemonade, my favorite of all time!

Email Serena at sezhou@davidson.edu