The HELLO! program is designed to help you transition to life at EMU. You can follow our HELLO! team members' blog posts, talk with them via chat sessions, ask them questions and meet them at our welcome table during your first weeks at EMU. Team HELLO! are current American or international students at EMU for at least one semester. Team HELLO! will answer your questions about life at EMU, in the U.S. and in Ypsilanti!

Please direct questions about immigration, visas, orientation, health care, flight/travel, and other questions of this nature to the Office of International or 734-487-3116.

Team Hello!

Naga Sandhya Guntaka

I am Naga Sandhya Guntaka, graduate student in Chemistry. Apart from enjoying my job as a full time Graduate Assistant at the chemistry department, I spend my weekends watching movies and hanging out with friends. I also love gardening, cooking and to interact with people from different cultures and countries.

Trisha Dowling

I am a master's candidate in the TESOL program (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at EMU and I am really enjoying being a part of this university! My interests include traveling, doing yoga, IndyCar racing, watching the TV show 'The Office', and trying new things. I love helping people and just enjoying life.

Marcus Adams

I like sports, motorcycles, cats, movies-especially French and British gangster ones, music, books, travel to foreign countries, working at EMU and being in grad school!

Lucy M. Njiru

I am a graduate student in Community Counseling program. I love my program; I love my professors; and I love Eastern Michigan University Halle library where I spend most of the time in my stay in United States. I am fascinated by meeting people and making friends from diverse cultures. I enjoy traveling and site seeing - I have travelled widely in places like East Asia, Europe, and Africa; and now I take every opportunity that comes my way to tour places in North America and the Caribbean. Also, I have interests in music and dance, shopping, museums, beaches and going to church. I am passionate about philanthropic work and that is one of the reasons I am here as a Global Ambassador.

Thomas Coates

My name is Thomas Coates, I'm an international student from Australia studying at Eastern Michigan University. I moved to this college three semesters ago, in order to begin my tertiary education in Biology and Chemistry majors, and continue my training as a swimmer, with the EMU swim team. In my time here I have come to appreciate and enjoy not only the people of EMU but the culture and environment that the school fosters. Aside from swimming and studying I enjoy skiing when I get the opportunity, travelling when I have the money and relaxing when I have the time.

Carrie Grignano

My name is Carrie Grignano. I am a Vocal Music major and TESOL minor at EMU. I studied abroad in South Korea last Fall where I met some amazing people. I plan to teach English in South Korea after I graduate. I love meeting new people and learning about other cultures. I love to just hang out with friends watching movies, playing games, and going to karaoke!

Shao Yang

My name is Shao Yang. I was born in China. I've been in the United State for 12 years now. I am an accounting major. My hobbies are photography, fashion and traveling. I also love sports such as tennis and badminton.

Clarisse Cabatuando

I am currently an undergrad student and working part time here at Eastern. I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, reading, biking and trying out new cuisines. Traveling to see the world also fascinates me a lot, as well as learning different kinds of culture and being around a diverse community.

Zi Wei Ting

Hi everyone, my name is Zi Wei Ting or you can call me Tina. I am from Malaysia. It is my pleasure to help people and I enjoy doing that. I am currently majoring in dietetic-intent and am a sophomore student. I have been living here for one year. I love shopping, eating, cooking and watching movies. Since I am from a multicultural country, I enjoy learning other cultures too. Did I tell you that I am a lovely person too? :)

Tyrie Adams

My name is Tyrie and I am a full time undergraduate student working part time at EMU. I study International Business and I plan to double major in Japanese language and culture. When I am not studying or working I like to watch movies, listen to music, play the piano, explore the city, try new restaurants, play video games, and meet new people. I am really interested in different cultures and would love to meet different people from all over the world.

Jesse Stanghini

My name is Jesse Stanghini. I am originally from Ontario, Canada, but moved to Michigan in 2007. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Communication & Psychology in 2011 and my Master of Art's in Educational Leadership, with a focus on Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2013. Over the last 6 years, I have met numerous phenomenal people at EMU, and hope to introduce you to many of them. My goal with being a Global Ambassador is to help international students, like myself, become acclimated to the campus, climate, and culture. As much as I enjoy traveling often as possible, my interests also focus on cultural diversity, education, and music. I love to learn and help people, so feel free to contact me at anytime.

Trang Vo

My name is Trang and I'm from Vietnam. I'm currently an undergraduate student, majoring in Music. I enjoy playing piano, swimming, hanging out with friends and traveling.

Sangeun Lee

I love to travel all around the world. I have been to a lot of different countries. Every time I travel, I like to see how people live in different parts of the world. Also, I like meeting new people. I am studying CIS (Computer Information System) and SCM (Supply Chain Management). I try to be involved in a lot of activities going around EMU. As an Global Ambassador, I really want to help international students who need my help.


Hello I am Pauleane I am currently studying mathematics and Spanish. I love to help and to challenge myself. I have two sisters and I love to read and sing. More than anything I enjoy meeting new and interesting people. It is my goal to help someone in this world. I want to help others better themselves for the long run. This is why I want to be a teacher. I feel like words are very powerful and can change a world. :)


Hello! My name is Harjot. I am currently an undergraduate student at Eastern. I am majoring in speech pathology and elementary education. I enjoy fashion, photography, makeup, music, art, cooking, traveling, teaching, and spending time with friends. My goal as a global ambassador is to help international students. I really enjoy helping others! I also enjoy meeting new people and learning about different cultures around the world. I am involved in an organization called Diversity Council at EMU, we strive to spread diversity on campus. Please feel free to join!

Brittany A. Motyka

My name is Brittany A. Motyka. I'm an International Affairs major and French minor. I'm a foreign film lover and amateur photographer. During my free time i like to spend time with my friends, meeting new ones and read international politics journals. I have long lasting for Korean pop and south-east Asian culture and never-ending passion for baseball. GO Tigers! :)

Soo Jeong Yang

Hello, I am Soo Jeong Yang. I am undergraduate student major in Accounting. I really love Eastern Michigan Unviersity. I like shopping, eating, watching movies, and animals especially cats and dogs. Also, I like to travel around and take pictures. I love helping people and making new friends. As a Global Ambassador, I will try to help as much as possible for those you need. :)


Hello, I am an international student from Indonesia, and I am an undergraduate majoring in Psychology. Since childhood, I have traveled to many places, and I have also lived in China and Saudi Arabia. I am very involved around campus, especially with international students and student organizations. I like learning about different cultures because I grew up living in different places, and I have always been surrounded by an international community. In my spare time, I love to draw, and dance. I watch a lot of Korean dramas, so I am very much interested in learning the Korean language. I also love movies by Studio Ghibli, such as Spirited Away.


My name is Steve Zwilling. I love to travel all around the world. I have been to various countries through Europe, Asia, and North America. I am an aspiring International Student/Study Abroad Advisor and love to culture myself and get in tune with people that are unlike myself. My undergraduate degree is in English from EMU. I am now back studying for my Master in Arts degree in Higher Education Student Affairs with a concentration in Academic Advising at EMU. I have been a part of EMU since 2005 and have a firm understanding of what the university is about and how wonderful its mission is. I have an open and cultured personality, but also believe there is room for personal growth. I would love to share my experiences and develop an understanding of others experiences as well. I believe this will better me as a person and as a professional. I have an extensive background with international students and would love to broaden my horizons by involving myself in the Global Ambassador Program. If there is anywhere I can help, I am up for the opportunity."

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