Macalester Global Ambassadors

 Alizée, Nora, Lutfe, Tina, and Jonathan
We are the coordinators of the Macalester Global Ambassadors, an organization of Macalester students and alumni that have volunteered to help prospective students around the world learn more about the college. 

Tina ’19
United World College: Maastricht Davis Scholar

I was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, but spent my two previous years in The Netherlands, where I studied IB at United World College Maastricht. As a new-coming first year I have yet to decide what I want to major in (perks of Liberal arts). However, I have no doubts that it would be in the natural sciences. I am the newest member of the Global Ambassador program, and I also work at the admission office. I am looking forward to becoming a first aid responder at Macalester, and enjoy spending my time swimming and dancing Salsa. I chose to enroll at Macalester, because I wanted to go to a small liberal arts school in an urban environment. I was very intrigued by Macalester’s focus on internationalism, because as an international student, I wanted to ensure that I wouldn’t feel alienated in any way, and I surely didn’t. More importantly, Mac would give me the chance to grow intellectually due to its academic rigor, but still allow me to engage in a broader community.

Lutfe ‘18
United World College: Costa Rica Davis Scholar 

I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh, currently in the second semester of my first year. I am interested in biomedical sciences and want to major in Biology. Minnesota has many research institutes related to biological fields and as part of a group project for my class, I will interview a scientist at one of the leading biotechnology firms in the US. Outside of class I am involved with the MSA, the Multifaith Council and recently co-led a workshop on sustainable spiritual practices. Over winter break I volunteered at the bilingual high school called “El Colegio” in Minneapolis. Last semester I was part of the Ametrica program organized by the International Students Program at Mac. It was a mix of international and domestic students and we had the opportunities and space to interact and discuss topics around identity, politics and racism relevant to our lives. My trip to Chicago with some of my Ametrica peers was a memorable experience. I learned to navigate the Chicago subway system and explored museums, parks and of course tried the infamous Chicago style deep dish pizza. The involvement I see of my fellow mac students in the various communities in and off campus reminds me to constantly explore.

Jonathan ‘16
United World College: Pearson College Davis Scholar

I am from the beautiful island of Sint Maarten in the Dutch Caribbean and at current I am finishing up my Senior year at Mac. I chose to major in Economics with a focus on International Development  and it's a decision that I have never regretted. For my specific interests, there have been a number of opportunities while at Mac like leading an International Roundtable workshop, conducting an Independent Study while studying abroad in Spain, and receiving a Macalester grant to do an experimental project in Germany. With a nice mixture of academic and out-of-the-classroom experiences, I feel incredibly prepared to enter the job market ahead of me and I'm looking forward to seeing where life takes me next.

Alizée '16
I am a senior majoring in International Studies and minoring in Portuguese and Political Science. I am originally from France but I have been living in Italy since I was 8. Macalester has offered me so many opportunities to grow and develop as a person – not only through classes, but also through activities and work: since I got here, I have interned for the Mexican Embassy to the OECD in Paris, the United Nations Association of Minnesota, a fashion company in Milan, and Highland Park Montessori Preschool in St. Paul. I am also one of the co-chairs for Europa, the European cultural organization at Macalester, and I work on campus as a Global Ambassadors Coordinators. Last year, I studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I took International Relations and Portuguese classes, and taught English to Brazilian kids.

Nora ‘17
United World College: Red Cross Nordic Davis Scholar

I am a junior from Wuhan, China. I am majoring in Economics, Applied Math and Statistics and Educational Studies. I am currently studying abroad at King's College London, England. Besides academics, I have also involved in International Roundtable(for two years), Asia Pacific Awareness Month, Student Learning Committee and co-founded a new organization called “Aware Asia”. I also work as a Model UN trainer for United Nations Associations in Minnesota. I lived in Interfaith House last semester and was an Orientation Leader for Class of 2019. I am very excited that I will continue playing with these two roles during my last year in College. I really love the close-knit community Macalester offers, not only among students, but also professors, staff and worker around campus.

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