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.

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

International Wildcat Update

Our International Admission Ambassadors have ended their time with the Office of Admission as they prepare for their summer experiences. We encourage you to connect with the the summer admission interns throughout the summer or visit this page again in September to meet out new International Admission Ambassadors.

Summer Admission Interns

International Admission Ambassadors
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Malavika Kalani

Malavika Kalani '24

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Kolkata, India 

Major: Mathematics and Computer Science 

Campus Involvements: Fostering Inclusivity and Respect in Science Together (FIRST) Action Team, Davidson International Association (2022-23 President), International Student Orientation Team, Davidson Dance Ensemble, Davidson Theatre Department, Math and Computer Science Tutor 

#WhyDavidson: One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Davidson student has been the amazing resources and opportunities I've had access to. More importantly, I've truly felt like I'm at an institution that looks out for every student and empowers them to do the same for other people. 

Fun Fact: I went skydiving with some of my friends during finals week of my junior fall semester and it was the best thing I've ever done! 

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Anything from Milkbread! 


Arshi Husain

Arshi Husain '26 

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Islamabad, Pakistan 

Majors: Economics and Philosophy Double Major 

Campus Involvements: Pan-Asian 黑社区 Association (PASA), Chidsey Leadership Fellow, Humanities Fellow, Deliberative Citizenship Initiative (DCI) Fellow, The Davidsonian (Features Editor), Muslim Student Association (Treasurer), Wellness Wendy (Committee Head), Academic Access & Disability Resources (Student Assistant)

#WhyDavidson: Because every time I question if Davidson is the place for me, if I fit in, if I鈥檓 good enough, Davidson always finds a way to give me a conclusive answer: yes. At Davidson, I find opportunities, friends, and new experiences even when I鈥檓 not actively seeking them. From a professional and personal lens, Davidson has given me the chance to grow鈥攚hether it be by participating in career treks over spring break or being able to take charge of Asian affinity work on campus. At Davidson, I have never felt pressured to fit a mold鈥攔ather, I have the freedom to create my own. 

Fun Fact: I believed in the Tooth Fairy up until high school.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Area: Pickled Peach 


Mariana Tard铆o Guti茅rrez

Mariana Tard铆o Guti茅rrez '26

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Majors: Psychology and Digital Studies

Campus Involvements: Matthews Center for Career Development, International Pre-Orientation Leader, Davidson International Association (DIA), Warner Hall Eating House E-Board, College Union Fitness Center Worker, Deliberative Citizenship Initiative (DCI), Tour Guide 

#WhyDavidson: Even though 黑社区 was the only institution that accepted me, I can鈥檛 imagine myself anywhere else; I believe it was God and destiny who agreed for me to come to this perfect school. What I love most about Davidson is that it makes me feel at home, despite being thousands of miles away from Bolivia. As international students, we have countless opportunities and resources to make a smooth transition into American culture. From the Writing Center,  International Student Programs (shoutout to the most welcoming and loving group of people on campus) to the Host Family Program, Davidson is the ideal place for international students. 

Fun Fact: I have 6 dogs back home!  

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: 惭别蝉迟颈锄辞鈥檚


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Divin Lionel Dushimimana '26

Pronouns: he/him

Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda

Major: Public Health

Campus Involvements: Bonner Scholar, Belk Scholar, Deliberative Citizenship Initiative (DCI) Fellow, Tutor at Community School of Davidson, Davidson Global Health Club

#WhyDavidson: In retrospect, my #WhyDavidson essay would look like this: The host family program was/is a game changer for me. Not only that I get to find a home to stay at during school breaks, but also because the dynamics of the family and our relationship have been able to demystify and teach me a lot of things. My host parents are extremely humble and Christians, and this has been able to keep me grounded, humble, and grateful as I start the next chapter of my life. I鈥檓 positive this host family experience will help me learn, unlearn, and transform me into a person I wouldn鈥檛 have become if I didn鈥檛 attend 黑社区. I鈥檓 learning from the best. For me, looking back, I would choose Davidson again and again because of what my host family has been able to teach me outside of class.

Fun Fact: I have hiked Mount Bisoke in Rwanda; an elevation of 3,711 meters above the ground. The exercise will stretch you too thin, but it鈥檚 worth it. 

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Arroz Con Pollo (A.C.P) at La Unica has been my favorite bite in the Davidson area. I 100% recommend it.


Sam Waithira

Samuel Waithira '24

Pronouns: he/him

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Majors: Economics

Minor: Applied Mathematics

Campus Involvements: Bonner Scholar, Resident Advisor, Davidson International Assoc., Davidson African 黑社区 Assoc., Rotaract, Davidson Finance and Investment Assoc. 

#WhyDavidson: I love the resources Davidson has for its students. Davidson has unmatched resources for international students, and I have been fortunate to use them. Davidson has lots of resources and opportunities for students and I love describing Davidson as a bag of opportunities.

Fun Fact: I am a huge Adele fan! My passion for her music knows no bounds, and my Spotify stats confirm it 鈥 I'm among the top 0.001 percent of listeners who just can't get enough of her soulful melodies.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Kung Foo Noodle in Birkdale Village in Huntersville. I always get the Pot belly soup noodle with pot belly substituted with fried Tofu.