Highlighting Tech’s Student Organizations – Georgia Tech International Ambassadors

Get to know more about one of Tech’s most diverse organizations, the Georgia Tech International Ambassadors.

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Get to know more about one of Tech’s most diverse organizations, the Georgia Tech International Ambassadors. Founded by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in December, 2012, the goals of the organization include promoting an accurate and holistic view

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Founded by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in December, 2012, the goals of the organization include promoting an accurate and holistic view of the Institute around the world, encouraging talented and qualified individuals to apply, and encouraging admitted students to enroll.

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Director of external affairs and 2nd year Computer Science major, Sudeep Agarwal is a proud leader of GTIA saying, “Our organization supports a great community of people who are extremely diverse.”                   

GTIA helps ease the transition that international students face when coming to Tech. Most international students leave their native country to attend FASET 6 or 7. This does not allow much time to adjust to campus life and culture before classes begin.

Originally from Singapore, Agarwal understands the challenges that international students face. “When I first came to the International Student Check-in at FASET, GTIA had a booth to promote their organization. The group representatives were extremely helpful and answered any questions that I had”, he said.

Besides tabling at the International Student Check-in, GTIA leads webinars, information sessions, campus tours, and other outreach events to encourage international students to apply and attend Tech. Their website provides answers to questions that many students may have about Tech and the application process.

After recruitment, GTIA continues to assist international and local students alike. The organization has weekly meetings on Thursday nights where members gather to plan events and promote international culture. “I always look forward to Thursday nights,” said Agarwal. “A lot of work goes into planning GTIA events so I’ve gotten to know the other members well. I enjoy the tight-knit community that GTIA creates.”

Within the organization, there are multiple committees including external and internal affairs, outreach, talent management, marketing, and finance. This allows the opportunity for members to find a project that interests them.

Anyone can apply to become a member of GTIA, regardless of whether or not they are an international student. Applications for membership will open in the spring and any Tech undergraduate student is encouraged to apply.

GTIA Night Market

GTIA’s upcoming event, the Night Market, will feature a diverse group of vendors, performances, food, and drink. Cultures from the Caribbean, South-East Asia, South Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Europe will be represented.

“Night markets are sensory experiences with brilliant displays of life, color, and energy”, said Agarwal.

Generally held in Asian countries, this is the first night market held at Tech. Students should attend to familiarize themselves with new cultures while enjoying great food, music, and activities. There will also be opportunities to win giveaways and prizes from cultural organizations throughout campus.

The event will take place on Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kessler Campanile. GTIA will be selling tickets at Tech Walkway from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online here. The cost is $4.00 when paid in-person and in cash or $4.12 when paid by card or online. 

 

For more information about GTIA and later events, check out their Facebook page.

 

 

 

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  • Created On: Nov 3, 2016 - 12:04pm
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