Howdy! My name is Jennifer January. I am a senior Supply Chain Management major from Austin, Texas. Traveling was not part of my life growing up. In fact, I never planned to study abroad during college. From my knowledge, studying abroad was expensive and only available to those with enough money to afford overseas travel. After talking to friends and people coming to my classes to share information, I learned that Mays has a variety of study abroad opportunities that are very affordable! As soon as I heard about these opportunities, I jumped on them and went on a variety of study broad trips. I went on the Global Business Brigades trip to Panama and was an exchange student for a semester at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Adding this trip to India is exciting because it’ll be completely different than my previous experiences! I love traveling and learning about different cultures. I believe we all have something to gain from one another and by asking about others’ cultures, I can grow into a more adaptable, capable woman.

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“One day I received an email from the Mays Business school detailing all the different study abroad programs being offered. Normally, I wouldn’t look at an email like this because it didn’t apply to something that was important to me at that moment. However, I decided to look at it and I asked myself “Why haven’t I studied abroad yet? When my older brother was in college, he did a mission trip in another country and I have never left the country.” After realizing this, I knew I had to change this. I looked through the study abroad brochures online and saw that they had several Latin American countries, South Africa, and India. Having been involved in the Hispanic/Latino community my whole life, I knew I had to try something different. This left me South Africa and India. After reflecting on the two countries, I decided India because I thought that going there would be the most different, unique experience out of the two counties. Then I told my parents that I was going to do this and that I would pay for it myself. Luckily, I was able to secure an internship with Capital One that allowed me to save up money so that I could go on this trip!

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Howdy! My name is Kiana Cessac and I’m a Sophomore Supply Chain major and will also be receiving a minor in Comparative Cultural Studies and a certificate in International Business. During my time here at Texas A&M, I have been heavily involved as an officer in several organization relating to international business, including the International Business Association, Global Brigades Executive Board, and Global Business Brigades in Panama. This is my third study abroad with Mays Business School and my second time to Asia. Though I want to travel everywhere, India has always been at the top of my list! I am extremely excited to visit a country so diverse and different from anywhere I have been and I look forward to understanding this beautiful culture first hand!

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Howdy! My name is Desirae Deeton and I am sophomore Accounting major from Houston, Texas. My first experience abroad was summer of 2016 in South Africa through the Regents Scholarship Program. The experience was so incredible and life changing that I have been hooked to crossing borders ever since.

After careful deliberation, I decided that India was my next destination. I wanted to go somewhere extremely different from western culture and way of life, so India was perfect. I researched as much as could about the country and quickly found my self engulfed in everything India.

Everything from the food, the religions, to the growing economy and the many different languages. India seemed exciting,fun, and unique. I just knew that I would have a special experience if I went to India.

Dr. Gaspar’s pre-departure class was incredibly interesting and helpful. I have never been interested in economics until participating in his course. We learned so much about India’s economy and where it fits in the world,  as well as what we should expect on our trip.

I am so thrilled to be going on this trip and it amazes me that I have even been given the opportunity. I cannot wait to indulge in true indian cuisine, see one of the seven wonders of the world,and learn about a country and culture so different from my own.

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My name is Christina Hayden and I’m from Keller, Texas. I first learned about the study abroad trips when someone came to my class to speak about all the opportunities Mays offered.  Later on, I went to the study abroad website and was really excited about the winter study abroad trips. I thought it was the perfect amount of time to be abroad and a good time of the year where I’m still able to go to both semesters at A&M and have enough time for a full-length summer internship.  I had never left the United States up until this study abroad trip, but knew that I really wanted to go before it was too late and I missed my opportunity.  At first I couldn’t decide where I wanted to go but knew I wanted to go somewhere far away and somewhere I wouldn’t get the opportunity to go to again anytime soon. After doing some research on India I decided that’s exactly where I wanted to go. Since I had never left the United States before I didn’t really know what to expect once I got to India.

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