CIBS Ambassador Program

Program Overview

CIBS Ambassadors utilize their international experience to:

  • Assist CIBS in its globalizing mission by sharing their international experiences with current and prospective business students through formal programs, informal settings, and weekly CIBS office hours
  • Enrich Mays Business School’s students’ international cultural awareness and global acumen
  • Recruit Mays students for the various programs provided by Mays Business School and Texas A&M University.

2020-2021 Ambassadors 

The following students were selected to serve as CIBS Ambassadors for the 2020-2021 academic year:

Fall 2020 schedule coming soon!

Meet the Ambassadors

Purwa Baseer ’21

  • Supply Chain Management
  • REEP Semester (Austria) & Regents’ Ambassadors Program (South Africa)

Howdy! My name is Purwa Baseer and I am a junior Supply Chain Management student from Irving, TX. From a young age, I have always had an interest in seeing the world and exploring different cultures, countries, and meeting people from diverse backgrounds. However, it wasn’t until the spring semester of my sophomore year at Texas A&M where I was able to achieve this when I lived in Vienna, Austria for five months! During this time, I traveled all across Europe, made friends from around the world, and experienced an educational system that was completely foreign to me. My time in Vienna was an incredible learning experience, where I was forced to adopt an active lifestyle, learn an entire transportation network, take block courses, and pick up on some German! All of the classes I took counted towards my degree plan, and I still had time to travel with friends I made while on exchange. We traveled to Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, France, and much more! As daunting as the application process and living on my own initially seemed, I am so grateful to have taken a leap of faith. Today, I can confidently say that my time abroad has allowed me to grow as an individual and student, and see the world through a whole new set of lens.

Bryce Boyd ’21

  • Business Honors/Finance
  • Southern Africa Winter Faculty-Led & International Internship (China)

Ambassador bio coming soon!

Rebecca Davidson ’21

  • Management
  • REEP Semester (Denmark)

Ambassador bio coming soon!

Aaron Holle ’21

  • Management Information Systems
  • REEP Semester (Spain)

Ambassador bio coming soon!

Yana Kolpakova ’21

  • Finance
  • International Internship (United Kingdom)

Ambassador bio coming soon!

Maureen McClellan ’18

  • MS-Human Resource Management
  • Global Business Brigades (Panama), Southern Africa Winter Faculty-led, International Internships (Argentina & Spain)

Howdy! My name is Maureen McClellan and I am a MS-HRM student from Katy, TX. My love for traveling began when I was a baby – I first left the country when I was only six months old. Discovering and understanding different cultures has become my passion; to date I have visited 27 countries. Texas A&M has provided me with the opportunity to travel to 3 different continents during my time here and has given me the chance to study, work, and live abroad. As a freshman, I had my first international experience through CIBS. I went to Panama for a week to apply what I had learned in my business classes by teaching local people in indigenous communities about micro-finance and serving as a consultant to small businesses. The following year I participated in a faculty-led program to South Africa and Swaziland to learn about non-profits and entrepreneurship. I spent half of my junior year in Spain for an internship with the government and was in Argentina for two months before my last year of undergrad, interning for a private oil company. International experiences have shaped my time here at A&M and have had an enormous impact on my education. What I have gained from these trips has not only reinforced everything I have learned in the classroom, but also taught me things you can’t learn from a textbook. I am a better global citizen in this world because of the opportunities offered to me by CIBS and A&M.

Macy Miller ’22

  • Business Honors/Accounting
  • France Summer Faculty-Led, Belgium Summer Faculty-Led, Global Business Brigades (Panama)

Ambassador bio coming soon!

Hailey Motsenbocker ’21

  • MS-Marketing
  • Southern Africa Winter Faculty-Led & REEP Semester (Austria)

Ambassador bio coming soon!

Sofia Samuelson ’21

  • Accounting
  • Transfer Credit with ISA: Argentina Semester

Howdy! My name is Sofia Samuelson and I am a junior accounting and Spanish major from Houston, Texas. Coming into college, I knew I wanted to study abroad in Latin America because I have been studying Spanish for many years now and have developed a big passion for it. In spring 2019, I got the amazing opportunity to spend a semester living in Buenos Aires, Argentina with International Studies Abroad (ISA), a transfer credit program. I studied at the Universidad de Belgrano and earned credit for my Spanish degree and international electives at Mays. This was my first time ever traveling outside of the country, and it was a wild adjustment at first. However, I absolutely loved my time there, from living with an Argentine host family, traveling across the country, becoming assimilated into the culture and making that city my home. I learned an unbelievable amount about myself and the world while I was over there, and by the end of the semester I was so sad to go! One of my favorite parts of the entire experience was being able to form relationships with both locals and other travelers from all over the world. Since my grandparents are from Argentina, I also got to meet a lot of extended family I didn’t even know I had and learn more about the deep roots my family has in the country. I already know I want to be able to go back at some point, and can’t wait for that opportunity! Studying abroad truly impacted my perspectives on life and strengthened my desire to work internationally in the future. Everyone should try to go abroad at some point, especially during their college career!

Lizzie Paulos ’21

  • Business Honors
  • REEP Semester (France)

Howdy! My name is Lizzie Paulos and I am a junior PPA student from Denton, Texas. From a very young age my parents instilled in me a love for travel, from trips across the United States to adventures all over the world. Before coming to Texas A&M, I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Oxford through a summer program. This experience showed me the value of learning from people all over the world, not just in the classroom. Because of this, I knew I wanted to study abroad again when I came to Texas A&M and was fortunate enough to be able to spend an entire semester in Strasbourg, France. This semester abroad allowed me to learn more about myself than I thought possible and gave me a new perspective on the world. I gained lifelong friends who I still talk to everyday and an experience of a lifetime. I came back from France with amazing stories, a desire to work internationally, and a global mindset. Studying abroad was such a highlight for my college career that I knew I had to do it again. Due to the amazing opportunities provided by Mays, I will be hiking the Camino de Santiago this summer. I can’t emphasize enough the value of going abroad and experiencing the world first-hand. No experience has impacted me like study abroad and I encourage everyone to go on an experience of their own!

Join us!

Would you like to be a student ambassador? Ambassador applications for the 2021-2022 school year will open May 2021! Be sure to check back for updates or email cibs@mays.tamu.edu for questions.