CIBS Ambassador Program
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.
The following students were selected to serve as CIBS Ambassadors for the 2020-2021 academic year:
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.
Chat with Purwa on Tuesdays from 1-3PM about her semester exchange and RAP experiences here: tx.ag/cibspurwa
Bryce Boyd ’21
- Business Honors/Finance
- Southern Africa Winter Faculty-Led & International Internship (China)
Howdy! My name is Bryce Boyd and I am a senior Business Honors and Finance student from Flower Mound, TX. My love for travel began at young age when I went on a Caribbean cruise with my family. This passion for travel has continued to develop as I have gotten older and pursued more immersive experiences. Experiencing new cultures and unique places greatly interests me, and Texas A&M and CIBS has given me the opportunity to pursue this interest! The summer after my freshman year I interned at a company in China and got to explore the country. During this time I was able learn about organizational leadership and also travel to three different Chinese cities. Furthermore, I was able to meet other Aggies who were currently living in China! Later during my junior year, I went on the Southern Africa Winter Faculty-Led study abroad. This was a great opportunity being able to visit three different countries experiencing African culture and wildlife with a group of Aggies. I also developed a better understanding of entrepreneurship and non-profit organization management. My international experiences have impacted me both professionally and personally. By going abroad I have made great memories and developed a more open perspective on the world. I would encourage anyone to study abroad it is a truly amazing experience!
Chat with Bryce on Wednesdays from 9-11AM about his international internship and faculty-led experiences here: tx.ag/cibsbryce
Rebecca Davidson ’21
- REEP Semester (Denmark)
Howdy! My name is Rebecca Davidson and I am a senior Management pre-law student from Spring, TX. Growing up, my family instilled a love for travel in me and have given me many opportunities to see new parts of the world. Since I was in high school, I have dreamed of getting to study abroad. Although my schedule was busy when I began at A&M, I made studying abroad for a semester a priority. In the fall of my junior year, I studied in Copenhagen, Denmark for five months and it was a dream come true! The prospect of moving to a foreign country completely by myself was scary, but it was the best decision I could have made. During my semester in Denmark, I took interesting courses that counted toward my degree and gave me a new perspective. I explored Denmark and traveled throughout Europe to Budpest, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna, and Geneva. The best part of my semester was the friends I made from all over the world who I still keep in touch with today. It may sound cheesy, but I can confidently say my study abroad experience was absolutely life changing and I can’t recommend it enough!
Chat with Rebecca on Fridays from 1-3PM about her semester exchange experience here: tx.ag/cibsrebecca
Aaron Holle ’21
- Management Information Systems
- REEP Semester (Spain)
Howdy! My Name is Aaron Holle and I am a senior Management of Information Systems major from McKinney, TX. Coming into my freshman year at A&M I was still very unsure of what exactly I wanted to study but I knew that no matter what my major was, I wanted to be able to study, and eventually work, abroad. I have a deep passion for learning new languages and experiencing new cultures. Every time I visit a new country I am amazed by what seems like a whole new world and some of my fondest memories of my time abroad involve speaking to people in their native language. Through CIBS I was able to pursue my passion for language and travel while completing my degree by spending a semester in Barcelona. During my time in Barcelona, I was able to hone my Spanish language skills, experience rich culture and history, and learn an amazing amount about international business at one of the best universities in Spain. By working with CIBS I have been able to spend a semester abroad and earn a certificate in international business without altering my graduation timeline at all. Throughout my college career, CIBS has helped integrate my passion for language and travel into my professional development and set me up for a fulfilling career where I can do what I love.
Chat with Aaron on Tuesdays from 9-11AM about his semester exchange experience here: tx.ag/cibsaaron
Yana Kolpakova ’21
- International Internship (United Kingdom)
Howdy, my name is Yana Kolpakova and I am a senior Finance major from Fort Worth, TX. Last summer I had an 8-week internship in London, England. I found my internship through the CIBS website and was able to pick the internship program that was the best fit for me. Having my internship in a different country not only helped me expand my network and meet individuals from all around the world, but it also pushed me to get out of my comfort zone. During my internship abroad, I got to immerse myself in the local culture and was able to travel around Europe with my friends from the program. My time in London was life changing because I was able to experience working in a different country and it opened my eyes to new opportunities!
Chat with Yana on Fridays from 9-11AM about her international internship experience here: tx.ag/cibsyana
Dasom Lee ’21
- Supply Chain Management
- REEP Semester (Spain) & Independent Travel (Indonesia)
Howdy! My name is Dasom Lee and I am a Supply Chain Management student with Spanish minor from McAllen, TX. Born in Seoul, South Korea and having immigrated to the United States at five years old, I was raised in a melting pot of cultures. My fascination for international travel stemmed from growing up in a household grounded on Korean cultural values while acquiring my education in a foreign schooling system. I had the privilege of studying abroad through a semester exchange at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain during Spring 2020. Although my experience was disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis, I safely returned home with three months of worldview-expanding memories in my pocket. I was able to embark on weekend trips to seven cities across Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, France, and Spain. From wine tours to museums to hikes to bike tours, my wanderlust and love for diverse cuisine was satiated on this exchange. My business education was expanded while studying at the Economics school, engaging in riveting conversations with multicultural students on international marketing, the influence of psychology on business, conducting cross-cultural negotiations, and more. I have maintained strong friendships with fellow exchange students from Germany, Netherlands, Ibiza, England, and more. My heart spills over with gratitude for my international exposure to Europe, a continent I have always dreamed of exploring.
Chat with Dasom on Thursdays from 1-3PM about her semester exchange and independent travel experiences here: tx.ag/cibsdasom
Nicole Lopez ’21
- Brazil Winter Faculty-Led
Howdy! My name is Nicole Lopez and I am a junior Business Management major from Cedar Park, TX. Throughout my life, I have been very fortunate with opportunities to travel abroad. I am Colombian, so my parents placed great importance on visiting my home country and experiencing the Colombian culture firsthand. Immediately, I fell in love with exploring foreign places and promised myself I would take advantage of every opportunity I had to travel abroad. Later on, I was able to visit Europe twice. I was in awe discovering each and every country: England, France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland all had so much to offer in their own unique ways. Once I came to A&M, my top priority was to find a study abroad program that would allow me to continue to learn more about other cultures. After looking through the study abroad programs, I decided the Brazil Winter Faculty-Led program had everything I was looking for. I was interested in Latin American business studies and Brazil was a country I had always dreamt of visiting. Upon receiving my acceptance for the trip, I was full of joy and near disbelief. I spent every waking moment wondering what Brazil would be like in person. Finally, it was time to depart for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Throughout my time in Brazil, I gained in-depth insight on the Brazilian ideals and ways of business. Not only this, but I made close friendships that have continued with me to this day. If any student is ever given the opportunity to study abroad, I, without a doubt, recommend the experience. Studying abroad is simply something one must experience for themselves to realize how impactful it can be. I can genuinely say that studying abroad in Brazil was one of the best experiences of my life and completely changed my perspective on the world around me. Two weeks may seem short to study abroad, but I took advantage of every moment and will treasure this experience for the rest of my life.
Chat with Nicole on Mondays from 1-3PM about her faculty-led experience here: tx.ag/cibsnicole
Macy Miller ’22
- Business Honors/Accounting
- France Summer Faculty-Led, Belgium Summer Faculty-Led, Global Business Brigades (Panama)
Howdy! My name is Macy Miller, and I am a senior Accounting/PPA student from Southlake, Texas. Growing up, I always dreamt about travelling internationally. It was something I wanted to do, and always hoped it would happen “some day”. When I got to A&M, I realized that there was no time like the present to take advantage of the different programs and opportunities available to students through the CIBS office. During my time at A&M, I’ve traveled internationally three times. After my freshman year, I participated in the Belgium Entrepreneurship program. During our two weeks there, we worked with start ups through local university Start Up Incubators, and in our free time got to explore different cities. This was such a positive first experience, and when I got home I knew I wanted to go abroad again. After my sophomore year, I participated in the five-week France Business program. I loved my time in Strasbourg, and enjoyed being able to establish roots in the city during the week while we took classes, and then travelling during the weekends. Most recently, I traveled to Panama with the student organization Global Business Brigades where we worked with indigenous peoples in rural Panama to teach basic business skills and to advise micro-entrepreneurs within the community on improvement of their business practices. It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite experience, because I learned so much from each. My international experience has played an instrumental role in developing who I am today, and I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had!
Chat with Macy on Mondays from 10AM-12PM about her GBB and faculty-led experiences here: tx.ag/cibsmacy
Hailey Motsenbocker ’21
- Southern Africa Winter Faculty-Led & REEP Semester (Austria)
Howdy! My name is Hailey Motsenbocker, and I am an MS-Marketing student from Arlington, TX. The love for travel was instilled in me at a young age by my parents and has continued to grow as I’ve gotten older. Discovering new places and experiencing different cultures has always been an interest of mine, and CIBS has allowed me to study abroad twice to both of those things and more! I have participated in the Southern Africa Winter Faculty-Led and a semester-long reciprocal exchange (REEP) in Vienna, Austria. During my 8-month stint in Europe, I was able to visit 22 countries, learn about different cultures, try new food, and meet life-long friends from around the world! My study abroad experiences have shaped who I am today and has only further fueled my passion for travel and life-long learning. I can confidently say that my study abroad experiences have included some of the best memories and experiences in my life, and I can’t recommend enough to take the amazing opportunity to study abroad!
Chat with Hailey on Thursdays from 9-11AM about her semester exchange and faculty-led experiences here: tx.ag/cibshailey
Sofia Samuelson ’21
- 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!
Chat with Sofia on Wednesdays from 11-1PM about her semester exchange through a transfer credit program experience here: tx.ag/cibssofia
Lizzie Paulos ’21
- Business Honors
- REEP Semester (France)
Howdy! My name is Lizzie Paulos and I am a senior 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 the highlight for my college career. 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!
Chat with Lizzie on Wednesdays from 1-3PM about her semester exchange experience here: tx.ag/cibslizzie