CIBS Ambassador Program

Program Overview

CIBS Ambassadors utilize their global experience to:

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

Want to know more about taking your education abroad? Visit with our ambassadors during drop-in hours Monday – Friday from 10 AM – 2 PM! View the fall 2021 ambassador drop-in hours schedule here: Fall 2021 Schedule

Fall 2021 Ambassadors

The following students were selected to serve as CIBS Ambassadors for the fall 2021 semester:

Abby Bennett ’23

  • Marketing
  • Winter Faculty-Led (Costa Rica) – expected

Howdy! My name is Abby Bennett and I am a junior MKTG major from Kingwood, Texas. Ever since I could comprehend what college was and found out that there were opportunities to study abroad, I felt drawn to it. I grew up speaking Spanish in school and my passion for learning more about the culture has grown from that. Unfortunately, the study abroad I was planning to go on during summer 2021 to Europe was canceled, but I am planning to go on a faculty-led to Costa Rica this winter. I plan to apply to more trips in the near future, as well. By studying abroad, I hope to become knowledgeable of the ins and outs of the business world on an international level. I hope that I can become more culturally aware and appreciate the differences and similarities of these countries and businesses around the world. CIBS and studying abroad will give you experiences that nothing else can!

Meet with Abby during her drop-in hours on Thursdays from 12 PM – 2 PM!

Tatum Dotson ’21

  • Management
  • Semester Exchange (Czech Republic) & IB Certificate

Howdy! My name is Tatum Dotson, and I am a senior MGMT major from Midland, Texas. I am a firm believer that you have to constantly push yourself out of your comfort zone to grow not only professionally but as a person; therefore, for my very first time leaving the country, I decided to study abroad for a semester in the Czech Republic! I am thankful that I decided to dive into the deep end due to the immense amount of growth I experienced. It taught me how to communicate with people with widely different cultures and viewpoints than me, and it taught me how to adapt quickly to new situations. While learning this, I made friends all over the world that I plan to keep for life. Now I am beyond excited to help any students who may be in the same exact position as I was: absolutely terrified to go, but willing to take the leap abroad for the absolutely incredible experience.

Meet with Tatum during her drop-in hours on Mondays from 10 AM – 12 PM!

Autumn Hambrick ’23

  • Accounting
  • Semester Exchange (Czech Republic)

Autumn’s bio coming soon!

Meet with Autumn during her drop-in hours on Fridays from 12 PM – 2 PM!

Aaron Holle ’21

  • Management Information Systems
  • Semester Exchange (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.

Meet with Aaron during his drop-in hours on Wednesdays from 12 PM – 2 PM!

Yana Kolpakova ’21

  • Finance
  • Summer 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!

Meet with Yana during her drop-in hours on Tuesdays from 12 PM – 2 PM!

Riley McGehee ’22

  • Management
  • Semester Exchange (Spain) & IB Certificate

Howdy! My name is Riley McGehee and I am a senior MGMT major and Spanish minor from Bryan, Texas. I studied abroad for a semester in Madrid, Spain through Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. CIBS helped me to find information about different opportunities to study abroad. I chose Madrid because I had never been to Europe and because of my passion for learning Spanish. Through CIBS, I have also been able to earn a certificate for International Business Studies. CIBS has given me the opportunity to have a relevant, amazing international experience; experiencing the world of business in Spain has given me a more valuable business perspective that I will continue to carry with me as an Aggie in international business. My time abroad was the most rewarding experience of my life and I would encourage everyone to spend time learning and living abroad in college.

Meet with Riley during her drop-in hours on Mondays from 12 PM – 2 PM!

Lizzie Paulos ’21

  • Business Honors
  • Semester Exchange (France) & Virtual Field Trip (Australia)

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 every day 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 of 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!

Meet with Lizzie during her drop-in hours on Wednesdays from 10 AM – 12 PM!

Sofia Samuelson ’21

  • Accounting
  • Semester Provider Program (Argentina)

Howdy, my name is Sofia Samuelson and I am a 5th year PPA student from Houston. Coming into college, I knew I wanted to study abroad in Latin America because of my passion for studying Spanish. In Spring 2019, I had 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 double degree. This was my first time out of the country, and I absolutely loved it- from living with an Argentine host family, traveling across the country, becoming assimilated into the culture, and making that city my home. I finally got the opportunity to travel again this summer when I spent an incredible 9 weeks working as a missions intern in Managua, Nicaragua. Even though I was placed in an environment that was outside my comfort zone, it was an extremely rewarding 2 months. My favorite part of both experiences has been forming relationships with both locals and other travelers from all over the world. Living abroad has truly impacted my perspectives on life and strengthened my desire to work internationally in the future. I believe that every student should try to study abroad at some point, especially during their college career!

Meet with Sofia during her drop-in hours on Thursdays from 9 AM – 11 AM!

Kevin Szpak ’23

  • Marketing
  • Summer Faculty-led (Spain)

Howdy! My name is Kevin Szpak, and I am a Junior Marketing Major from Keller, Texas. This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to spend a month studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain with a fantastic group of Aggies. I have traveled internationally with my family quite a few times, but this was my first time crossing the Atlantic into Europe. It is a goal of mine to eventually work abroad one day, and studying abroad was the perfect first step to achieving that goal in my future. Covid-19, unfortunately, put a pause on international travel for A&M students for some time and I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to make it abroad during my time as a student, but I am incredibly grateful for all the hard work that CIBS put into making these opportunities safe and available once again. My time in Barcelona was filled with so many learning experiences, and I gained so much both personally and professionally. I would encourage all Aggies to look into an experience abroad.

Meet with Kevin during his drop-in hours on Fridays from 10 AM – 12 PM!