CIBS Ambassador Program
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 12 PM – 2 PM! View the spring 2022 ambassador drop-in hours schedule below:
Spring 2022 Ambassadors
The following students were selected to serve as CIBS Ambassadors for the spring 2022 semester:
Abby Bennett ’23
- Winter Faculty-led (Costa Rica)
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. I have been on the Costa Rica winter faculty-led trip and am going on the Spain Business trip this summer! By studying abroad, I have become more knowledgeable of the ins and outs of the business world on an international level. I have become more culturally aware and appreciate the differences and similarities of these countries and businesses around the world. In Costa Rica we lived with a home-stay for the two weeks we were there. This ended up being my favorite part of the trip; ultimately, I learned so much more about the culture and got to practice a lot of Spanish. CIBS and studying abroad will give you experiences that nothing else can!
Meet with Abby during her office hours on Mondays 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 office hours on Mondays from 10 AM – 12 PM!
Yana Kolpakova ’21
- 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 office hours on Tuesdays from 12 PM – 2 PM!
Divija Nadella ’22
- Management Information Systems
- Semester Exchange (Italy)
Howdy! My name is Divija Nadella and I am a senior MIS major from Houston, Texas. When my older brother was touring colleges, I tagged along with him and it was then that I learned what study abroad programs are. My immediate thoughts when I became exposed to this form of learning were, “Why isn’t every college student doing this?” and “Will I be able to take part in this remarkable opportunity?” I am happy to say I did take advantage of the opportunity and that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. In Fall’21, I studied abroad in Milan, Italy at Universitá Bocconi. Throughout my semester in Italy, I met individuals of various cultural backgrounds, immersed myself in the Italian culture, and ate croissants every.single.morning. Costco croissants I can get sick of, Italian ones… I can’t. With the guidance of CIBS ambassadors and staff, I was able to complete my exchange with ease and partake in a semester full of travel. I am thrilled to be a CIBS ambassador this semester and I look forward to encouraging others to study abroad!
Meet with Divija during her office hours on Thursdays 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 office hours on Wednesdays from 12 PM – 2 PM!
Ji-Min Song ’23
- Winter Faculty-led (Portugal)
Howdy! My name is Ji-Min Song and I am a junior Accounting major from Seoul, South Korea! I have always loved traveling and getting to experience different cultures. I knew coming into college studying abroad is something that I wanted to do. Just recently I had the opportunity to go on a winter faculty-led program to Portugal and I learned the value of learning through experience. In just two weeks I feel that I gained so much knowledge that I wouldn’t have been able to learn at home. At first, I was skeptical about going while we are in a pandemic but I am glad that everyone involved made sure that I was still able to participate just like anyone else and come back safely! It is still crazy to me that I was able to go and afford it as a first-generation college student coming from a low-income household, but thanks to CIBS they made the whole process seem like a piece of cake! I am so excited for my time as an ambassador to use what I learned to help other students have a rewarding experience abroad!
Meet with Ji-Min during her office hours on Thursdays from 10 AM – 12 PM!
Kevin Szpak ’23
- 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 office hours on Fridays from 12 PM – 2 PM!