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

Advising

Want to know more about taking your education abroad? Visit with our ambassadors in the fall semester during drop-in hours Monday – Thursday at 10 AM – 4 PM! Click here to view the fall 2022 ambassador drop-in schedule: Fall 2022 schedule.


Fall 2022 Ambassadors

The following students were selected to serve as CIBS Ambassadors for the fall 2022 semester:

Abby Bennett ’23  |  Marketing

  • Winter Faculty-led (Costa Rica)
  • Summer Faculty-led (Spain)

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 homestay 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 Thursdays at 2 PM – 4 PM!

 

Rachel Braden ’23  |  Supply Chain Management

  • Winter Student Group – Virtual (Panama)
  • Spring Semester Exchange (France)

Howdy! My name is Rachel Braden, and I am a senior Supply Chain Management major from Kingwood, Texas. Starting college, I knew I wanted to study abroad to immerse myself in another culture and experience living somewhere outside the US. I started looking at study abroad programs early and had the incredible opportunity to participate in Global Business Brigades in January of my sophomore year and I got to study in Strasbourg, France in the spring semester of my junior year. Global Business Brigades happened during COVID the year I did it, however, we still had the opportunity to help local business owners in Panama via Zoom. This was a great experience where I got to work with a team to help a small business owner and learn a little bit about the culture in Panama. During my semester abroad, I had the chance to meet and work with people from all over the world and I also had the opportunity to travel all over Europe. This exchange really encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and expand my global mindset. I was able to learn a lot about myself and other cultures that I will take with me throughout my college career and my life. I received a lot of help from CIBS Ambassadors when I was preparing to do my semester exchange and I look forward to helping others who want to take their education abroad!

Meet with Rachel during her office hours on Mondays at 12 PM – 2 PM!

 

Nikhila Bulusu ’23  |  Marketing

  • Spring Semester Exchange (Spain)

Howdy! My name is Nikhila Bulusu and I’m a senior Marketing major from Flower Mound, TX. I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Madrid, Spain this past spring semester. It was an incredible experience filled with lot’s of traveling, food, friends, and school of course. I had always known that I wanted to study abroad from the beginning of high school because I wanted to be immersed in a new culture and have the ability to easily travel between countries. This semester exchange was the perfect fit for me because I had a full 5 months to do everything I wanted! I highly recommend looking into the different experiences that CIBS offers because there are so many options out there and it’s likely that one of them is the right fit for you. Feel free to come into the office and chat with me about any questions or thoughts that you have! 🙂

Meet with Nikhila during her office hours on Wednesdays at 2 PM – 4 PM!

 

Candace Hoang ’24  |  Marketing

  • Summer Faculty-led (Belgium & Croatia)

Howdy! My name is Candace Hoang and I am a junior Marketing major from Houston, Texas. Since a young age, I have loved to travel and knew I wanted to study abroad when I went to college. This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to go on a faculty-led study abroad in Croatia and Belgium for a month! While abroad, I went out of my comfort zone many times and immersed myself in another culture that soon felt like home after spending a few weeks there. As well as doing school, I also had the opportunity to travel to multiple countries, try new foods, and go on many adventures that I will cherish forever. I am so thankful for the irreplaceable memories and long-lasting friendships I made while abroad! Studying abroad has opened my eyes and shown me there is so much out there for me including opportunities, people, and places to go. I am wanting to attain my Certificate in International Business and will be studying abroad again! Woohoo! I am so excited to meet you all and help out with any questions you have!

Meet with Candace during her office hours on Tuesdays at 10 AM – 12 PM!

 

Eric Hu ’25  |  Business Administration

  • Spring Field Trip (Singapore)

Howdy! My name is Eric Hu and I am a sophomore Business major from Houston, Texas. Growing up I’ve always enjoyed traveling, either with my family or with school, and learning more about different cultures. This past spring, I had the opportunity to go on a field trip to Singapore where I was able to try food from around the world, immerse myself in a mix of cultures, and learn more about why Singapore is an Asian Tiger by interacting with some of the companies there. Studying abroad not only expanded my knowledge of what international business is, but also encouraged me to relearn Chinese again and work in the travel industry in the future. Although the pandemic resulted in my original destination and flight being canceled, I am incredibly thankful to the staff at CIBS who ensured that we would still be able to travel safely and participate in the trip. If you have any questions or interests and want to learn more about what it’s like to study abroad, feel free to stop by!

Meet with Eric during his office hours on Thursdays at 12 PM – 2 PM!

 

Sam Koeijmans ’23  |  Finance

  • Spring Semester Exchange (Austria)

Howdy! My name is Sam Koeijmans and I am a senior Finance Major from Dallas, Texas. My dad was the one who really pushed me to study abroad and convinced me to take the leap so in the Spring of 2022 I did a semester exchange in Innsbruck, Austria. There I was able to ski, travel, and make a lot of new friends with people from all around the world. I now have a friend to stay with in just about every European country. By studying abroad I was able to really expand my knowledge of what business is to a global scale. I am so thankful for my time abroad and think it was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. If you ever have any questions or interest stop by and talk to one of us. Take the leap!

Meet with Sam during his office hours on Wednesdays at 10 AM – 12 PM!

 

Ben Longoria ’25  |  Business Honors/Accounting

  • Spring Break Field Trip (Portugal)

Howdy! My name is Ben Longoria, and I am a sophomore Accounting major from Brownsville, Texas! I have had an affinity for understanding different cultures throughout my high school career and coming into college I knew my one goal was to study abroad. This past spring break, I was fortunate enough to go on the Regents’ Portugal Field Trip which took over 30 first-generation college students abroad. Going on this trip was a dream come true as not only was I studying abroad as a freshman from a low-income area, but I also got to enjoy the experience with my closest friends who I had met through the RAP program. Being able to be a part of a collaboration between the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the CIBS office was truly unique and I am so glad it was my first international experience! I am so excited to get to help and hear all the amazing stories that come through the office at Mays, so please stop by!

Meet with Ben during his office hours on Mondays at 10 AM – 12 PM!

 

Riley McGehee ’22  |  Management

  • Spring Semester Exchange (Spain)
  • Spring Internship (United Kingdom)

Howdy! My name is Riley McGehee and I am a senior MGMT major from Bryan, TX. I interned for a tech company in London, England during spring 2022, and I studied abroad for a semester in Madrid, Spain during spring 2021. Both experiences were incredible opportunities that allowed me to experience new cultures, make long-lasting friendships, and grow both personally and professionally. I participated in longer abroad programs because I wanted a more comprehensive, immersive cultural experience. I absolutely loved my time abroad! I’m planning on eventually working abroad, so these experiences have really helped me to understand how to work towards that goal. CIBS has a ton of program options – please feel free to stop by our office if you have any questions or just want to chat!

Meet with Riley during her office hours on Mondays at 2 PM – 4 PM!

 

Juan Saza ’22  |  Marketing

  • Spring Field Trip (Singapore)

Howdy! My name is Juan Saza and I am a senior Marketing major from Fort Worth, Texas. I was originally born in Colombia and since I was little, I’ve always had fun traveling to other places. In addition, being exposed to different cultures in the United States motivated me to expand my knowledge of the world. This past May, I had the amazing privilege of traveling to Singapore through CIBS and it was a very rewarding experience. I got to try their delicious food at hawker centers, go on company visits downtown, meet people from all over Asia, and spend a whole day at the beach. I believe every country has something valuable to offer. Throughout my abroad experiences, I have gained a better understanding of various cultures, made friends from all over the globe, and visited famous landmarks. My experiences abroad are definitely the highlight of my life as a student, and I hope to continue to take advantage of them even after graduation. CIBS offers many great opportunities to go abroad, and I think you all should take advantage of them. Feel free to come during my office hours if you want to learn more about Singapore or any other abroad experience!

Meet with Juan during his office hours on Tuesdays at 12 PM – 2 PM!

 

Zach Schwertner ’23  |  Management Information Systems

  • Fall Semester Exchange (Austria)

Howdy! My name is Zachary Schwertner and I am a senior Management Information Systems major from Georgetown, Texas. Ever since I traveled abroad for the first time in 2017 I had to urge to go back. Thankfully, I had the opportunity to participate in a semester exchange and go to Vienna, Austria. I learned so much in the four and a half months I was there. From taking classes at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) to hopping on trains across Europe, the time I spent abroad was filled with unforgettable experiences. Looking back, it was crazy to me how easy and smooth everything went from the application process with CIBS to being enrolled in a different university! If you want to hear about my experience participating in a semester exchange program or if you have any other questions, come by!

Meet with Zach during his office hours on Tuesdays at 2 PM – 4 PM!

 

Ji-Min Song ’23  |  Accounting

  • Winter Faculty-led (Portugal)
  • Winter Faculty-led (Singapore) – expected

Howdy! My name is Ji-Min Song and I am a senior 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 Wednesdays at 12 PM – 2 PM!

 

Kevin Szpak ’23  |  Marketing

  • Summer Faculty-led (Spain)

Howdy! My name is Kevin Szpak, and I am a senior 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 the 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 Thursdays at 10 AM – 12 PM!