International Programs Student Ambassadors

The Heavener School of Business International Programs Student Ambassadors (IPSA) are undergraduates who have studied abroad and now wish to inform, encourage, and inspire their peers to have their own exciting and memorable experience abroad. These students volunteer to assist the International Programs staff to educate and facilitate students to study abroad.

The ambassadors perform a range of advising and promotional activities, such as:

  • Guide students as they research study abroad options
  • Present study abroad information and share their experiences abroad with other students
  • Conduct information sessions for prospective study abroad participants
  • Assist with international education fairs, pre-departure orientations, and other events
  • Participate by giving presentations in Introduction to Business classes, in residence halls and at student organizations

We encourage students to email an ambassador if they have questions or seek advice about study abroad.

The 2019-20 International Programs Student Ambassadors

UF in Europe
  • Maia Suwala
    Maia Suwala

    Email Maia
    Term Abroad: Fall 2018
    Major/Minors: Marketing
    Specialty: Thrift shopping in Paris, food/gelato
    Takeaway: I feel so much more independent and open to change and new things after going abroad! Changes and doing things on your own, especially in a foreign place, can be scary, and things won’t always be ideal, but it is so rewarding. I can honestly say that I grew so much as a person over those four months.
    More about Maia’s time abroad.

UF in Beijing
  • Brittany Hillman
    Brittany Hillman

    Email Brittany
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing
    Specialty: Solo travel, getting local, and food
    My take away: To experience and immerse yourself in a culture completely foreign from your own is one of the most invaluable experiences to have.
    More about Brittany’s time abroad.

  • Ana Rocha
    Ana Rocha

    Email Ana
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Linguistics, French, Business Administration
    Specialty: Nightlife, music scene, language immersion
    My take away: If you have the opportunity to have any kind of a new experience, take it, however small or large it may seem.
    More about Ana’s time abroad.

UF in Dublin
  • Hunter VanScoy
    Hunter VanScoy

    Email Hunter
    Term Abroad: Summer 2019
    Major/Minors: Accounting/Sustainability Studies
    Specialty: Food/places to eat, internship
    My take away: Knowing firsthand how other countries operate has given me an insight into American way of life and the role we play on a global stage.
    More about Hunter’s time abroad.

UF in London
  • David Babajanian
    David Babajanian

    Email David
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance & Information Systems
    Specialty: Sporting events (specifically soccer/tennis), planning trips
    My take away: The biggest thing I took away from studying abroad was a sense of independence, because sometimes you have to do things on your own that you normally wouldn’t do before.
    More about David’s time abroad.

  • Cameron Davidson
    J. Cameron Davidson

    Email J. Cameron
    Term Abroad: Spring 2019
    Major/Minors: Public Relations
    Specialty: Organizing weekend trips, thrift shopping through local markets, mental health tips
    Takeaway: My time in London was a glimpse into my ideal life and self. I am now motivated to show up as the best version of myself and move abroad after graduation.
    More about J. Cameron’s time abroad.

  • Brooke Lynch
    Brooke Lynch

    Email Brooke
    Term Abroad: Summer 2019
    Major/Minors: Marketing/Economics
    Specialty: Theatre, traveling on a budget, cultural events
    Takeaway: I am so grateful that I didn’t let my fears and “what-ifs” about studying abroad keep me from pursuing this incredible opportunity. Not only am I coming back to Gainesville with treasured friends and memories, but I am also a much more confident and independent person who is entering the workforce with a unique perspective that I would not have had before.
    More about Brooke’s time abroad.

  • Yilin Shao
    Yilin Shao

    Email Yilin
    Term Abroad: Summer 2019
    Major/Minors: Accounting
    Specialty: Restaurants, traveling alone, shopping, museums/exhibitions, traveling on a budget
    Takeaway: My biggest takeaway is having a chill attitude. It’s often that I consider that I have to do everything, see this and see that, and I have to do everything with a group of people or with friends, but honestly, enjoy yourself. You don’t have to always be with people. Give yourself some time and truly embrace yourself. It’s your adventure!
    More about Yilin’s time abroad.

UF in Madrid
  • Patrick Boatman
    Patrick Boatman

    Email Patrick
    Term Abroad: Spring 2019
    Major/Minors: Environmental Science, Sustainability Studies
    Specialty: Living in a homestay
    Takeaway: The world is bigger than how you think of it in your head. There are so many countries, cultures, languages, customs, and people that differ in their unique, respective ways. It is important to not only be exposed to the variety of places the world has to offer, but to learn how to live in a world where you are only a tiny speck in a beautiful mixture of people.
    More about Patrick’s time abroad.

  • Omar Howard
    Omar Howard

    Email Omar
    Term Abroad: Spring 2018
    Major/Minors: Public Relations/Spanish
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, meeting locals, hip cafés and restaurants
    Takeaway: My biggest takeaway from my time abroad is to travel more and learn more. That is how the world becomes more interconnected and understanding; by traveling to other countries, learning their customs, and accepting what differences there may be, we are able to grow and become more open-minded.
    More about Omar’s time abroad.

  • Gabriela Harmon
    Gabriela Harmon

    Email Gabriela
    Term Abroad: Summer 2018
    Major/Minors: Accounting
    Specialty: Living in a homestay, learning the language, meeting locals, cool local spots
    Takeaway: The experiences you gain and connections you make by stepping out of your comfort zone are completely worth all of the challenges that come with it.
    More about Gabriela’s time abroad.

  • Darya Molibog
    Darya Molibog

    Email Darya
    Term Abroad: Summer 2019
    Major/Minors: Marketing/Spanish, Digital Arts and Sciences
    Specialty: Food/places to eat, exploring Madrid alone, time management
    Takeaway: The biggest takeaway from my study abroad experience was definitely everything I learned, not just from classes and the city, but all of the people I encountered. I managed to find some amazing friends during this trip that I still talk to, as well as being exposed to people from all sorts of backgrounds and countries with different stories that I will remember forever.
    More about Darya’s time abroad.

  • Andrew Mullan
    Andrew Mullan

    Email Andrew
    Term Abroad: Spring 2018
    Major/Minors: Mathematics/Actuarial Science & Statistics
    Specialty: Interning, learning the language, budgeting/planning travel around and outside of Spain
    Takeaway: There is so much more to experience in the world than just Gainesville, and while this is my home and I love spending time here, I now know that I want to make it a point to include all that is outside of Florida into my life in some way in the future.
    More about Andrew’s time abroad.

  • Cameron Padgett
    Cameron Padgett

    Email Cameron
    Term Abroad: Spring 2019
    Major/Minors: Management/Real Estate
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, food/places to eat
    Takeaway: Step out of your comfort zone and find individuals that you can travel around with. Do not try to travel with extremely large numbers but instead find a group of three or four people that you know would love to travel where you want to go.
    More about Cameron’s time abroad.

  • Bailey Reidy
    Bailey Reidy

    Email Bailey
    Term Abroad: Summer 2018
    Major/Minors: Sociology/Spanish
    Specialty: Budgeting, planning/making schedules, food/places to eat
    Takeaway: My biggest takeaway from my study abroad experience is to take advantage of every opportunity you are presented! Try not to be nervous and truly just live in the moment.
    More about Bailey’s time abroad.

UF in Paris
  • Camila Cardenas
    Camila Cardenas

    Email Camila
    Term Abroad: Summer 2019
    Major/Minors: Finance/French and Francophone Studies
    Specialty: Nightlife, cultural events, food, language immersion, museums/art
    My take away: My biggest takeaway is the importance of fully living in the moment and taking in those experiences while being abroad. By living in the moment, I was learning and growing independently, becoming more confident in myself as time progressed. Taking risks and pushing my comfort zone allowed me to become the best version of myself today.
    More about Camila’s time abroad.

  • Ana Rocha
    Ana Rocha

    Email Ana
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Linguistics, French, Business Administration
    Specialty: Nightlife, music scene, language immersion
    My take away: If you have the opportunity to have any kind of a new experience, take it, however small or large it may seem.
    More about Ana’s time abroad.

UF in Rome
  • Victoria Lageyre
    Victoria Lageyre

    Email Victoria
    Term Abroad: Summer 2019
    Major/Minors: Economics/Business Administration
    Specialty: Finding unique places around Rome
    Takeaway: My biggest take away was the confidence I gained throughout studying abroad. If you can go to a foreign country and successfully immerse yourself into the culture and have an amazing experience, you can pretty much conquer whatever life throws at you. It’s an opportunity like no other that developed me personally and professionally!
    More about Victoria’s time abroad.

  • Priscilla Louis
    Priscilla Louis

    Email Priscilla
    Term Abroad: Summer 2019
    Major/Minors: Management/Economics
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget
    Takeaway: There are many ways of living life and defining success – no one way is better or worse, just different.
    More about Priscilla’s time abroad.

  • Jennifer Rushe
    Jennifer Rushe

    Email Jennifer
    Term Abroad: Fall 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing & Spanish
    Specialty: Language Immersion, Food, Parks for Running and Exercise
    Takeaway: Every day and every person teaches us something we otherwise would have never known.
    More about Jennifer’s time abroad.

UF in Vietnam
  • Lindsey Echtermeyer
    Lindsey Echtermeyer

    Email Lindsey
    Term Abroad: Summer 2019
    Major/Minors: Economics/Business Administration
    Specialty: Traveling, cultural experiences
    Takeaway: My biggest takeaway is to push yourself outside your comfort zone and to always seek a new experience.
    More about Lindsey’s time abroad.

  • Alice Fatula
    Alice Fatula

    Email Alice
    Term Abroad: Summer 2019
    Major/Minors: Marketing/Spanish
    Specialty: Weekend trips, cultural events, meeting locals
    Takeaway: Studying abroad always comes with some challenges, but the challenges you face end up being the most unforgettable parts of your trip and the lessons you learn the most from!
    More about Alice’s time abroad.

  • Tara McCormick
    Tara McCormick

    Email Tara
    Term Abroad: Summer 2019
    Major/Minors: Finance/Real Estate
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, cultural events, food/restaurants
    Takeaway: The people of Vietnam taught me that you do not need things to be happy. The Vietnamese and other people of Southeast Asia were the kindest, most humble, and most welcoming people I have ever met. They made a huge impact on me and showed me that Asia is a beautiful place worth the 36-hour travel time. Everyone should study abroad. It humbles you and teaches you about not only different cultures, but mostly about yourself.
    More about Tara’s time abroad.

Business Exchanges
  • Kaitlyn Comes
    Kaitlyn Comes

    Email Kaitlyn
    Exchange: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
    Term Abroad: Fall 2018
    Major/Minors: Business Administration/Spanish
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, meeting locals
    Takeaway: My biggest takeaway from my study abroad experience is the increased appreciation I have for other cultures and languages. The continent of Europe is similar in size to the United States, but it has so much more culture and differences in language within the region. I experienced so many new things and gained so much knowledge about languages I had never heard before. Studying abroad made me much more appreciative and open-minded to other parts of the world.
    More about Kaitlyn’s time abroad.

  • JC Demont
    Jean-Claude Demont

    Email Jean-Claude
    Exchange: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Term Abroad: Spring 2019
    Major/Minors: Information Systems
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, social events
    Takeaway: The people that I know now I would have never met if I did not go abroad. They are some of the most outgoing, positive, and fun to be around people I have ever met, and I can’t wait to see them again all around the world.
    More about Jean-Claude’s time abroad.

  • Shelby Fultz
    Shelby Fultz

    Email Shelby
    Exchange: WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany)
    Term Abroad: Fall 2018
    Major/Minors: Finance/Retail
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget
    Takeaway: I learned to value people and experiences over material things. I loved hanging with all my new friends from other cultures and living on only the essentials packed in my suitcase made me realize what’s valuable in life.
    More about Shelby’s time abroad.

Recent IPSA Alumni

2018-2019
  • Camille Chabaneix
    Camille Chabaneix

    Term Abroad: Spring 2018
    Major/Minors: Finance/Information Systems
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, outdoor activities, meeting locals
    Takeaway: Overall, I think that going abroad gave me a more open outlook on life. I’ve been told by numerous people that I am noticeably more positive than I was before. Part of that positivity probably correlates with personal growth, as I did things I would have otherwise never done, such as traveling to a different country alone.
    More about Camille’s time abroad.

  • Emily Crowell
    Emily Crowell

    Term Abroad: Spring 2018
    Major/Minors: Biology & Business Administration
    Specialty: Making the most of your time, art, coffee/food, outdoors/running trails
    Takeaway: Rome was such a meaningful experience for me because I tried to make the most of every moment, and it that I felt like I fully experienced the city and in the process, learned so much about myself and others in the process. Yet I don’t want that to just be a mentality I have while abroad; I want to live every day with the same level of energy and curiosity to capitalize on every moment and opportunity I’m given.
    More about Emily’s time abroad.

  • Shreya Dundigalla
    Shreya Dundigalla

    Term Abroad: Summer 2018
    Major/Minors: Information Systems & Psychology/Leadership
    Specialty: Travel tips, cultural experiences, unique places to go to in Ireland
    My take away: Don’t be afraid to try new things and really experience the city you live in! Push yourself to see what you want to see, even if that means traveling solo.
    More about Shreya’s time abroad.

  • Mark Edward
    Mark Edward

    Term Abroad: Summer 2018
    Major/Minors: Marketing/Retail & Leadership
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget
    My take away: My biggest takeaway from the experience is that no opportunity is outside of my grasp. Believing that I can’t do something or take part in a desirable experience is ludicrous; I can do anything I put my mind, heart, and soul into!
    More about Mark’s time abroad.

  • Brittany Gaston
    Brittany Gaston

    Term Abroad: Summer 2018
    Major/Minors: Economics/Business Administration
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, meeting locals, food, navigating London
    Takeaway: I learned I am stronger and more courageous than I thought. Being able to study abroad and feel comfortable to navigator foreign cities is not an easy task but I found it to be truly great and I am forever grateful for my time abroad!
    More about Brittany’s time abroad.

  • Ravi Lee
    Ravi Lee

    Term Abroad: Spring 2018
    Major/Minors: Business Administration
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget/getting the best deal, underrated gems around Europe, blogs/Facebook pages to follow
    Takeaway: You are capable of even more than you know. If I could somehow see all the independent things I would do on the trip before I went, I would not believe it all.
    More about Ravi’s time abroad.

  • Jamie Lendon
    Jamie Lendon

    Term Abroad: Summer 2018
    Major/Minors: Finance
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, finding directions, transportation in Beijing
    My take away: My biggest takeaway was that no matter what you do, you have to go in with an open mind. Just because something is different than what you are used to, it doesn’t mean it is wrong.
    More about Jamie’s time abroad.

  • Sandy Liu
    Sandy Liu

    Term Abroad: Spring 2018
    Major/Minors: Information Systems
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, outdoor activities, restaurants/food, out of the norm things to do in cities
    My take away: My biggest takeaway from my study abroad experience is to go abroad. Whether it’s for school or personal travels, there is so much to see in the world.
    More about Sandy’s time abroad.

  • Casey Nelson
    Casey Nelson

    Term Abroad: Summer 2018
    Major/Minors: Marketing
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, haggling
    My take away: Go with the flow! In China you can’t plan, so I quickly had to learn how to be okay with that and adjust.
    More about Casey’s time abroad.

  • Paula Parlade
    Paula Parlade

    Exchange: Grenoble Ecole de Management (France)
    Term Abroad: Spring 2018
    Major/Minors: Business Administration/French & Spanish
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, traveling solo as a female, outdoor activities, food, handling administrative issues
    Takeaway: I learned that solo travel is an amazing, self-fulfilling experience. I am much more capable than I thought I was. I learned how to live alongside a completely different culture. I learned to take in what was strange, difficult, and challenging for me and see how it was normal for others and adapt. I think I’m a lot more prepared to handle changes, missteps, and just go with the flow a lot more easily.
    More about Paula’s time abroad.

  • Alyssa Prado
    Alyssa Prado

    Term Abroad: Fall 2017 (UF in London) & Spring 2018 (UF in Dublin)
    Major/Minors: Management/English
    Specialty: Coffee shops, navigating the “Must-See”, making a bucket list, planning travel
    My take away: I learned that while stepping out of my comfort zone seems terrifying, it only seems that way from inside of my little box. Once I step outside the box, there is a whole other world and list of possibilities waiting for me to pursue.
    More about Alyssa’s time abroad.

  • Janzen Rich
    Janzen Rich

    Term Abroad: Summer 2018
    Major/Minors: Information Systems/History
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, restaurants in Dublin, how to cook at home during study abroad
    My take away: Study abroad taught me to minimize my expectations and be prepared to get thrown out of my comfort zone. There were a lot of situations from my internship, class, and just day-to-day life that I wasn’t ready for and had to adapt to.
    More about Janzen’s time abroad.

  • Erika Savitt
    Erika Savitt

    Exchange: Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) & Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile)
    Term Abroad: Fall 2016 & Spring 2018
    Major/Minors: Management/Real Estate
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, food, outdoor activities, travel
    Takeaway: Put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to say yes! Make new friends, talk to locals, try new foods, and go on adventures!
    More about Erika’s time abroad.

  • Tamarra Thal
    Tamarra Thal

    Term Abroad: Fall 2018
    Major/Minors: Public Relations/Business Administration
    Specialty: Traveling, planning safe/cheap/fun trips
    Takeaway: My biggest takeaway from study abroad is that you must be willing to go after what you want, whether it’s a solo trip, a night out in the town, or a journey for inner peace. Learning from different cultures was my overall goal during my study abroad trip, and I definitely reached it. Studying abroad may seem like a long time, but it ends right before you realize it. Because of that, I made sure I was actively looking within to see how to best utilize my time. I absolutely met my goal and then some.
    More about Tamarra’s time abroad.