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 advise about study abroad.

The 2018-19 International Programs Student Ambassadors

UF in Europe
  • Maia Suwala
    Maia Suwala

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

UF in Beijing
  • Mark Edward
    Mark Edward

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Casey Nelson
    Casey Nelson

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Brittany Hillman
    Brittany Hillman

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Ana Rocha
    Ana Rocha

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

UF in Dublin
  • Shreya Dundigalla
    Shreya Dundigalla

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Alyssa Prado
    Alyssa Prado

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Janzen Rich
    Janzen Rich

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Rusin Andonov
    Rusin Andonov

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: ISOM
    Specialty: Local sports events and culture, networking and succeed at your internship abroad
    My take away: Take risks and say yes to adventures and experiences you will possibly never have the opportunity to have again.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Jessica Papagno
    Jessica Papagno

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Retail and Statistics
    Specialty: Hiking trips, becoming successful in your internship, local shopping and restaurants
    My take away: Say yes to everything you can, but still do your research beforehand.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Dakotah Diaz
    Dakotah Diaz

    Email
    Term Abroad: Fall 2016
    Major/Minors: Management & Innovation
    Specialty: Meeting locals, finding hidden gems, nightlife, and restaurants
    My take away: I have a newfound sense of intercultural competence. Being fully immersed in a new culture allowed me to step out of my own cultural bubble, which is beyond enlightening.
    More about my time abroad.

UF in London
  • Brittany Gaston
    Brittany Gaston

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Ravi Lee
    Ravi Lee

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Alyssa Prado
    Alyssa Prado

    Email
    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
    Takeaway: 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 my time abroad.

  • Jane Bradley
    Jane Bradley

    Email
    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance & Sustainability Studies
    Specialty: Photo spots around London, Harry Potter film locations, vegetarian food
    Takeaway: I was introduced to so many new cultures and lifestyles that have opened my eyes to new opportunities to travel again or work abroad in the future.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Genae Brown
    Genae Brown

    Email
    Term Abroad: Fall 2017
    Major/Minors: Business Management
    Specialty: Fashion, Restaurants
    Takeaway: I learned to take my time and value my environment at all times instead of rushing through life and missing out on the important things.
    More about my time abroad.

  • David Babajanian
    David Babajanian

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Alyssa McCaskill
    Alyssa McCaskill

    Email
    Term Abroad: Fall 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance & Information Systems
    Specialty: Getting local and theatre tips
    Takeaway: I stepped out of my comfort zone every day to make the most of my time there and have tried to do the same since I got home.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Katelynn Bean
    Katelynn Bean

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance
    Specialty: Getting local, shopping and travel logistics
    My take away: Pushing my own comfort zone and trying new things taught me to how to be more adaptable and confident in uncomfortable or unusual situations.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Kate Bradley
    Kate Bradley

    Email
    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Environmental Science
    Specialty: Harry Potter film locations tour, vegetarian food in London, traveling within the U.K.
    My take away: I have so much more appreciation for different cultures and different ways of life after getting to live in a foreign country and call a new city my home.
    More about my time abroad.

UF in Madrid
  • Omar Howard
    Omar Howard

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Andrew Mullan
    Andrew Mullan

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Kelsie Heaslip
    Kelsie Heaslip

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Advertising
    Specialty: Foodie, travel logistics, local Madrid spots
    Takeaway: Don’t be afraid! Get lost and trust yourself (and your friends) to find the way. Take chances and be spontaneous.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Gabriella Lucca
    Gabriella Lucca

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Information Systems
    Specialty: Places to visit in Madrid, internship advice and travel logistics.
    My take away: Be grateful. Be grateful for the opportunities that you have been given and make the most out of this experience.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Leanna Perez
    Leanna Perez

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: General Business and Economics
    Specialty: Language Immersion, Travel
    My take away: My biggest takeaway was definitely that time management is key when abroad.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Gabriela Harmon
    Gabriela Harmon

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Bailey Reidy
    Bailey Reidy

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Tamarra Thal
    Tamarra Thal

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

UF in Paris
  • Camille Chabaneix
    Camille Chabaneix

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Bridget Knowles
    Bridget Knowles

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing
    Specialty: local friends, nightlife
    Takeaway: Don’t take life too seriously because living a daring life is the funniest and most amazing opportunity to do something incredible. Scare yourself daily.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Ana Rocha
    Ana Rocha

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Matthieu Lair
    Matthieu Lair

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: ISOM & French
    My take away: Do not let your fears hold you back! An opportunity like this is a once in a lifetime experience. Get out of your comfort zone and just do it!
    More about my time abroad.

UF in Rome
  • Emily Crowell
    Emily Crowell

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Jennifer Rushe
    Jennifer Rushe

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Anthony Palmisano
    Anthony Palmisano

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Italian
    Specialty: Language Immersion, Culture Immersion, Local Fast-Food connoisseur
    My take away: I would say I am more out-going now than before I studied abroad.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Sydney Weiner
    Sydney Weiner

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Business Administration Specializing in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance, Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit
    Specialty: Go out of your comfort zone and make the most of your time there!
    My take away: Live in the moment and make every day count!
    More about my time abroad.

  • Lauren Valad
    Lauren Valad

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Biological Engineering, Business Administration
    Specialty: Huge foodie (pasta recommendations, coffee and gelato shops), shopping
    My take away: I became more aware of different cultures and that there are many different ways to approach life depending on your culture background.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Bianca Tacher
    Bianca Tacher

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Accounting
    Specialty: Expecting the unexpected, problem solving, managing classes and travel
    My take away: I am far more outgoing and I have incredible problem solving skills now!
    More about my time abroad.

Business Exchanges
  • Paula Parlade
    Paula Parlade

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Erika Savitt
    Erika Savitt

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Contessa Hutchins
    Contessa Hutchins

    Email
    Exchange: Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
    Term Abroad: Fall 2017
    Major/Minors: Accounting & Innovation
    Specialty: Southeast Asia, getting around Bangkok
    Takeaway: Go beyond yourself. If it’s unfamiliar, keep an open mind. If you see an opportunity, take it. And if you’re going on a 10 hour bus ride, bring a neck pillow.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Jackie Lian
    Jackie Lian

    Email
    Term Abroad: Academic Year, 2015-16 – University of Nottingham, China
    Major/Minors: Finance & Accounting
    Specialty: Foodie, travel logistics and navigating cultures
    My take away: I became more independent, more culturally and globally aware, and now I pay more attention to the important news happening in China and other Asian countries.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Shelby Fultz
    Shelby Fultz

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Liz Neves
    Liz Neves

    Email
    Exchange: Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
    Term Abroad: Fall 2017
    Major/Minors: Business Administration/Innovation
    Specialty: Traveling on a budget, cultural events, nightlife
    Takeaway: Before my exchange, I was a pre-health major. This experience made me realize my strengths and true passions. When I returned, I ended up changing my specialization to international studies. This experience changed my whole career path; my life would be very different now if I never went.
    More about my time abroad.

A Closer Look at our Time Abroad

Recent IPSA Alumni

2016-2018
  • Marcus Del Vecchio
    Marcus Del Vecchio

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance, Real Estate
    Specialty: Art museums
    My take away: That it is best to take life one day at a time and to find beauty in regular, ordinary every-day moments.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Nicholas Diasio
    Nicholas Diasio

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Mathematics and Business Administration
    Specialty: Classes, time management, fitness abroad, solo travel
    My take away: I always like to have a plan, but sometimes the best experiences abroad happen when you learn not to plan
    More about my time abroad.

  • Maria Camila Duque
    Maria Camila Duque

    Email
    Term Abroad: Fall 2016 – SKEMA Business School – Exchange in Nice, France
    Major/Minors: Political Science & Finance
    Specialty: International potlucks and scenic beach spots
    My take away: I learned the amazing possibilities of unplanned adventures. I had to become able to just go with the flow – making me more independent, outgoing, and assertive.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Michelle Chou
    Michelle Chou

    Exchange: National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Business Management
    Specialty: Trip planning, hanging with locals, outdoorsy activities (hiking!), documenting your adventures
    My take away: It made me realize there is so much in the world I lack knowledge in and the world doesn’t revolve around the US!
    More about my time abroad.

  • Leland Damon
    Leland Damon

    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance, Real Estate
    Specialty: Brunch places, shopping, travel
    My take away: You will have a new appreciation for other cultures and once you get back you’ll crave new experiences and travel.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Madeline Dolengowski
    Madeline Dolengowski

    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing
    Specialty: Places to eat in other cities, sunset connoisseur, language immersion, homestay life
    My take away: not only learned so much about the Spanish culture, but other cultures as well.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Ryan Gearhart
    Ryan Gearhart

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Economics
    Specialty: Make an effort to take a weekend/day trip by yourself.
    My take away: The most important thing I got out of my study abroad experience was not the personal and professional development, but the friendships I made that will last the rest of my life.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Brad Ivey
    Brad Ivey

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016 – WHU School of Mgmt. – Exchange in Vallendar, Germany and Spring 2017 – HS Osnabrück – Exchange in Osnabrück, Germany
    Major/Minors: Marketing & Entrepreneurship
    Specialty: Learning your host’s language (one tip: go to the local grocery store)
    My take away: Travelling never really goes exactly to plan, so I learned to relax and just let things work themselves out.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Alan Lam
    Alan Lam

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance
    Specialty: Asian Culture Expert, Nightlife, Language Immersion, Foodie, Indoorsy stuff
    My take away: The key takeaway for me is that when you choose to study abroad you have to remember that the study abroad is for you.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Jamie Lendon
    Jamie Lendon

    Email
    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 my time abroad.

  • Aslesha Lissanevitch
    Aslesha Lissanevitch

    Exchange: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Business Administration, Travel and Tourism, Russian
    Specialty: Local delicacies and Nightlife
    My take away: A different approach to education and learning.
    More about my 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 my time abroad.

  • Liam Mass
    Liam Mass

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance, Information Systems and Retailing
    Specialty: Researching Activities in the City
    My take away: Even though worldwide cultures are very different, we are all somewhat the same—humans at heart.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Caroline Rhoades
    Caroline Rhoades

    Exchange: Maastricht University (Netherlands) & Aarhus University (Denmark)
    Term Abroad: Spring & Fall 2017
    Major/Minors: Advertising & Business Administration
    Specialty: Local festivities/ holidays, befriending locals, and adjusting to different cultures’ teaching styles
    Takeaway: I found that if you roll with the punches and keep an open-mind, then you will be surprised just how fast you can adapt, assimilate, and love your new home.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Juan Sarabia
    Juan Sarabia

    Email
    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance
    Specialty: Internship advice, anything having to do with Real Madrid
    My take away: Adaptability, you have to be ready for anything abroad.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Karli Sellers
    Karli Sellers

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Communications
    Specialty: Getting local and Nightlife
    My take away: I challenged myself to step outside my comfort zone and adapt to a new culture in an entirely new country and environment.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Claire Snyder
    Claire Snyder

    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Event Management and Retail
    Specialty: Markets around London, Boroughs, Food
    My take away: I was forced outside my comfort zone and had to adapt to new and different situations on an everyday basis.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Vincent Trang
    Vincent Trang

    Exchange: University of Manchester, England
    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Anthropology
    Specialty: Getting Involved, Personal Growth & Solo Adventures
    My take away: Be sure to remain open to meeting new people and trying new things because some of the best things in the world happen unexpectedly.
    More about my time abroad.

  • Nelly Wilson
    Nelly Wilson

    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Combined Degree – Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM)
    Specialty: Technology meet up’s/events, local museums, Dublin area must see’s
    My take away: To live in the moment, things go by so quickly you don’t want to miss out!
    More about my time abroad.

  • Brittany Zeidel
    Brittany Zeidel

    Exchange: University of Manchester, England
    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance, Information Systems
    Specialty: Finances, general obstacles while abroad
    My take away: My key takeaway from my experience was the importance of dedicating time to staying in my host city
    More about my time abroad.