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Global Ambassadors

2019- 2020 CSU Global Ambassadors


Meet the Columbus State Global Ambassadors. These students were chosen to share their study abroad experiences across campus. If you are interested in a program, or just want to talk with a student who has gone through the process of studying abroad, they are happy to assist you! Stop by during their walk-in advising hours at the Center for Global Engagement on main campus, or send them an email.

Interested in becoming a Global Ambassador? Contact the Study Abroad Coordinator for more details. 

Spring 2020
 
 
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Name: Crystal Burlison
CSU Email: Burlison_crystal@columbusstate.edu
Areas of study: Marketing
Year/Classification: Senior
Countries visited (including non-study abroad): London, United Kingdom
Study Abroad Program Name & Term: London Internship - Summer 
Favorite study abroad memory: Meeting my British Family while abroad
Best advice to your classmate who wants to study abroad: Study abroad teaches you in ways that a textbook can't.

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Name: William Harper
CSU Email: harper_william3@columbusstate.edu
Areas of study: Finance and International Studies
Year/Classification: Senior
Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Japan and Ireland
Study Abroad Program Name & Term: CSU Business in Dublin, Ireland, Maymester 2018, CSU Business in Tokyo, Japan, Maymester 2019
Favorite study abroad memory: When trying different culture's food for the first time, I teared up from learning new ways to cook foods and have different tastes.  I learned to be open-minded and try new things as much as I can.
Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport" - Unknown
Best advice to your classmate who wants to study abroad: If you have butterflies when thinking about this, then do it!  I've never heard a bad story that started with someone with nervous butterflies.  Also, pack light!

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Name: Kyra Davis
CSU Email: davis_kyra@columbusstate.edu
Areas of study: English Language/Literature
Year/Classification: Senior
Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Oxford, England
Study Abroad Program Name & Term: Oxford Session I / Summer Term
Favorite study abroad memory: I loved drinking the Cider!
Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: “Traveling- it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” - Ibn Battuta
Best advice to your classmate who wants to study abroad: Studying Abroad is the best way to learn more about yourself and what you want to do after college

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Name: Jake Heindel
CSU Email: heindel_jake@columbusstate.edu
Areas of study: Business and Marketing
Year/Classification: Sophomore
Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Tokyo and Yokohama Japan
Study Abroad Program Name & Term: Technology in Japan, Maymester 2019
Favorite study abroad memory: When I went to a Japanese family's home for dinner. I was terribly nervous about the language barrier between the host family and myself, but we ended up conversing rather well and made a wonderful friendship in only a matter of a few hours. I still talk with them to this day through social media. That was one of the best nights I have ever had.
Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: “Do something scary everyday and you will have lived an amazing life.” -Anonymous

 
Fall 2019

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Name: Dylan Rice
CSU Email: rice_dylan@columbusstate.edu
Areas of study: History (Major), Business (Minor)
Year/Classification: Senior
Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Ireland, Japan, England, Israel, Netherlands, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, and Thailand.
Study Abroad Program Name & Term: Ireland, Japan, England, Israel, Netherlands, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, and Thailand
Favorite study abroad memory: Arriving in Oxford on my first day. Seeing the double-decker buses, the students walking in their long black robes, and the centuries-old churches and colleges was truly mesmerizing; I knew when I arrived that I had entered a special place
Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
Best advice to your classmate who wants to study abroad: Study abroad is affordable for any and everyone. The CGE offers a plethora of scholarships and grants to fund whatever experience you desire.
 
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Name: Whitney Simpson
CSU Email: simpson_whitney@columbusstate.edu
Areas of study: Business Management
Year/Classification: Senior
Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Canada, South Korea
Study Abroad Program Name & Term: CNU International Summer Session 2019
Favorite study abroad memory: My favorite memory was going to Seoul on a free weekend and visiting the SM Coex Museum with friends.
Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: “You can never travel across the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
Best advice to your classmate who wants to study abroad: You have one life to live, broaden your horizons and see as much of the world as you can.

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Name: Masa Ohtake
CSU Email: ohtake_masamitsu@columbusstate.edu
Areas of study: Music Performance
Year/Classification: 2nd Year Graduate Student
Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Japan, China, Malaysia, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland
Study Abroad Program Name & Term: Heek, Germany – J-Term 2019
Favorite study abroad memory: Meeting musicians from all over the world
Best advice to your classmate who wants to study abroad: Have no preconceptions, no expectations, welcome all gestures of hospitality (even weird ones).

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Name: Jordan Allen
CSU Email: allen_jordan1@columbusstate.edu
Areas of study: Finance
Year/Classification: Sophomore
Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Ecuador.
Study Abroad Program Name & Term: Ecology and Biology in Ecuador and Galapagos Islands
Favorite study abroad memory: When we caught a piranha on our river cruise on the Amazon river.
Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: Not all who wander are lost! - JRR Tolkien
Best advice to your classmate who wants to study abroad: Experiences will last lifetimes. 

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Name: Madison Chen
CSU Email: chen_madison@columbusstate.edu
Areas of study: Pre-Med Biology/International Studies
Year/Classification: Senior
Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Belize, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Canada, China, Ecuador, The Galapagos, Spain, England, Italy, (Layovers in South Korea and Paris (I got the stamp soo…))
Study Abroad Program Name & Term: CSU in Southern Spain and Ecuador & The Galapagos
Favorite study abroad memory: Catching two huge 35-pound Yellow Fin Tuna off the coast of the Galapagos Islands and then eating the fresh sashimi on the back of the boat!
Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: “There is no such thing as a stranger, just friends we haven’t met yet.” – my mom
Best advice to your classmate who wants to study abroad: It is not a matter of “if” you can do it, but a matter of “when”. 

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Name: Emily King
CSU Email: king_emily1@columbusstate.edu
Areas of study: Biology
Year/Classification: Senior
Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Quito, Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), South Korea
Study Abroad Program Name & Term: Ecology of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands – Maymester 2019
Favorite study abroad memory: Climbing 30 meters up a slippery, rusted tower to the top of the rainforest to watch the sunrise and observe the numerous bird species at the Yasuni Research Station (although it was terrifying).
Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart” – Confucius
Best advice to your classmate who wants to study abroad: Although there is an abundance of material and sources provided for you at any point, you also must take it upon yourself to seek out this information. This will ensure you that you find the program that is most suitable for you.

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Name: Kendra Henthorn
CSU Email: henthorn_kendra@columbusstate.edu
Areas of study: Business Management
Year/Classification: Junior
Countries visited (including non-study abroad): The Bahamas and Ireland (and Northern Ireland)
Study Abroad Program Name & Term: Ecology of Andros, Spring Break 2018; Comparative Business in Ireland, Maymester 2019
Favorite study abroad memory: Snorkeling at the reefs around Andros Island
Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” -Unknown
Best advice to your classmate who wants to study abroad: You may never get a chance like this later in life. Take advantage of the opportunities that Study Abroad programs offer you.

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Name: Kayla Medina
CSU Email: medina_kayla@columbusstate.edu
Areas of study: Modern &Classical Languages (focus in Spanish) with a certification in interpretation and translation
Year/Classification: Senior
Countries visited (including non-study abroad):  Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain
Study Abroad Program Name & Term: CSU Spanish Immersion Program in Seville, Spain in the summer (2018 & 2019)
Favorite study abroad memory: In Morocco, they say if you don’t haggle for your stuff then you’re letting the other person cheat you. I really enjoyed having the experience of haggling with a local. I remember this old man coming up to me with a bunch of purses showing me the leather and designs. Then, I saw a purse I liked and just started haggling. The next thing I knew, I had the purse and a free bracelet. 
Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Best advice to your classmate who wants to study abroad: Always do research of the country you are about to visit in order to avoid culture shock. 

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Name: Isabella "Rael" Lassen
CSU Email: lassen_isabella@columbusstate.edu
Areas of study: Major in Communications with Film Production and a Minor in History
Year/Classification: Junior
Countries visited (including non-study abroad):  England
Study Abroad Program Name & Term: Oxford Summer Session 1 (2019) - Multimedia Content Creation
Favorite study abroad memory: Once, on the way back from London, I was on BritRail by myself. There was a massive heat wave and the day just simply hadn't worked out. A mother, her friend, and her young son sat next to me on the train. As I watched the countryside change, watched towns and farms sat upon rolling hills pass by, I could hear the conversation of the mother and her friend. They would talk about knitting and their spouses, talk about other friends. The woman's son would interject and ask to turn the sound on for a game he was playing on his mum's phone - which quickly was rejected. It was this British banter and the view that turned this day into one of my fondest memories.
Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "This is one corner of one country, in one continent, on one planet that's a corner of a galaxy that's a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying, and never remaining the same for a single millisecond. And there is so much, so much to see." - The Doctor (Doctor Who)
Best advice to your classmate who wants to study abroad: Study abroad! Don't be afraid to ask questions and to explore places both big and small.