On this page, you will meet the students participating in Mays 2016 India Business Study Abroad.

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Marcella Davis

Howdy, I am Marcella Davis, a junior Supply Chain Management major with a minor in Human Resource Development. During my time at Texas A&M University, I have become heavily involved with my organization, Christian Business Leaders, and I maintain a part-time job here at Mays. My love for travel started when I was young, and I am blessed to come from a family who has inspired and encouraged a global frame of mind. I specifically want to experience India because I want to see how this part of the world operates, especially with business outsourcing only increasing. I am willing and ready for a culture shock, and cannot wait to apply it other aspects of my life!

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Melody Davis

My name is Melody Davis and I am a sophomore accounting major from Midland, Texas. I enjoy reading, spending time with friends, and learning about people, especially those from other places. I am interested in India, because it is such a diverse culture of people – all from different backgrounds, many with different religions, and often willing to teach you about their culture. The emerging economy in India makes it the perfect place to learn more about people and their cultures, along with learning about an important business environment. I am looking forward to interacting with people of another culture and learning about them, their experiences, and their culture.

 

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Tyler Dawson

My name is Tyler Dawson and I am originally from Keller, Texas, which is a suburb outside of Fort Worth.  I came to Texas A&M University in August of 2012 and am a part of the Class of 2016.  However, I will not be graduating from Texas A&M University until May 2017 because I am a member of the Professional Program in Accounting.  As a part of that program, I will be receiving my undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Business Honors, and will be receiving my Masters of Science in Financial Management.  I am currently serving as the president of the Mays Business Student Council, and also have a position as a student worker in the Dean’s Office.

I want to go to India because the two primary industries that I am interested in building my career are public accounting and technology.  Both of these industries are offshoring more and more of their work to India, and there are strong business partnerships between U.S. companies and their offices in India.  During my internship at Dell Computers this past summer, I actually got to telecommunicate with a few of Dell’s employees in India.  If I ever have the opportunity to go there on business, I want to make sure I am not going in cold turkey as far as culture and customs go.

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Andrew Garcia

For someone my age, I am very lucky to have been to as many places that I have been. In just 21 years, I have had the opportunity to travel to 33 states and 15 foreign countries. The farthest west I have ever been is Vancouver, Canada and the farthest east is Budapest, Hungary. I had the opportunity to study abroad this summer in Strasbourg, France, which was also with Dr. Gaspar, so this isn’t my first Mays rodeo. I knew that I wanted to take a winter trip due to the unique destinations. I decided on India because I felt that it is the least likely out of all the countries that I would have another opportunity to visit at some point. Another reason is that my biggest goal in life is to see the Seven Wonders of the World. I have two checked off of the list (Chichen Itza and the Colosseum), and I wanted to make it three with the Taj Mahal. I am very interested to see what India has in store. I have no doubt that it will be an eye-opening experience. I know that I must go in with an open-mind, so it is not too much of a culture shock. This will not be the typical winter break trip but broadening horizons is what traveling is all about.

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Gina Gerhart

Hello!

I am so excited for the India study abroad trip and can’t wait to start learning about India’s culture and how different it is from American culture.

I love to travel and that is one reason why I am thrilled to go on this trip. I have been out of the country a few times and loved every second of it.

Experiencing India’s culture first-hand seems like such a phenomenal experience and one that can only be done abroad. It would be hard to experience India’s culture in America because it’s obviously second-hand and would not be as impactful as actually traveling to India.

I also can’t wait to get to know my peers who are traveling with me and learn about who they are and what their background is.

Through this journey, I also want to learn about myself, what I want in life, what I am passionate about, and to truly realize how blessed I am.

Thank you for hosting what I know will be an incredible experience!

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Alyssa Hodge

My name is Alyssa Hodge and I am a junior finance major from Seguin, Texas. I really had an open mind when it came to picking which country I wanted to visit. I have already been to Europe so I knew I wanted a different place than Europe. I talked to a girl who went to South Africa and a guy who went to India, and basically it came down to who sold their trip better. Rhaudell definitely sold me on India and I applied the next day. I am so excited and ready to see and learn about such a world renown country.   

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Madeleine Inglish

I want to go to India to experience a new culture. For years I have been fascinated with the Indian culture but have never had the opportunity to travel there. This study abroad will allow me to gain insight into the Indian lifestyle, the role of the family and the attitude within the workforce. I expect to find some things similar to American culture, but also am prepared to experience things that are drastically different. All in all, I know this trip will shape my worldview and deepen my desire to learn more about other cultures.

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Katherine Morey

Howdy!

My name is Katherine (Katie Morey). I’m a sophomore marketing major from the mile high city of Denver, Colorado, but more importantly I’m a loud and proud member of the fighting Texas Aggie class of 2018! A-A-A-A-A!

I’m excited to go to India to experience a culture shock. I have only been to Europe and I can’t wait to see another part of the world. I can’t wait to see how another culture lives and thrives. I’m also pretty excited for the food!

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Alex Porter

Howdy!

My name is Alex Porter and I am a junior Business Finance major from Frankston, Texas. I chose to go on this trip specifically because of the culture and variety of information we will be subject to while abroad in India. Furthermore, I have never been abroad before, or even flown in an airplane! (Yes, by the way, I am quite nervous!) I know that my nerves will turn into excitement the moment we leave. We will be experiencing something most college students only dream of, and on top of that we will be learning about the business of some very big global companies such as Nestle, who is a leader in world nutrition. I am beyond excited for this trip and cannot wait to experience everything India has to offer!

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Gabriella Resendez

Howdy!

My name is Gabriella Resendez and I am a loud and proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2017 majoring in Finance.  I enjoy traveling and seeing our world through the eyes of someone else and so I cannot wait to travel to India this January!  I am glad that we are preparing ourselves by attending meetings beforehand on what to expect while traveling in India so that we can be culturally sensitive. It will be an entirely different experience first-hand as opposed to reading about the culture, business, and people of India online or in a textbook so I am excited to see what the journey entails.  By participating in this winter program, I hope to continue to appreciate the diversity of our world, enhance my knowledge of business, and learn new approaches as to how to do business with a foreign country.

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Aaron Wickes

My name is Aaron Wickes and I am a senior Supply Chain Management major at Mays Business School. I am from Austin, TX where I have lived my whole life, up until attending college. The organizations I have been involved in on campus are Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity, Fish Camp, Sophomores Advancing in Leadership, and Aggie Supply Chain Professionals. I am very excited about having the opportunity to travel to India! I’ve only traveled outside of the country once before and have been longing to do it again ever since. India will be like nothing I have ever experienced before. I am eager to learn more about it’s diverse culture and rapidly growing economy. The company visits we have scheduled will provide me with great insight into how business is conducted in India. International business interests me and I feel this opportunity is a great way to get my foot in the door. I can’t wait to experience the delicious cuisine and am ready to handle whatever spicy food comes my way! I am ready for this enlightening trip and can’t wait till our plane leaves January 1st !

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Vikram Yalamanchili

Howdy!

My name is Vikram Yalamanchili and I am a senior Management Information Systems (MIS) major. I transferred to Texas A&M from Lonestar College in Houston, TX last summer (’14) and plan to graduate in May 2016. I enjoy traveling, especially internationally and have been to India before, but never visited the cities on this trip so, I am excited to see new parts of India and see how they compare to Andhra Pradesh the state my family is from. India is an emerging market that is already thriving in the Information Technology (IT) industry and the tours of the companies on this trip should help gain knowledge in how business is conducted in this country. Since India is a place that many multinational companies have offices to handle some function of the company usually technology related, one day my career could steer me towards India.

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