International experiences led AGEC students to serve as IPIA Ambassadors
Written by: Kendell Combs, Agribusiness, Class of 2019
“Studying abroad is a unique opportunity for personal growth that will affect a student for the rest of their life. Lives are transformed as students become more self-aware of who they are and what defines them.” That was an excerpt from the Purdue Study Abroad Website that rings true within the agricultural economics department. Many students in the AGEC department take advantage of this affordable way to travel international while at Purdue for many reasons: to increase their understanding of the world, to make new friendships and memories that will last a lifetime, to gain invaluable life skills, and to earn academic credit to name a few. After their time abroad, three AGEC students felt passionate to continue their involvement with international study. Dayna Kyler, Khyla Wilson, and Jennifer Scheidt all applied and were selected as International Agriculture Ambassadors. Their main responsibilities are to assist with incoming international exchange students, promote study abroad, assist with international visitors, give presentations, and increase global awareness.
Dayna Kyler (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Columbia City, IN) believes students should study abroad to expand their worldview. “The world is too large to stay in one place. Studying abroad allows you to make yourself more marketable to employers, all while exploring the amazing wonders that the world has to offer.” Her favorite aspect of being an ambassador is interacting with new students at study abroad fairs. She loves seeing the excitement students have about studying abroad and enjoy helping them find the perfect study abroad program for them.
Khyla Wilson (Senior; Sales & Marketing; Walton, IN) became an IPIA Ambassador because she enjoyed studying abroad and wanted other people to share the experience. “I thought being an International Ag Ambassador would be a great and fun opportunity to promote study abroad and meet new people.” Through this, Khyla has learned that the College of Agriculture is the only college at Purdue that has its own study abroad programs and office. There are so many opportunities and places to go through study abroad that also focus on agriculture. “I believe students should study abroad because there is so much to the world. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to see amazing new places and be immersed in new cultures.”
With Jennifer Scheidt’s (Senior; Agribusiness Management; Hope, IN) time as an ambassador, one interesting thing she has learned is that little things can make a large impact on others. Any type of encouragement for someone considering going abroad gives them that extra push to go for it. My favorite aspect as an ambassador is connecting with all the incoming exchange students from around the world, especially when some of them were from the university I attended when I went abroad. “Studying abroad had a huge impact on me as a person, and I wanted to share my experiences with others as an ambassador so they too, could also have an impactful study abroad if they take that opportunity.”
Learn more about the IPIA Ambassadors here. , follow this link: https://ag.purdue.edu/ipia/studyabroad/Pages/International-Agriculture-Ambassadors.aspx.