Sam's PACE

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Sam making international friends as part of the Lindner Buddy Program

Samantha explored nearly every option available to her freshmen year, even studying abroad in both Haiti and Canada. The results were new passport stamps, an expanding résumé, and a changing worldview. As she explains, “I learned that study abroad is more than just travel ... it teaches about other cultures and their ways of life.”

While in Haiti, Sam and fellow students held classes to demonstrate proper health care basics, such as correct tooth brushing, hand washing and other hygiene tips, to young girls and women.  She also visited orphanages to donate medical supplies and other necessities.
In Montreal, Samantha and other KBS students visited the headquarters of Cirque du Soleil to examine the company’s exceptionally creative, green and multi-cultural operations. They also visited the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), working with fellow students there.

Back on campus, Sam works in the Lindner College of Business International Office. Among her roles, she helps run a “buddy” program that pairs UC students with visiting exchange students to help them form friendships. “Last quarter my buddy from France taught me how to make crepes, while I taught her how to bake cupcakes!”

Sam’s global perspective continues to broaden, enriching her accounting major and co-op work with American Financial Group. Recently, Sam spent three months studying business in France, and continues to seek international opportunities.