There’s a saying in Panama—tranquila­—which means, “no worries.” Senior marketing and international business major Kamya Monga got to live out the meaning of tranquila after she received the Matt Busey Endowed Scholarship, which made studying abroad in Panama possible.

“The scholarship helped me cover my expenses in Panama and paid for the professional practice internship I did while living there,” said Monga.

In addition to studying Spanish, Monga interned as a digital marketing analyst for a Panamanian digital marketing agency Balboa Centria.

The experience also allowed Monga to immerse herself in other cultures. While in Panama, she traveled to the San Blas islands, an autonomous territory operated by the Guna Yala people. “When we arrived at the island, we were greeted by an elder woman from the Guna community. I noticed the men left to fish for our meal, while the women cooked and managed the entire place,” said Monga.

Since returning to campus, she has enjoyed studying ethical decision making and sustainability in business, two causes about which Monga is especially passionate. “In the future, I hope to advise brands about marketing and sustainability,” she said.

Monga’s trip to Panama sparked a passion for travel. After graduating, she hopes to become a digital nomad. “I want to work while traveling and living abroad,” she said. “I never want to stop learning. There is so much to learn from different cultures. I don’t want to limit myself.”

Monga is grateful for the support she received. “My scholarship helped me gain an incredible experience studying and working abroad,” she said. “I’m thankful for my donor’s contribution and investment in my future.”

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