Being a first-generation college student is already hard, but being a first-generation college student with cancer is that much harder. My name is Evelin Pacheco Mota, an industrial distribution major with a double minor in business and statistics at Texas A&M University. Within my two years at Texas A&M, I have struggled with my health, been placed on academic probation, beat cancer and was accepted into my dream major. Here is the story of how a crazy beginning turned into a blessed reality.
I think it’s safe to say that canceled plans have affected everybody reading this post. Ring days, study abroad trips, graduation ceremonies, summer internships and surely many more incredible memories were lost because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interested in finding out more about what it’s really like as a graduate student at Texas A&M? Check out Bryton’s vlog where he shares what a typical day is like!
Many freshmen come in knowing what they want to major in; however, most utilize their freshman year to find their passion. I always knew that I wanted to pursue computer science (CS). This post is not about why I love this engineering major, but about how Texas A&M makes me love it even more. So if you’re a freshman coming into Texas A&M next semester and you don’t yet know which island in the vast ocean of engineering you want to inhabit, I hope this article enlightens you about most of the opportunities in computer science.
I was lucky to have all things go in the right direction since the day I started my grad school career. However, there’s no debating how important and better it is to have a plan in place over just being lucky. So, here are my top five tips to be considered during your preparation process for grad school.
I think most people can agree that studying in a group is always more fun, but can oftentimes be unproductive. When done right, study groups can be a powerful way to learn and build relationships. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your study groups.
The transition from high school to college can be rough for many of us, not only in the learning atmosphere, but also financially. With the Texas A&M – Engineering Academies program, our university is able to provide students with a practical and more affordable way to obtain an engineering degree.
As I think about my last semester as an undergraduate student and reflect on the last four (and a half) years, I’ve been thinking a lot about what has defined my academic experience here at Texas A&M. And I can without a doubt tell you that the minor and certificate I’ve earned along the way have greatly impacted my time here and my confidence in my education. If you’re unsure about whether or not it’s worth it to add these on to what I’m sure is already a difficult course load, please take a minute to think about the possible benefits that they can hold for you!
College can be a huge change in direction for anyone. This is the time when you start making decisions that readily impact your future and how people perceive you. With all of this in mind, I have made it a goal of mine to cherish these few years while also making a noticeable impact on the school and my community, and I believe that you should do the same.
The world of entrepreneurship is vastly misconstrued today for several reasons. It’s become “trendy” and a bit of a buzzword. Some envision fame, fortune and freedom while others resent the word as wishy-washy and a waste of time. The truth is that neither of these ideas represent the reality of entrepreneurship.
This is a small farewell to the seniors whose time at A&M was cut short.
After having an extended spring break and binge-watching all the shows I was putting off during the semester, starting classes again online was a pretty big jump. While I may have trouble following these tips myself, here are some things I am doing to try and be successful during distance learning.
We’re prone to finding what’s wrong with our situations or lives. I’m sure there’s some evolutionary background to this, but when our primary stressors have shifted from visible hulking, animalistic threats to deadly, unseen stressors, such as COVID-19 or the next lurking deadline, many of us find ourselves in a state of chronic stress. In this post is a list of things that help me cope with uncertainty (not just related to the pandemic). I hope they help you, too.
When I moved to Houston, Texas in 7th grade, I had no idea what the oil and gas or greater energy industries were. As a kid, I understood that people drove cars to get places and they went to the gas station to fill up their cars with fuel. That was the extent of my oil and gas knowledge up until high school. Junior year, I started thinking about possible majors in college and became interested in energy. My source of information, Google, helped me understand our global energy demand, energy independence and energy sources. This is where I first read about petroleum engineering.
I know that in the College of Engineering my voice is heard, and so is yours! Gig ‘Em!
In interviews, it can often feel challenging to stand out from the crowd of other engineers, some of whom may be more technically qualified than you. In my last blog post, I talked about three strategies for excelling in the interview process; this time I’d like to drill into specific ways to highlight non-technical skills during an interview.
In this post, Haley discusses some tips for handling social distancing and tips for tackling online classes. Remember, we are all in this together!
Joining one of the dozens of engineering student organizations at Texas A&M is integral to the student experience for many Aggies. Many of the groups are student chapter versions of national and global professional societies, which you can transition to after graduation. Engaging with these professional organizations as a student can lead to unique networking and leadership opportunities!
Throughout high school, I constantly changed my mind on the major I wanted to pursue. I went from wanting to be a pharmacist, to a biomedical engineer, to an environmental engineer, and then a psychiatrist, but one thing led to another and I decided that electrical engineering was the right choice for me.
I want to encourage you, as a fellow student, to begin the process of thinking about your vocation or some of your passions while you’re in college so that you can go into the workforce with confidence in what you want to do, but more importantly in WHY you want to do it.
Juan Cardenas shares the programs and opportunities offered through the business school that have either impacted him and his engineering goals or some of his friends.
If you would have asked me my senior year of high school if I would be an Aggie engineering student, I would have laughed… But here I am, getting ready to graduate from Texas A&M with my engineering degree. As I reflect on lessons learned through my transfer experience, there are ten things that come to mind.
Since graduating from Texas A&M back in 2017, I’ve been working for Boeing, where I’ve contributed to the design of several different space vehicles. For the past 6-months, I’ve overseen the production of Starliner, Boeing’s new manned space capsule. I’d like to share some wisdom I’ve gained along the way and offer an idea of what life can be like for an Aggie engineer post-graduation.
Watch Abbey’s vlog where she takes you on a day in the life of a Texas A&M Engineering student!
What does graduating from Texas A&M with an engineering degree feel like? Well, imagine making your favorite meal. You gather the ingredients, decide how you’ll cook it, and follow the recipe. After setting the table and choosing the appropriate utensils, you should have something delicious to eat. But in a fraction of the time that it took you to cook it, you finish the meal. And that’s it. It’s over.
My first career fair was a trainwreck. When I left, my feet were bleeding and my confidence was low. Flash forward to my senior year and I walked into the career fair still stressed, but ready to face the challenging day. Here are some tips I learned throughout my time of going to career fairs and interviewing.
In this second part of our “Thoughts from a Senior in Transition” post, Abbey speaks directly to the upperclassmen on what to expect for the next phase of post-college life.
I am currently a junior studying petroleum engineering and, looking back at my high school years, this is not at all what I thought I would be doing. I looked at several business schools and I also considered a career in law until I learned about engineering and the numerous disciplines it offers. I remember getting excited about endless career possibilities, but at the same time confused about which discipline to choose.
No, hackathons do not involve hacking into a computer or a network. They are, however, an insanely intense invention competition where you find a solution to a problem. They last anywhere from 24 to 48 hours and can be completed solo or in teams. Some hackathons, such as Aggies Invent, place more emphasis on the business aspect of creating a product while others encourage creating the most technically complete product you can. Hackathons are opportunities to pour every ounce of engineering and practical skills you have into kickstarting an idea into real life.
When I first applied for the Zachry Leadership Program, I had no idea what to expect. The program description talked about bridging the gap between engineering and business. Little did I know that not only would I be learning about business fundamentals, but also how to live my best life.