Watch this vlog by senior computer engineering student, Kelton Chesshire as he takes you along on a day in the life of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band!
Acing My Hardest Class
I took a chemistry class my freshman year, and that’s been my hardest class so far. What was the hardest class you ever took and how did you get through it?
The Weight of Office Hours
Attending office hours is the perfect way to build relationships with your professors beyond the classroom, which can lead you down a lot of different paths and open new doors you might not have thought about before.
A Few of My Cheerleaders
In the 1960s, there was this word: serendipity. To me, serendipity is events that are seemingly unrelated but can have a related significance, like a “coincidence.” (I put that in quotes because there are no coincidences!)
Time & Season: What Will You Plant?
There are many opportunities in our lifetime, especially during our time at Texas A&M. While we will have millions of opportunities, we each have to choose which to take in every season.
Leading for a Better Future: My Three Favorite Lessons on Leadership
As engineers, it is important for us to serve our communities to the best of our abilities, and it all starts with serving the teams of people we are responsible for.
The Co-op Connection: Landing the job
If you’re like me and don’t exactly know what you want to do after graduation, but desire a real, hands-on way of exploring engineering, consider a co-op. A co-op is an extended internship that can also count as a technical elective.
Transitioning Back to Campus
This semester is going to be full of newness. Whether the changes that we’re facing are liked or disliked, we have the option to be positive and embrace the new normal. Let’s make it a good semester and enjoy our time here!
How the Corps of Cadets and Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band helped me become a better engineer
Some experiences and lessons learned from being an engineer in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.
Being a Woman in Engineering
If you find yourself doubting if you can be an engineer, the answer is yes, you certainly can.
Struggling to find things to do outside research? Here are some ideas to change that.
Life as a graduate student can be busy and demanding. Juggling classes, research goals and advisor expectations can bring with it rigors that make living up to every benchmark tough and draining. In times like these, I find it extremely rewarding to give myself some wiggle room to just relax and involve myself in activities that help me recharge. Different people find solace in different activities. Some like sleeping in, hanging out with friends, etc. If, like me, you enjoy spending time outdoors, here are some ideas for things to do.
Explore your creativity with Fischer Design Center resources!
When class finishes and many rush out of their learning studios and flood the Zachry Learning Stairs, the vast majority of students simply breeze past the most impressive part of the building. No, not Starbucks — the SuSu and Mark A. Fischer ’72 Engineering Design Center.
What Anchoring a Podcast Taught Me About Defining Success
I am a student host for SoundBytes, the Texas A&M Engineering podcast, and I’ve had the opportunity to interview so many amazing student leaders, program directors and people with tremendous and far-reaching impact! Separating me from every phenomenal person I’ve interviewed are only two microphones and a mixing station. Unfortunately, being that close to other successful people doesn’t mean that I can osmotically become more successful, nor does it mean I can easily define what success looks like in my life.
You Graduated Without a Job Offer… Now What?
It may feel intimidating at first to see people around you getting careers started, but that doesn’t mean you’re behind. Taking time to understand what you want from a career, how you want to pursue it and how that may affect your life is a highly personal process.
Personal Financial Management
Personal finances can be tricky. They are a continuous task, and the transition into adulthood can be very confusing. Having a solid financial plan can help diminish financial problems, and even making the slightest change can have a big impact.
Significance of a Mentor
Mentors come in many varieties: a class professor, research professor, upperclassman, co-worker, manager, etc. But they all serve to guide you along your path. It’s a humbling experience to have someone take the time to teach you concepts that you struggle with. Mentors build you up by being candid with you and sharing wisdom for how to approach situations.
How To Ditch a Bad Habit
We have all had a bad habit that drains us in certain aspects of our life, whether it is physically, mentally, or emotionally. They reduce our productivity and prevent us from having a healthy lifestyle, and it is important to end them so we can improve ourselves. Sometimes it is difficult to know where to start the process so I will be sharing a few tips that will help accomplish your goal.
My Engineering Experience at Texas A&M Higher Education Center at McAllen
Students at the Higher Education Center at McAllen have a unique opportunity to earn an engineering degree from Texas A&M University while living in a thriving, close-knit community in the Rio Grande Valley. Check out Kassie’s vlog where she shares a glimpse into life at Higher Education Center at McAllen!
Life Outside of Engineering
For many of us, classes and school work take up a majority of our day—which is okay because, after all, that is the reason we are here, right? Yes, we are here to get the best education, but what about life outside of engineering? There are many components of Texas A&M that go beyond the glass walls of the Zachry building.
5 things I wish I’d known when applying to Texas A&M
I didn’t grow up in Texas so before coming to college, I had no idea what Texas A&M was like. I had never been on campus visits before and I didn’t know people who went here. So the moment I landed in College Station, surprises started unraveling.
Treading New Waters
It goes without saying that, with our new way of life, everyone from students to professors alike, has had much difficulty with the transition to online. Organizations and clubs are feeling this more, since they are formed on the basis of social interaction, and many leaders of these organizations, myself included, have felt the heavy burden of working within our new boundaries. This leads many of us to ask: How can we make our organizations appealing to students with the new online format?
2020 has been a tough year, but as always, the Aggie spirit will persevere!
Jumping on the Bandwagon
Time runs ever slower in the dog days of quarantine, boarded up in our apartments and houses while the things we found enjoyment in are starting to lessen their gleam bit by bit. That is why I knew I had to come up with something to do during my quarantine to help pass the time, and I decided to join the bandwagon and try out a couple new hobbies.
The Start of College for a Cancer Patient
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.
COVID’s Silver Lining
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.
On Optimism and Resilience
I was my mother’s (unwilling) sous-chef for years. She had to drag me — kicking and screaming — into the kitchen to chop vegetables, make rice and learn the spice blends that went into aromatic Bengali cuisine. After she passed away, I remember standing in the kitchen and wanting to sob, because Ma was no longer there to tell me where to start or what to do next, and I would’ve given anything to hear her voice just one more time.
Creating Effective Study Groups
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.
6 on-campus food spots for the starving engineer
A lot of students think that campus and College Station have limited options when it comes to eateries. However, with the extensive growth of Texas A&M’s campus and the Bryan/College Station area, new restaurants are springing up almost every week. Here are a few of my favorite on-campus options for a quick pick-me-up, meal or study session snack.
Away from Aggieland
This year, everyone across the globe has witnessed unanticipated circumstances and sudden unwelcome changes to lifestyle. People from all walks of life had to face these challenges. As a Texas A&M student, I would say that one of the most disheartening things that happened last semester was that students couldn’t return to Aggieland. This article is my attempt to describe the indescribable.
Things I wish I knew as a freshman
As I finish my last semester in college, I have begun to reminisce about all the things I have learned and the people I have met over the years. These have been some of the most fulfilling yet hardest years of my life, and I have learned more than I could have ever imagined. I am extremely grateful for all the things I’ve been through, but there are a few things I wish I knew as a freshman.