Jerry R. Strawser, May 7th, 2010
As we approach the end of the spring semester, thoughts turn to our students and their plans for the summer. Gone are the days when students were facing two choices: taking a break to recharge their batteries or taking some additional coursework to continue their path to graduation. Now, summer is an ideal time for students to participate in or create their own unique learning experiences, many of which occur across the globe. Here are some examples of how Mays students spend their summer “vacations”:
- Internships: Internships (whether compensated or not) provide students with an ideal opportunity to apply the lessons learned in the Wehner Building and Cox Hall in their chosen professions. When they return to campus, they have a new perspective that enriches their classroom experience during the remainder of their studies. Like Heather Henry ’11, a business honors student who recently completed a five-month internship at Disney World.
- Study Abroad: Traditional, semester-long study abroad programs have been expanded to include shorter immersions and more self-directed experiences. As Thomas Friedman correctly notes, the world is flat, and our students are benefiting from that. They are taking advantage of relationships and funding provided by our donors and Center for International Business Studies to embark on life-changing experiences. Read the story of Matt Harris ’10, a finance student that interned in Bangalore last summer.
- Service Opportunities: One of Texas A&M University’s core values is that of selfless service, and no group of students embraces this value more than Mays students. In recent years, our students have traveled to great lengths to contribute humanitarian aid, like Michael Kurt ’09, an accounting student that spent the summer of 2008 serving those in need in Central and South America.
These stories merely sample the hundreds I could tell about the amazing things our students do and the way they expand their education.
There are many reasons why the fall semester is exciting. A new group of freshmen arrive at our school, bringing energy and enthusiasm. New faculty members join our school and continue to build upon the excellence of our outstanding scholars and teachers. And our current students return to campus, with new perspectives and ideas, some of them changed forever by their summer “vacation.”
As always, I hope this issue of Mays Business Online finds you well. Please stop by for a visit if your travels bring you to Aggieland.