Aggies Commit - Being an Aggie Everywhere

Posted on Monday, Jul 31, 2017

“All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.” – George Whitman

How to be an Aggie and uphold the university’s core values when nobody knows what that means?
Go anywhere in Texas, and even the rest of the country, and the words Texas A&M mean something to those who hear it. But to the rest of the world, Texas A&M is just one of the many universities that the U.S. has to offer. So how does one carry the Aggie spirit and exemplify the values set forth by the Aggies Commit initiative when others haven’t heard of Texas A&M? As an international studies major interning with the U.S. Commercial Service at the embassy in Madrid, I have made it my mission to commit myself to a lifetime of learning, but most importantly reflection, and exemplify Aggie core values regardless of where I am living.

As a student, Aggies Commit asks that I purposefully engage in high-impact opportunities, and then reflect on those experiences in order to develop and demonstrate skills for integrative and lifelong learning. No opportunity during my time at TAMU has been more high-impact than my internship working for the USCS this summer. As an intern, I work with American and Spanish businesses daily, and as most of these companies first point of contact, it is important that I set a good example for the U.S. Commercial Service, as well as Texas A&M University. As a result, I have taken on the Aggies Commit emphasis on lifelong learning and reflection so that I not only learn from my experiences, but also continue to treat every experience as an opportunity for learning to excel in my career as a leader.

As I near the end of my time at Texas A&M and get ready to enter the professional world, self-education and learning is even more important. Without guidance from TAMU faculty in Spain, I have begun to understand how many different ways there are to educate oneself. Reflecting on my time this summer has not only taught me more about myself, but also taught me more about the world of international trade. Although I will not always be at Texas A&M University, I will always be an Aggie; thus, I am committed to a lifetime of learning.

As the celebrated American writer George Whitman said, “All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.” Education never ends, nor does learning.

How will you learn?

Marika Gherardi
U.S. Commercial Service
Madrid, Spain | summer 2017

picture: El Escorial Library