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Contact Admissions

In-Residence Degree Programs

Master of Public Service and Administration
Master of International Affairs

Bush School Admissions Office

(979) 862-3476
bushschooladmissions@tamu.edu

Contact Extended Education

Online & In-Residence Certificates

Advanced International Affairs
Homeland Security
Nonprofit Management

1-866-988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Life outside the classroom

December 07, 2015

Students at Big Event

Bush School students at Big Event

Finding balance between coursework and outside pursuits is a job in and of itself. For instance, I take 12 credit hours of class per semester, but I also work 20 hours per week as a graduate assistant (GA), while also volunteering as an online English language teacher for a girls’ school in Afghanistan and making time for a few social outings a week with my classmates. Honestly, there is never a dull moment!

Plenty of opportunities are available to get involved at the Bush School, or even on main campus. A number of my classmates hold positions in the Student Government Association (SGA) and/or are involved with the Public Service Organization (PSO) that coordinates numerous community volunteer opportunities (like Habitat for Humanity, Brazos Food Bank). Others are members of SGA committees and student organizations like the Alexander Hamilton Society and European Horizons, or participate with our intramural teams or are active with Texas A&M groups.

Groups can play a professional role in helping us network and build skills. For instance, the Foreign Language and Cultural Society (FLCS) helps us with foreign language practice and interactions. We have about 15-20 ongoing groups in Mandarin, Farsi, Spanish, French, etc., to help us practice our conversations as beginners or advanced. For students who want to earn credentials for their résumé, they can earn a Leadership Certificate by completing steps in leadership development, service, and self-assessment or our Medal of Excellence, which combines leadership and reflective writing requirements. There is always something to catch your interest and help you grow professionally.

And if that wasn’t already enough, we also hold regular social events such as parties, intramural games, holiday get-togethers, and football tailgates. Trust me, you’ve never been to a great tailgate until you’ve been to a Southeastern Conference (SEC) set-up! So much to do, so little time. So, as you can imagine, the key to staying on top of everything is time management!


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Written by Jennifer Barber, MIA ‘16