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J-Aggie of the Week Presents Mike Kogan!

 Jewish Aggie of the WEEK 

Presents "Former Student"....

MIKE KOGAN!!!

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What is your name? 

Mike Kogan

Where are you from? 

Plano, TX                

Where did you go to high school?  

Plano Senior High School

What are you doing now? 

I manage multiple physician practices at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

Why did you choose Texas A&M? 

To be honest, it was on a whim.  I moved to Texas in my sophomore year of high school and had to begin to apply to schools.  I applied to many Texas schools and since I had no allegiance to any school in the state, I chose A&M because of some other friends which were attending.

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree? 

BS in Biomedical Science and Masters in Health Administration from the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health.  I chose this major because my initial ambition when starting college was to go to medical school but realized I liked leadership better so I stuck it out then went to grad school for my MHA. 

What is your favorite book? Why? 

Roots by Alex Haley.  The language is so descriptive and I became really attached to all the characters by the end of the book. 

What did you like the most about being out of university? The least? 

I think the best part of being out of school is having your own space and not living in tiny, old apartments.   I definitely miss being so close to all my friends, the free football tickets, and dinners at Chabad!

What is your favorite Jewish food? 

The Kugel my wife makes.  It’s pretty amazing.

What is your favorite food? 

Sushi all the way!

What is your favorite color (think the whole Crayola color scheme)? 

White because it contains ALL the colors *hugs*

Do you have any older or younger siblings? How old are they?  

I have one sister that’s 16 years older than me.  My parents say I was a surprise!

Do you have any animals? What is their best trick? 

We have a 6 year old red heeler/pit mix named Sammy.  His best trick is getting me to pay attention to him by whining so loud you can’t think of anything else.

Favorite Jewish memory: 

Signing the Ketubah at my wedding!

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States? If so, where? Which place was your favorite? For what reason?  

My wife and I like to take cruises to Mexico and the Caribbean once a year to do some scuba diving.  Now we’re getting ready to plan a trip to Europe!

Have you ever been to Israel? If so, what was the most moving/amazing/inspirational experience you had?

I was lucky enough to go on Birthright with Yossi and Manya back in 2008.  My favorite memory was putting on tefillin for the first time at the Wailing Wall and going to the mikvah in Tsfat. 

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?  

People think I’m crazy but I think it would be awesome to check out North Korea and see how people live there.

If you could pick one superpower what would it be? Why?

Telling the future.  Because why not?

What has been the most exciting/adrenaline coursing through your veins activity you ever partook in? 

Bungee jumping in Vegas

In your spare time what do you like to do? 

My wife and I have recently started to build our own furniture!  We’ve built a dining table, a few benches and an outdoor table. 

If you had a message for the freshmen what would it be? 

College only lasts 4 (or 5) years so don’t leave with any regrets.

What do you love most about being an Aggie (I mean you’re always an Aggie)? WHOOP! 

The sense of community you get from being part of the Aggie family.  Also, I kind of go crazy during football games.

What was your favorite class at university? Who taught the class? 

Health Policy which I took during graduate school.  It was right around the time of health care reform and it allowed for very interesting debates and discussion.

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus? What would you recommend to freshmen?  

I preferred living off campus but I appreciate the time I spent living on campus for the first two years of college.  I’d recommend all freshman live on campus at least for one year.  You have your whole life to live off campus and you’ll make some great friends living on campus. 

If you could have one wish for anything in the world what would it be? 

Happiness

What was your favorite Chabad activity as a student on campus? 

By far, Friday night dinners!  It was a time I could look forward to relaxing after a busy week and seeing all of my favorite people as well as meeting new people. 

What is one thing that would make Jewish life on campus at A&M even more amazing?  

More Jewish people!  Tell all your friends to come to A&M!

What did you love about Jewish life on campus?  

The inclusiveness.  You didn’t even have to be Jewish to participate in the Jewish life on campus.  What I love most about Chabad is that they welcome everyone and make them feel like family!

 

 

J-Aggie of the Week Presents Cory Nagelberg!

 Jewish Aggie of the WEEK 

Presents...

CORY NAGELBERG 

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What is your name?

Cory Aaron Nagelberg

Where are you from?

East Brunswick, New Jersey

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?

Agricultural Economics, with a certificate in Meat Science. I came to A&M with the desire to start a Kosher slaughterhouse (seriously).

Why did you choose Texas A&M? How did a Jersey boy like you find College Station?

I chose A&M because it felt like home. I took a tour here sort of as a way to kill time between two other college tours, and fell in love with the place.

Do you have any older or younger siblings?  

I have a younger brother, Jesse, and a younger sister, Hayley.

Do you have any animals and do they have any tricks?

I have a dog named Steve. He knows “Sit” and “come let me rub your tummy.”

What is your favorite book? Why?

My favorite book is The Godfather, by Mario Puzo, because I think it is the greatest story of an immigrant who seeks out the American dream.

Where did you go to high school?

Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union, now Gold Och Academy, in West Orange, NJ

What is your favorite Jewish food?

My grandmothers’ Gefillte Fish

What is your favorite food?

A hot dog with mustard, sauerkraut, and hot peppers.

Favorite Jewish childhood memory?

Learning to read Torah trope

What has been your favorite Chabad experience until now?

Going to the Student Kinnus in Crown Heights and experiencing Shabbos at 770 Eastern Parkway.

What is one thing that would enhance Jewish life on campus?

A quality bagel place

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States? If so, where?

I’ve been fortunate to go to many countries, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Israel, Jordan, England, Wales, Canada, Venezuela, and many island nations in the Caribbean.

Have you ever been to Israel? If so, what was your most significant significance there? (emotional, spiritual, inspiring, funny)

I’ve been to Israel a number of times, and the most significant experience I’ve had, each time, is going to Har Herzl and visiting the military cemetery.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Argentina

If you could pick one superpower what would it be? Why?

Super-speed. I would love to get around without dealing with planes and 26 hour car rides.

What was the most thrilling experience in your life?

Every time I play hockey and a shot comes at me is a thrill.

If you had a message for freshmen what would it be?

There are three things you can choose to do each week, and you only have enough time to do two: sleep, study, and party. The trick to a successful college career is to never do the same two for two weeks in a row.

What do you love most about being an Aggie (I mean you’re always an Aggie)? WHOOP!

Being able to introduce myself to anyone on the face of this Earth with an Aggie ring as “Cory Nagelberg, Class of ’14, what year are you?”

What has been your most enjoyable class at university thus far?

Meats – ANSC 307

What was the best job you held while here on campus?

Antonio’s Pizza by The Slice

What is your favorite color (think the whole Crayola color scheme)?

Heather Grey

In your spare time what do you like to do?

Play with my dog, read, go shooting play music, and play hockey

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus?

Off-campus

If you could have one wish for anything in the world what would it be?

For everyone I love to be happy

Cory, I know that you are graduating soon, what are you most looking forward to after graduating? What are you going to miss the most?

I’m most looking forward to the opportunities that the next stage of my life will present to me. I’m going to miss being able to swing by Chabad anytime I want (day or night) and just kick back with Rabbi and Manya.

Do you have any post-graduation plans come May?

I am moving to Boston, Massachusetts, and getting a “real” job.

What do you love most about Jewish life on campus?

I love that every Shabbos people from all walks of life and all parts of campus come to Chabad and make one big happy community.

J-Aggie of the Week Presents Jamie Reedholm!

 Jewish Aggie of the WEEK Presents...

Jamie Reedholm!

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What is your name?

Jamie Reedholm

Where are you from?

Georgetown, TX 

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?

Early Childhood Education!!! I want to be an elementary schoolteacher and eventually a school principal. 

Why did you choose Texas A&M?

I love being a part of the Aggie Family! The numerous traditions, opportunity for campus evolvement, and overwhelming spirit made the decision to attend Texas A&M an easy one. 

Do you have any older or younger siblings?

Yes, two older sisters! 

Do you have any animals and do they have any tricks?

Nope! No animals, yet….

What is your favorite book? Why?

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. A book everyone should read at some point in their life. 

Where did you go to high school?

Georgetown High School 

What is your favorite Jewish food?

Challahhhhhhhhhhh. 

What is your favorite food?

Spaghetti!

What has been your favorite Chabad experience until now?

My favorite Chabad experience until now was my first opportunity to make challah with a group. 

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States? If so, where?

Sadly, no. 

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Israel, Italy, Sweden. 

If you could pick one superpower what would it be? Why?

Flying, nothing could beat a bird’s eye view. 

If you had a message for freshmen what would it be?

Get involved! You get out of every experience what you’re willing to put in to it. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. 

What do you love most about being an Aggie (I mean you’re always an Aggie)? WHOOP!

The Aggie ring! The connection it creates is unbelievable. 

What is your favorite color (think the whole Crayola color scheme)?

Red.

In your spare time what do you like to do?

Netflix. I’ve been known to watch the entire season of a show in one day. 

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus?

Off-Campus.

What do you love most about Jewish life on campus?

As cheesy as it sounds…an extended family and a home away from home. 

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