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J-Aggie of the WEEK!

Jaggie of the Week Presents Joshua Beitchman

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents 

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What is your name?
Joshua Beitchman

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
Biomedical Sciences. Currently a Pre-med student, BIMS provided me with the best opportunities to further my education. It has given me multiple opportunities gain insight to the health care field, and biomedical research that are second to none.

Why did you choose Texas A&M?

I am a third generation Aggie, so I’ve always grown up around Aggieland. It was an easy choice.

What is your favorite book? Why?
The Great Gatsby because despite all of Jay Gatsby’s material possessions, it’s the personal relationships in which end up meaning the most. 

Where are you from?
Boerne, Texas

Where did you go to high school?
Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School

What did you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love the closeness of everyone on campus. No matter where you’re from the Aggie Jewish community is always there for you and able to make you feel at home.

Do you plan on going to graduate school at A&M?
No

Do you have any siblings?
Yes, Hope, she’ll be a freshman here next year.

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Noodle Kugel

What is your favorite food?
Pasta (any type)

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
Bar-Mitzvah

What is your favorite Chabad experience until now?
Experiencing Aggie Jewish Open House in coordination with Sigma Alpha Mu, Alpha Epsilon Phi and Hillel. Seeing the entire Jewish community come together and celebrate for a weekend for the past 3 years has been incredible.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Any beach

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
Golfing

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
Seeing and spending time with friends and fraternity brothers

What is at the top of your bucket list?
Making a difference in someone else’s life

What has been your most thrilling experience in your life?
My time in Aggieland as a whole. The whole experience has been an incredible one that I hate to leave. The amount that I’ve grown while being here as well as being able to contribute to organizations that allow me to part of something larger than myself has been an incredible experience.

Do you have a message for future A&M students?
Enjoy your time in Aggieland. It goes by way too fast. Get involved and have some fun occasionally. It’s here where our lives truly do change forever.

What do you love most about being an Aggie (whoop!)?
The Aggie ring. Can’t count how many times I’ve been recognized outside of College Station from the piece of gold that I carry with me. It truly embodies the Aggie Spirit

What has been your most enjoyable class?
Physiology

What has been your best job on campus?
Student Worker at Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies

What do you love most about Jewish life on campus?
Being apart of a close nit group that has an incredible influence on campus and in each other’s lives.

How did you get involved with Chabad?
Attending A&M, I wanted to be involved in Jewish Life at Texas A&M. Got involved as I made friends in the Jewish community at Texas A&M University

Do you have plans for after graduation?
I’ll be working towards obtaining an M.D. and Ph.D. so that I can continue in a career in Biomedical Research. 

Jaggie of the Week Presents Franceska Flax

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents

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What is your name?
Franceska Flax

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree? Animal Science. I did it because I love my horse and decided to pursue something that would be beneficial for him in the future and cause I'm passionate about animals.

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
Offers the best program for Animal Science and has great tuition rates and living in Texas is cheap.

What is your favorite book? Why?
I do not have a single favorite book. I read too much to choose one story or novella. I have my favorite authors though a few of which include: Jane Austen, J.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin.

Where are you from?
London, UK 

Where did you go to high school?
Palm Desert High School, CA

What did you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love being able to be Jewish. It is something that most take for granted.

Do you plan on going to graduate school at A&M?
Nope.

Do you have any siblings?
Nope.

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Chulent and kishka!!

What is your favorite food?
Pasta

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
My first Simchas Torah after I was bat mitzvad... I don't remember it.

What is your favorite Chabad experience until now?
I have too many.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Grandmas flat in Marbella, Spain 

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
With Maisy, alone, watching Netflix or reading.

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
The conversations and food.

What is at the top of your bucket list?
Competing at the FEI World Cup in Las Vegas 

What has been your most thrilling experience in your life?
Competing in the jumpers at 5'3" when I was told it was only 4'3" 

Do you have a message for future A&M students?
If you expect life to be exactly as you imagined/planned you will be sorely disappointed. It's better to live life going with the flow man. 

What do you love most about being an Aggie (whoop!)?
Being apart of something that is so much more than alumni. Aggies are family. 

What has been your most enjoyable class?
ANSC 420 Equine reproduction/management. 

What has been your best job on campus?
LAYNES 

If you were able to have one superpower what would it be?
Being a wizard. I would just like to attend Hogwarts that is all. 

What do you love most about Jewish life on campus?
Chabad 

What would enhance Jewish life on campus?
Better question is, how can one engage today's young adults to look past their societal upbringing and strive for things that matter like Jewish life on campus.

How did you get involved with Chabad?
My Rebbitzen from home made sure I met Manya as soon as I arrived to Texas. 

Do you have plans for after graduation?
Marketing and sales of high performance sport horses in the U.S. Located in Saratoga, Fl during the fall/winter then in Indiana/Chicago for the summer months.

Jaggie of the Week Presents Samantha Guz

 

 Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents

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What is your name?
Samantha Guz

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
I am a double major in Psychology and Sociology. I decided to pursue these degrees I am curious about individuals and society.

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
I choose Texas A&M because it was a Tier 1 research university and I immensely curious about research in the social sciences.

What is your favorite book? Why?
I don’t do well with favorites but I currently love The Man Who Loved Children by Christian Stead.

Where are you from?
I am from San Antonio.

Where did you go to high school?
I went to an Arts High School and a Liberal Arts High School.

When do you Graduate?
I plan on graduating in May 2015.

Do you have any siblings?
I have one sister, Jackie Guz. She is the best thing in the entire world!

What is your favorite food?
I love food too much to pick favorites.

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
I love any time I get to learn about Judaism with my sister. It’s not a childhood memory but nothing makes me happier than to eat Shabbat dinner with Jackie.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Traveling is what is most on my bucket list. I want to go to Israel, Amsterdam to visit the Frank house, Eastern Europe, and New Zealand.

Do you have a message for future A&M students?
My message for future A&M Jewish Students would be: Get involved in Chabad early! Rabbi and Manya are these amazing resources that are here to help you. You can take this opportunity in college to define Judaism for yourself and become the Jewish adult you want to be.

What has been your most enjoyable class?
Any opportunity to work with Dr. Mestrovic (aka the Mensch) has been life changing. I highly recommend his classes.

What has been your most thrilling experience on Campus?
My best experiences on campus have involved research. I’ve looked digging deeper into my interests.

What do you love most about Jewish life on campus?
I love making friends that I see in Chabad and outside of Chabad. The Jewish community here may be small but I’ve fostered valuable relationships with incredible people.

What would enhance Jewish life on campus?
More Jews and more Jewish learning. The Jewish community here could benefit from a larger population but mainly an educated Jewish population. 

How did you get involved with Chabad?
I wanted to define Judaism for myself and learn to make Jewish choices that I felt comfortable with. It became clear that Chabad was the place I could do that.

Do you have plans for after graduation?
I plan on continuing my education and getting a PhD.

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