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J-Aggie of the WEEK!

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Bradley Tomes

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What is your name?
Bradley Tomes

Where are you from?
San Antonio

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
I chose Texas A&M because of the high quality of its engineering program and major sense of community on campus.

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
My major is chemical engineering. I chose this due to my love for chemistry and wanting to use that love to benefit society.

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
I look forward to seeing all of my friends and enjoying some delicious food.

Do you have any siblings?
Yes two older sisters and a younger brother.

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Kugel

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
My Bar Mitzvah

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?
I went to Mexico on a cruise and visited both Progresso and Cozumel. In Progresso we visited ancient Mayan ruins and even got to climb a Mayan pyramid.

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I compete in triathlons for the Texas A&M triathlon team.

Do you have a message for future A&M students?
Don’t be afraid to try new things, because they may become your new hobbies.

Do you have plans for after graduation?
I plan to get a job as a process engineer at a chemical plant.

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Sarah Guccione

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What is your name?
Sarah Guccione

Where are you from?
Austin, TX

Where did you go to high school?
Anderson High School

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
When looking at schools, I fell in love with with Economics program that Texas A&M offers.

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
I am currently pursuing a degree in economics. I love how there is always changing opinions and thoughts on our economy, and it is interesting to see how these opposing ideas play a role in our everyday life.

What has been your most enjoyable class?
My favorite class at Texas A&M would have to be ECON 311, which is Money and Banking.

How did you get involved with Chabad?
My first week here at Texas A&M Delaney took my to Chabad and I instantly fell in love with the warm welcoming atmosphere at Chabad.

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
The real question is when am I not looking forward to come to Chabad. Chabad has truly become my home away from home, and no matter when I walk in, there is always something going on, and I am always welcomed in. From the food to the friends to the activities, Chabad really does have everything that makes Aggieland feel like home to me.

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love that on campus the Jewish community is so closely tied. Whenever I am on campus if I see someone else who is Jewish, we always say hi and stop and talk. It’s nice to know at a campus so large that there is a smaller community that is always there for me.

Why do you think it is important to be involved in Jewish life?
I believe being involved in Jewish life is very important especially at Texas A&M. The Jewish population is so small, and sometimes it’s hard to feel like there are people like you when you aren’t involved in Jewish life at Texas A&M. Jewish life here gives you a home away from home, and lets you find your place at Texas A&M.

Do you plan on going to graduate school at A&M?
Yes! I am hoping to receive my Master’s in Economics here!

Do you have any siblings?
I have one younger brother!

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Kugel for sure

What is your favorite food?
I love sushi and chocolate

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?
I have travel outside of the United States a few times. One of my favorite places would for sure have to be Sicily, where my family lives.

Have you ever been to Israel?
I went to Israel this summer with Birthright and it was honestly the most amazing experience. One of the most inspirational experience I had was going to the Western Wall during Shabbat and being a part of that experience. It was so unique to be in such a holy place celebrating shabbat.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I would love to travel to New Zealand! I’ve always heard how beautiful and amazing it is, and it’s a totally different part of the world I have never been to.

If you could start university again what would you do differently?
I would have been more outgoing at first in college. I wasn’t as outgoing

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus? What would you recommend to freshmen?
I’ve always lived off campus and loved it. However, as a freshman I think living on campus would had been very beneficial and nice.

Do you have a message for future A&M students?
Make sure you get involved with Jewish life as soon as you can! It honestly makes Texas A&M feel like a much smaller school and really helps you find your home.

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Eric Garfinkle

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What is your name?

Eric Garfinkle

Where are you from?

Bellaire Texas

 

Where did you go to high school?

Bellaire High School

 

Why did you choose Texas A&M?

Heard it was a good engineering school so I went for my undergrad. Stayed for PhD

 

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

Computer Engineering. I picked it because it sounded like a halfway point for electrical engineering and computer science, but it’s definitely not like that at all. Ended up loving it so I stuck with it.

 

What is your favorite book? Why?

Don’t really have a favorite, but I read “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” recently, which was an incredibly interesting book on the science behind habits. Helped me understand how to form good habits and how to change bad ones.

 

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?

Food of course, but also saying hi to everyone. Whenever I show up there always is something interesting to learn about or talk about.

 

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?

A lot of the jews are involved, even those that aren’t observant. There is always a community and a place to go regardless of how “Jewish” you are.

 

Why do you think it is important to be involved in Jewish life?

It’s good to learn about judaism, since many people you meet at a&m aren’t familiar with it, or have never met a jew in their life. From spending time with chabad, it's much easier to articulate my beliefs and help other people understand jewish traditions.

 

If you had a dream list for Chabad, what would be on it?

Real Kitchen knifes for kosher cooking club. Other than that things seem good.

 

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

Already on that.

 

Do you have any siblings?

One twin brother, he went to the other texas school

 

What is your favorite Jewish food?

Matzah balls

 

What is your favorite food?

Real Texas brisket

 

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?

Lighting shabbat candles with my parents

 

What is your favorite Chabad experience until now?

I don't really have a number one favorite thing, I just enjoy shabbat and sukkot.

 

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

I’ve been to Israel, the Netherlands, and England. My favorite was Israel because of how different the day to day life was compared to America.

 

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

I have been. The most amazing experience I had was staying a day in Jerusalem after the trip. I had gotten barely any sleep and wandered the city seeing sights and eating food. But the amazing part was seeing all of the people younger than me, patrolling the streets with plenty of firepower.

 

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

Honestly anywhere in California or Seattle. I want to try the most innovative and tasty beer in the world, and I’m very positive it’s in the US. Germany and Belgium hold to tradition, so it's hard to find something really creative from those countries.

 

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Austin. Good food, easy to get to, very fun.

 

How do you enjoy spending your free time?

Reading, playing games, making beer

 

If you could start university again what would you do differently?

Spend more time doing extracurriculars and also working harder in classes.

 

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

I have a cat named Horatio. His best trick is complaining and sleeping, with occasional belly rubs.

 

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

On campus is great, I recommend spending at least one year in the dorms, then move to an apartment or house close enough to walk to campus.

 

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

More research funding

 

What has been your most thrilling experience in your life?

Cliff jumping into a very small lake.

 

Do you have a message for future A&M students?

Have a great time here, and meet tons of people. Also go to chabad on occasion.

 

What has been your most enjoyable class?

Computer Architecture. After taking that class I learned a ton about how computers are designed and it helped motivate me towards doing my PhD.

 

What has been your best job on campus?

On campus I worked as a student researcher, helped me get great internships and work opportunities and meet amazing people.

 

If you were able to have one superpower what would it be?

Flight, think how nice it would be to just fly places, cheaper and faster than an Uber

 

What would enhance Jewish life on campus?

More Jews.

 

How did you get involved with Chabad?

I was in boy scouts with people who were in Sammy, and they went to chabad, so of course I went.

 

Do you have plans for after graduation?

Definitely get a job. Maybe travel some before I get too serious about my career.

 

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Carly Pappert

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What is your name?
Carly Pappert

Where are you from?
Austin, Texas

Where did you go to high school?
Anderson High School

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
I love all the traditions it had to offer and just a place that I really felt like I was at home. It also had an amazing Jewish life and I really was looking for that in my college to help my Judaism grow.

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
I am majoring in Special Education. I decided to major in this degree because I truly love getting to see the smile you can bring someone just by doing the smallest things. I have always loved helping others and this is something that I can see the progress grow.

What is your favorite book? Why?
Yes Please by Amy Poehler because it is always gives me a great laugh.

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
I look forward to all the loving people that just welcome me with warming hugs. Once, I get there it is hard to leave. I also love getting pied in the face from the kids with their toys.

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
Even though it is small I absolutely love how everyone is so close and how close-knit it is. Honestly it is like a big family that helps you get through everything.

Do you plan on going to graduate school at A&M?
Sadly no they do not have a Speech Pathology program.

Do you have any siblings?
Yes, one older brother

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Oooo! That is hard. Either koogle or challah.

What is your favorite food?
Anything I can eatJ

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
Getting all my family together on the holidays and having just everyone be around while I got to see my cousins. Also, getting to eat my grandmother’s food.

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

What is at the top of your bucket list?
Parasailing, graduate college, and skydiving

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus? What would you recommend to freshmen?
I have only lived on campus so, but freshman live on campus but don’t do random dorm.

If you could have one wish for anything in the world what would it be?
To wish everyone good health and happiness!

If you were able to have one superpower what would it be?
Read minds!

How did you get involved with Chabad?
My bother he always would talk about it and then when I came to visit him and Zoe took me and I met everyone and instantly fell in love.

Do you have plans for after graduation?
Yes to become a speech pathologist and have my own business for kids. But I also want to personally work at an old age home with stoke victims to help them.

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