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J-Aggie of the Week Presents Mike Kogan!

Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 - 2:25 pm

 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!

 

 

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