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Texas A&M at Qatar students explore College Station as part of the DELTA program

Published Nov 14, 2023

Twelve students from Texas A&M University at Qatar visited the flagship campus in College Station, Texas, as part of the inaugural Dean’s Excellence in Leadership Trip to Aggieland (DELTA).

The purpose of this trip was to provide students with an opportunity to explore main campus, experience American and Texas culture, and learn from Texas A&M Engineering and Texas A&M administrators. They were able to immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere in Aggieland, engage in leadership workshops and seminars, and network with students and faculty from College Station.

The participants met with Destinee Vargas, District Director to Congressman Michael McCaul, had dinner with General BG Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. '79, USA (Ret.) Vice President for Student Affairs, and with the Dean’s Council. They also participated in the Challenge Works program, and in Aggie traditions including the Yell practice, toured the campus, explored the Bush library, and attended a football game.

“We believe it is important that our Texas A&M at Qatar students are given the opportunity to explore all that College Station has to offer,” Dr. Ryan McLawhon, Assistant Dean for Academic Services and Student Affairs at Texas A&M at Qatar, said. "During these DELTA visits, they had the opportunity to delve into the campus's history, participate in university activities, and interact with our leadership, staff, and fellow students. Student mobility and international exchanges are instrumental in nurturing a diverse global perspective and fostering international awareness. Through these experiences, students can engage with the local community, partake in cultural activities, and gain a deeper appreciation for Aggie culture, ultimately broadening their perspectives.”

DELTA participant and mechanical engineering student Ahmed Ahmed said, “" My journey through Texas A&M University at Qatar has been full of opportunities and experiences around the world from participating in local events to competing internationally. However, DELTA was my first time visiting the main campus. It was a unique experience and definitely unforgettable. It was very intriguing to see how different the lives of Aggies are from across the globe yet also interesting how I was able to relate with MEEN seniors about our capstone responsibilities and memories of courses taken in previous years. Seeing the Aggie spirit for the first time in person like when we tail gated before the huge Bama vs. TAMU game or when we asked for directions at the Memorial Student Centre. It truly helped me realize that the Aggie spirit is true and real and I encourage all my fellow Qatar Aggies to experience it first hand during their time at Texas A&M at Qatar.”