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Retention at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has risen over the past few years. In this video we show the First Year Experience and all the programs we offer students to ensure future success not only in college but also out in the real world once they graduate.

The sounds of Spring Fling filled University Boulevard on Wednesday, March 29! Thank you to everybody who came out to one of our favorite Javelina Nation traditions!

1. Where did you go and for how long?

When I was 20, I studied abroad for 6 months at a university just outside of Parana, Entre Rios, Argentina. I was able to visit a few other places while studying abroad; such as Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Cuzco, Lima, Iguaza Falls and Uruguay.

2. What did you study while overseas?

I went to Argentina to receive a minor in Spanish.

3. What was your most memorable experience being abroad?

The entire trip was quite memorable. I made a lot of great connections and friendships out there in Argentina, both domestic and foreign. However, the most memorable portion of the trip was when I visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a week and was able to see Maracanã Stadium, which would later be home to the World Cup and 2016 Olympics. I was also able to see the iconic Jesus Christ statue. Another experience that was memorable for me was spending two days at Iguazu Falls.

4. Why do you think that studying abroad benefited you?

Studying abroad was a great opportunity for me to build my character and social skills, and it gave me a sense of autonomy. Before my trip to Argentina I was quite shy and didn’t know how to put myself out there in the world. Being abroad gave me the confidence to thrive in any environment. I also gained a greater knowledge of how different cultures around the world work, and it was incredible to live in a society where speaking with a stranger isn’t deemed odd. I often spent my afternoons drinking “Mate,” an Argentinian tea, with the locals. Another thing I cherish is that I made some great life-long friendships. One of my friends that I met down there has continued traveling the world and is currently working in Washington D.C. with the District Attorney.

5. What would you say to a student who was contemplating studying abroad but was unsure about going through with it?

Do it! It gives you an opportunity to grow as a person and gives you the skills needed to become successful, smart and aware of the world around you. The United States is somewhat like a city, and it can get boring living life constantly in one place. This world has hundreds of different cultures, cities, environments. Languages and faces to know. On top of that, when you study abroad, you will have countless stories and pictures to share with your friends and family. Your social media will go off the chain.

Javelina Nation has the cutest four-legged friends around! Check out our Dogs of Javelina Nation board and let us know if you’ve got a furry friend you want featured!

High school and middle school jazz bands from all over Texas converged to help celebrate the 50th Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival March 24-25. In addition, one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time was on hand for the celebration. The legendary Doc Severinsen conducted the TAMUK Jazz Band I during the 7 p.m. concert Saturday in Jones Auditorium.

The Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville presents the energetic, one-of-a-kind musical ensemble Quartetto Gelato Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bellamah Music Building Recital Hall, on the A&M-Kingsville campus. Read the link below for more information.

Feyisayo Edalere, a senior studying biomedical sciences was selected to present her research entitled “Study of behavorial defects in Drosophila melanogaster through courtship” at Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. To read more, click on the link below.

Head over to the MSUB next week to get your #JavelinaChampions buttons!

In recognition of student excellence across Javelina Nation, Student Championship Week celebrates outstanding students. Head over to the MSUB next week to get your #JavelinaChampions buttons! Students who wear their button on the designated day will receive a 10% discount at all Aramark locations on campus, including the Javelina Dining Hall and Starbucks!

Several students participated in a focus group on Tuesday, March 28, to give their feedback on what they’d like to see from the new Enrollment Services Center. Thank you to everybody who participated!

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