Over the years, Texas A&M University’s Corps of Cadets has been called “the best leadership lab in the country.” Hajin Seo ’21 can attest firsthand to the truth behind this statement.
“All members of the Corps of Cadets are taught to hold themselves to the highest standards,” Seo said. “The Corps builds men and women of outstanding character.”
Hailing from Katy, Texas, the mathematics major was drawn to Texas A&M and the Corps because of its strong emphasis on tradition. “Hearing about Aggieland’s highly-regarded traditions and camaraderie, it was easy to recognize—even from the outside—that Texas A&M is not like other universities,” Seo said.
As a member of Company F-2, Seo has learned how to achieve excellence in all that he does. Through ROTC and leadership classes, his time as a cadet has played an important role in providing him leadership and direction. The structure of the Corps has also taught him how to develop and achieve goals, how to prioritize his time and how to excel in a professional environment.
“Every part of the Corps provides a lesson,” Seo said. “For me, the biggest lesson I have learned in my three years as a cadet is that anyone, regardless of rank, can and should be a leader.”
It is because of a scholarship, established by the late William “Bill” Warner ’45, that Seo was given the opportunity to attend Texas A&M.
“Like many students, one of my biggest fears coming into college was the financial burden that it would place on me and my family,” he said. “This scholarship has allowed me to focus on my education and my duties as a cadet without having to worry about money.”
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Warner served in combat during World War II before attending Texas A&M, where he participated in the Corps of Cadets and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. Inspired by his time in the Corps, Warner left a percentage of his estate to establish the William P. Warner ’45 Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Scholarship endowment for future cadets. Since he passed away in 2018, his gift has supported 18 cadets in their Aggieland journey.
“I am grateful to former students like Mr. Warner who have given back so future Aggies can have the same opportunities,” Seo said. “Their generosity speaks to the importance of Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets.”
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