I had the privilege to be involved in student organizations such as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council, where I worked alongside incredible Aggies who were determined to make a difference at Texas A&M and beyond. Through increased campus involvement, my student worker position in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Office, and my classes and study groups, what once seemed like an overwhelming campus became a place that truly felt like home.
Upon graduation, I was excited to begin an agricultural job I had secured thanks to two summer internships, but I was sad to think that calling you my home was over. So, when I ran into a college mentor three short years later and learned about an opportunity to work for the Texas A&M Foundation supporting the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, I knew it was something I had to pursue.
Being back in your environment brings a sense of appreciation that goes beyond my time here as a student. I now witness the Aggie Network every day, working with Aggies and non-Aggies who believe in the university’s mission and its students. I see the passion from within to impact the world and I see the world’s passion to impact Texas A&M. I am truly blessed to play a small part in supporting Texas A&M and to work alongside those who are proud of everything it means to be an Aggie. I also met the love of my life upon returning here, and for that, I am forever grateful. In January, my wife, Robyn ’15, and I got married, and we are excited to call you home. Thank you for the memories, and here’s to many more.
Jansen Merrill ʼ18