CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – On Tuesday, Feb. 21, a record number of students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi provided information about the university and discussed legislative issues of interest to them at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Day at the Capitol. More than 50 Islander students – plus alumni, faculty, staff, administration and community supporters – traveled to Austin for the event.
“On this campus, we are educating our students to become active and engaged leaders, so naturally, they are very interested in what’s happening at the Capitol,” said Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, Interim President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Our students are the biggest supporters of what we do on this campus and they want to ensure our story is told and we can continue our educational mission. Also, we are fortunate for the continued support we get from the community and our local delegation, including Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, Rep. Todd Hunter and Rep. Abel Herrero.”
A&M-Corpus Christi Day at the Capitol occurs every other year, with the goal of educating students about the legislative process. While there, students met with representatives and senators from their home districts and shared information about the Island University and their experiences as students.
“I have never experienced what it’s like to be in the House and Senate here in this part of the world,” said Bukky Babaloa, an international student studying to earn a Master of Arts in Communication at A&M-Corpus Christi. “I have been to the Senate in Nigeria, my home country, so I wanted to see the differences and similarities. What I have learned while I was here is that our lawmakers are so passionate about Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and that they are on our side.”
Saumya Thomas, a political science major at A&M-Corpus Christi, also jumped on the opportunity to visit the Capitol and represent her university.
“Since I’m a political science major, aspects of government obviously interest me, and while we do learn about these topics in our classes, it’s always nice to hear first-hand from our representatives and senators.”
Another student who visited the Capitol was Reed Horton, an English major at A&M-Corpus Christi.
“I came to TAMU-CC Day at the Capitol because I wanted to advocate for our budget and to make sure we get to keep the programs that we have at the University,” said Horton. “While here, I learned that our legislative process is pretty open and you can really just go into any lawmaker’s office and talk to them. If they aren’t there, you can still talk to their staff, which is just as good. There are so many opportunities to participate in the democratic process.”
To see a full album of photos from TAMU-CC Day at the Capitol, click here.