Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Shashi Raj

An Outstanding Islander

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Educational Adventurer

Thousands of miles from home, Shashi Raj found the robust, fulfilling college experience he dreamed of at the Island University. The Aligarh, India, native had first visited Corpus Christi in 1997 during a family vacation. The climate, the lush campus and the AACSB-accredited accounting program in the College of Business had made an impression so he enrolled in fall 2007. The recipient of an in-state tuition waiver awarded for academic excellence and seven scholarships including the KPMG Peat Marwick Endowment Fund and the Student Affairs Leadership Scholarship graduates in August with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. During his college career, it was crucial for Raj not only to excel in academics, but to experience the unique Islander lifestyle. As a member of the Delta Chi fraternity, he practiced dance and music routines for the popular annual Islander Revue talent show. Delta Chi’s entertaining performances won top prizes three years in a row. In addition, Raj discovered networking opportunities through the group, and gave back to the community by cleaning up the beach and parks for the city. He volunteered for the Junior Achievement Middle School Teaching Program, the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out Walk and the City of Corpus Christi’s Operation Paint Brush. One of his academic highlights was a June 2010 trip to New York City, N.Y., Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, Pa., where as a business delegate through the International Scholar Laureate Program, he worked with delegates from 15 different countries and witnessed an actual stock option opening from the trading floor of NASDAQ.  Raj, who was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma, is an accounting intern for Magnum Oil & Gas Inc. and was a student assistant at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library and a student mentor for the Department of Student Affairs. He was on the Dean’s List and held leadership positions including College of Business Student Representative for the University’s Honors Program and a mentor for the University’s Honors Academic Mentoring Program. After graduation, Raj will remain in the city to work as an accounting associate for his current employer and obtain his CPA license.

 
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