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Jared Jeffus – December 2017

Texas A&M Department of Economics Amazing Student

December, 2017

jeffusName: Jared Jeffus

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

High School: Dallas International School

Degree objective: Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Expected graduation: December 2017

University highlights, awards, scholarships: Winner of the Kimberly and Anthony J. Bugai Endowed Scholarship.

Current employment: Lab Technician for the Department of Economics.

Family ties to Texas A&M:

I am a first generation Aggie!

I chose to attend Texas A&M because…  The culture and student body made me feel comfortable. Having attended another university, I can say with absolute certainty that A&M is a very special place

My favorite things to do on campus are… I don’t spend much time on campus other than to attend class, however, you can often find me at Penberthy playing soccer.

When I have free time, I like… When I have free lime, I try my best to catch up on sleep or watch movies. In my free time I also cook quite a bit.

The craziest thing I’ve done is…  I travelled to rural Ecuador to teach public health. Needless to say, I had to readjust myself to not having running water or electricity for nearly a month, but by the end of my time there, I had taught hundreds of children solar disinfection and dental hygiene.

My favorite place to study is… Oddly enough, I study in my bed. I know many people like to go to the library but l really can’t bring myself to walk all the way to Evans from my apartment.

My favorite ECON professor is…  I’ve been blessed to have so many amazing professors during my time here. However, I would have to say that Dr. Hoekstra has been the most influential professor for me. He has gone above and beyond to not only help me succeed as a student but has also mentored me as I approach graduation.

My favorite part of being an Economics student is…  The thing I love about Econ is that it is such a wide area of study. I really enjoy the flexibility of being able to learn about a breadth of topics through the unique lens of economics.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with… Karl Marx. I would love the opportunity to inform him that his political and economic views have resulted in extreme poverty, famine and countless genocides for every single country that has chosen to follow his ideology.

If I knew I could not fail, I would… Drop out of college and become a soccer player. (KTBFFH)

If money was not a consideration, I would love to… Travel the world to teach impoverished communities about public health.

What is your passion and how are you committed to pursuing it? I have a passion for helping others. Regardless of what the future may hold, I’m going to continue my work in the nonprofit sector by teaching public health with Public Health International in Togo and Ecuador.

After graduation, I plan to… I honestly have no idea at this point.

The one Texas A&M experience I will always remember is… Essentially spending an entire week in Evans studying for the second ECMT 461 exam with my friends JC, Samen and Kobi