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Amazing Student – Karen Gracia

Texas A&M Department of Economics Amazing Student
September, 2022


Karen Gracia


Brownsville, Texas

High School:

Saint Joseph Academy

Degree objective:

Bachelors of Science in Economics, Masters of Science in Financial Economics

Expected graduation:

December 2023

University highlights, awards, scholarships:

Jacquelene M. Browning Memorial Scholarship Recipient. Participant in the 2021-2022 Expanding Diversity in Economics Program hosted by the BFI at UChicago. Mentee for the 2022-2023 American Airlines Revenue Organization College Mentor Program.

Clubs/Organizations I am (was) a part of:

TAMU UNICEF, Women In Economics

Current employment:

Student Business Assistant – MSEN

Family ties to Texas A&M:

My sister just graduated from TAMU. Go Danny! 🙂

I chose to attend Texas A&M because…

It was one of my top choices when I did not know what I wanted to study.

My favorite things to do on campus are…

Go sit at the George Bush Lake when I have time and nap in the flag room.

When I have free time, I like…

I like to watch movies with family/friends as well as going out to sightsee and visiting places.

The craziest thing I’ve done is…

The craziest thing I’ve done is climb up to the top of the sun pyramid in Mexico and also speak with a New York Times Reporter!

My favorite place to study is…

Evans library second floor is my go to study spot.

My favorite ECON professor is…

Andrew Rettenmaier! I would not have made any of my accomplishments without his help. Although she is not an Econ professor, Rochelle Read (ex-econ advisor) deserves a special shout out as well. The economics faculty have always been very kind and supportive!

My favorite part of being an Economics student is…

There is no limit to where Econ can be learned, there is Economics in everything! Getting to see that is what makes being an Econ student so interesting.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with…

My younger brother. I would love to share an afternoon with him and do his favorite activities.

If I knew I could not fail, I would…

I would become an actress aside from studying Econ.

If money was not a consideration, I would love to…

I would love to travel the world with my parents and give them everything they deserve.

What is your passion and how are you committed to pursuing it?

My passion is being able to take care of my family and friends. I am committed to pursuing it by continuing my education and career to the best of my abilities. With them in mind, I will accomplish anything I set to do.

After graduation, I plan to…

I plan to hopefully work and start my life as a young adult, wherever that may be.

The one Texas A&M experience I will always remember is…

Attending the Alabama game and cheering when I have no knowledge on American football. It was amazing nonetheless!