In Profile: Laredo's Chamonix Mejia takes active role in CASNR organizations
Texas Tech has been described as a second home to many, that is no exception for one agricultural communications major. Chamonix Mejia, a junior from Laredo, said although she knows Tech and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) was the right decision for her, she did not always envision herself in Lubbock.
Her sister first attended Tech a couple years prior, and talked very highly of the programs offered. Once her sister finally convinced Mejia to visit Tech campus, her decision on which college she would attend was evident.
"I fell in love with the campus," Mejia said. "I fell in love with ag comm, the professors doing advising, the scholarship opportunity, and the student organizations. It seemed like the right place for me, and it has been a great experience."
In addition to her major in agricultural communications, Mejia has begun a minor in natural resources management. This passion for nature bloomed within Mejia at a young age as she was heavily involved in 4-H, FFA and attended many wildlife brigades.
She said combining both of her passions has proven to be the perfect avenue for reaching her long-term goal of working in the communications field advocating for our natural resources.
"I love that I am doing ag comm as my major and natural resources management as my minor," Mejia said, "because it has given me a lot of hands on classes and a lot of the communications aspects that I will utilize in the future for my career."
Being a successful student comes with involvement in the college. She's active in several student organizations within CASNR and across the university.
"I think I've grown as a person through these organizations," Mejia said. "Many of these organizations provide some kind of professional development, and I think that's crucial to making a career once you graduate."
Of all her involvement, Mejia said being a member of Agri-Techsans is her favorite and most rewarding. As an Agri-Techsan, Mejia is an official student recruiter for CASNR.
"I think it is so important to have recruiters," Mejia said. "Especially student recruiters because they are the ones high school students can relate to. For me, it gives me a lot of fulfillment knowing that I can encourage students to come to Tech and honestly tell them there are so many opportunities at Tech."
Mejia said she is passionate about Tech and said after her first semester it was apparent she made the best decision to achieve her goals.
"CASNR helped me make the rest of the semester, and year since, feel like home because I was able to find the organizations to join and find friends in those organizations," she said, "so now those organizations and friends are like family, and it is my family up here."
Written by Kayla Wilkins
CONTACT: Steven Fraze, Chair, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2816 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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