Yasmine Iferiaden Easton

 Ashlyn Bain riding a camel in front of pyramids giving a thumbs up to the camera

In the fall semester of 2021 amid the covid pandemic I set off to College Station, located in the heart of the Houston-Dallas-Austin triangle, to take part in my study abroad program at Texas A&M University College of Engineering (TAMU). TAMU is the largest university in Texas as well as the second largest university in America with a staggering 70,000 students across a campus of 5200 acres. A slight step up from my 65 acre Swansea University with 20,000 students. My classes took place in the newly built Zachry Engineering Education Complex which was completed in the fall of 2018 as part of the $228 million development project.

The College of Engineering is ranked 11th overall nationally and seventh among public institutions, the higher calibre lectures and teaching led me to a new group focused learning style outside of class time. To get through coursework and content some friends and I would research topics,teach one another concepts, and test ourselves to further our learning.

I am a first generation University students as well as the first in my family to study abroad. I enjoyed the challenge of moving to a new country and learning to be more self-sufficient. Along the way I met many new people from all walks of life and from across the world. This experience has brought me lots of new friends and connections, international exposure, and heightened my self confidence. I joined the Texas A&M Cycling Team who made me feel very welcomed and even provided me with a bike! Due to the location, in my free time I was able to explore the local areas of interest in Texas such as the Longhorn Caverns as well as a 9 day road trip from Nevada to California over the Christmas break.