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Student forms small business during pandemic
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Student forms small business during pandemic

Student forms small business during pandemic By Jessica RodriguezDirector of PhotographyPublished Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 The novel coronavirus pandemic presents new challenges for most everyone. Texas A&M International University sophomore communication disorders major Ana Karen Arriaga is no exception; it helped her hone a new passion which turned into a money-making business. Since early March when the pandemic began to isolate people in their homes in South Texas, many young Laredoans created small businesses. Most of these started and continue to thrive on both Facebook and Instagram. On July 9, Arriaga joined this new wave of small entrepreneurs. Jessica Rodriguez | BridgeTAMIU sophomore Ana Karen Arriaga, owner of ShopHunnyBunny, turns her time into a business in ...
Student creates own small business during self-quarantine
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Student creates own small business during self-quarantine

Student creates own small business during self-quarantine By Gabriela ChapaBridge Staff InternPublished Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 [Editor’s note: The following is the third installment in a series of articles about different Texas A&M International University students, faculty and staff who are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope their stories can be as inspiring to you as we found them to be.] While some found time on their hands during the COVID-19 self-quarantine, one TAMIU student turned his hobby into a business. Psychology major Jesus Huerta, 24, also minoring in sociology, is close to graduating this December. Huerta always connected to art and music and this is how he found inspiration to create marble paintings in his spare time over the summer...
Academia, Alumni, Education, Humans of TAMIU

ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Online learning tries parents, teachers

ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Online learning tries parents, teachers By Matthew BalderasBridge OmbudsmanPublished Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 Think back to when most people received their first mobile phone. If it was 1973, it was probably as long as a briefcase and so thick it wouldn’t even fit in a pocket. In today’s modern world, people often say that children are born with technology in their hands, but did that prepare them for online learning? 2013 alumni graduate, Juan J. Martinez Jr. who currently works at Communities in Schools in San Antonio as the Physic Coordinator, shares his students’ and teachers’ struggles. “Many teachers [and] many educators thought students were going to simply be able to transfer from at-school to at-home very easily, but they are struggling big time,” M...
ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Alumnus lives TAMIU international mission, makes impact
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ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Alumnus lives TAMIU international mission, makes impact

ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Alumnus lives TAMIU international mission, makes impact By Matthew BalderasBridge OmbudsmanPublished Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 [Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of profile articles on the successes of various TAMIU alumni, written by a TAMIU alumnus who recently returned to his alma mater to work on a graduate degree. Matthew Balderas is also a former editor-in-chief of The Bridge.] First-generation college graduate Osvaldo "Ozzy" Guzman describes getting accepted into TAMIU as one of his family's most significant accomplishments. After graduation, he continues to raise that bar ever higher. "I had taken a lot of the experiences that I had undergone in my undergraduate studies,” Guzman said. “I got to be exposed to a lot of leadership [and] I got a l...
Education, Features, Humans of TAMIU, Life & Arts

QUARANTINE CORNER: Dealing with the pandemic – Part 2

QUARANTINE CORNER: Dealing with the pandemic - Part 2 By Jessica RodriguezDirector of PhotographyPublished Monday, April 27, 2020 [Editor’s note: The following is the second installment in a series of articles about different Texas A&M International University students, faculty and staff who are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope their stories can be as inspiring to you as we found them to be.] Staying at home 24/7 during an almost catastrophic pandemic can be daunting. However, for Texas A&M International University art student Elkin Cortez, he sees this as an opportunity to get back to his creative ventures. Cortez possesses multiple talents, including art, photography and even a knack for making YouTube videos in his spare time. He says that...
QUARANTINE CORNER: Dealing with the pandemic – Part 1
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QUARANTINE CORNER: Dealing with the pandemic – Part 1

TAMIU together: dealing with the pandemic By Angela K. CarranzaBridge Staff WriterPublished Monday, April 20, 2020 [Editor’s note: The following is the first installment in a series of articles about different Texas A&M International University students, faculty and staff who are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope their stories can be as inspiring to you as we found them to be.] Daniel RodriguezTAMIU senior During the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals discover how to keep themselves busy in many different ways. For example, some take up different hobbies: cooking, reading, gaming, etc. But for Texas A&M International University senior Daniel Rodriguez, a variety of hobbies keep him occupied throughout the day. “I have been living alone for quit...
DustyCup event canceled
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DustyCup event canceled

DustyCup event canceled By Joel CaballeroBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, April 13, 2020 Considered by some to be the most competitive event, both mentally and physically, between student organizations, DustyCup was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Student Government Association at Texas A&M International University, which sponsors the annual event, planned to host it this semester on April 4. The event normally brings student organizations together for the opportunity to compete for bragging rights and for the winner to take home a trophy and a grant. DustyCup is typically hosted after the Big Event, a Universitywide community service event for the local community. The event was expected to not only have a physical portion but also one for academics w...
Mariachis strive for excellence
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Mariachis strive for excellence

Mariachis strive for excellence By Jason ReyesBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, April 13, 2020 Often performing at celebrations, the Mariachi Internacional took the opportunity to perform at Discover TAMIU to represent Hispanic culture. “We kind of want people to see that [Texas A&M International University] has mariachis and has that Mexican culture,” lead vocalist and trumpet player Danny Perez said. “The mariachis represents Mexican tradition and values.”  Along with performing at Discover TAMIU, the mariachis expected to take part in the upcoming mariachi festival originally scheduled for Apr. 23. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that event is most likely canceled. “Mariachi does play a big part in TAMIU because it is a part of the Mexican culture, and t...
Entertainment, Features, Humans of TAMIU, On Campus

Rise of esports at TAMIU

Rise of esports at TAMIU By Ruben ReyesBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, April 13, 2020 The TAMIU Smash Club is composed of students who play “Super Smash Bros.” for relaxation and competition. Over the course of the semester, students formed bonds, thus enhancing the college experience for most. Management information systems major Luis Arriaga said his studies of networking exceeded his expectations in the TAMIU Smash Club. “I want to have events that bring competitors from around the United States to [Texas A&M International University] and compete with our local Smash players,” Arriaga said. Arriaga hopes to persuade TAMIU into looking at programs or scholarships for esports. “TAMIU lags a little behind, but recently, the TAMIU [Recreational Sports Cent...
Features, Humans of TAMIU, On Campus

Inside the race for Mr., Ms. TAMIU

Inside the race for Mr., Ms. TAMIU By Cesar NeiraBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, April 13, 2020 Reaching out to the student body is the most important part of their campaign strategy, a sentiment expressed by Mr. and Ms. TAMIU. Jose Alvarez and Abigail Zuniga received their crowns, an event that caps off the annual tradition of Texas A&M International University Spirit Week. “It all starts with the urge to become more involved with the student body,” the 2020 candidates said of their campaign. From Jan. 30 to Feb. 8, they utilized an interactive campaign strategy on the TAMIU campus to have a greater impact on the student body. Being able to meet and communicate with the student body was of the utmost importance in their campaign process, they said. “We wan...
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