Nahua Kang ’14 graduated in December 2013 with a degree in history. While at A&M, Nahua was a University Scholar and a member of the Corps of Cadets. In the post linked below, he shares lessons learned working with entrepreneurs and start-ups in Germany. Here’s an excerpt:
Spending a summer in the startup scene in the beautiful Frankfurt am Main has taught me a lot. I met interesting people and have luckily been inspired by some true entrepreneurs. I’ve also made mistakes, “contributed” to misunderstandings and miscommunication, and observed different leadership styles. Here are some thoughts for others who are exploring startups and entrepreneurship.
On Personal Development
Most people you have met are replaceable. Be irreplaceable.
An easy way to be irreplaceable is to be a generalist-specialist in seemingly unrelated fields: Be a top strategy consultant who knows how to hack AI; be a great artist who knows the intricacies of blockchain.
Generalist-specialist doesn’t mean “generalist”. It means interdisciplinary specialist (my personal interpretation of Peter Thiel’s sharp opinion against generalists in Zero to One).
Curiosity and open-mindedness drive learning. Be a life-long learner and reader. The moment you stop learning is the moment you become replaceable.
So learn, learn, and learn. Yes you can do math. Yes you can paint. All you need is passion, practice, and perseverance.
Communication matters. Writing matters. (I got 2 new internship opportunities, both of which require generalist-specialist skill sets and solid writing skills in English).
To read the full post including Nahua’s additional advice on Career and Leadership, visit his post on Medium.com (please be aware that there is some strong language used).
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Honors and Undergraduate Research (HUR) has nominated six outstanding students for nationally-competitive fellowships this year, including the George C. Marshall Scholarship, the George Mitchell Scholarship, and the Rhodes Scholarship.
The Marshall Scholarship finances up to 40 young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in any field of study in the United Kingdom. The selected scholars’ direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.
The Mitchell Scholarship is an award sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. It was named in honor of former U.S. Senator Mitchell’s contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process and designed to introduce upcoming future American leaders to Ireland, while fostering scholarship, leadership, and community commitment.
The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest international fellowship awards around the world. 32 young Americans are selected each year as Rhodes Scholars from 300 American colleges and universities. These scholars are chosen for outstanding scholarly achievements along with character, commitment to others, and for their potential leadership in their career aspirations. The Rhodes Trust, honoring Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Texas A&M’s 2014 nominees for these prestigious fellowships include:
Philip Cho ‘14, a philosophy major with a minor in classical studies, has been nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship to study Ancient Philosophy at Oxford University. Cho has served as Inspector General Corporal and Fireteam Leader for the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and leads praise at Korean churches. He has traveled extensively, including intense personal study in the UK. Cho completed an undergraduate thesis on the works of Aristotle and Kant and is continually seeking new knowledge for the sake of learning. He is praised by his professors and mentors for his intellectual curiosity, extensive reading, and careful writing.
Carli Domenico ‘15, a university studies-Honors major with minors in psychology and philosophy, has been nominated for both the Rhodes Scholarship and the Mitchell Scholarship. Domenico has been highly engaged in campus programs including being selected for the University Scholars program, serving as an Undergraduate Research Ambassador, as an executive for Invisible Jungle, and organizing a campus 5K race benefitting New Horizons childrens’ shelter for Maggies. She completed a thesis analyzing effects of anti-inflammatories on pain processes with the Undergraduate Research Scholars in Dr. Meagher’s health and pain neuroscience laboratory. Domenico has also traveled abroad, studying Spanish language, art and culture at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid, and interned for NASA at the Lyndon Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she conducted studies on astronaut sleep and cognition. She plans a career dedicated to improving the global understanding of neuroscience.
Annabelle Hutchinson ‘15, a political science and economics double major, has been nominated for both the Rhodes Scholarship and the Marshall Scholarship, and hopes to study International Relations at Oxford University. Hutchinson has been highly engaged as a mentor, serving the Aggie Scholars Promoting Incentive, Resources and Encouragement (ASPIRE) program, as a Fish Camp counselor, and coordinating with her rural high school superintendent to improve SAT preparation and test-taking resources. As a member of the Academy for Future International Leaders, she developed a campus organization, VOICE, to share international news with fellow students. Hutchinson has been a research assistant for the Project for Equity, Representation, and Governance and is currently conducting research for her thesis in the Undergraduate Research Scholars program of higher education for economic growth.
Madeline Keyser ‘15, an English and German double-major, has been nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship to study the works of Tolkein at Oxford University. Keyser volunteers with Big Event and A&M United Methodist Church. She is a member of the Cornerstone Liberal Arts Honors program and was selected as the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior for the Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts. Keyser has conducted research abroad in Austria, at Universität Tübingen in Germany, and in the Bodelian Library at Oxford University. In addition to her German language fluency, Keyser has also developed reading ability for Old English by pursuing graduate course work to support her research. Her faculty referees note her qualities of intellectual risk-taking and inner drive. In addition to her fine scholarly qualities, Keyser enjoys running, swimming, rock-climbing and playing piano and cello.
Jack Reid ‘15, a mechanical engineering and philosophy double-major, has been nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship, the Marshall Scholarship, and the Mitchell Scholarship. He intends to pursue his doctorate of philosophy as part of the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University. Reid teaches a class in conjunction with the Invisible Jungle weekly radio program and served as a peer tutor teaching GRE and ACT prep courses while studying abroad at Texas A&M-Qatar. He has participated in research with several different labs and is currently conducting his own research project with medical and industrial applications as part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars program. Reid is consistently recognized by his faculty as a model of curiosity, humility, self-motivation, and enthusiasm. As a University Scholar, Reid also serves as an ambassador for Honors and Undergraduate Research and shows personal leadership in helping prospective students discover the resources available at Texas A&M.
Austin Wang ’15, a biomedical sciences and psychology double-degree student, has been nominated for a Marshall Scholarship to study music performance at the graduate level. Wang, a University Scholar, has very diverse interests that include music, travel, and a desire to become a physician. He plays with both the TAMU Wind Symphony and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. He studied the history of medicine and the state of biomedical research in Europe on two different study abroad terms in Bonn, Germany. Wang has served as research assistant with two different faculty labs, learning techniques such as DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis. He has also logged 145 hours of volunteer time in the Nuclear Medicine Department at St. Joseph Hospital. Wang is currently conducting genomic research on the hyacinth macaw as part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars program. The nomination committee was particularly impressed by Wang’s willingness to put his medical school plans on hold to commit significant time and effort to developing his skill and passion for music.
Congratulations to all of these amazing nominees! We are proud of your hard work and the fine examples you are of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service!