For UTPB grad – Odessa American

Carmen Dragun, a graduate of the University of Texas Permanent Basin, spent one of the most satisfying semesters of the Archer Fellowship program.

The Archer Fellowship Program, established at the University of Texas with former US Representative Bill Archer, provides a way to bring general academic and professional experience to Washington, DC.

The selection is based on a competitive implementation process, and each Archer Fellows team consists of some of the best and brightest students in the UT system.

He graduated from Trinity School in Trinity, Midland, in May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Summa Cam Laud. She started at the University of Texas A and M, but came home to help care for her grandmother.

She was in Washington from late January to April 24. While there, Freddie worked in Mac. She recently went to work at the White House Cooperative in Houston as an auditor.

Founded by former U.S. Attorney Bill Archer, R-Texas, Drake Arc Arthur said the UT system is a way for young and old people to live and work in Washington, get an education, and see the political process first.

“I had a great time and I can learn a lot,” said Dragun.

While living there, colleagues are required to take a 15-hour course work and look for work.

Her team of 35 students worked in various government, private and charitable agencies. They all had a different view of working with the Heritage Foundation, various congressional offices, and liberal groups.

“There were a lot of different political views in the group, which was great,” Dragun said. “It has led us to a lot of strong and interesting discussions and different political views because we all live in the same apartment – we have been able to build a lot of common land and have political discussions. . ”

One of the tasks of the students was to find other students in a group who often disagreed on political issues, and to sit and talk about our disagreements, one by one. Discuss the other person’s point of view and our own, and discuss what we agree and agree on and what the consensus was between these two perspectives.

“Most of the time we have irreparable differences, but we do not change the mind of each other. …, “She said.

For the most part, adding the drug, everyone was working towards different results in different ways. But you can still build great relationships and friendships with very different perspectives. It was great to see the dragon and he said, “It was just a mission, so you have to do it.”

Carmen Dragun, right and at the University of Texas Permanian Basin

With 35 students, not only did they get to know each other better, but they also told the faculty and staff.

“ነበሩ We had some great professors and associate professors who taught us, wonderful speakers who came in independently of the courses. People from various political ideologies and professional backgrounds from government, private and non-profit sectors who have been able to talk to us about their profession and who have learned about advocacy and the political process; So many good lessons. ”

The union lasted a semester, but was suspended for about a month due to the Covenant and January 6 riots.

“So we were there for about three months and it was still a good experience, and even within COVID limits we were able to visit the open statues and a few museums and just explore the city, which was great. It was great fun, ”Dragun said.

During her time in Washington, she mentioned that the John Ben Pearper Public Institute paid for education and living expenses.

“This is an incredible opportunity,” he said.

“I truly appreciate the JBS Institute of Leadership’s ability to make the Arker Union possible. I think it’s a life-changing experience and I’m really grateful for that organization.

While at UTPB, he was involved in drug trafficking. One of the counselors was Dean Corey Benson.

She was president of the student body at the time of her application and was a member of the UT system student council. Benson encouraged her to apply.

He linked the drug to a campus representative and encouraged her to complete the application.

“I admire Corey Benson and Dr. Becky Sparlock (Vice President for Student Affairs and Leadership) who encouraged me to attend. I was thrilled to find him. They were the first people I spoke to. I think I told my parents before. They really encouraged me to go, ”said Dragun.

President Sandra Woodley also played a role.

“As president of the student body, she was committed to supporting student success, student achievement, and safety,” Benson wrote in a text message. “As a senior, she participated in an archery program in Washington, DC, to help students learn practical skills.”

She said she had access to people from other UT institutions.

“They represent not only wide differences in political views but also geographical locations. I now know people who are leaders in their respective schools in various industries in the state. “It’s really good now.”

“Being a member of that famous group is a great asset,” he added.

In the future, she hopes more UTPB students will benefit from the union.

“ነው It’s a great program on resources outside the JBS Leadership Institute. I think it will be a great resource for UTPB. ”

Dragon is a second-year student at Notre Dame, an older brother, Anthony and younger sister, Vivine, at UT Southwest Medical School.

“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made,” she said, adding that she would like to go to UTPB.

She made “great friends” and had an incredible faculty and supportive administration.

“I am a fan of Dr. Woodley. She really made the yard fun and engaging. It’s just a great place. I think she has brought a lot of energy to sports teams and student organizations. She presents herself very well to the students, ”said Dragun.

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