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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA's Aaron Arriaga will study in China this summer

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(June 5, 2013) -- Meet Aaron Arriaga. This summer, he'll be studying in Chengdu, China, at Southwest University for Nationalities on a scholarship from the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program.

Arriaga is one of two UTSA students who received a Gilman Award to study abroad this summer. The other UTSA Gilman awardee just happens to be his girlfriend, Gabriella Zundt, who will join him in China.

With a major in management science and minor in political science, Arriaga is setting his sights on a career in foreign policy. Studying abroad in China is a pretty smart step in that direction.

"I've been studying Chinese history, politics, business and language for the past few years," he says. "China is such a powerful player in the world economy. I'm excited to immerse myself in the culture and learn as much as I can about how they view our country, how our policies affect theirs and how their approach is different from ours."

He's also looking forward to practicing the Chinese language he's learned in class at UTSA. Ultimately, he hopes to extend his stay by securing an internship in the fall at either the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Beijing, China.

"I've never been so excited in my whole life," he says. "Studying abroad is something I've always wanted to do and now I'm actually doing it. That's a big accomplishment."

Do you know someone at UTSA who is achieving great things? Email us at social@utsa.edu and your submission will be considered for the next installment of Meet a Roadrunner.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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