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

Aaron Arriaga

Aaron Arriaga

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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."

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