Andres Marquina
Andres Marquina

Major: Ag Business Hometown: Houston, TX

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Carson Grett
Carson Grett

Major: Finance Hometown: Cedar Park, TX

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Grace Nguyen
Grace Nguyen

Major: Human Resource Development Hometown: Richmond, TX

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Lauren Guardado
Lauren Guardado

Major: Finance Hometown: Katy, TX

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Vince Zambito
Vince Zambito

Major: Economics Hometown: Austin, TX

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"SLAM has really changed the way I get to know people and has introduced me to some of the best people I've ever met. I’ve gained a new confidence in myself to meet and make connections with as many people as I can, and because of it I’ve grown to love meeting new people that I can now laugh and share perspective with."

"You will always be welcomed with open arms and loved unconditionally by everyone you meet in SLAM. You know this is a true family when you know that you can lean on anyone or call someone for anything and they will be there to help you when you need it most. I was able to gain the confidence in myself that I had been missing for a while, and I am the person I am today because of SLAM."

"What I've gained the most out of SLAM is to truly just be myself. I struggled a lot with self image and how I may come across towards others, but SLAM taught me that if you surround yourself with the right people, you stop caring what others think and just do you. Like Dom James said in Space Jam 2 'Let me be me'."

"The best thing about SLAM is how welcoming everyone is. I've found a great support system and lasting memories with lifelong friends!"

"I have gained so many life long friends and memories from this organization. Before I was in SLAM I was very unsure of myself and I struggled with my self worth, but because of SLAM I've grown into a leader and the best version of myself that I've always wanted to become. If you're looking for a place where you can call home, truly be authentic, be accepted, and grow into a leader SLAM is where you belong."

“I’ve gained a new confidence in myself to meet and make connections with as many people as I can, and because of it I’ve grown to love meeting new people that I can now laugh and share perspective with. SLAM takes a bunch of the best, most interesting people and allows them to meet and have an amazing time together. It really has changed the way I get to know people and has introduced me to some of the best people I've ever met.”

"The best thing about SLAM is the incredible sense of community it provides. “The execs and staff go out of their way to create a welcoming environment which ensures everyone feels they belong. My favorite SLAM memory was our committee retreat to Wimberly! Our whole weekend was full of laughs, bonding, and stories we'll keep telling for years.”

"Genuine friendships are made so quickly and effortlessly in SLAM. The support and love in this org makes it so special and can truly be a home for anyone who needs it! Whether it be day trips to Houston, movie nights, going to a coffee shop to study, or driving to Waffle House in the middle of the night, it’s those small, spontaneous memories that really stick with me and will make these some of the best years of my life!”

"Everyone in this organization wants what is best for you and wants to see you achieve your dreams! SLAM is my support team and my rock and has helped me get to where I am today! The best thing about SLAM is having built in buddies! Someone is always down to hang out or go on trips or go to events with you! Whether it’s a football game or just a movie night and dessert... you always have someone to be with!” 

“The best thing about SLAM has to be the support system that you gain. I went from having a small, unstable group of people I surrounded myself with, to reliable and trustworthy connections made with lots of people! It had always been a struggle of mine to truly stand up for what I believed in but SLAM gave me a voice in that aspect. I now know how to speak my mind truthfully and not hold back from what I’m feeling!”

"SLAM has given me lifelong friends and home in College Station. The best thing about SLAM is the people!"

"My favorite parts about SLAM are the friends, the sense of family, and being a part of something bigger than myself!"

"Something I've learned from SLAM is that friendships aren't something that can be forced, they are created from people who genuinely care about you and want to get to know you. Because of this, I have found my forever people in this organization”.

“SLAM’s intentionality as an organization to make everyone feel loved, included and wanted really has to be the best thing about this org. I have gained my best friends and SLAM has made A&M feel like family. SLAM has pushed me to go out of my comfort zone and meet as many people as I can. It has helped me grow as a leader and given me a new sense of confidence about who I am as an individual.” 

“SLAM provides such a great support system and constantly encourages everyone to be the best versions of themselves. The people in this organization will drop anything in a split second to help you out or even just to check in on you.”

“Going outside your comfort-zone can be terrifying, but this comes with the greatest experiences and personal growth possible. Through this organization, I’ve gained a level of confidence I never thought I would achieve and some of my best friends that I’ll carry far past school or SLAM SLAM has been a safe environment for me to let my guard down and be able to really make authentic relationships.”

“When school gets stressful, SLAM gives me a place to relax, smile, and have fun. Tuesdays are the best days of the week. I have learned from SLAM that you will always have people in your corner cheering you on. I have never had a network of such genuine people around me that continually make an impact on me. I have gained real, compassionate friends from SLAM.”

“Something I have learned from SLAM is that having many peoples’ opinions is a positive thing and it makes sure the task at hand is completed in the best way possible.”

“The best thing about SLAM is the instant and lasting connections I have made. SLAM has taught me what it means to be passionate about leadership, inclusivity, and the community.”

 "The best thing about SLAM is the insane amount of unconditional love and support that you experience from the people around you. Everyone is so welcoming and genuinely wants you to be there and be yourself. Not only did I gain a huge support group and family, but most importantly I experienced a lot of self growth and was able to learn who I was and want to be.”

"SLAM creates a family out of different people who may not interact otherwise— it’s a unique environment. This org is really just a group of people who start off as strangers with all different backgrounds and personalities but then quickly become best friends that support one another! There’s such a genuine vibe here where you’re encouraged to be your authentic self and genuinely build meaningful relationships."

"SLAM is the best place to find your truest self and your best friends. It provides a safe space for you to be vulnerable, goofy, and to constantly have fun with so many people. Whether you are with like minded or completely different people, SLAM has everything you can possibly need in an inclusive, diverse organization."

"I've gained a lot of leadership and confidence through SLAM. This org aught me the best values to hold in my life My favorite part is just being able to be around so many amazing people and making lifelong friends”.