by Angel Futrell, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Major: Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Biomedical Sciences
Graduation: May 2014
Hometown: Missouri City, TX
On his time at Texas A&M…
What did you like most about studying forensic and investigative sciences?
I love how science and law have to co-exist in the courtroom. Every step you take in the crime scene will be crucial in the entire investigation. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to solve crimes. It is not easy to be standing in the witness podium in front of everyone, but once I get there, I know that it is my job as an expert witness to explain the science that has been used in that court case. It is rewarding to be able to explain science in terms that the jury and/or judge in the court can understand what it means.
Besides the Corps of Cadets, what else were you involved in at Texas A&M?
My objective on campus has been to help promote cultural awareness to those of non-Asian descent, ultimately making an impact on the student body.
Fortunately, I was actively involved in the minority student community from starting as a member of the Hong Kong Students Association (HKSA), to becoming the Director of Funding and ultimately president of HKSA. During the rough times such as fluctuations in membership and funding, I inspired my fellow officers to persevere, and helped maintain positive attitudes and an uplifted atmosphere. Although the process was arduous, the result was bittersweet. We, as a team, were able to reboot the organization and are currently a well-known Asian organization on campus.
Besides my involvement and the time I have invested in the Corps of Cadets, I found Wind Symphony a positive and rewarding musical experience. Moreover, Wind Symphony relieved my stress from other activities that I was involved in.
On his career…
What are you most looking forward to with your career in both the military and later with medicine?
As a future military officer, not only am I honored to serve the country, but it also allows me to strive for excellence in everything I do. I am also very excited to be trained as a cyber-operations officer in order to see the bigger picture in the military sector right after graduation.
I have commissioned into the United States Air Force as a 2nd lieutenant. A cadre suggested that I pursue the intelligence field because of my multi-lingual background – I am fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and conversational in Japanese and Russian.
In the long run, my general interest in medicine and my motivation to serve in both the civilian and military sector have made me look into podiatry as my long term career.
What have you gained from your time at Texas A&M?
Overall, my experiences at Texas A&M with confluence of emotions are not easily put into words. Without my involvements as a cadet and a leader in Texas A&M, I would not have become a person who is motivated to be an educator and mentor, and to face global challenges. I feel extremely honored to be selected as an invocation leader at my graduation ceremony. This gives me a final opportunity to make an impact into the A&M student body.
Once an Aggie, forever an Aggie. I will always reach out globally, explore new things, and then use this gift to its fullest potential to benefit others. Consequently, not only will my character grow with greater extent, but it will always be my role to revere the traditions and pass them on to the next generations, which includes our Aggie War Hymn, Honor Code, corps values and most importantly, the dauntless Aggie spirit.