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D'Artagnan Bebel

D'Artagnan Bebel has a dream - to own an NBA franchise. With the kind of track record that D'Art established while at Southwestern, that goal may very well become reality.

Balancing a double major in business and communication studies with playing on the varsity tennis team and teaching first graders in Houston through the Junior Achievement program, D'Art also managed to receive the 2011 Academic Internship Student Achievement Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association--while at Southwestern, he interned at the Port of Houston Authority and at the Houston office of Fleishman-Hillard, an international public relations firm.

For the complete internship story, go here

While he wishes he'd taken the time for more social activities, D'Art's advice to incoming students is, "Don't take your first year lightly. Balance academics with the college experience. Everything is cumulative." Speaking from experience, he also suggests, "Be open-minded when looking for jobs and internships. It is an opportunity to take on something you never thought you would do."

While at SU, D'Art especially enjoyed Friday Night Live events and athletic competitions. "The game-winning shot at the buzzer in the SU/Trinity basketball game last fall was the best," he says. D'Art's friends describe him as assertive and confident, always involved in something. That said, he made sure to schedule some down time as well. "I love to sleep," he laughs.

Now working for National Instruments in Austin as a Global Database Marketing Coordinator, D'Art builds automated marketing programs that deliver timely and effective messaging to contacts that are brought into the company's database based on their web behavior, buying history and stated product interests. He continues to "Be Southwestern" by paying it forward. "Many of my opportunities were the result of someone else's help. I want to be able to give back to future Southwestern students in the same way."

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