Running of the Bulls in Pamplona
Mickey Saloma of SMU's Lyle Engineering School runs with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, in early July 2011.
Mickey Saloma, director of undergraduate recruitment in SMU's Lyle School of Engineering, took part in the Spanish tradition of Encierro earlier this month. Here's what he had to say about the experience:
Being born in Pamplona, Spain, I have always felt that the Encierro (Running of the Bulls) during the San Fermin festival was something that ran in my family’s blood. I had the opportunity to run in the Encierro in 1993 when I was too young to understand the danger that lurked.
Eighteen years later, I fully understood how dangerous it could be, but again, Pamplona’s traditions are a part of me. This time, I also thought by running with the bulls I could inspire my two sons (Mark, age 4, and Daniel, age 1) and the amazing Lyle School of Engineering students to live life to the fullest and never back away from a challenge.
The Lyle School of Engineering has become my family, that’s why I wanted to wear that Lyle T-shirt. Here in the Lyle School of Engineering, we push our students to believe that there is no problem too big. If an old, out-of-shape guy like me can grab life by the horns (or run quick enough to avoid them), they should be able to accomplish anything. And in turn, make the world a better place.
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