Annaliese Olbrich ‘21 is an Environmental Geosciences major, minoring in Geology and Oceanography, from China Spring, Texas. She is the daughter of Col. Grant Olbrich ’85, USMC (N-1) and Mrs. Cindy Olbrich ’87.
Annaliese serves as the Recruiting Officer for C-Battery in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and has enjoyed playing the trumpet for the past 4 years. Annaliese also serves as the Executive Officer for Valor, an on-campus Ministry.
“It is incredible for me to see Christ be honored by such amazing young adults that strive to maintain the campus of Texas A&M as a place of honor, integrity, self-discipline, leadership, respect, and selfless service, and for them to keep A&M in these identifying features in the name of God,” she said.
Off the Quad, Annaliese participates in the Undergraduate Recruitment Team (URT) for the College of Geosciences, helping high school students learn about Geosciences and the opportunities available for them. For the past 3 summers, Annaliese has been a counselor for GeoX, the College of Geosciences’ week-long recruitment camp for high school juniors and seniors. She is also a member of the Geosciences Student Council, which works to improve relations between Geosciences students and faculty. Additionally, she has enjoyed working as a student employee at A&M’s Geochemical and Environmental Research Group facility. In the summer of 2020, Annaliese worked with Dr. Yina Liu and Dr. Michael Shields in researching the level of Perfluoro-alkyl substances in milk products.
Upon graduation in May of 2021, Annaliese plans to attend a year-long internship with Cru Ministries in Lima, Peru, ministering to college students in the metropolitan center of Lima. Following her internship, she hopes to pursue a career fighting for the rights of indigenous and impoverished communities to have access to potable water. She developed a passion for such a cause after a study abroad experience in Peru in 2019. However, Annaliese trusts that the Lord will lead her wherever He will have her.
“I have loved my time in the Corps; I am incredibly grateful for the experiences, challenges, and memories that the Corps has given me that have helped shape me into a better woman, a better Aggie, and a better Christian,” she said.
We are proud of Annaliese and the success she has already had on and off the Quad during her time at Texas A&M. We know she will continue to do extremely well in all that she does in service to others in the future. Gig ‘em and God Bless, Annaliese!