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The best thing about Tamu is the tradition, the spirit, the network. This school is like no where else! To me this school is ...
The best thing about Tamu is the tradition, the spirit, the network. This school is like no where else! To me this school is perfect; in fact I didn't even apply anywhere else. TAMU is home. Yes there are problems and controversies but that normal with such a big school; there is going to be bureaucratic "red tape". The feeling you get when you walk around on campus is indescribable. It is just a great environment.
I think there are some individuals that hold up this stereotype, but no it is mostly false. There are those few that make the rest of us look bad. All we can do is try our best to correct it.
People tend to think TAMU is a rural school full of rednecks and cowboys. We are a mostly white school so there are questions about the students being racist, prejudice, and discriminatory.
The best thing about TAMU is the student life; there are countless groups, programs, organizations, etc. for students to take...
The best thing about TAMU is the student life; there are countless groups, programs, organizations, etc. for students to take part in, and the social scene is full of opportunities to meet fellow students and have a great time together. I would change the racial diversity, however, for it seems TAMU is full of an almost entirely White student body, with the only Blacks being athletes, and the only Asians or Middle Easterners representing the most difficult majors, like Engineering, Biology, or Chemistry. I'd say our school size is just right, or if anything maybe a bit too large, but TAMU is definitely far from the small side. When I told people I was planning on attending TAMU, and even now, when I travel and meet people that have heard about TAMU and its notoriety for unique traditions, the reaction is usually the same: TAMU's spirit is contagious - am I one of the 98% or the 2%? (98% refers to the majority that gets "caught up" in the Aggie Spirit, while the 2% refers to the few students that withhold from such behavior and remain unaltered after entry to the university). I spend most of my time on campus either in class or in the library (Evans Library is the one on campus.) Occasionally, I'll head to campus to get a bite to eat, though the best places to find lunch are all on Northgate, which turns into a bar scene by night. TAMU is definitely a College town, and the name College Station originates from the train that runs through campus, for "College Station" describes the stop it made at TAMU along its track. TAMU's administrations is good, but there are more distinguished or experienced faculty members in specific departments. Engineering, for instance, is a program that represents an extremely knowledgeable and well-renowned faculty. The biggest controversy on campus that has occurred lately would have to be last year, when a video turned up online depicting White students discriminating against Blacks; the White students were obviously making fun of and attempting to degrade the image of a Black student, and our campus was in an uproar. The administration reacted immediately to the hateful action, and tons of minority students flooded the MSC to protest the occurence. Obviously school pride is something Aggies are known for, and the notoriety of our traditions and customs isn't a secret. One can definitely expect a unique college experience at TAMU!
There are multiple groups on campus that are racially, religiously or socio-economically oriented, ranging from that of the ethnic orientation, like the Latina Aggies, to the dominantly Republican, or the Christian based student organizations. The campus is primarily white, however, and anyone else can pretty much count on being a minority at TAMU. If there were four main tables dividing a dining hall of TAMU students, black athletes might occupy one, Greek fraternity and sorority members another, "redneck" or "hick" students a third, and nerdy Asian engineer or biology majors a fourth, thought many of these groups can be found overlapping in their social stereotypes. A sorority girl might be pre-med, or an athlete might be studying something agriculturally based. Most students wear comfortable clothes to classes; jeans and sperry's, nike running shorts and running shoes, or shorts and flip flops, coordinated with t-shirts, tank tops, and sweatshirts. Most TAMU students seem to be from the Houston or Dallas/Fort Worth area, though the student body has a great mix of Texans, ranging from far East Texas to the obselete Northern regions, along with out of staters and a handful of international students. Many students are political aware and active. It's common to see the sidewalk chalked with support for presidential candidates, or the MSC taken over with student groups promoting for a specific person or cause. Most students seem to originate from the middle or middle-upper class, and future salaries are a topic of discussion near graduation, but not something that comes up in everyday conversation.
The traditions that occur at Texas A&M University require attention as well, and it's important that incoming students realize just how unique TAMU is, and how different the college atmosphere is at this university. First and foremost, the "Aggie Spirit" takes some getting used to, and while it's easy to make fun of or difficult to understand when you're new in College Station, it will take hold of 98% of TAMU students, and that initial misunderstanding will be little more than a faint memory. Reveille is our official mascot at TAMU. She is considered to be the first lady of Aggieland, as well as the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets (a Five-Star General). If she sleeps on a Cadet's bed, he has to sleep on the floor, and if she barks during a class, the professor is forced to end the class and reconvene during the following session. The graves of past Reveilles even have their own miniature scoreboard to "watch" during football games. Silver Taps is another important tradition, which occurs on the first Tuesday of every month at TAMU. During Silver Taps, undergraduate and graduate Aggies who have lost their lives during the previous month are honored. Students gather together, all of the lights on campus are extinguished, a 21 gun salute is fired, and a rendition of Silver Taps is played to the North, South, and West (not the East because the sun will not be rising on these Aggies again). Muster is a tradition that occurs on the 21st of April each year, in which Aggies come together and reflect upon their memories of Aggieland. The Aggie Ring is an extremely important traditions to Aggies, for the ring is something that has to be earned, and can't simply be bought. The ring design is the same one used in 1894, which reflects the bond that Aggies have, despite their age differences or personal backgrounds, and each symbol on the ring holds a specific purpose. Rings are usually "dunked" in a 32 ounce pitcher of beer after they have been given to the student (a recent tradtion that began at the Dixie Chicken on Northgate and has caught on and taken over Aggieland); the student must chug the pitcher before finally recieving the ring. Students that don't drink or enjoy alcohol have been known to dunk their ring in other drinks, and bowls of ice cream have even be used to continue this tradition. Many of the students that dunk their rings in beer race to finish, bragging about their ring dunk time to others if its under a minute or so. T-shirts can even be bought at Inspirations or Aggieland Outfitters in the College Station mall that have blank spots to write in a ring dunk time. The senior "Elephant Walk" is another important Aggie tradtion; these students (like dying elephants) wander about campus revisiting landmarks and saying their good-byes. It's easy to see that A&M is lacking cheerleaders, but what many outsiders don't immediately notice is the presence of our yell leaders, who are elected to lead the students during athletic games into "yells" to cheer for our fellow Aggies. Each class of TAMU has a specific yell as well (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors), and it's common to hear a student introduce themselves by saying "Hi mi name is --. I'm a -- major, and a proud member of the fightin' Texas Aggie class of --," followed by their distinctive class yell (yells range from the Freshman AYYYYYY! to the Senior AYYYYY WHOOOP!). Don't be suprised if you're greeted with a "Howdy" on campus, for this is yet another of our many traditions. There is even a "Howdy Ags" student group dedicated to passing on this traditon to incoming students to ensure that it continues.
All TAMU students are White. All TAMU studentes are hicks. All TAMU students are strictly conservative. All TAMU studets are legacies. TAMU is centered around its "Aggie Spirit".
While all of these stereotypes do have a glimmer of validity, the extent at which they are viewed is ridiculous. Yes many of the students at TAMU listen to country music and enjoy a good two-step every once in a while, but this stereotype does not encompass everyone, for the campus does have a very small amount of diversity, with a few student groups representing other cultures, interests, and lifestyles. Most of campus is White, however, and there aren't many minority students. The majority of the campus is probably politically conservative, but there are a great number of liberals and moderates, as well as students that have yet to find their political bearings. Being a legacy is something that numerous students take great pride in, but like me, there is an immense group of students with absolutely no family background or prior affiliation to TAMU. The "Aggie Spirit", however, is far from being a myth; the traditions and customs at TAMU are unparalleled in their originality and intensity. The "Aggie Spirit" is something that cannot be experienced at any other university; it is contagious and incoming students often feel its effect immediately upon entry to the university - especially during "Gig 'Em" week!
It takes a swipe card and a key to access a dorm room, with the swipe card allowing entry to the dorm and the key entry to a student's specific room, so no, the dorms are not usually left open, except under certain specific circumstances (like move-in or move-out weeks, or fire drills). Athletic events are extremely popular, especially football, with basketball coming in at a close second. Tailgating before football games is common as well, and cops love to patrol the tents and cookouts, so underage students either choose not to drink, are extremely careful, or end up with an MIP sometime during the season. The dating scene seems similar to any other campus, and many people meet their future friends/girlfriends/boyfriends in class, or at social events, clubs, or house parties. Everyone on campus is extremely friendly, and it's easy to find yourself knowing somebody through a friend of a friend of a friend.. If I'm awake at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday i'm either studying at WCL (West Campus Library is open all night), or hanging out with friends on Northgate (the bar scene), depending on class schedules/homework/exams. Partying is usually a Thursday-Saturday thing at TAMU, though the amount of "going out" usually depends on a student's particular major, as well as their devotion to grades and attendance. The Greek scene isn't huge, but it's there. Fraternities and sororities contribute a lot in and around campus with fundraisers and compunity service projects, and their parties are usually pretty open and fun. If you want to spend Saturday night out without drinking, it's possible to attend parties and events without doing so, or there are two nice theatres available (one in College Station and one in Bryan), a skating rink, a bowling alley, a free rec center.. and then there's always the library.. Everything is pretty much centered around campus, and the great thing about TAMU is that you never really have to drive very far, no matter where you're going, who you're seeing, or what you're planning on doing. Each year, BIG EVENT (a huge campus community service day), Chilifest (a 2 day concert in Snook, right outside of College Station), and Gig 'Em Week (the week before classes where welcoming events occur to incoming students) take place.
Some professors will learn your name, while other won't even attempt; it really depends on the size of the class. Classes are generally either immensely huge (300-ish students) or relatively small (30-40 students). My favorite classes are the interactive ones, where copying notes and simply listening to boring lectures day after day isn't the norm. Students study almost every day, usually taking breaks Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights to get out and have some fun. Class participation is common, as are intellectual conversations outside of class, though the intellectual conversations are usually begun with a purpose, such as understanding subject matter for a final, or finishing homework. Students aren't agressively competitve, and it's common to see students working or discussing in groups to help each other out. The most unique classes I have taken revolve around languages, like Latin or Spanish, or random subjects, such as Herbology or Music. I have not spent time with professors outside of class, though I have heard of T.A.'s occasionally meeting with students. The academic requirements are pretty basic and they seem to reflect a student's need to procure a legitimate job post-college.
The best thing about TAMU is the tradition. TAMU is very rich in its values and this demonstrated throughout the school year...
The best thing about TAMU is the tradition. TAMU is very rich in its values and this demonstrated throughout the school year (i.e. Silver Taps, Muster, Reveille, and the 12th Man). One just has to become a student to understand the true meaning of 'The Spirit of Aggieland'. School pride is unmatched. The size of the campus is just right. It is big enough to offer many opportunities to students yet it is not large enough to make one feel like they are a small fish in a large ocean. When people hear that I attend TAMU the first thing that they comment about is the Traditions of TAMU. When I am not attending classes, and I am on campus, I can usually be found in the library or the MSC (Memorial Student Center) meeting up friends or studying. When not on campus I can be found at home or if it is in the evening, I will be at a restaurant with friends or visiting the numerous clubs in the Northgate area (i.e. Dixie Chicken) The one experience that I will always remember have to deal with the somber events on campus. The memory of attending Silver Taps and honoring a fallen student and listening to the bugler play taps from the rooftop of the Academic Building on a cold, windless night is etched in my mind. Yet the primary memory that I will keep and share is the memory of attending my first Muster ceremony. This ceremony truly is different than anything one has experienced before it is a way of showing that TAMU never forgets its former students. It is nice to see students from 50 years prior speak of their times at TAMU and rewalize that the time I spent here is almost matches that of theirs. There is always a connection to the past with the present.
The student body on campus is pretty diverse and all walks of life can be observed on campus. The LGBT community is pretty much ignored/pushed aside because of the sterotypes brought onto the campus by one's upbringing. Yet, there is a very large 'down low' gay presence on campus. It should be no surprise that there is a large Republican presence on campus since Pres. H.W. Bush's Presidential Library is here on campus. I feel that no student will feel out of place because of the sheer size and diverseness of cultures. A vast majority of the students here are from Texas and come from a middle income family, but like other colleges, you do have some wealthy attendees as well as those from poor households. Though the campus is very large and spread out over many, many acres, it very secure and protected. There is a large presence of law enforcement on campus. It is not uncommon to see politicians, military officials, and the former president himself walking around campus. The daughter of the governor of Texas attends here as well.
In the 3 years that I have been here at TAMU there really is no negative comment that I can think of relating to this school. I had wanted to attend this school since I was in elementary school (even before I knew of the traditions held so deeply in the hearts and minds of former/current students) and now that I am about to graduate I am so honored that I will forever be an Aggie. As the saying goes about our school spirit..."Looking in you cannot understand it, looking out you cannot explain it."
In the smaller courses (such as senior level seminar courses), the professors are very familiar with you. As can be expected when you sit in a class with some 200-300 students it is almost impossible for the prof to know who you are. The time spent studying depends on the course load and the content of the courses that the student is enrolled. There are many kinds of conversations held outside of class...some are actually intelligent while some are down-right stupid. The students are competitive in the more distinct fields of engineering, science, and government. I am a History major and the most unique classes that I took dealt with the foreign policy ideals and beliefs of the US. The era of isolationism in the US between WWI and the Great Depression were extremely enlightening and the prof. teaching the class was superb. I have spent time with the professors outside of class and some have been really interesting to talk to. TAMU academic requirements are similar to those of other big-name schools and at times, some of the requirements are more strict than one would expect, but that only adds to the credibility of this fine institution.
Several stereotypes are that we are all back-woods country folk, military- oriented, or just lazy
There are many organizations on campus and depending on the desires and wants of an individual a club/group can be found. Fraternities and sororities are present here but I am unsure as to the importance of each. I met my closest friends in class and continued the friendship even when we no longer had classes together. Partying on a large campus is common and there are plenty of places around campus to have fun.
Not at all. Though TAMU is known for the Corps of Cadets, out of 46,000 students only 1,800 are in the Corps. TAMU is recognized as a front-runner in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and the Vet Schhol/Bush School are tops in their fields. The student body is very kind and generous and respect is given to all. It does not take long for a student to feel at home on this campus, and making friends is an easy task. The traditions here at TAMU are unmatched at any other campus in the US or the world.
I love the spirit of TAMU. I would make the on campus roads better (too many pot holes etc). Also somehow redirect the trai...
I love the spirit of TAMU. I would make the on campus roads better (too many pot holes etc). Also somehow redirect the train around College Station. I think the school is fine size- wise. The only time that I am on campus is just for class and sporting events. Everyone is impressed if I say I go to TAMU. Tons of school pride (12th man). Will always remember the football games.
I don't think anyone would feel out of place at TAMU since it is such a friendly campus. I guess if you are used to a city lifestyle, then College Station is not the place for you. Most students come from Dallas or Houston. Most students are conservative.
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Not at all. Brilliant people go to TAMU.
Sorority seems to be very big on campus. I am involved in the Dental Society. They have meetings every other week, have lots of service opportunities, go on field trips (to dental schools), play intramurals, etc. Athletic events are huge... especially the football games. 86,000 fans yelling as one is a pretty awesome experience. Muster is probably the biggest event that happens every year. Muster is a ceremony that honors fallen Aggies. People party all the time here. Last weekend, I went to a party and to Lake Bryan, and studied. Movies, camping, just hanging out, playing sports are things that can be done without alcohol.
Some professors know your name if you make it a point for them to get to know you. Favorite class is History 106 (after the Civil War). Least favorite is Organic Chemistry and Molecular Cell Biology. Some students study more than others. It really depends on where you want to go in life. Class participation is not very common in my science classes because not many people actually understand what is going on. TAMU academic requirements are really good. Leads to more competition and brings the best out of the students. My education will lead me to a good job.
That if you go to TAMU, you are just a farmer. The school cares about tradition and nothing else.
big school, small town...i love it. the best thing about being here is how damned nice everyone is. everyone is your friend...
big school, small town...i love it. the best thing about being here is how damned nice everyone is. everyone is your friend and you don't have to worry about locking your doors to go in and pick up your dry cleaning...this is a different atmosphere
very conservitive, very white, very old fashioned, i couldn't ask for anything more
be prepared to puke aggie spirit...i want to punch some people in the face for taking some of these traditions so serioiusly...don't get me wrong, i like traditions, but i'm not going to wear a fucking maroon shirt every damned day and if someone wants to leave a football game at half time, then so be it, who really gives a shit getting an aggie ring is the greatest feeling in the whole world...you work so hard for it and when you get it, everyone knows that you are a BADASS
everyone is lacking common sense or dumb, you know about the aggie jokes, right?
greek life is great...i would encourage everyone to join a fraternity/sorority
this is a tough school, but, you will be one smart dude when you get out of here...your basic classes are huge (300+) students. but now that i'm in upper level, there is anywhere from 10-30 students in my classes now.
kiss my ass, everyone who graduates here with any type of real degree will be bossing around any shit kicker from any other school within five years
The big picture about A&M is that we are a tight-knit student body who come together celebrating the Aggie Spirit. It's hard ...
The big picture about A&M is that we are a tight-knit student body who come together celebrating the Aggie Spirit. It's hard to explain exactly what that is or even attempt to define it, but I shall try. It's supporting the football team, regardless of the score. It's the student body coming together the first tuesday of the month to honor current students who has sadly passed away tragically. It's about being a part of something larger than yourself, and understanding that there are thousands of people who would support you if you ever needed it. I think the only thing I would change about this university would be the fact that we are growing out of the seams; this university is quite large, and it seems that there are times that the student body isn't always accomidated.
At A&M there is a lot of diversity. There are a vast number of International students along with students from various cultural backgrounds and beliefs. These voices have just as much say and just as much right to say it here. Though this university is one of the largest Conservative colleges in the nation, other views are welcomed and accepted as well. Diversity is what makes A&M truly unique. Two of my dearest friends are from Zimbabwe and Sierra Leon respectively. Another close friend is gay. And each of them have found their niche on campus and are active in promoting their respective diversity.
I think some of the sterotypes of students who attend are generally white students who are interested in agriculture. This university is known for being "farmers."
Class sizes at A&M are dependant on what class you take. Upper level classes are generally small, thus letting you have the chance to get to know your professor and other students. I personally have had amazing professors and met some wonderful people from classes alone. Being an English major at a university that is not known for its Liberal Arts college is interesting. The classes are wonderful because students and professors want to be there learning and discussing what we have read. My Medeval Literature professor used to be a child actor in a famous movie, however, he didn't like to discuss it very much. And it turns out that he knows my mom as well! College Station has this small town feel, and just happens to be a slightly large city. I believe that the education of students is geared at understanding the material and gaining something from the class. My Shakespeare professor told us after the first paper that he was more concerned about how we finish up in the class, how our writing has grown rather than how we are graded.
There are so many groups to become involved in on campus, ranging from intermural sports to service organizations to greek life. I am personally involved in a club team of ultimate frisbee, which is just where a group of friends play in this huge field on campus. Any one is welcome, in fact the more the merrier because that makes for a better game! I am also involved in The Big Event, which is the largest one day student run service project in the nation. This organization is focused on giving back to the community and thanking them for all of their continuous support, whether it is financial or just saying "Howdy" back! There are movie theatres for the die hard movie lovers, but there is even a live theatre which monthly puts on musicals and other plays for the community. The MSC Opas is a group that brings in internationally acclaimed or just talented acts such as Yoyo Ma, The Producers broadway productions, and even Mongolian throatsingers. Each preformance is truly amazing and worth seeing.
No generally. However, there are plenty of other idenitites that describe A&M just as much as being agricultrual related!
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