I have been out of college for three years this December and not a day goes by when I reminisce about my days in Aggieland as a first-generation Aggie.
My brother Cameron is about to head off to college in August to attend Mary Hardin-Baylor and he will be the second in our household family to attend college.
My journey to Texas A&M in College Station began in the spring of 2014 when I was still at Trinity Valley Community College thinking about where I wanted to continue my education after two years at TVCC.
In March of that year, I received a letter of acceptance.
I graduated from TVCC in August and my time at A&M began just two weeks later.
I’ll never forget walking to class on my first day on campus as a student.
I was already aware about the many sacred A&M tradtions long before I was a student.
My eighth grade history teacher was a former student, I attended a couple of games at Kyle Field before its renovation and even went to the New Student Conference, where incoming students and freshman are welcomed.
The 12th Man, also known as the fans and students attending home football games and other athletic events, stand throughout the games at Kyle Field signifying their promise to join the team on the field if ever needed.
Every night before each home game, thousands of students and fans pack the east side of the stadium for Midnight Yell practice with the Yell Leaders.
Seeing everyone sway in unison during the Aggie War Hymn is truly mesmerizing and is something you must put on your sports bucket list to experience.
Reveille, the university’s mascot, and her handler lead the team out onto the field before kickoff.
The main attraction at halftime is the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, aka The Pulse of Aggieland and the Noble Men of Kyle.
With over 400 members, it is the largest military marching band in the world.
The band is well-known for their in-sync performances where not a single member steps out of line.
Silver Taps and Muster are two traditions where we remember current students who died in the past month and all current and former students who died in the past year respectively.
Oh, and we usually leave a penny at the Sul Ross statue for good luck during exams.
These are some time-honored traditions that you just can’t miss when you’re in College Station. A&M’s traditions are truly unique.