I realized when I was writing my Senior Year Bucket List post that I had never written about my university before! I attend Texas A&M University, one of the best and largest schools in the state of Texas! Many Texas schools are known for football (which I’ll talk about in another post) but Texas A&M is much more than that! In this post I want to share the most essential traditions that anyone should know about Texas Aggies!
Texas A&M has been named as one of the friendliest college campuses in the US! Why is that? One of the many traditions on campus is to greet your friends or a stranger that is walking by with a smile and a “Howdy!”. It’s also the most common way to grab people’s attention. In a class or a club meeting, saying “Howdy” lets everyone know that something is about to start.
The Gig ’em tradition began all the way back in 1930! Before a football game against Texas Christian University, Aggies were encouraged to “gig” the horned frogs. Thus, “Gig ’em Aggies!” was born! Gig ’em is also associated with our school’s hand sign, a thumbs up. So when students are told to put their thumbs up in pictures, they are told to gig ’em!
The Aggie Ring is one of the most visible symbols of the Aggie Spirit. Once an Aggie earns 90 hours, they are able to receive their Aggie Ring. The Aggie Ring itself is adorned with symbolism – an eagle, a shield, the American flag, the Texan flag, and much much more! A student’s ring also has the year they are going to graduate on it. For example, since I am class of 2018, there is an 18 underneath the eagle on my ring. This way when I meet other Aggies out in the world they know when I graduated! Being given your ring is also a big deal. Once a semester is Aggie Ring Day, when friends and family come together to see their Aggie receive their ring! Another tradition that goes with this is that a former Aggie usually puts the ring on the student for the first time. When I received my ring in April my aunt, class of 1988, came all the way from Illinois to present my ring to me! The last tradition is how one wears the Aggie Ring. Current students face their class year towards their hand, and after they graduate they face their class year towards the end of their finger. This means they are ready to face the world!
Does your university have any awesome traditions? Is there anything else you’d like to learn about A&M? Join me, and let me guide you through the world that is Texas A&M University!