Open House Gets A&M Students Involved

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Texas A&M, a campus with more than 44,000 students. Jacque Phillips, a recent transfer to A&M, doesn't feel very connected to the university.

"I've done a few things, but I think if I get more involved I'll be able to make more networks, more friends and you know excel," said Jacqueline Phillips, Texas A&M transfer student.

Her roommate Stephanie shares that sentiment.

"She hasn't really gotten involved," said Stephanie Redd, Jacqueline's roommate.

Stephanie wants Jacque to become more involved, she believes it will help her adjust to her new surroundings.

"It makes the university feel a lot smaller, it gives you a good group of friends to hang out with and do moral support and she needs more friends than just me," said Redd.

The two of them went to open house to learn more about student organizations. In just a few minutes, Jacque found two organizations that sparked her interest.

"Karate is something I've always wanted to do and hospitality, you get to meet new people and serve the people of the community," said Phillips.

Daniel Nevares helped coordinate open house, he says it's planned for the beginning of each semester and is one stop shopping for students who want to be active.

"It's the first thing that the students know. It's the first thing, the biggest event, that's on campus so students can get involved right from the get go," said Daniel Nevares, open house organizer.

More than 250 student organizations use open house as a membership recruitment tool. But it isn't just for undergraduates, student's up to the doctoral level participated.

"I can honestly say if I just did school stuff and went home and went to sleep, then school stuff, eat, sleep, I'd be kind of bored and wouldn't learn about Texas A&M," said Nicholas Parks, Texas A&M doctoral student.

Thousands of students visited open house and proved college isn't only about books and exams.