Survival Tips for TAMU Freshmen

By: Jordan Symon
By: Jordan Symon

Howdy! I’m Jordan, and I‘m studying Agriculture Communications and Journalism at Texas A&M University. Today, I am going to give you some free advice about coming to college in Aggieland. Believe me, you better take it because nothing’s free in college. These words of wisdom come from my own personal trials and tribulations and I hope this will help a few lost freshmen. Here are my top five things you need to know about TAMU:

#5 It’s okay to mess up. You must accept the fact that you are going to make mistakes. Getting on the wrong bus on your first day and riding it for an hour before calling your mother for guidance is acceptable…I learned that the hard way. The best way to grow in college is to learn from your mistakes. I promise you that after my embarrassing bus trip, I never got on the wrong bus again. Download the TAMU Mobile App…it has bus routes, current news, and a directory. After almost three years here I find myself using this app more than I probably should.

#4 The parking cops on campus are RELENTLESS. They show NO mercy. Make sure your parking permit matches where you’re parking or pay for parking because they will find you. At this point in your life, you cannot afford to have a $240 debt to Texas A&M parking (I am speaking from personal experience…it can happen to you too). If you think you’ll be sneaky and get away with it, you’re wrong!

#3 LAUNDRY AND DISHES WILL NOT DO THEMSELVES. This is not Beauty and the Beast…dishes will sit there and sit there and then smell. It takes less time to wash it once you use it than to wage a war on a mound of nasty, old, crusty dishes. No one likes a roommate who’s slacking in the cleanliness department so unless you want to live alone, clean up. Also, I’m sure you always thought that paper towels and toilet paper will replenish themselves, but they won’t. Going back home and using the soft toilet paper will become a luxury (the Dollar Store toilet paper just isn’t the same). Staying on top of these few simple tasks will make you a likable person and lower your growing stress level.

#2 There’s a spirit can ne’er be told. You may graduate from A&M but you’ll never stop being an Aggie. You have to embrace this wonderful Aggie spirit. Go to EVERY football game you can and this includes tailgating. Experience Midnight Yell and Silver Taps. They will only benefit you. Once you open up to these traditions, you’ll understand what no one else does. You’ll probably get made fun of for being an Aggie from your friends at other schools, but the spirit here is incomparable to any other campus…I promise.

And for my last, MOST important tip:
#1 You’re in control. If you don’t take anything from this, remember that YOU get what YOU put in from college. Do not complain it’s boring here when you haven’t joined any organizations or experienced a fightin’ Texas Aggie football game. Contrary to popular belief, college is for learning. You will not find the answers to tomorrow’s test on Northgate, but maybe the night after. If you put in the time, you will pass. Graduating from college doesn’t mean you’re the smartest person ever, it means you know how to succeed. The opportunities here in Aggieland are ENDLESS. Network, network, network. You’ll find that Aggies hire Aggies…don’t forget it. This is it before you become an actual adult…embrace it.

If you’re not yelling “yes, yes, yes, I will obey these tips” then I will be happy to provide directions to another place you just might fit in. I hear they don’t require much.


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