College Station,TX- There is nothing Aggies love more than their fellow Aggies.
This statement is true in so many ways but overall, students take pride in their identity as a member of the Fighting Texas Aggies. As I have mentioned before, it is no surprise that Aggies are passionate about the tradition which this great university was built on; and we definitely do not take it lightly when fans of another university say our tradition is stupid. Most Aggies will defend their university and a lot of times we will try to persuade you to come to our side of the fence. Converting our fellow man to the ways of A&M has been an idea taught for generations by Aggie families. It is not uncommon for an entire family to attend Texas A&M because the student most likely grew up in the Aggie environment. However, what happens when you are a student at A&M and one or more of your parents went to or is a fan of an opposing university? Do you try to convert them to your ways or do you just sit back and let them live in their misfortune? Let’s look at a few fun stories to see how to deal with this situation.
I know several people that are in this position, me included. A close friend of mine enrolled in A&M four years ago but it came with the cost of a house divided. Both of his parents are alumni of Texas University. This perhaps is an Aggies worst nightmare because the only thing worse than dealing with a Longhorn is dealing with them in your own home. Now four years have passed and I believe the environment of A&M has allowed my friend's parents to soak it all in. I wouldn’t say they have converted to the Aggie ways but hey they are still paying for their kid’s education here so something must be right. I think the best way to convert a person to the Aggie way is complete submersion into the culture. Constantly inviting your parents up to hang out in College Station and making sure they attend all the events is a great way to persuade them to your side. He may not be able to convert those before him but my friend made the right decision to get those after him. His little sister will attend Texas A&M in the fall and hopefully this is the start of a long fruitful family legacy at A&M. I am sure they will forget about those nasty T-sips eventually.
Now personally I am dealing with a similar situation. My dad grew up in Oklahoma, and even though he did not attend Oklahoma University, he has sported OU gear for as long as I can remember. As many of you could guess, this did not fly when I started attending A&M. Even though I was in this position, I am the first one in the family to attend this great university so I was in a prime position to convert all of my family to the cause. Probably the most effective action to take in converting my dad over is buying him Aggie merchandise. At first he acted like he wasn’t going to wear anything A&M but that has changed. I got to give it to him though, for a while there he fought the change and even wore an OU hat to an A&M football game. When the Aggies played in the Cotton Bowl against OU last year he made sure to wear his OU gear. He even recruited some innocent bystanders to his cause. However, he quickly learned who was better when A&M stomped OU to the ground. He may not admit it, considering he has both an A&M and OU sticker on his truck, but he has become an Aggie parent. Like my friend, I to have a sister attending A&M in the fall and I know this will start a trend within the family.
Many A&M students will most likely experience a House Divided but the best thing to do is persevere and come out on top. Smother that non-Aggie believer until they figure it out and I am sure you will have yourself a new member of the Fighting Texas Aggies. Thanks and Gigem!