Aggie Insider: Stereotyping Aggieland

By: Dennise Quintanilla
By: Dennise Quintanilla

So many who have never set foot on the Texas A&M campus can easily fall into believing in the many false statements you often hear about Aggieland.

So who says A&M is not diverse?
A&M has an immense amount of diversity that honestly when I first set foot on campus I had no idea it existed. We always tend to rely only on what we hear others say and assume it’s correct.

“Students who identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino reached the highest levels to date on the main campus, totaling 10,067 or approximately 17.4 percent of the total student population. African-American student enrollment totals 2,011, approximately 3.4 percent of the student body.” There are more than 40 cultural and international student organizations at A&M representing countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Philippines, and Venezuela among many others.

All farmers?
A&M is a school full of farm raised cowboys and cowgirls who ride their horses to class. Right?! Well yea, that’s not how it works. OK so yea A&M first opened as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas but that doesn’t mean everyone who comes here has an agriculture based major. We walk, ride our bikes, or take the bus to class just like any other school.

Everyone at A&M is in the corps?
Texas A&M started off as an all-male military based college back in 1876 and it wasn’t until 1965 that it wasn’t mandatory to be part of the corps of cadets. The corps of cadets is a huge tradition but out of the almost 54,000 students enrolled only about 3,000 are in the corps, meaning less than 1%!

A&M in a small boring town located in the middle of nowhere
Ok so obviously College Station is small compared to the main cities in Texas with a population of almost 100,000 but College Station together with Bryan make up the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area, the 15th largest metropolitan area in Texas. With almost 54,000 college students in town, College Station is everything but boring? Last year we were actually ranked in the “Top 10 College Towns”, according to Livability. We have everything you need to survive: a mall, big chain restaurants, bowling alley, popular retailers, a great entertainment district, and the best part $4 movies!

Although I do my best to refute these stereotypes I guess it is true what they say "From the outside looking in, you can't understand it. And from the inside looking out, you can't explain it." Next time you hear any stereotypes on Texas A&M think twice before believing them!

Thanks and Gig ‘em!

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