College Station, TX- Change is a natural process in our world as everything and everyone around us is in a constant state of change with the mindset of making things better. Usually with change comes uncertainty because most people do not like the idea of breaking from a habit. At Texas A&M University, Aggies are very stubborn in their ways when it comes to their history and traditions. Although this is true, A&M has been in a constant state of change for the past four years. When I arrived in College Station four years ago, the university was already in the process of implementing several new projects. Since then, it seems all I have ever known at Texas A&M is change, but I am sure all the Aggies who have experienced this change with me will agree it has been for the better of Texas A&M. To expand upon this idea let’s look at several of the changes that are making A&M what it is today.
• Memorial Student Center- The MSC is probably the biggest change of them all and is in fact the first thing I was exposed to when I visited Texas A&M. When I toured the university several years ago, the MSC was closed for renovation. Other than seeing the outside of the building and being told what MSC stood for, I had not experienced what is now the focal point of campus. The MSC is practically sacred ground to Aggies and if you visited it today, you would see why. Not only does the MSC house several dining and study room options for students but the heart behind the building lies with the fallen soldiers. An entire section of the MSC is dedicated to the Aggies that lost their lives in war and with the constant change of war, A&M made a bold decision to change themselves in order to honor our great Aggie family. The MSC is a symbol for how A&M can change for the better and still remain within the Aggie tradition.
• Move from the Big 12 to SEC- It has already been 2 great years of football since this happen but the move from the Big 12 conference to the SEC was monumental for our university. A&M’s passion for football has never been stronger and along the way we have experienced several great moments. Perhaps one of the biggest aspects of this change is the addition of our superstar quarterback Johnny Manziel. Johnny came in like a fireball when he was made quarterback and with his unorthodox style of playing A&M found something great to look forward to every game. Resulting from Johnny’s skills on the field, he received the Heisman award putting A&M on the map in the NCCA. Another huge change was when A&M pulled off a miracle and beat Alabama. Fans everywhere were ecstatic as doubts that A&M would not make it in the SEC were put to rest. The past couple years of Aggie football is proof that great things can come from changes.
• Kyle Field- Once again A&M is changing drastically in football but in a slightly different way. Kyle Field is probably the most important structure on campus and it is no coincidence that it is the first thing you see when driving up to the university. Kyle Field has been home to Texas A&M football for generations where numerous families have shared their love for football and Aggie tradition with one another. With this in mind, it is no surprise that Aggies would be anxious about renovating Kyle Field. Some of the first reactions I heard about this was where are we going to play for the next football season. Rumors started about playing in Houston and beyond. We just couldn’t bear the idea of playing somewhere other than our home field. Even though the renovations are still in the process, A&M has no plans for playing anywhere else and says Kyle Field will be open for the fall football season. The changes on Kyle Field will take time to get used to but from the pictures I have seen, I believe it will be better than ever come fall.
From these changes and the many more to come, I think A&M has a great vision in mind to make the university stand out from other colleges. Change can be a scary thing but with our pride in tradition and history, I believe A&M knows what they are doing.