Texas A&M University is unique in many ways. Some people don’t necessarily understand why we have “male cheerleaders” or a dog as a mascot, but as Aggies, we understand it completely and that’s what makes us unique.
Another aspect that sets us apart in a good way is our network. It is unbelievable how many times I hear “Aggies hire Aggies”. Not only is it beneficial in the workforce, but also being Aggies makes us all one big happy family.
I would love to talk about how the Aggie network got me an amazing job but today, I want to talk about the other side of the network: the Aggie family.
Last week, I had the opportunity to visit my friend in Orlando where she is interning at Disney World. You may think “why would a junior in college want to visit such a place?” And I have many explanations that I’ll have to get into another time.
Visiting Florida is much different than spending time in Texas, let alone, College Station. The people talk different, they act different, and they don’t care about my Aggie spirit. We were constantly surrounded with all kinds of different people, so I accepted that we were the only Aggies in Orlando.
Although many people could care less that I attended the best university in the nation, I made sure everyone knew where I came from. Luckily, we found a few that felt the same.
As we were walking through Epcot, we spotted a young boy wearing a Texas A&M shirt with the famous “#2” on it. My friend immediately screamed across the crowd, “gig ‘em!” and gave him a thumbs up. You could see the excitement in the boys face to see someone just as red-ass as him. He then proceeded to yell “Johnny Football!” back and it may have been the most beautiful moment of our trip.
After this aggie scene, we couldn’t stop seeing the aggie fans sporting their favorite maroon shirt. We always gave them a “gig em” and in return, we got smiles of happiness and the same response.
My favorite Aggies in Orlando moment was when we were standing in line for the Star Wars ride at Hollywood Studios and a man behind us noticed our A&M shirts. He immediately asked if we went there and we were thrilled to hear that he was class of ’92. We all exchanged stories of present and past and it made me extremely happy to share that moment with someone I didn’t know at all. I only knew this Aggie for a little bit but I had no doubt that he was family.
The Aggie network is unexplainable. No one can quite understand it until you experience it and my trip to Orlando, FL was proof that it is nation wide. So no matter where you go, make sure you show your Aggie spirit and never be afraid to greet another Aggie like a family member.
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