College Station, TX Today is Valentine’s Day, a beautiful day for some, but dreadful for others. As I pondered Valentine's Day I began thinking, at Texas A&M it seems like it doesn't have to be a special day like this one for love to be in the air. Our traditions come to mind and among the famous traditions, romance tends to be a popular theme.
Century Tree: Of course, who hasn’t heard of the famous Century Tree on the A&M campus? This beautiful tree has a romantic story behind it. Legend has it that if you walk under the tree with another person, you’ll be with that person for the rest of your life. However, if you walk under it alone you’ll be alone forever. Believe it or not, us Aggies avoid this tree at all costs and you don’t know how many times we’ve seen people that are about to go under the tree because they’re not paying attention, and as soon as they figure it out they walk right out!
“Mugging down” at Midnight Yell: The pep rally before each home football game where you’re supposed to bring a date to kiss when the lights turn off in Kyle Field. The famous tradition that states that in the case that you don’t bring a date, you’re supposed to bring a lighter and flick it in the dark.
Touchdown Kiss: Ahh home games at Kyle Field! Aggie football games are also a great occasion for romance. We believe that if we score you score, therefore when the Aggies score a touchdown you’re supposed to kiss your date.
And if you think aggie romance only takes place on campus, think again! There are aggies who even integrate the A&M culture into their weddings! Some go all out, like these guys. Check out this aggie die-hard fan wedding:
So yeah, even if love is not always present in every student on campus, A&M sure does a great job in reminding us that romance is always present in Aggieland.
Have a great Valentine’s Day with your loved ones and friends!