Aggie culture makes students easily recognizable
Despite the furor and the court cases, Texas A&M has grown into a diverse campus. Aggies come from around the world and every background imaginable.
No one can define what constitutes an Aggie. A&M students share a common culture, but at the same time they often have nothing in common with each other.
Though anyone who has a connection with College Station knows A&M can't be described from the inside, looking out, here are a few guidelines to help identify a true Aggies.
Of course, Aggies may show none or all of these traits, but they all share an infinite number of other ties. Experiences at A&M are unique and memorable. Many are enjoyable, and laughter -- as well as grief, excitement or anger -- is a completely proper reaction to many of the events that help build an Aggie.
Dave Johnston is a senior mathematics major.
- If you've ever spent more time parking before class than studying for class, you might be an Aggie.
- If your campus votes over 80 percent Republican but you still thinks it's too liberal, you might be an Aggie.
- If you get more emotional over yell leader runoffs and Reveille graves than student body presidents and catalog changes, College Station is the place for you.
- If you have to change buses twice to get from your physics class to your political science class, there's a good chance you're an Aggie.
- If you get a better workout between your car and the Rec Center than you do once you're inside the Rec Center, you're probably a fightin' Texas Aggie.
- If you think the rainbow leads to West Campus and not a pot of gold, you must go to school in the Bryan-College Station metroplex.
- If a rifle salute on campus is not news but you get excited when the skiers' mound of dirt is relocated, you belong at A&M.
- If you think your university needs a law school because everybody else has one, but you think your university doesn't need cheerleaders or "the wave" because everybody else has one, you could be an Aggie.
- If you're not surprised to see otherwise well-mannered people chanting curse words at other schools' sports teams because it's part of a "yell," you just might be an Aggie.
- If you've ever missed Thanksgiving dinner with your family to watch some friends set dead trees on fire, you must be at A&M.
- If you'd rather see your sports team beat t.u. than win a national championship, you've got to be an Aggie.
- If the letters PTTS make your blood pressure rise and fill your mind with conspiracy theories, you might be an Aggie.
- If you can't understand why McDonald's doesn't deliver any longer, you could be at A&M.
- If the word "bat" brings to mind something besides New Mexican caves, you might be an Aggie.
- If you sign up for credit cards just so you can push back laundry day, you could be an A&M student.
- If you've gone to a job interview and worried more about how to present your ring than how to present your resume, you're probably an Aggie.
- If you've seen more than two U.S. Presidents on your college campus, it's a good bet you're in College Station.
- If you're not surprised when total strangers greet you as they walk past, you're probably an Aggie.
- You might be an Aggie if you own as many pairs of boots as you do ties.
- If you know how to pronounce Beutel and the word brings to mind at least two horror stories, you're an Aggie.
- If you can recite urban legends about the steam tunnels and the intended height of the library, you could be at A&M.
- If when you go to class you can tell which way the wind is blowing by which livestock you smell, welcome to the College Station campus.
- If you've ever gone to a football game just to see the band but you don't know why the other school wastes part of half-time, you could be an Aggie.
- If you use the phrase "old army" to describe anything other than your father's military experience, you're an Aggie.