Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Cold of Aggieland

Here's the things that people say to you when you apply to and consider going to Texas A&M:
"It's a wonderful school!"
"Great programs!"
"Its relatively close to home." (that was my mom)
"You get to be a part of something greater than yourself."
"You'll make some of the most incredible memories in your life."
and "There are so many things to get involved in."
Not one of the wonderful people I discussed coming to college here mentioned College Station's tendency towards insane weather. And i don't mean the kind of insane like "My friend is so crazy." No this weather is along the lines of "We the jury find..." crazy. On Sunday our high was around 80 degrees. Monday it was 64. Tuesday it was 27. Yesterday it was 28. And today the high was a whopping 31 degrees. On top of a wind that feels generally angry with you. So things are very cold, for Texas anyway. Thankfully the cold weather does nothing to diminish the Aggie Spirit. Silver Taps is of course on of the more somber events on campus and always takes place at night, around 10:30 to be exact. During Silver Taps the wind was blowing pretty fierce dropping the already low temperatures even farther below freezing. Several Aggies showed up (though not as much would normally arrive) and braved the temperatures to show their support for the families of the fallen. Also in this miserable weather many people still take the time out to give me a push to class (for those who didn't know I am in a wheelchair), sacrificing their time, and body temperatures to help me get to class safely. 
I guess what I'm trying to say is that even though the cold caught me off-guard and is miserable, I'm glad that I'm still here because of the wonderful Aggie Spirit that fills everyone of us at this university.

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