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"I am Sarah Bolton ’99, and this is My Story.
I have wanted one thing my whole life: to be a Texas Aggie.
My dad (Gordon Landreth ’67) and my mom (Linda Landreth, TAMU-CC ’99) raised me and my brother (Scott Landreth ’91) and sister to love Texas A&M. My earliest memories include going to A&M football games, touring campus, and singing the Aggie War Hymn with my family at Bonfire. It was only natural that I would grow up to be a Texas Aggie.
I applied for admission to Texas A&M for the fall of 1995. My application was denied. I was crushed. It was the only school I wanted to go to. In the fall of 1995, I moved to College Station and began taking classes at Blinn. Two years later, I transferred to Texas A&M.
Each semester was a challenge for me. While I was a student, I worked in the mall for a while. I even worked for PTTS. I made my closest friends and I met my husband (Joel Bolton ’97) at Texas A&M. In May of 1999, Joel graduated. The next month we got married and moved to Houston. I was 30 hours short of graduating when we moved away. (The 30 hours included 14 hours of a foreign language that I had not even started yet! Fortunately, I finished all of my required upper-level classes and was able to take the remainder of my classes at any college and transfer them to Texas A&M upon completion.)
I tried to go back to school but had to withdraw so that I could get a job. I went on to have a baby and was actually able to commute to Texas A&M from The Woodlands for a year while friends babysat for me. As time went by, it became more important to our family that I get a job, again, instead of finishing my degree. I went back to work.
In December of 2003, my son Ethan (and my unborn daughter Piper) accompanied me to Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center, where I picked up my Aggie Ring. A change in the requirements for transfer students allowed me to get my Ring before graduation. I think that inspired me to really try to finish my degree.
It would still be a long time until I could take more classes. I had two more children. I moved to Oklahoma so that my husband could get his PhD at Oklahoma State University.
When we moved to Oklahoma in 2005, I enrolled at OSU so that I could start working towards graduation. Again, I had to withdraw because of sick children and conflicting schedules. Discouraged and tired, I vowed to give up on school.
My husband convinced me to enroll again at OSU in the fall of 2007. I returned to school, but there was a condition: if I had to withdraw again, Joel would have to do it for me, and he would have to return all of my books. It was too upsetting for me.
Every time I had to withdraw, I could feel my dream of graduating from Texas A&M slipping away. I could not bear to go through it again. Joel agreed to my demands and assured me that the time was right. With lots of support from my family, I was able to attend school continuously from the fall of 2007 until I graduated in spring of 2009.
By the time I enrolled in my last class in 2009, all of my credits from OSU had been transferred to Texas A&M. With the help of the best advisor in the entire world (Robyn Konrad ’99) my transcript was sent to the dean for approval. I ordered my graduation announcements and we planned a huge graduation party at the Green Room (at Wolf Pen Creek) to follow the ceremony.
My sons (Ethan, who was 8 at the time, and Gunnar, who was almost 4) had their Texas A&M polos starched and hanging in their closets, ready to wear for graduation. My daughter Piper, who was almost 5, had a brand new beautiful white sundress for the ceremony as well.
In the months before graduation, the kids and I listened to the Aggie War Hymn on our way to school almost every morning. It helped us get motivated for the day. Plus, I wanted them to know the words to the song on graduation day!
I graduated on the tenth anniversary of my husband’s graduation. I had my three beautiful children there to cheer me on. My husband was there. My parents, my in-laws, and the friends I made at Texas A&M were there to celebrate with me.
Words could not express my excitement and my relief! Could it be that I was going to be a real Texas Aggie? I was thrilled that my dream is coming true.
Currently, we are living in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where we both work for Southeast Missouri State University. I am the Assessment Coordinator for the Industrial Engineering and Technology Department, and my husband is a business professor in the Harrison College of Business.
That is My Story. I would have it no other way!"
Sarah Joy Landreth Bolton ‘99