Susan "Sue" Owen '94 August 3, 2017 12:58 PM updated: August 7, 2017 9:50 AM
As The Association of Former Students is getting ready to welcome the Class of 2021 to campus, we noticed that incoming Aggie freshman @Victoriasmedley on Twitter asked a great question, and Aggies chimed in with some great tips!
(Even before classes start, there are 115 Howdy Week events - find a full list here, and be sure to come Tuesday Aug. 22 when The Association of Former Students hosts the entire freshman class for GatheRING, with the Aggie yell leaders, the first on-campus yell practice of the fall semester, and free hot dogs and drinks donated by Kroger: tx.ag/GatheRING)
“Okay so what's an essential for cstat????”*
*Note for our fellow Old Ags – “CStat” is what the kids these days call College Station. We hear it’s cool! (Climbing back into our rocking chairs now.)
Here’s what some current students shared in response. We’ve added potentially useful info:
“Umbrella in your backpack at all times”
“Comfortable cowboy boots and about 20 maroon dresses”
“Also a water bottle to bring to classes because it gets steamy”
And, you can refill your bottle with filtered water at 170 stations around campus now. They're located in major buildings, often on the first floor; in all residence halls; and also in other buildings. Plus there are still some old-school water fountains around!
“Learn which parking lots are night and weekend lots. Even if you’re stuck out at Reed (Arena) or WCG (West Campus Garage), you can find spots closer to campus after 6 p.m.”
Night and weekend parking map: http://transportmap.tamu.edu/parkingmap/tsmap.htm?map=naw
You can read about night parking restrictions here: http://transport.tamu.edu/Parking/special.aspx#nightweekend
“If you’re going to be bold and drive on main campus, learn which areas are blocked off at certain times and which streets are one-way”
Red streets on this map are restricted from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: http://transportmap.tamu.edu/parkingmap/tsmap.htm?map=main
View current and future campus construction here: http://transportmap.tamu.edu/parkingmap/constructionmap.htm
“Portable charger cause everybody and they mama gonna be hunting for outlets these first few weeks in public areas like the MSC”
This is the truth. Also, there are charging stations in the A&M Libraries, and you can check out charging plugs and assorted cords at the Evans Annex and some other locations: http://library.tamu.edu/services/media_services/equipment.html#wires
Another piece of advice: Because of heavy app/web usage on the first day of school and even the night before, it can be a good idea to take a minute a couple days before to screenshot your class schedule, and find which buildings the abbreviations stand for! Plug in BLTN, for example, at this map, http://www.tamu.edu/map/index.html, and it will show you Bolton Hall next to the famous Century Tree. Then you can ask "Where's Bolton?" on the first day, and you know what time your class will be, even if the internet lets you down!
“Headphones so you look busy and people won't hand you a million flyers by the MSC.”
We get this. But our hearts want us to encourage you to still say “Howdy” to your fellow students and others on campus, including visitors. There are so many Aggies through the years who decided to attend A&M because of this simple greeting and how welcome they were made to feel on campus. Keep the tradition alive!
“Pencil and paper; get ready to take notes”
“A redass attitude at all times”
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