Caitlin "Cait" Shields '11 December 19, 2017 10:13 AM updated: December 20, 2017 10:50 AM
Cole Frazier '18 was presented a replacement Aggie Ring on Dec. 9 by his fellow A-Battery buddies during their annual Christmas party.
Few things could be as emotional for an Aggie student as losing their Aggie Ring, except perhaps if that student’s fellow cadets purchased and surprised them with a replacement.
“It’s probably the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me, who wasn’t a direct family member,” said Cole Frazier ’18, who is a member of A-Battery in the Corps of Cadets.
“We’re basically family,” he said of his outfit.
His outfit buddies recently surprised him with a new Aggie Ring, replacing the Ring he lost this spring.
“(He) lost his Aggie Ring last spring sometime around spring break,” said Wyatt Thomas ’18, a fellow Noble Man of Kyle. “He didn’t realize it was gone until a couple of days later, and he couldn’t figure out when he had lost it. He spent hours searching every nook and cranny of his room for it, and when he moved out of the dorm after Final Review he literally moved his room out piece by piece in hope (that he) would find it. But he never did.”
Thomas said their A-Battery buddies decided to purchase Frazier a new Ring because of his commitment to the Corps.
“He came to Texas A&M in the fall of 2013 as a freshman, and joined the Corps of Cadets as a fish in the fall of 2014,” he said, noting while Frazier was a sophomore academically, he entered the Corps like an incoming freshman. “After spending two years with his buddies in A-Battery he found a way to extend his time at A&M to five years so he could finish out senior year in the Aggie Band with his buddy class.”
Frazier said it was an easy decision to stay in Aggieland one more year.
“I could have graduated this past summer, but I guess it was a year ago, I decided to structure my course load to be able to finish it out with my buddies,” Frazier, a mechanical engineering major, said. “You get to this level and you can’t really imagine not being able to go through this experience with them.”
Frazier was presented a package during the annual A-Battery '18 Christmas party.
“The ring was wrapped inside of 18 boxes, with a letter from each of his buddies inside each one,” Thomas said. “He thought he was opening a gag gift from his buddies until he began reading the letters and finally saw the little wooden box at the bottom of the boxes.”
Cole Frazier '18, right, poses with Jason Anderson '18 during a game at Kyle Field.
Frazier said this gift has solidified for him the oft-described bonds of affection for his outfit buddies.
“They talk about when you go into the Corps that you’ll know these people for life and you’ll make connections that you’ll have forever,” he said. “And when you go in you think this sounds like wishful thinking. Before this happened I hadn’t really bought into it; they’re great guys and gals but once this happened I realized every word of that is true.
“Of all that’s happened here at A&M this is the embodiment of what the Aggie experience is all about,” he said. “There was someone in need and (a) group of people came together to help each other out; that’s what it really is to be an Aggie. The Aggie Ring is something much more than you’ve completed coursework. Every time I put it on I think of every one of them. It’s as much a part of them as it is me.”