Aggies gear up for their last semester

By Amber Cassady on January 22, 2013

I was jogging with my roommate when it donned on us. This could be our last “first day of school.” EVER. Aside from those pursuing graduate education, many others in the class of 2013 (a-Whoop!) are also coming to this strange realization as we barrel into what is the beginning of the rest of our lives and the end of an era. I believe those of us in this position all feel an interesting mix of sentiments- excitement, relief, sadness, fear and anticipation to see what could lie ahead in our futures.

But on this particular morning we decided to go with the emotion of excitement as we jogged while obnoxiously shouting to each passersby heading to their first class of the day, “Howdy!” “WOOO!” “YEAH! First day of school!” “Gig ‘em!”

It was unreasonably early and not to mention extremely cold for those of us accustomed to the usual Texas muggy warmth so our excessive cheer most likely did not sit well with many passing us on their separate ways to class. For that moment though, I did not care. I wanted to be in some of their shoes with a whole college career still ahead of them. Maybe for just a second, for those not as annoyed with our antics, a few even admired our spirit and decided to “carpe diem” with us as well.

This made me curious to know how my fellow seniors are handling their own last semesters Texas A&M, so I asked.

Madison Fox, a communication major from Midlothian, Texas, said, “I decided not to arrive at my classes thirty minutes early like I always used to. I decided this semester I was just going to go with the flow, relax and enjoy things instead of always rushing around like a crazy person!”

Fox is not the only one with a more relaxed mindset about academics. David Cochran, biochemistry major from Crockett, Texas, is rumored to have said that he may skip every class this semester just to experience what a “B” feels like. (I could tell him that and save him the GPA slump.)

Others, like allied health major Caroline Jerome, have found creative ways to reminisce. “I am reliving my college years by creating a play list of songs for each year of college. I’m almost done with the freshman year one,” she said.

Then there are vows to attend as many sporting events as possible and intentions to never say no to an opportunity for adventure before walking across that stage in Reed arena and fist bumping President Loftin triumphantly to claim that hard-earned diploma.

Here are some ideas for Aggieland exclusives to get you brainstorming about your own pre- graduation bucket list:

  • Sleep in Research Park
  • Pond hopping through the fountains on campus
  •  Get into Kyle Field when there is not a game
  • Create a photo scavenger hunt of your favorite places
  •  Camp out for tickets to a game
  • Take Aggie Wranglers dance lessons
  • Visit the Bonfire Memorial at night
  • Play the domino game “42” and eat at the Dixie Chicken
  • Attend Silver Taps and Muster
  • Paint yourself all blue and get a free meal at Blue Baker
  • Come up with the most creative way to “put a penny on Sully”
  • Try everything on the menu at Rev’s American Grill in the MSC
  • Ski or sled with friends down Mount Aggie
  • Go to First Fridays in Downtown Bryan
  • Play capture the flag on campus at night
  • Eat a plate of over-sized pancakes at Hullabaloo Diner

Flashback to a couple of years ago and I would have told you that it felt like I would never graduate. Then all of the sudden here I am running by my dorm from freshman year (shout out to Underwood, woot woot) and think, “It feels like I lived in that dorm not long ago at all, but this is it. I am graduating.”

By Amber Cassady

Uloop Writer
Howdy! My name is Amber Cassady and I am a senior at Texas A&M University studying communication, journalism and diversity. I am an aspiring journalist with a love for the simple things in life like sunshine, modge podge and coffee! The stories that I most hope to tell are of those of individuals and groups without a voice who are in need of justice.

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