Texas A&M prides itself on students exemplifying the University’s traditional six core values — Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. Wednesday morning, the Board of Regents made an important addition to this list— Involvement.
“Many of our students give top priority to participation in some of our 900+ student organizations, which is why we believe it is imperative to make this addition,” said Rusty Thompson, Director of Student Activities. “Campus involvement is just as important as academics, if not more so, and we believe our Core Values should reflect this important part of being an Aggie.”
The average student balances time between five to nine extra-curricular groups and generally takes a few classes on the side. Having everyone split into organized groups allows for greater unity as a student body. It has become routine on campus that the most effective and common way to initiate a conversation with a complete stranger is to boisterously exclaim, “HOWDY!”, proceed with your entire Aggie intro, and end with a detailed description of every single thing you have ever done in college. Aggies are eager to hear what other Aggies are up to, even if the explanation takes so much time you miss your next class.
“Obviously, involvement in student-run organizations outweighs our education; It is why we are here. Are you even an Aggie if you aren’t giving your time to saving all the orcas in captivity, five organizations, ending world hunger, studying abroad in Europe, and interning with Google this summer? ” said Jane Meyer, freshman honors engineering student. Meyer, along with All banner-holding students by the MSC and Wehner think not. She recently joined a FLO and does not have a single regret about missing an entire week of courses writing her applications.
The seventh and most defining core value goes into effect immediately. Students are encouraged to carry resumes and wear their organization’s clothing at all times.