This past year, we have seen Texas A&M Athletics continue to make immense strides towards becoming a national force to be reckoned with, and witnessed extraordinary successes from our track and field, baseball, soccer, swimming and diving teams, and many more. With national recognition comes a surge of new recruits eager to step into their roles as figureheads by which we express our school spirit.
“I was thrilled when I was officially asked to come play for Texas A&M,” said incoming freshman point guard Malcolm Byers in an interview this past Tuesday. “I can’t wait to be completely ignored in the hallways, aside from the occasional sneaky snapchat or surprise selfie. In high school, people are constantly trying to be my friend because I am good at basketball. Now, I don’t have to worry about anyone trying to have a real conversation with me at all!” Byers went on to say that he had always wanted to be a figurehead for a major university where he would not be asked to join any organizations (unless they thought it would give them good publicity). “It is relaxing to only get support once a week,” said Byers.
Some past top-tier recruits weighed in on their experiences as well. “The Aggie Family is truly incredible, and I have loved watching it from a distance all these years,” said senior wide receiver Ethan Canin. “They do these funny choreographed yells, and a couple times a game they even sang us a song!” Canin vaguely remembers a single day during his freshman year where a group of guys in white came by the locker room and explained something about the yells, but was told that it would not matter in the long run because he probably would not make any friends outside of the football team.
“Our athletes are a huge part of our university during their respective seasons,” said junior sports marketing major Ethan Williams. “It’s always a blast attending their games and giving them our undying love and support, then going back to school the next day and complaining about the special treatment they get in classes. We have a unique relationship with our athletes; neither party interacts unless they mess up in a game and we’re bashing them on Twitter.”
Despite this popular sentiment, one student had a different opinion on the matter. “I think that the athletes would enjoy their time here a lot more if the student body made an effort to include them in our activities. Whether it is extending an invitation to one of our organizational events, or just inviting them out for lunch, they shouldn’t be left out of the family atmosphere that we’ve created here,” said freshman psychology major John McElroy. He went on to admit that, while he thought this was a good idea, he was really busy with his own group of friends and mumbled something about them having too much practice anyways.
For now, athletes will continue to admire from afar the Aggie Family’s ability to foster a positive, accepting environment for students from every different background, regardless of color, class, or creed.