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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
At the end, I went and grabbed a bite to eat and headed back to the room. There's more coming soon. Until then...
Wear GREEN and Gig 'em!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
As the title says, I have experienced my first freshman orientation conference at TAMU. A very unique program and VERY different than UNC Charlotte's. It all started on Wednesday at 1:30 with the pre- conference check-in (very similar to Early Arrival) We had about 100+ students and their parents check in on this day. Later that evening, the AOLP Execs hosted a social at the Association of Former Students (The Alumni Center). This place was amazing and full of A&M history! I need to go back there on a day off and take pictures. At the back of the building, there is a gigantic size replica of the TAMU Class Ring. Once a student accumulates 90 hours (junior level) they are able to purchase their class ring. The ring looks the same for everyone, the only difference is that the year on the top changes. Here's a picture that I found online:
This is one of the coolest monuments and traditions that I have ever heard of. Almost makes me want to come to A&M for grad school just so I can get a ring...LOL. Throughout the building on the second floor, there are these portals where you can step in and learn more about the University and A&M traditions. There is also a live timeline of the evolution of the class ring, going back to 1890 all the way to 2010. Come to find out, each ring was donated to the archive by family members of a deceased Aggie. I noticed all the rings were gold, but I'm not a gold person. So I wondered if you could get it in silver. I asked the one of the directors who was working at the Association, in which she replied, "I'll show you." I got a personal tour of the 'behind the scenes' area of where they keep all of the rings that students have ordered as well as the models that they use.
The next day was the conference check in, which started at 7:30 in the morning. Which made this moring suck because it was raining the WHOLE time. We were expecting over 740 students, not including their parents/ family members. After check in, I returned to the office to finish up some work then went to work the Help Desk. In a couple of short words-- I basically didn't do anything.
After lunch, I went back to the office, from like 1:30 til 4, waiting on the next session that I had to attend on my schedule-- Dinner at Duncan Dining. During the dinner, the students went to once side of the dining hall while the parents went to the other. this way,t ehs tudents were able to split up into their color groups and meet other students in their major. After dinner, the students went into their insight groups (Small group meetings) with an OL. After the insight meetings, the students went out on the plaza to play the game An Aggie's Life for Me (similar to the game A Pirate's Life for Me, with an A&M twist). The students all went in for a program called SCI Aggieland-- a skit put on by the OLs that discussed campus issues and safety.
Then came Yell Practice....YES, YELL PRACTICE! This was by far the COOLEST THING I have ever witnessed/been apart of! Its hard to explain, therfore at the next conference, I will post a video!
On Friday, I started my workday at Howdy lunch/ Resource Fair. I must say, A&M dining is a WHOLE lot better than Chartwells! Not to disrespect good ol' Chartwells in any way, but Sbisa Dining hall got some bangin' food (but Crown Commons does have the best pizza...).
The weekend was another boring one. I hope to get out and do some shopping at the outlet mall next weekend. That's all for now....Remember...
Wear GREEN and GIG 'EM!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I finally got the chance to experience Northgate. Northgate is very similar to College Ave. in Charlotte. Its full of restaurants and bars specifically for college students. Very cool place with bars for just about every type of student. The one I went to was Called the Corner Bar. 3-story bar with the roof being an open area. I went with some co-workers just to chill out and watch the Magic/ Celtics game. I also had the chance to try my first Texas-made beers!
Both of them were pretty tasty. If I had to choose one, it would be the Shiner Bock. There is one more that I have to try and I also want to bring some back to the Carolinas. After we left there, we went to a Saki Bomb bar. I've never tried Saki nor had a bomb, therefore the friends wanted to bust my Saki Bomb cherry...LOL. The first bomb I had was a sunrise. It was made with some energy drink and a shot of Saki. One of the guys I was with wanted me to try a regular Saki shot. Why not?! I didn't see anything wrong with it, besides that Saki is served warm instead of cold. It tasted like a flat tequila shot and really watery. I then took another Saki bomb...lol.
We left there and went to a place called The Dry Bean. Seriously, this place is the width of a Highrise room and its long. When they say a shot bar, that's all they serve- SHOTS! The only thing that would have been perfect is if they were playing the song Shots! by LMFAO. They had an extensive shot and shooter list (see below).
They had some that I knew, and some that I've never heard of. The shot I had was the Road Head Shot....
It looks nasty and sickening, but it was delicious. Tasted like Fruity Pebbles cereal. Honestly, it tasted like I had just gotten the best road head ever....bahahaha...After that night, I went back to the room and chilled out.
Saturday I took a trip to the Rec Center to get my workout on. TAMU has the SICKEST Rec Center I've ever seen! When Charlotte gets their new one, it should be very similar to this one or even better...
Their Rock climbing wall was in the middle of the building! You see it right when you walk in.Their courts were amazing as well. They had one side that was just open area for badmitton, volleyball , and basketball. The other side there were two rinks! Made for indoor hockey, soccer, and whatever else you want to play in there!Their weight room had some of the most top notch machines and it was HUGE! The cardio machines were located throughout the building and most of them had a television attached to it. I was definitely doing two miles on the elliptical while watching Fighting Temptations. I have NEVER seen such an amazing facility! Then I went outside...
ITS A FREAKIN' A RESORT! Their basketball and beach volleyball courts were amazing and their outdoor pool area was built for laps and to have fun! I also found out that their facility was also home to the swim team...
Can we say sick!?! The dive tank for the diving team was sweet. Then above my head was the seating area to actually watch the events.
Today (Sunday) I went to church with a colleague. A good ol' southern "Bible Belt" baptist church. A HUGE church...
This looked like one of the churches you see broadcasted on television. The sermon was interesting, but the tribute they did for those that were in the Armed Forces was amazing and really heartfelt. I saw several individuals tear up, including myself. After church, I went with some colleagues to McAllister's (love their sweet tea) for lunch and finally ended back up in my room.
I plan on hittin' the gym again later this evening before it closes at 8. Until then...
Wear GREEN and GIG'EM!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
And delicious as well! I definitely didn't finish this at the table, but did finish it for lunch the next day.
I also made it to the mall. I thought I was going to do a little shopping, but the mall reminded up the Greenwood Mall. They had some of the popular stores, but not anything I was interested in. I plan on going back because I need to go buy new shorts for the summer. I also took some random pictures in the mall.
I came all the way to Texas hoping to see nothin but Texas and A&M gear. Looks like you can never leave North Carolina behind.
Saw this shirt in a random store and thought it was hilarious.My work shirts! Snazzy I know...
That's all for now. I hope to have more pictures of campus up soon. Until then...
Wear GREEN and GIG'EM!