As an undergraduate, I fell in love with all of the amazing traditions at Texas A&M. Once I began veterinary school, I worried that I may not have as much time to participate in such events, but I’ve found the opposite to be true! There are still plenty of opportunities to experience what makes this school so great.
One of my favorite traditions, Silver Taps, is a somber memorial in which A&M students gather to remember the students who have passed away in the previous month. Families are invited to join students in Academic Plaza for a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Silver Taps” (a special rendition of “Taps”) to commemorate our fallen Aggies.
Even though I find myself very busy with studying most days, it’s easy to take a short break to attend Silver Taps and show mourning families that they, and the memory of their loved ones, will be with the Aggie family forever.
Another tradition that I love is, of course, Aggie football! While I can’t attend as many games as I used to, it’s good to remind myself that I can relax and have fun sometimes.
Hanging out with fellow students in Kyle Field and cheering on the team turns out to be a great study break! Gamedays are full of all sorts of exciting things to see, as well, like watching the Corps of Cadets march-in, hanging out at the Parsons Mounted Cavalry tailgate, and seeing the “Nationally Famous Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band!”
All in all, it is so important to maintain a healthy balance in veterinary school, and I’ve found my way of doing so by keeping up with all things Aggieland. It’s just my way of remembering why A&M is so special, which gives me even more motivation to do well in school!