It seems that no matter where one goes outside of Aggieland, there are always those who ask, "What is an Aggie anyway?" I am so glad they ask because it gives me an opportunity to talk about one of my favorite subjects. I usually respond by first telling them what an Aggie is NOT. An Aggie is not a pig or hog, as they are called in the Ozarks. An Aggie is not a horse, such as the one representing that school out in West Texas. An Aggie is not a pony, like the one in "SMUland." We are certainly not a frog or horned toad, nor a Waco bruin or bear. We are not a little ol' cat or a fowl owl like those in Houston. Most definitely, we are not of the long-horned cattle variety. If we were, we would be a bull or a cow rather than some non-productive steer. (Since a steer is non-productive, and t.u. chooses to be represented by a steer, then logic would follow that t.u. must consider themselves...Hey, don't get mad at me or say, "that's a little strong." I didn't pick their mascot, they did.)
The fact is that an Aggie is not any type of animal. We have Reveille, who is our 1st Lady, but we're not the Texas A&M Reveilles. We're the Aggies. An Aggie is a human. When I think of an Aggie, I think of church, community, and state leaders. I think of the many Aggies who have sacrificed their lives as defenders of freedom through their service to the United States of America.
Aggies are the first to answer the call to serve their country. Aggies are ministers of the gospel, coaches of Little League teams, public school teachers, and leaders in community projects. Many are medical doctors, veterinarians, and engineers. Others are civil servants, congressmen, and entrepeneurs. Thankfully, many are responsible for feeding the world as farmers, ranchers, and agricultural researchers. And we all know that if it were not for Aggies who become lawyers, there wouldn't be such a thing as a "good" lawyer. In essence, Aggies get things done. We are doers! Aggies are the Twelfth Man, builders of bonfires, carriers of tradition, participants in Musters, and, too often, attenders of Silver Taps ceremonies. Texas Aggies say HOWDY. We know how to look a man in the eye and shake hands. Aggies get a chill up our spine when we hear the National Anthem or sing the "Spirit of Aggieland" or "Aggie War Hymn," or when we march to chow under the direction of a drum and bugle corps.
What is an Aggie? Who are the Aggies? It is simple, "We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we, true to each other as only Aggies can be..."
AGGIES - HOW SPECIAL!
Awesome Aggie Sayings
These are just a few of the many.
I would rather flunk out of A&M than to graduate with honors from t.u.
If t.u. were playing the University of Moscow in Red Square, I would be on the goal post waving a big red flag.
West Point is a good prep school for A&M.
t.u., t.u. - where the girls are girls and the boys are, too.
I would rather go 0-11 and be an Aggie than be National Champs and be a 'sip.
Texan by birth, Aggie by the grace of God
Aggies may get out-scored, but they never lose.
We've never been licked.
I would rather eat barbed wire than go to t.u.
If I had a low IQ, I would go to t.u., too.
No Aggie was without a job during the Great Depression
BOSS - What you call an Aggie five years after he/she graduates
"Howdy!", "Gig'em!", "Farmer's Fight!", "Ol Army!"
The 4 responses allowed by a fish:
1. "Yes, sir!"
2. "No, sir!"
3. "No excuse, sir!"
4. "Sir, not being informed to the highest degree of accuracy, I hesitate to articulate for fear I may deviate from the true course of reactitude. In short, sir, I am a very dumb fish and do not know, sir."
t.u.: Aggie term for The University of Texas, that small secular (Berkeley Of The South) school in central Texas
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