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| I went to A&M years ago and am about to complete law school in 2 weeks but looking in retrospect at A&M, here are a few thoughts. A&M is no diferent than most other large in state schools. The professors are generally not A&M grads themselves. My profs were from MIT, Illinois, etc. Usually they don't like to inbreed in their faculty and most schools generally do not do that. This is a research oriented school. Keep that in mind. If you are looking for quality in undergrad teaching, forget it. If you are looking for quality in graduate guidance and facilities for lab research, then this is one of the best in the country. But do not think that at another large state school, you will get top quality teaching. They are all pretty much the same. You want great teachers? Go to Tulane, U of Chicago or some smaller private school. Remember this though, you will spend up the wazoo in cash for private schools wheras A&M is by far much cheaper. The dorms are great, the students can park their cars in garages ON CAMPUS next to their dorms. That is very rare at other schools. So you cannot beat the conveniance. Great rec center. I am a pretty bright guy I feel but coming out of high school I had much to learn. I was an all state musician and went to A&M just to spite my parents. (They were always horn fans). What I found was how much I lacked as far as my math and scinece background. I hadn't taken Calculus or some of the other engineering core classes in high school because I concentrated on music. Here is a tip. If you are considering A&M for engineering, you better already be good at math and science. If you are not, one of two things will happen. You will either struggle all the way through like I did or you will fail out. And even if you were good in high school, you are competing against some kids that have a pretty good nack at that stuff themselves in general. As far as some of the comments about students at A&M not being very smart, I have a question. How many 17 and 18 year olds are that bright to begin with? A&M has one of the highest EIT passing rates for seniors in engineering than almost any other school in the US. That is not an easy exam to pass by nay means. As far as social goes, very pro Republican and I would say close minded for 1st and 2nd year students. This is because most of them take on their parents beliefs. That is not a surprise when you consider that the state of TEXAS in general is pro republican. As they get to be juniors, the students are a little more open minded about things because they have experienced more. SO, its not about the types of people A&M attracts as far as the close mindedness goes. Its more about lack of maturity, experience, and understanding. But that changes over time. Some of these kids come from small towns and that is all they know, buy that doesn't mean they are dumb kids. They just need to experience more which is one of the reasons they went to college. I grew up in a big city and some of my best friends at A&M were from small towns. I think the school is pretty good and I had some great experineces there (Bonfire, Sabissa Friday Yell, France engineering program) as well as making some good friends. I would make one additional comment. I think peoples' college experiences are what they make it in genral. If you go out, meet people,and join social groups then you tend to have friends no matter what school you are at. If you lock yourself in doors, then you don't tend to have friends. If you pay attention in class and actually go, you tend to make good grades. If you leave every other weekend for a trip somewhere else, you tend to experience more. Life and college is what you make of it. |
|May 02 2005|| 5th Year Male --
Class 1999 |
| After attending both Texas A&M and UT Austin, I can honestly say that academics do not differ significantly between the two. UT is more supportive of Liberal Arts and the Social Sciences, A&M is focused more on Engineering, "Hard" Sciences and such. My education at TAMU has been a benefit in the sense that name recognition of the university is extremely high within the borders of Texas and I was quite prepared to enter a competitive workforce with no hand-holding or nepotism to aid me. As for the college experience at A&M, ethnic diversity is very much so a presence, but integration between the different cultures, races, social groups, etc. is something you must seek out on your own. It is possible and welcomed to learn about and befriend students from different backgrounds but you must make the effort. There is a small but strong "alternative" scene to the usual Corps and Greek social environment. Again, you have to find it. Many very excellent concerts, operas, plays and lectures come through College Station thanks to the MSC people.|
It is true that A&M has it's fair share of religious zealots and even more true that being an "Aggie" becomes it's own religion for many students, but that is not necessarily negative in all situations. On occasion a ranting traveling minister will yell at you as you walk in front of the Academic Building "You're goin' to hell" when in fact you are only going to class. Don't take it personally. Drinking is a huge part of the A&M experience as is obvious in one of the Aggie Traditions - ring dunking. When a student receives their Aggie Ring, family and friends gather at the Chicken or Dudley's Draw to witness said student chug an entire pitcher of beer in the number of seconds corresponding with the last two digits of their graduation year. Watching this can be funny and disgusting. Take a camera.
To truly get the most out of your A&M experience, join clubs or teams you are interested in. The bars are fun but get old quickly and have been the downfall of many a man or woman better than either of us. The number of available activities to participate in is staggering. Try as many new things as you can. Also, scale the climbing wall in the Rec. center at least once. That I did not is a regret I shall never recover from. Do not expect for your professors to coddle you. For most lower-level undergrad courses, if they even know your name by the end of the semester you will do great things with your life. You will not find a sympathetic environment. A&M is great preparation for "the real world" in that way. Alot of the professors are striving for tenure in a very competitive and politically driven environment, they will not go out of their way to know or help you. When you become upper-level and take smaller classes in your specific major you will get to know your professors. Do not fall behind in your coursework. To be honest, the work is not usually all that hard but is time consuming. No matter how slick you are, if you wait until the last minute to write a paper or study for a test it will reflect in your work. Trust me, I know this. Independent and original work is not always encouraged at A&M, but you can find ways to study and excel at whatever you want. Texas A&M is a fine university that mass produces good, moral citizens who mostly exist within a certain standardized area of common thought, employment, lifestyle and choices. However, you can find or create your very own place at A&M. You will be graduating from a base broad enough to go anywhere you want next. Good luck and have fun!
|Oct 15 2003|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| Here is the deal. Texas A&M is a conservative college with many christian students who support our President - George W Bush. His father's library is located on campus. Please clue into this - CONSERVATIVE school. In fact Princeton Review ranked Texas A&M the most conservative school in the country. Do some research before picking a college please. If you don't like it go elsewhere. There is a school for everyone and if these values do not fit you go elsewhere. Stop complaining and saying it "fit the stereotype." Obviously you heard of the stereotype before you went to Texas A&M so believe it and go elsewhere. It is what it is and many people love it, myself included. I went to school at Texas A&M because I fit the "stereotype" and wanted to be part of something I thought was special. If you disagree that is fine. GO ELSEWHERE. Why do people complain about walking into exactly what they thought they were walking into. No offense - go elsewhere. |
|Nov 11 2004|| 4th Year Female --
Class 1995 |