Thanks for the info!
Yeah! I have several friends in the Corps, and one in E-2! They all enjoy it, even though Fish Year is a bit challenging. I’ve heard it’s extremely rewarding, and I’m sure you will love it!
(Referring to potluck roommates:) I have mixed success! My first roommate and I didn’t get along very well. We had very different schedules, personalities, and ideas of what it meant to be considerate. My roommate now was potluck, and we get along very well! We’re good friends, and we don’t fight.
I know this sounds cliched, but I do recommend trying to make some sort of roommate agreement, even if it is only oral. Let your roommate know what you expect of them, and when they are getting on your nerves, and do it calmly, before you get too angry at them to be nice! Most of the time, a compromise can be reached that helps to keep both people happy! Basically, you shouldn’t have to change your lifestyle to suit your roommate or whatever, but if he/she likes to go to sleep earlier than you, just be considerate of his right to do so. It’s his room too!
If you keep this in mind, you can at the very least survive the year! And at the end, you’ll probably have met someone to live with the next year if it doesn’t work out.
Your roommate doesn’t have to be your best friend if you’re nothing alike! As long as you both are considerate of each other, the roommate relationship is perfect! Don’t expect to want to hang out all the time with your roommate, and don’t fret if you don’t want to be good friends with them after the year ends. Be civil, try not to judge each other, and remember your common courtesy!
Yes, you still might have a bad experience if your roommate doesn’t do this, but I have found this is pretty uncommon. Only a few people really fight or can’t get along with their roommates. And if that’s you: I hate to say it, but it’s part of college and you’ll get through it. (And don’t be afraid to call the RA if it’s dangerous or really too much for you!)
Uh, that’s probably more that what you wanted. Sorry. It’s been fine this year, a bit rocky in the past. It’s part of the college experience for most people, and they survived it, so so will you!
Good luck, anyway! :)
I have no idea. I went potluck when I applied for Housing both times. Sorry, but I can’t help you. :(
1876 Texas A&M College opens
1889 Oldest known Aggie Ring made this year.
1894 Edward C. Jonas ’94, captain of C Company, chosen to design a new Aggie Ring (he had designed the Commencement programs 1891-1894)
The Ring committee awards contract to a Bryan jeweler. The resulting Rings are inspected by Professor P.S. Tilson ’89, who discovered they were weighted with lead.
1899 R.J. Poulter is chosen as chairman of a committee to select the 1899 class Ring
Linz Brothers Jewelry Company of Dallas submits design sketches for the Ring
A meeting is held by Poulter’s committee in J.B. Sterns’ room to discuss the designs. During this meeting the suggestion is made to have the classes of ’00, ’01, and ’02 adopt the design to perpetuate the tradition./1899-Linz Brothers quotes a lower price for rings if Junior, Sophomore and Freshman classes would vote to use the same design
The classes agree to perpetuate the design
1900 The class of ’00 buy their rings from Linz Brothers for $10.50, after testing a ring proved their metallic purity
The classes of ’01 and ’02 did not all buy rings from Linz Brothers; they could not hold a monopoly over the manufacture of the Ring
1912 The state seal and crossed weapons changes sides
1926 The state seal and crossed weapons again change sides
1930 Rings made from 1930-1935 were primarily manufactured by Herff Jones Company
1933 Officers of the class of ’31 petitions the A&M faculty to restrict purchase of the Aggie Ring to students who have attained at least the second semester of their Junior year
Texas A&M President T.O. Walton appoints an Official Senior Ring Committee to standardize the Ring design, create more control for Ring distribution and manufacture, and eliminate some of the undesirable practices connected with handling class Ring orders. The committee was to consider proposals for rings for the classes ‘35-’39. No stones (diamonds,rubies) were considered. Rings would average 12 pennyweight. Their goal was modernization of the old design while retaining essential features. The words “Texas A&M College – 1876” were added around the crown
The Star Engraving Company of Houston is awarded a 5 year contract. Distributors in the Bryan/College Station area that were chosen were John S. Caldwell and Sankey Park
1934 Star Engraving files for a patent on the Ring designed by John Boehme
1935 The Texas and United States flags were added behind the crossed cannon, rifle and saber. Wording was changed to “A&M College of Texas – 1876” (this design will not change again until 1963)
April - Star Engraving secures a seven year patent of Ring design
April 23 - Star Engraving transfers rights of patent #95172 to Texas A&M College
1937 C.W. Varner is added as a distributor of Rings
1939 Registrar’s Office begins distributing rings with the class of ’39, to exercise tighter control
Josten Company of Owatonna, Minnesota is awarded a contract to supply rings for the classes ‘40-42
1942 Josten Company’s contract is extended to 1948
Ring patent is allowed to expire
1948 L.G. Balfour Company of Attelboro Massachusetts is awarded a three year contract to supply Rings
1963 Legislature changes name of the school to Texas A&M University. The Ring lettering is correspondingly changed
1963 - 1966 - These class years have an option of College or University
J.B. “Josh” Sterns ‘99 conceives idea of a permanent ring collection
1967 All students of this class year and forward are required to have A&M University lettering on their Ring
1970s Rose and White Gold w/ Antique finishes become available to give students options beyond the Yellow Gold W/ Antique
1972 Balfour’s lifetime warranty for Rings available
1998 Rings are manufactured in a solid one piece design
Natural finish becomes available
Hubby and I both have antique finish on our Class of ‘99 Aggie Rings. Our reasoning was, it’s the only finish where you can look at the ring and immediately see the year and tell it’s an Aggie Ring. A lot of other schools now have the brighter gold (see: Texas & Baylor) so we went with the traditional antique.
Thanks for the input, Tara! I love hearing the reasons people chose their finishes, because I rarely hear two that are the same!
If anyone else wants to comment on rings or send pics of other finishes (I haven’t been able to find good pictures of white gold or polara on the internet!) please do! I think it’s really interesting to hear what other Ags thought when purchasing their rings, so feel free to send your story!
Thanks, and gig ‘em!