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Trip Start Jun 21, 2010
Trip End Aug 06, 2010

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Texas A&M Galveston

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

    Today was the first official day of New Student Conferences.  Tiffany woke up at 7am so I woke up at 7am, which felt like 5am.  I definitely do not recommend the space bag pillow.  
At 8:30am Tiffany and I finally headed of to sign in and breakfast.  We each got an info packet, 2014 t-shirt, name tag, a packet of info, schedule, and a student ID card.  The ID card worries me because they took it so fast that I'm not sure if I had time to smile, deer-in-the-headlights kind of look I'm assuming.  
    We then had an hour of nothing so we went and cooled down in our room for a little while.  The room is in horrible condition but I'm still kinda jealous of the people who get to stay here for the year.  The room Katie and I got is nice but super super tiny.  Anyways, at 10:30 everyone met in the gym for a Howdy Welcome (I am really surprised how many parents came to this).  It will definitely take some work getting used to "Howdy y'all".  During all the welcome stuff Tiffany and I were talking about our hometowns.  We were in process of comparing schools when the guy sitting in front of us turned and introduced himself as being from a class of 700 and school of 3000.  That is just sad.  We then learned his name is Chad from Dallas.  Chad seemed pretty cool so hopefully I'll see him around.  
    After the welcome we all split up to learn more about our majors.  Tiffany, Chad, and I both went over to the MARB building and were the first ones there so we got prime seats (out of spitting distance but close enough to see well).  It is good we got there fast because the MARB room ended up overflowing with people.  
    The MARB speaker was actually the director of the department.  His name is John Schwarz.  Mr. Schwarz seems so cool.  He is about 60, plump, balding, short, and was wearing what he called "formal wear".  That made us all laugh because his formal wear was a Caribbean t-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes.  That shows how laid back A&M is, at least when your not in the corp. 
    Everyone was  then herded to lunch.  The food choices were either burritos or nachos, so much food.  All the food here is so heavy compared to Washington.  I sat next to Tiffany and across from a girl named Emily and a girl named Hannah.  They both turned out to be MARB majors also and were very nice.  Emily is also from Michigan which was a bit of a shocker.  I am definitely surprised how many people are coming from out of state this year because so far I've only met two true Texans, Chad and Hannah.  Emily had her dad with her and he wasn't only from out-of-state but was also from a different country, England.  So cool.  Emily and her dad told me everything I need to know about my trip and guaranteed me that Bath is definitely the place to go.  I think the trip is going to be awesome.  
    After lunch the four of us headed over to the CLB auditorium, which is probably as cold as Washington right now.  At the CLB all the students were to get a presentation about respect and the Aggie code of honor.  The presentation was run by two seniors, Ariel and Logan, who seemed like a lot of fun.  They had no clue how to work the power point however so while we waited for someone to come and work it for them they had us play a game where you stand up when something applies to you.  It was really funny when the first statement, "Stand up if your a Texan", resulted in most of the room trying to stand up and falling instead.  The chairs were all very comfy to sit in but getting out of them is near impossible.  I don't remember most of the other questions but I do remember I stood up a lot and when about 15 of us stood up for being left-handed, one of the guys standing behind me shouted, "That's right were better than y'all".  That statement resulted in a few hisses but mostly laughter and cheers.  
    Once the power-point finally started working I had two major shockers.  One was when people were talking about University of Texas, our big rival, and a girl told them to shut up.  I'm not even from Texas but I know that A&M takes pride in hating UT and visa versa.  When the girl spoke up everyone went silent for a moment with our jaws dropped.  All the freshman from Texas recovered first and she got quite a talking to.  Shocker number two was when a picture of Bush came up and everyone cheered.  I've always known I was headed down to a Republican state but that was a real eye opener.  Then when Obama's picture got hisses I just sat there like oh my god what am I getting into.  Major Texas eye opener.  
    A lot more happened but I'm going to have to save it for later.  I'll add it as a comment at the bottom of this.  :)
    P.S. I would like to just add that when I spell checked this entry, the computer didn't know Obama but it knew and capitalized Aggie.  Wow.
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Ecmiles on

Hey there! I love your blog. I can almost think I am there! What a shocker about Bush and Obama--it is SO different up here in the Northwest! I bet you will have lots more to share about Texas. It may be that Texas will be more different than Europe for you! love to you--Aunt Bitsy

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