Adam Knight, Aggieland’s Unofficial Non-Academic Advisor
To the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2015, I say, “Welcome to Aggieland.” Now I’m sure by now you’ve been to New Student Conferences, Fish Camp, and other such orientations that have inundated you with the Aggie Spirit, tried to teach you some yells, traditions and other parts of being an Aggie. Well I’m here to teach you the stuff they don’t tell you about in Fish Camp, and give my listeners a head start to a successful and pain free experience in Aggieland. This year I’m even putting it on the Website for easy reference.
Today, since you’ve already been kicked in the teeth by your first day at school, I’m only going to get you started with some much needed reference information. Being a college student it’s real easy to get caught up in your own little world of getting to and from class, studying, projects and student organizations, that it’s real easy to lose track of the outside world. Lucky for you Facebook, Twitter and other social media helps keep you connected to what’s happening in the world. So you are much more savvy when it comes to global current events and news. However, social media is becoming more and more invasive into our lives and your generation is flooded with so much data and information from Facebook, Twitter and other sources that you almost always have the info you need on your smart phone, you just need to know where to look for it when you need it.
For local news, WTAW is the local Newstalk radio station and their full time news staff is always on top of local events and happenings. Road Closures, traffic, emergency alerts, they are all accessible on WTAW.com. They are also our sister station so we can easily link vital info from their site to ours. On Twitter, I also follow a local news anchor, Steve Fullhart, he’s in their news office throughout the day sorting through local stories and he is very good about tweeting short links so you can catch the whole story.(follow Steve on twitter @stevefullhart) I also recommend that all Aggies read the Battalion daily either online or grab a copy at the busstop, either way you’ll be up to date on everything happening on campus. For sports info aggieathletics.com is your source for all Aggie sports, including schedules, rosters, and ticket information. For more in depth Aggie info, local High school sports, as well as nationwide NCAA sports and Professional sports , check out http://www.zone1150.com/ the sports radio station in town (and another sister station to Candy 95)
For any questions about Texas A&M, you need to have http://www.tamu.edu/ favorited on your laptop or desktop. Texas A&M has put a lot of work into it’s website, but it’s still up to the Departments to keep their info current. Texags.com is the site made for Aggies, by Aggies, and run by Aggies http://v4.texags.com/ Here you can get the latest news on Athletics, recruiting, and if you subscribe you can get even more, but even if you don’t subscribe, you have access to most of the forums. Where Aggies, both current students and former students, discuss topics ranging from athletics, to politics, hunting and fishing, academics, religion, ticket exchange, professor comparisons, and everything in between and beyond. It’s a great site to kill some free time, and also a good source for all types of Aggie info. As for academics, you might want to use http://www.myedu.com/ when selecting courses and professors. The pick a prof section allows you to read reviews of the instructor and class, from other students, helping you save your Q-drops for when you really need them. As for Textbooks, chegg.com and textbooksolutions.com are the 2 sites all the student workers recommend for the best prices on books and they’re a bit more reliable than craigslist.
As for your health, WEBMD.com is a good starting point, but I would recommend getting a local doctor while you’re still on your parent’s insurance, I am not saying there aren’t good physicians and nurses at Beutel, but every time I’ve heard from friends who’ve been, the diagnosis is always the same, “You might be pregnant!” regardless of gender. Try http://www.st-joseph.org/ Scott and White and The Med for medical services in BCS.
Other sites you might need:
City of College Station- http://www.cstx.gov/
City of Bryan: http://www.bryantx.gov/
Movie showtimes: Cinemark
And just for fun, here are some sites I check out for a laugh: (some content NSFW)
What Would TylerDurden Do – (celebrity news and gossip with a twist)
And as always, please remember: THERE ARE NO STUPID QUESTIONS, ONLY STUPID PEOPLE THAT DON’T USE GOOGLE.COM BEFORE ASKING AN EASY QUESTION THAT COULD’VE BEEN GOOGLED.
Remember, it’s really easy to get caught up in your own little world and routine in college, use the web for more than just research and plagiarizing. Just kidding, check back tomorrow for Aggieland Driving 101.