Adam Knight: Aggieland’s Non-Academic Advisor

What Not to Wear and College Student Etiquette:

First of all, High School is over, if you brought your Letterman Jacket for the winter or you’re still wearing you High School Ring…TAKE THEM BACK HOME NEXT TIME YOU VISIT YOUR PARENTS.  Leave them in your parents’ house, and don’t worry about seeing them again until your 5 or 10 year class reunion.  I know you spent a ton of money on that High School ring, but the only ring you should be worried about now is that Aggie ring. (And for goodness sake, take your Graduation Tassel off your rearview mirror.)

So you’re at a party and you’ve gotten past the where’s your Hometown and what’s your Major icebreakers and you want to brag about yourself…DON’T TALK ABOUT YOUR SAT/ACT SCORES, or WHAT PLACE YOU GRADUATED IN…they’re not that impressive, everyone at A&M had to meet the same requirements to get in and no one cares what you did in High School.

The Freshman 15 is not a myth; in fact I’ve seen the Freshman 50 hit some students.  Remember when you were in High School, in athletics, burning 7,000 plus calories a day, yes you could eat whatever you wanted. Now you sit in class, sit in a computer lab, or sit and play XBOX and you’re not burning anything.  Go to the Rec Center (you’re paying for it) Get a membership at Gold’s, Aggieland Fitness Dome, or Aerofit, they’ve all got great student plans and USE IT.  Remember a healthy body is not only nice to look at, but also helps keep your mind healthy as well.

I know we are in a major drought now, but October and November are Monsoon season for BCS.  Guys get a big golf umbrella and ladies get your little cute rain boots and rain coats, cause one day you’re going to be walking to class in the rain, and it sucks to be soaked to the bone when the Professor is blasting the AC at 64 degrees.

As for going to class, think of your fellow Aggies: just because you can roll out of bed and walk to chemistry in your PJ’s you haven’t washed in a month, it doesn’t mean you should.  Stock up on free t-shirts and if your lucky you won’t have to wash shirts for like 3 weeks.  If you went to a party or the bar the night before and took the walk of shame straight to class, sit on the back row…you still smell like stale beer, cigarettes and bad decisions, also it’s less noticeable for you to run out the door to go puke away your hangover if you’re on the back row.  If you’re really smart you’ll keep a spare outfit in the car and some febreeze or perfume.

You came to Texas A&M to get a world class education, though it won’t always be your main priority, make sure you always keep in mind that is why you are here, and you will finish and you will succeed.

Finally, and in all seriousness: if you ever get in trouble legally, financially or otherwise TELL YOUR PARENTS.  Seriously, they may not bail you out, but don’t try to hide it from them it will always turn out worse for you in the end if you do.

Good Luck,

Thanks and Gig ‘Em!

Adam Knight ‘98