As life goes on, today was also Ring Day. If there was a field guide to identifying alma matars the key character would be the Aggie Ring. Incoming students are told stories at orientation about people seeing THE RING while in some obscure part of the globe and having an instant friend. I've run into ringed individuals myself and it's always a great feeling. Ordering (and then later receiving your Aggie Ring) is something Aggies look forward to for years. My friends who attended other, lesser, institutions are intrigued by this. They think of it like a high school ring- something that's personalized to celebrate your awesomeness and individuality. Aggie Rings however are all virtually identical. There are 4 choices- male or female, gold or white gold; antiqued or natural, diamond or not. The design is identical- the only difference between my ring and one made in 1894 (the first year aggie rings were not designed for each corps company) is the class year and the change in school name from "A&M Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas" to "Texas A&M University". As a side note when Bonfire fell a number of seniors left their Rings at the memorial for the victims who had not yet received their own.
|My sister and I on her Ring Day|
While we reflect on the past and those Aggies lost on this day 12 years ago, we also must enjoy the present and look forward to the future. Having a Ring Day on the same day Bonfire fell seems like a perfect way.