The football season is getting real! Tennessee heads to Kyle Field this upcoming Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff. It's gonna be a mean game -- both Tennessee and the Aggies have had a spotty past couple of years. And Tennessee is looking sharp -- and lucky. Did you see that pass/catch that Tennessee executed with 4 seconds left in game? What's even more incredible is that Georgia (arch rivals with Tennessee) went ahead with 30 seconds left in the game. I'm telling you the SEC is not a football division for those with weak stomachs.
|Religion -- err -- football returns to Kyle Field this weekend.|
(As an SEC girl, pretty much all the original 10 SEC teams are arch rivals -- Tennessee also is arch-rivals with Vanderbilt and Kentucky; Kentucky is arch-rivals with Tennessee, and to a lesser extent Vandy. Then there is Ol' Miss and Mississippi State, and LSU and Ol' Miss. And everyone has always hated Alabama and LSU -- it's a big ol' family mess.)
Football tickets are always available -- it's just the question of what you want to pay. If you'd like to be on campus, but not pay to go into the stadium, you can watch the game for free in the Flag Room of MSC or the Association of Former Students building, somewhat near the Quad. (At the alumni center, you also may purchase adult beverages, always an enticing plus.)
|Sanity has returned to Kyle Field -- Boot Line has been invited back|
onto the field. We still have the flag girls, but at least Boot Line is back.
All the Texas A&M home football game rules apply -- don't forget your sunscreen and hat, be prepared for long lines everywhere in College Station, have a plan on where to park, get to campus well before you think would be reasonable (as in hours early) and be considerate of your cadet's time. As much fun as football games are for the fans, for cadets they also are part-work.
Grades: Yup, your cadets are in the middle of tests, and knows the reality of what his/her grades are shaping up to be. If your cadet is in grade trouble (and cadets should be well aware of how they're doing), there is lots of free and paid tutoring help available. If your cadet does not know this, your cadet has not been paying attention. Outfits and upperclassmen do just about everything short of stapling it to cadets foreheads that grades matter and tutoring help is available.
The thing that makes the Corps special is that everything matters -- grades, showing up for formation, marching into football games, attending early morning PT. The Corps is not an organization that accepts "I can't keep up, I need a break." It's all about time management. It's a skill and I guarantee you, there is not a kid who walks on that Quad who's ever had time management issues in high school like they face in the Corps.
|Campus libraries: Your cadet's home away from home.|
Mom Dinners: We have several set up for the near future:
- Fort Worth/Tarrant County Corps Mom Dinners: They will be the following Thursdays -- Oct.13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. All will be at Jason's Deli, 2217 Midtown Ln/Rosedale beginning at 6:30 p.m..
- Dallas/Collin County Moms: Tuesday, Oct. 25, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Central Market, Coit Road just north of the George Bush Tollway. Get some dinner and meet us in the cafe.
- Houston Area Aggie Corps Family Group (this group meets with the entire family, rather than just moms): Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m., Guadalajara Hacienda Restaurant, 9799 Katy Freeway.
- College Station/Bryan Corps Moms: Monday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at Cafe Excell. Meet in bar area which is to the left when you walk in. November's date will be on Monday, Nov. 7th, 6 pm at Mad Taco.
Flu Shots: The short answer, as you probably all realize by now, is cadets just need to do it. The longer answer is free flu shots are available to students with their TAMU ID today and tomorrow (Oct. 5-6) pretty much all over campus. Once the free 5,500 doses are administered, it's $24 for a shot or your student can get one for $24 at a later date at Beutel. Your student should already know these shots are available as TAMU social media has been blasting students for the past couple days about their availability. ALSO, many of you who have your student on your health policy probably are eligible for free flu shots, regardless. I'm no expert on health insurance, but the way I read this page is that my student (who is eligible for free flu shots under my health plan) would get a free shot at Beutel as well.
Have a great week, moms, and really enjoy this weekend. It should be something close to a perfect Aggie Football Weekend.