Favorite Facts about Bryan-College Station
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Our next Social Media House is a Dream Home Showplace being built in Bryan-College Station, Texas! We are excited to work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and two incredible builders from Bryan-College Station: Magruder Homes and Pitman Custom Homes.
We’ve spent some time in the great state of Texas in preparation for this project, and can tell you the home of Texas A&M University is a vibrant, passionate community! Here are a few things that stood out to us during our first visits to Bryan-College Station.
Texas A&M Pride
Flying into Texas, we noticed someone on the plane with a college ring on – something that just doesn’t happen in Connecticut. When we landed and began exploring, it became evident that people wear their college ring as a badge of honor. People in the community have an immense amount of pride in Texas A&M.
We also noticed people have a different way of greeting each other than we are used to in New England. Students and graduates of A&M, better known as Aggies, often walk by, give a thumbs up, and say “Gig-Em!” Read more about Aggie terminology, and the community it builds between students and graduates.
In 2013, Texas A&M was ranked as the happiest university by The Daily Beast, and it shows! The joy people have when speaking about their alma mater was apparent everywhere we went in Bryan-College Station.
The Dixie Chicken
The famous Dixie Chicken, an A&M favorite, is a must see if visiting Bryan-College Station. An Aggie Tradition since 1974, people gather here after games. This is also the place where ring dunking began, when a Corps of Cadet member accidentally dropped his ring into his pitcher. The easiest way to retrieve the prized band? Chug it! The tradition of ring dunking continues to this day.
Along with college pride, southern hospitality is a way of life in Bryan-College Station. From the moment we landed until the time we left, we were warmly greeted and taken care of every step of the way. The generosity and kindness of the community left us smiling for days. Bryan-College Station is the perfect place for Dream Home Showplace to be built. Follow along with our adventures and be sure to vote on features every other Monday!
- Founded in 1876, Texas A&M is the state’s oldest institution of higher education.
- Texas A&M students put a penny on the foot of the Sul Ross statue for good luck on exams.
- “Keep College Station Normal” is a response to Austin’s motto: “Keep Austin Weird.”
- Before every home game, more than 25,000 people join on Kyle Field for Midnight Yell practice. This tradition began in 1931.
- Most people in Bryan-College Station have a rivalry with Austin and University of Texas. It’s all about that A&M pride!
- Before the term “Aggie” was coined, Texas A&M students called themselves “Farmers.”
- The Big Event began in 1982, and is now the largest single-day service project run by students in the nation.
- The Texas A&M mascot is a full-blooded collie named Reveille, or “Miss Rev.” The fourth Reveille had 10,000 mourners at her funeral.
- The “Station” in College Station comes from the train station west of campus.
- The oldest student organization on campus, The Corps of Cadets, used to be mandatory for everyone who attended Texas A&M. It became voluntary in 1965.
What’s your favorite Bryan-College Station fun fact? Tell us in the comments below!