Have you ever doubted the Aggie Network? It is a simple thing to do as it is hard to imagine an Aggie in almost every city and career field you can think of. However, it is real, and I have seen it first-hand in Washington, DC. The Aggie Network currently has 428,000 active former students, 62,000 undergrads, and more than 11,000 faculty and staff. That’s huge. In DC just for being a current student at Texas A&M I was invited to meet and talk to many inspiring and important people.
The first event I was invited to was a lively happy hour hosted by DC Aggies. DC Aggies is a fun social group made up of current and former students that now reside and work in and around the Capital. The club meets up and does fun events and activities about once a month. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet and get connected with people in all sorts of fields.
Another huge event was the annual Aggies on the Hill reception. This event was more formal then the happy hour and was hosted inside the U.S. Capitol. A lot of the same faces were in attendance, but there were also many prominent members of the Aggie Network and several others that flew in. Among those people where Michael K. Young, Colonel Michael Fossum, Congressman Bill Flores, and Congressman Will Hurd. It was such an exciting and cool experience to be able to interact with these individuals.
These events and meetings allowed me to have the opportunity to ask people I admired to go and grab coffee with me. On these coffee dates I had the opportunity to grow friendships and my professional knowledge by asking in-depth questions about individuals career journeys and aspirations. The one-on-one time was my personal favorite because it truly showed the Aggie Network, and how much people care about you and want to help you because you too bleed maroon.
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Washington, D.C. | spring 2020