19 posts, joined 11/11/2010
I havn't posted on here before, but feel compelled to defend somthing that has had a tremendous impact on my life and college experience.
I went to Fish Camp as a freshman, served as counselor for 2 years, and served on staff for a year as a chairman. Fish Camp does alot of good for incommig freshmen. If nothing else it inspires them to be who they are as an individual. If that means that they forever hate Fish Camp, like I feel some of you on here feel, then so be it, at least you know how you feel now. however for that freshman wh oknows nobody, know no traditions, knows nothing about college, Fish Camp can be a valualbe and irreplaceable resource for them.
Yes FC, like any organization, has its faults. And I completely agree that the organization is given a bad rap from a select few, and certin practices (which are being chaged but change takes time). But in the case of FC, where there are 1000 or so memebers that few can be more. But that is true with any organization. Not all CT's are bad, not all northside or southside are bad, not all bonfire people are bad, not all greeks etc etc.
As a supporter and former member of FC (freshman, counsleor, and chair) Here are my thoughts on Fish Camp:
The valuable advice and irreplaceable encouragement I received as a freshman coupled with my experience as a counselor, gives me the capability to make an impact and leave my own handprint on someone’s life. I want to see those awkward handshakes turn into loveable bear hugs, hugs of family, aka the aggie family. I want to watch someone grow in their understanding and appreciation of diversity. I want to know that I was a part of that change. The challenge that Fish Camp brings is the ability to show, teach, and prepare the incoming freshman for what lies ahead, and I hope that Fish Camp leaves its mark on them, and it is one that will stay forever and not be washed away. I hope and pray I can be an example of what a real Aggie is to these freshmen. We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we and I will do my very best to make sure I give everything I got into ensuring the transition from high school to college as easy and as fun as possible for these freshmen. Aggies will always be there for other Aggies, no matter what. My goal is to continue this sense of community and family and welcome the freshman into it. Unity is what brings A&M together and makes us the friendliest college in Texas.
One of my freshman from my camp as chair left me with this comment: "My most vivid memory of those four days we spent at Camp was when we were walking back to the busses and all of the counselors made a tunnel and were yelling that they loved us and had a blast, and I realized that I felt comfortable. I felt like I fit in and belonged. A&M was my new home!"
If Fish Camp can do that for just a few freshmen, then it was worth it for me, and worth it for the university.