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Breathing in sights and styles

Aggieland wonder derives from abandoning technology

Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 19:07

Michaella Walton

Jason Syptak

Michaella Walton


Mind-boggled students rush to class each week day without regard for anything else, except to check off a to-do list bullet. More than 50,000 Aggies populate Texas A&M's gigantic campus, caught up in their own set of thoughts, chasms or studies. Distractions cause us to forget how precious our University is.

Walking to class one day, I carried my computer and iPad in my Kenneth Cole messenger bag. With my iPhone 4 in hand and camera strapped to my body, I was in my everyday groove of updating my LinkedIn, tweeting for two Twitter handles, snapping a photo for my Instagram profile and crafting a witty post for my Facebook.

Looking up to take a breather from almost choking on my social media indulgence, I noticed it was a wonderful day after having rained. The sky was light blue filled with fluffy clouds, which was perfectly contrasted with the historical buildings close by.

I breathed.

Then I made the daring decision of putting my phone away, forgetting about each of the four technological powerhouses I possessed.

Something wonderful happens when your mind is clear and your eyes simply absorb the sights around you. Being at our University, there are many details to notice, but we may not notice them because we're drowning in digital technologies. Instead of carrying an electronic device, which directly attaches you to the ubiquitous Internet, carry something that will not distract you. Holding a cup of coffee or tea allows you to breathe and enjoy our University's scenery.

Take Michaella Walton, senior communication major, for example. I spotted her holding a cup of tea as she briskly walked to class. What initially caught my attention was her Lucky Brand leather messenger bag (as I'm a huge fan of bags). The fact that the camel-leather complimented her Etienne Aigner riding boots sparked me to ask for a picture of her style.

"Fashion is fun," said Walton. "And putting together new combinations to see people's reactions is always enjoyable."

Walton's navy and white stripped Ellen Tracy sweater reminded me of the elegance directly from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runways in New York City. Her dark-washed skinny jeans aided in bringing out the color in her aforementioned boots. Walton's Michael Kors "Boyfriend" watch was the perfect, subtle accessory for her style compilation.

"I enjoy looking nice on days where I'm not stressed for time," said Walton. "It makes me feel more professional and productive."

Perhaps more Aggies would dress up if they weren't stressed for time.

Here's the challenge: Take the time to clear your mind and be aware.

There are many angles of Aggieland that are waiting to be seen. There are many styles to compliment. There are also many clothing get-ups to wear so you can share who you are. The way you dress non-verbally displays such insights.

 "Fashion is a way to try a new perspective without saying a word," Walton said. "It allows others to pick up on what you're thinking before you even open your mouth. How great is that?"

Notice details of our University's campus you have never noticed. Keep your phone in your pocket, walking with your hands free and allowing your fingers to feel the air breeze through them. With graduation nearing, soak in Aggieland before venturing through the rest of your life. Remember, it's not too late.

Jason Syptak is a senior marketing major and The Battalion's style spectator.

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