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Fish Camp introduces students to Aggie life

Published: Monday, June 11, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07

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Roger Zhang -- THE BATTALION

Fish Camp introduces incoming freshmen to life at Texas A&M University.

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Roger Zhang -- THE BATTALION

Fish Camp introduces incoming freshmen to life at Texas A&M University.

Fish Camp makes Aggies. Freshmen arrive uncertain and overwhelmed by brightly colored and energetic counselors. Some may hope to turn back home, but their bags are taken before they have a chance to turn around. When they return, they are transformed from uncertain and overwhelmed to loud and proud new members of the Aggie family. They can “hump it”, “gig ‘em”, pass back, and recite yells. They are officially Aggies.

Fish Camp is the largest student run orientation program in the nation. It’s a 4-day camp where incoming students can have fun, participate in traditions, and make lifelong friends.

“The freshman will leave Lakeview with a new Aggie Family that will continue to help transition them in through the fall, and hopefully for years to come,” said Zach Brimager, senior telecommunications major and director of public relations for Fish Camp.

Fish Camp is an experience that eases anxieties faced by incoming students about coming to college. No longer is Texas A&M University a place where they will be one of 50,000 students. Instead, arriving at A&M will be like returning to their second home, with friends and activities to look forward to.

The counselor-freshman relationship is what makes fish camp unique. The counselors serve as mentors and friends. They move them into their dorms, show them where their classes are, and pull tickets for football games. Although freshman year comes with many daunting unknowns, Fish Camp attendees have confidence their counselors will be there to help.

“It’s such a unique way to impact the newest members of the Aggie family. I love it because the 24 counselors can serve as resources, as role models, and as friends for the freshman,” said Kendall Naquin, former attendee and counselor for Fish Camp.

Naquin said the bonds she made throughout her Fish Camp experience have been influential in her life, and she enjoys sharing her passion for Texas A&M by being a counselor.

Passing on love for Texas A&M is another benefit of Fish Camp. The introduction to the traditions and rituals that make this campus irreplaceable gives students a reverence for their history, and an understanding of why students work so hard to continue traditions.

“As a counselor, Fish Camp has helped me grow as a leader while also teaching me more about the wonderful traditions at A&M, especially Muster” said Julie Biemer, junior communication major.

Fish Camp sessions begin July 30th, and end August 20th. Registration is currently open, and will close June 22nd or when all sessions fill. The cost is $165, and scholarships are available to those in need.

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