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When I was five, I wanted to go to Penn State because it was my mom’s alma mater and the only college rural-Pennsylvanian-little-me had ever heard of.

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I’ve never been one for jewelry. Unless you count the puka shell necklace I wore all of the time circa 2010 (don’t judge me, I was 11), I’ve never really worn accessories of any kind. That will change this weekend.

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In 2018, I was riding the Aggie Spirit bus on the way to tour on-campus apartments when I noticed a girl sitting adjacent to me wearing an Aggie ring. I remember thinking, “That day is leaps and bounds away for me.” Yet, here I am, experiencing the landmark Aggie tradition I never thought wo…

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Nearly 6,400 Aggies are receiving their Aggie Gold this weekend during the year’s largest Aggie Ring distribution period.

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As a dedicated, caring individual, Claudio Romero strove for excellence and fun while staying a role model to his friends and family.

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A kind-hearted Aggie and an introvert who loved deeply, Jarrod Cooper Glenn always prioritized helping his close friends and family during their times of need.

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Inclusive and caring, Brandon Reed Williams will be remembered for his admirable work ethic and servant spirit.

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With his unmatched sense of humor and unwavering loyalty, Ryan Harrison Boles brought joy to everyone he met, from America to across the sea.

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The day I have dreamt of for nearly four years has finally come. By the time you’re reading this column, I can guarantee you that I will be staring at my hand in admiration. Why? You may ask. It’s not because I have some weird obsession with my hands — it’s because I just got my Aggie Ring!

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On Nov. 18 at 2:42 a.m., people gathered both virtually and in person, to honor the 12 fallen Aggies of the Bonfire Collapse.

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As the anniversary of Bonfire Collapse approaches, students remember those who passed away in the tragedy and share how, after two decades, Bonfire still strives to embody the spirit of those fallen Aggies.

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As I look back on my time at Texas A&M, and more broadly, my time spent living in Texas, I realize how different my life has become from what I expected.

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I never thought I’d get my Aggie Ring, mostly because I never thought I would be an Aggie.

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Student veterans at Texas A&M can receive special scholarships from the Aggie Rings for Veterans Program to help fund their Aggie gold.

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With a loving heart, Omari ZaReiq Loydrake will be remembered by loved ones and friends for his infectious personality and love for living in the moment.

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A devout Catholic, Erin Noel Novak will be remembered as a down-to-earth individual who was focused on the world around her.

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When reflecting back on my past as a College Station native, I wonder what my childhood self would feel about who I’ve become and the fact that I am finally getting my Aggie Ring from that big university across the street.

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A global health crisis, racial injustice, an economic downturn, raging fires raising concerns for the earth — this doesn’t feel like a time to celebrate.

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Ring dunk. Two words that describe a new beginning for Aggies with their newfound gold.

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A long-standing tradition at Texas A&M, Ring Day is a memorable day for many Aggies. Despite the current environment, The Association of Former Students is ensuring that students are able to experience Ring Day, even if it looks different this year.

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Remembered for his relentless work ethic and generosity, Asa Graham was dedicated to spreading love to everyone he met.

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As a generous friend who worked tirelessly within the community and expressed himself through art, Steven Devon Anderson will always be remembered for his endless joy and desire to help others.

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Though she only became an Aggie a short while ago, Elizabeth Anne Slovak embodied Texas A&M’s core value of selfless service with family, friends and strangers alike.

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Prescilla Marie Sanchez was a dedicated student, daughter and sister who was rooted in faith from a young age and will be remembered for kindness to everyone she encountered and her willingness to help those in need.

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Outgoing and determined, Caitlyn Mychele Harman will be remembered as an ambitious individual with a drive to help.

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Aidan Alexander Berwick, for friends, family and strangers alike, is a name that means kindness, love and a spirit unlike any other.

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Kind-hearted, intelligent and unafraid of showing his true self, Cody Allen Reinhard will be remembered by his family and friends for his radiant personality.

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Known for his encouraging nature and ability to make friends wherever he went, Erik Alexander Medina influenced the lives of many.

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My Ring Day looked different than most. Instead of having an assigned group number and being shuffled through the Association of Former Students among thousands of other Aggies, I received my piece of gold through the mail. The social distancing guidelines enforced during the coronavirus pan…

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My 10-year-old brother recently asked me what an Aggie Ring is and why it is so important. When I told him about it and showed him a picture, he said, “Wow. I want one.” For a long time, I shared that same sentiment.

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In an email sent on behalf of the Campus Muster Committee, Texas A&M faculty and students were notified this year’s Muster Tradition will be continued under a new viewing format.

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As a loving son and brother who had a passion for singing, smiling and friends, Roel Israel Prado will always be remembered for the kindness he extended to others every waking day.

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Nicholas King always reached for the stars. The geology sophomore had the lofty goal to work for NASA and one day go to Mars. He had many accomplishments, but friends and family recognize his drive to work hard and improve above anything else.

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Cameron Christopher McNeff was a multitalented individual with a passion for cooking, music and computers. However, his family remembers him for his kind heart and love for serving others.

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One of the many things friends and family learned from Andrew is to “be brave and courageous always, even in the face of adversity.”

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Respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity and selfless service are traits that many Aggies strive to embody, but for Wesley Donald Sanders, these traits were a part of his legacy that his friends and family will keep with them.

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Lela Justeen Burney was a classic all-American girl. She was athletic, smart and faithful. However, her friends and family remember her goofiness and spontaneity more than her many accomplishments.

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Maegan Sanders was a strong, remarkably smart young woman who longed to become a business school professor.

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From a young age, Roberto “Beto” Acosta-Lopez was always happy. Whether he was doing some of his favorite hobbies or chores at home, he had a smile on his face.

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The morning of Nov. 18, 1999, Jason Hannam arrived at a quiet and solemn campus. Hannam, Class of 2001, soon heard rumors about the collapse of Bonfire, an incident that would ensure the day lived on in the consciousness of Aggies.

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Just south of Texas A&M’s campus stands a different memorial dedicated to the 12 Aggies killed in the Bonfire collapse of 1999, created by the City of College Station in their honor.

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Texas A&M changed forever on Nov. 18, 1999, at 2:42 a.m., when the 59-foot-tall Bonfire Stack collapsed. Twelve Aggies died and 27 were injured. Today, on that same ground, there stands a memorial honoring those who lost their lives upholding a storied A&M tradition.

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While the Texas A&M community gathers to celebrate Aggie Ring Day, local bakeries are setting their cake mixers on high for this Friday’s workload.

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How can I convince you I earned this? How can I let you know this ring means more to me than 90 hours of completed coursework?

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About 3,100 students will receive their Aggie Rings on Friday, with distribution starting at 11 a.m. at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center.

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Nearly every college student can relate to the experience of moving away from home at a ripe young age and into a tiny dorm where you share a bathroom with people you don’t know. I did all this my freshman year, but apparently it wasn’t enough for me because I also decided to move halfway ac…