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Aggies helping Aggies: Selfless service exemplified during this week's winter storm

Posted at 7:38 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 21:18:04-05

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — Lending a hand, answering the call, and embodying selfless service is what Aggies are known for.

Texas A&M, and the Aggie community, continue to do their part no matter what is thrown their way.

No-matter, heat, snow, a pandemic, or a shortened football schedule, Texas A&M steps up during a time of crisis.

"It's really awesome knowing there is always someone to look out for you no matter what situation you are in really," Abbey Barnett, a Texas A &M Sophomore said.

One group, in particular, answering the call to serve during this landmark week, was the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. Cadets scouted campus Wednesday, looking to identify leaks left by the winter storm, and in turn, helped stabilize a water issue on campus.

"Here's the cool thing, by the time that I received that message, to when cadets were supposed to meet, was 30 minutes and we got over 300 volunteers in 30 minutes. According to those reports, there was a very large impact those cadets had in actually stabilizing the water levels on campus so we could still have running water," Tanner Cedrone, Cadet Commander with the Corps of Cadets at A&M said.

Tanner Cedrone, a senior at TAMU and Cadet Commander says selfless service is what Aggies know best.

"Both A&M's core values and in the cadet corps values, selfless service is consistent. A lot of my cadets, including myself are going to commission in the military to be able to serve this country and a lot of these leaders here too are joining the corp in order to get a military inspired leadership develop program to be able to learn what these values actually mean," Cedrone added.

The warming center at Reed Area also felt the presence of the community in a tremendous way. Cadets pitched in by loading and unloading items for local residents who had no heat and were seeking shelter.

"It is this natural act of "Hey, how can I go out and better my community, better my campus, better C-stat, Bryan, the state, and the nation?" The cool thing is.. that is a default for a lot of the 69-thousand students that are here today," Cedrone added.

No-matter one's background, what you look like, or where you intend to go, Cedrone says, Aggies take care of Aggies.

"We are the Aggies and the Aggies are we... and then there’s a spirit can ne’er be told," Cedrone said.

Capitalizing on the selfless service standard felt campus-wide, especially in tough times, leaves even an ordinary student 'lucky' she made the right choice by calling A&M home.

"I think the community that A&M offers, was definitely the selling point in deciding to come here, and to see it in action this week was so special," Sarah Jones, A&M Sophomore said.