Howdy Week brings new and returning students together at Texas A&M before the school year starts.
Students will have the opportunity to engage in nearly 100 activities while meeting new people, navigating campus, and adapting to their new home.
“I think it gives them all of the options to take those days right before school starts whether you just moved into your dorm, or you just moved into your apartment, whether you’re incoming or returning, you have your friend group, whether they’re new or old friends, and there are out of 98 events, take your pick,” said Mariah Patrick, Communications Specialist, Texas A&M University. “There is something for absolutely everyone.”
Howdy Week will bring nearly 14,000 incoming students together at Texas A&M this school year.
One of those students is Tremayne Sinnetamby, a foreign exchange student from Sydney, Australia, looking forward to his time at Texas A&M for the fall 2022 semester.
“Well they say everything is bigger in Texas, right,” said Tremayne Sinnetamby, Foreign Exchange Student from Australia. “It’s got the big personality, the big trucks that I’ve seen so far. I’m interested to see some cultural experiences, yeah, a good experience.”
Howdy Week intern Cole Murphy says he experienced howdy week right before the pandemic and this event positively impacted his time at Texas A&M.
“My year was one of the last normal Howdy weeks before COVID hit,” said Cole Murphy, Howdy Week Intern, Texas A&M University. “I just knew how impactful that was for me as an incoming student being able to get involved and see all the options I had as an incoming student, but then also to see the campus open up and really just pour into the incoming and retuning students.”
While Texas A&M may have close to 80,000 students, Murphy says each student has a place here.
“Coming into A&M, it is a large campus,” said Murphy. “We have over 75,000 but everyone truly does have a place on this campus. You just have to find that place and I think that’s what Howdy Week does. It shows the options.”
Sinnetamby says he’s excited to make new friends at Howdy Week and make the most of his time while in the US.
“There’s plenty of friendly people around here,” said Sinnetamby. “It’s one of the most homely cultures ever, especially when I’m an international student, everyone is so inclusive and genuine. It’s really nice.”
Patrick encourages students to fully engage in this week and make the most of the experience.
“Grab your group, grab your friends,” said Patrick. “Go get free food, free swag items. Find a student org that really interests you. We have all different kinds of categories for our Howdy Week events. From leadership skills and development to community and belonging, engagement and involvement.”
Howdy Week kicks off August 20-23; full schedule here:
Events | Howdy Week: Aggieland’s Official Week of Welcome (tamu.edu).