Step by step and class by class, I was completing the required hours and course work needed to earn a Bachelor of Science degree at Texas A&M University. Finally, I earned enough credits to have the honor of ordering my senior ring. When I received my ring, I stood and looked at the shield, the thirteen stripes, the five stars, the eagle, the wreath of olive and laurel, the cannon, saber, rifle, and the flags on my ring. Each of these symbols stood for a value that an Aggie should hold. I knew that the five stars on the shield represented: mind, body, spiritual development, emotional poise, and integrity of character. Overall the ring portrayed a strong set of values: excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service.
I thanked God for providing a way for me as I proudly placed my Aggie Ring on the ring finger of my right hand. Hard work, diligence, sacrifice, and determination were the unseen values that made my ring possible. I believed in myself and that big ideas and dreams can become reality-one small step at a time.
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