15 Things You’ll Understand If You Were In a FLO at Texas A&M University
Here is everything relatable about being in a Freshman Leadership Organization at Texas A&M University
1. Running around in public wearing things that used to embarrass you is now totally normal.
While you may have had previous shame about looking goofy in public, you will find comfort in numbers.
2. Calling your counselors mom and dad is second nature.
3. Men cheering in booty shorts is a highlight.
Seeing your favorite freshman boys performing cheer routines in short shorts should seem odd but somehow is totally normal.
4. You have some sort of policy that you try not to talk about.
Whether it’s between members or with counselors, we all have a set policy. We know it exists but tend to not openly joke about it.
5. Seeing anyone wear an Old Army shirt instantly sparks a friendship.
Seniors wearing their FLO shirts? You instantly get excited to ask what social group and committee they were in and how much they loved it.
6. Reliving your glory days of high school with dodgeball, cheer routines and inter murals.
7. You secretly hate but love the other FLOs.
While FLOve is ever present, there is the underlying competitive nature of being the best.
8. The withdrawals over winter break before your Spring Retreat.
Your new found best friends that you spend everyday with are now hours away. You count down the days until you can all be reunited.
9. You somehow know your roommate’s boyfriend’s high school girlfriend, who is in another FLO.
It’s a small world when you’re a FLO.
10. Taking countless road trips and midnight excursions, even though it may be exam week.
Why not go to Austin, Texas on a Tuesday night at 10 pm?
11. You instantly become the loudest, most embarrassing group when you go out in public.
Before you know it, you are in the middle of Whataburger, playing what are the odds and chugging hot sauce.
12. Constantly annoying your non-FLO friends by talking about people they don’t know.
“Austin and I were with David at Walmart buying cookies to make with Dante.” … “WHO??”
13. No shave November, water bottle assassins and costume contests turn you into a competitive animal.
Is it weird to not shave for a month just to get a golden trophy made from a shaving cream bottle? Is it weird to spend weeks hiding and hunting your friends to shoot them with water bottles, socks and sharpie? Is it weird to scavenge walmart tie-dye pug t-shirts to match with 9 other people and win the winning title?
14. Screaming your committee and social group ‘calls’ turns into a territorial war.
No better way to assert dominance than shouting random words.
15. And the inevitable pain of no longer being a freshman and having to move on to different organizations.