Kyle Field. Those two simple words in their own right bring an incredible image to mind that many Aggies are proud to be a part of, as well as many memories of attending games and other events. To us it does not seem like that BIG of a deal other than a place that encompasses tradition, unity among our alumni, a roaring sound so loud that it can be heard all over town, and just an all-around amazing thing to witness. “From the outside looking in you can’t understand it, and from the inside looking out you can’t explain it.” This quote suddenly took on a different meaning for me when we were showing a slideshow of Kyle Field at Texas A&M to the students at Philanthropies in Chajul. Not only did you hear a gasp from everyone in the room looking at how massive our Kyle Field is, but also that each deck and section was covered in a sea of maroon colors.
Never once since attending A&M have I had to attempt to explain any of the traditions ofour great college to anyone from another country, and I certainly did not think I would meet people that had never heard of Aggieland. After speaking with the students for just a minute I realized that they were not taken a back by the maroon shirts that filled the stands or the perfectly snapped pictures of our campus. They were fascinated with how extremely large and nice our stadium was. I am sure this is because they have never seen this many people in one place, ever; let alone seeing a gathering this large just for some Saturday football.
While I could go on to say how this lead me to some sort of personal soul searching to ultimately realize how fortunate I am; I believe that the most powerful realization I came to is that I was able to share just a small piece of my life with a group of students who have never seen or heard of such a thing. While it may not seem like a big deal in comparison to giving the students my time, money or wisdom I feel that sharing with them something as amazing as Kyle Field showed them that there are so many more things out there in the world to see. I hope that one day they are able to travel somewhere and experience many of the great cultures that the world has to offer; as well as share their unique perspective on life with others, and not feel as though they are stuck in their current living situations.