Yes, the day has come! My class ring is finally here!!! I debated getting a ring. I thought what if my ring ends up like my other school paraphernalia–stored away somewhere and unworn?
I almost didn’t get this ring, but I considered a few things:
1. For as much as I’m going to pay for this ring, I can guarantee that I will wear this ring for a long time. My letterman jacket from high school is sitting in my closet, not by choice, but by necessity. When I bought the letterman no one told me that I would not be able to wear it in college. Apparently, there is some unspoken rule that says you can’t wear a letterman on campus. People made fun of me to my face about my leather, patch-filled sleeves. In college you don’t need a letterman. Instead invest in a peacoat, college ring and a resume. Together they save the same purpose and they have a longer shelf life. Someone should have told me, but I’m telling you so you have no excuse. This ring is by no means necessary.
2. The fact that I went to UT for undergrad really shaped the person I am today — I have been through so much because of UT (good and bad). The ring is a reminder of all my UT memories. I’m graduating soon. Being a TexasEx (former UT student) will put me in a group of unique people. This UT ring will be a shared bond between me and another Longhorn. At least that’s my hope. I’m not going to lie though, we don’t make as nearly a big deal about class rings as the Aggies do. In some circles, a simple wave of an Aggie ring can score you a job. Aggies have a strong loyalty to one another. They like to keep it in the family. [Insert Aggie joke.] But seriously, I will put the class ring theory to the test. During the next interview I have I’m going to try to bring my UT ring into view as many times as I can and see if I get the job.
3. Maybe I can give this ring to my kids one day…wait, do people still do that? I don’t actually know. One thing that I wonder about is how long I will wear this ring. Am I still expected to wear this ring when I’m 85 years old? I forgot to ask about this.
In the end, when I weighed the pros and cons, I decided I wanted to take a piece of this university with me when I graduate. This school has been a good fit for me. It isn’t perfect, but it’s what I needed for personal growth. For the most part, I like the person I have become
———– Update: I found a blemish on the letters A and S in the word “Texas” on my ring so I returned it for them to fix. They estimated that it will take four weeks. My finger feels kinda naked.