UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
COLLEGE STATION -- More than 8,000 new freshmen moved onto Texas A&M's campus yesterday.
And while the new school year doesn't start for another week, students are staying busy until then during Gig 'Em Week. Learning about the school and it's traditions.
Texas A&M is known for its Aggie traditions and it was the traditions that brought freshman Abigail Gieger to A&M.
"Tradition is a big thing here, and I really like that."
This week is no exception to traditions as students are welcomed back to campus.
"It gives them a chance to physically be in their space and starting to get to know their way around campus, getting to know their way around Bryan-College Station and really getting acclimated to Aggieland before classes start," said Carrie Biercke with the office of new student programming.
Gig 'Em Week is Aggieland's official week of welcome and it's the first official event to kick of the new school year. At Gig 'Em Week there are over 71 different events for new and returning students. Giving them a chance to learn about the campus, ways to get involved and plenty of opportunities to meet other Aggies, helping make the transition a little easier.
"It's good that they are out there and they promote themselves so there's not one, it's like no one gets left behind, there's always something to be able to do," said freshman, Abigail Gieger.
And Aggie yell leader, Austin Walker, says that's what Gig 'Em Week is all about.
"It just makes you feel at home. It makes you have that family feeling and some people, you can choose not to participate in that but when you buy into the A&M tradition and everything it just honestly makes you feel at home," Walker said.
To see a complete list of all the events going on during Gig 'Em Week, click here.