Kirstin Thayer's dream of being accepted into Texas A&M University has finally come true.
Texas A&M usually only accepts students in the top 10 percent of their class, meaning out of 8,000 annual applicants, only 1,500 are accepted.
Thanks to the locally produced Texas A&M Admission program here in Graham, Thayer, a GHS senior, made the cut. The program, provided through the Young County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, was created 10 years ago by Weldon and Martha Floyd, avid supporters of the university.
Weldon and his sons are graduates of the university, and he and his wife wanted Young County students to have a chance of bettering their future through A&M. The program gives students tips, tricks and advice on ways to get accepted into the university. Students also get to meet with admissions and school personnel by taking a trip to Texas A&M.
Thayer started the program during her sophomore year at GHS.
“Weldon held a meeting at the school and I went,” she said. “He said that ‘If we take this trip to College Station and visit A&M, I'll introduce you to people that could be beneficial to your acceptance.' He said as long as we followed his steps, we stand a great chance at getting in. So we went down, and he introduced me to a lot of people in the admission office.”
Floyd said that when applying for acceptance at Texas A&M, it's important to give admissions clerks information about extra-curricular activity.
“These kids (applying) are in the top 10,” Floyd said. “If you're not in the top 10 percent of your class you have about a three percent chance to get accepted, so there are things you've got to do to make yourself stand out.”
Thayer said that the trick she found most helpful in her acceptance was tenacious correspondence with A&M.
“I'd write notes, and send e-mails and update them,” she said. “I would send them my report card, update (them on) extra curricular activities, my grades, and (I) had about three contacts that I would send all this information to.”
During her sophomore year, Thayer sent her information to the university once a month, twice a month as a junior and weekly as a senior. She also got active at GHS.
“I joined every single club that GHS had to offer,” she laughed. “Everyone that applies to Texas A&M is a leader in their school. We're going against every senior in Texas, basically, so (Floyd) said not only do you have to join every club, you have to have an officer position in every club. So, I became president of the Interact Club.”
Read more in Sunday's Graham Leader.