The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 26, 1915, Image 6

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By Charles E. Friley, Registrar.
The economic changes which are
constantly going on in our Nation
have brought the farmer and the en
gineer—the men who produce things
—into the public eye as never before.
More and more are the people coming
to realize that the foundation of a
successful democracy, such as we
boast, is the trained farmer who can
produce a better acre of corn or raise
a better pen of pigs than his untrain
ed neighbor, and the engineer who
can erect a stately building, produce
a substitute for lard from cottonseed,
build a substantial highway or rail
road, dam the waters of a river, con
struct an electric light plant, design
and build an engine or clean up a
filthy and unhealthy city.
The purpose of the Agricultural and
Mechanical College of Texas is to
provide adequate instruction in those
subjects which will enable the young
men of Texas to become leaders in
every movement which makes for the
material and moral betterment of the
people among whom they live and
work. As teachers, as demonstrators,
as managers of industrial plants, as
highway engineers, as chemists or as
architects, these young men have it
within their power to transform the
great State of Texas into a veritable
empire, whose products and resources
would be entirely sufficient to sup
port in comfort and plenty a popula
tion five times as great as our present
population. The German Empire,
with an area no larger than that of
Texas, supports a population of 70,-
000,000. Texas ought to do one-third
as well.
Courses Are Varied.
The Agricultural and Mechanical
College offers courses of study suit
able for every class of boys. For the
young man from the rural districts,
who has not had the advantage of a
full high school education, but who
has completed the equivalent of the
eighth grade, there are practical two-
year courses in agriculture, electrical
engineering, mechanical engineering
and textile engineering, and a one-
year course in telephony. The work
offered in these courses is naturally
of lower grade than collegiate work,
but the thoroughly practical nature
of the courses commends itself to
young men with limited preparation,
who desire to obtain a working
knowledge of the most modern and
practical methods employed in scien
tific agriculture and engineering.
There is also a class of young men
whose preparation has extended
somewhat above the eighth grade,
who desire a college education but.
who are unable to spend four years
in college. To meet the demands
made by this class, the A. & M. Col
lege has established and will offer
next year an elective two-year course
in agriculture and a two-year course
in engineering. Eight units of high
school work, equivalent to the com
pletion of the ninth grade of a stan
dard high school, are required for
admission to these courses. The
work of the first year of these courses
is of such nature that the student is
enabled to practically complete his
high school work and at the same
time learn the fundamental principles
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of agriculture or engineering. The
work of the second year is entirely
devoted to agricultural or engineer
ing work, most of which is of col
legiate grade. Also, these courses
are so arranged that students who
complete the first year may, under
certain conditions, enter the Fresh
man class of one of the four-year de
gree courses.
Four-Year Courses.
The four-year degree courses are
based on a four-year high school
preparation, and are designed to pre
pare the young men of Texas for
leadership in all phases of agricul
tural and engineering work. The op
portunities open to young men who
complete one of these courses are
practically unlimited. Of course one
cannot expect the opportunities to
fall at his feet and beg for his serv
ices. It is up to him to find the op
portunity, and when it is found his
college training will enable him to
make a success of it. In the final
analysis, a boy’s success depends
mainly upon himself. His college
training simply develops to an effi
cient point whatever characteristics
he has which make for success. But
the opportunities are waiting for
every young man who has sufficient
energy and seriousness of purpose—
and stickability—to grap them. Scien
tific agriculture especially is in its
infancy as yet, and it remains for the
boys of this State to develop the won
derful resources which have lain dor
mant for so long.
Training Not Expensive.
Education at the Agricultural and
Mechanical College is not expensive,
as expenses go these days. For $25(1
a boy can spend nine months at the
college and pay every expense, in
cluding clothing, books, board, wash
ing and fees. Some, of course, spend
more than that amount, some of
necessity spend less. Many, by work
ing at spare times on the campus, in
the laundry, in the steam plant, in the
creamery, at the dairy barn, on the
college farms, in the department of
fices and at the homes of the profes
sors, make enough to pay one-third
and even one-half of their expenses.
A few make every cent they spend
during the college year and have
money to their credit at the end of
the session. These boys are of course
unusually energetic and wide-awake,
and take advantage of opportunities
which the average boy overlooks en
tirely. But the point is any boy who
has the “stuff” in him can make good