Fall Application & Informational Schedule: https://flac.tamu.edu/schedule/
FAST is both a social and a service organization that develops leaders through teamwork, communication, planning, delegation and responsibility while placing an emphasis on Aggie Traditions. Our focus on traditions helps especially to establish a family environment where all members feel welcome. As a member of FAST, you will participate in events geared toward building incredible friendships, enhancing leadership ability and serving the university and community through a passion for Texas A&M and the Aggie Spirit.
Why apply to FAST?
FAST is a FLO based on the aggie spirit. FAST stands for Freshmen Aggies Spreading Traditions and we are a half social, half service organization. We do social events such as co-flo hangouts, retreats, and in FAST hangouts, and we do service events such as shack-a-thon for Habitat for Humanity and a big service event in Lockhart, Texas that we call Big Give. FAST takes a group of strangers and makes them best friends. If you are looking for your family in college and for a group of people that will be your best friends for life, FAST is the FLO for you.
To provide a glimpse into what the experience of being in FAST looks like, the FLO’s Student Leaders completed an assessment of their previous year. The following should be used as information to help you make an informed decision about being a member of FAST, but please note that your experience may look different.
What does a “week in FAST” look like?
A week in FAST looks like mandatory Monday Meetings at 8:30 and committee meetings after the all FAST meeting. The rest of our events throughout the week are optional for the freshmen. We have FAST dinners on Tuesday, Rec nights on Wednesday, and an SG (small group) hangout some other time during the week.
What did the remote experience look like due to COVID-19?
FAST stayed connected through the pandemic through still having our Monday meetings over zoom and ensuring that counselors still reached out to the freshmen. We also still had zoom small group hangouts as if we were still important. Freshmen came to counselors for help with their school and registration during this stressful time. FAST ensures genuine connections and we are a family and so we stayed connected through the intentional connections we had already made.
Being involved with FAST I can expect to pay…
|Dues & Known Costs||· Fall Semester: $100|
|We offer a payment plan to any freshman that is struggling to pay the dues immediately, and we also offer a differed due policy, where if a freshman needs more time to pay their dues they can take that time.|
FLOs are evaluated yearly based on several factors. Three of these factors are Leadership, Service, and Social. Here is what last year’s members experienced in these areas:
|Leadership||· Fast Track to Aggieland: Freshmen run an orientation weekend for high school students
· Fall Retreat: A retreat put on by the freshmen, for community and relationship building
· Medium Give: Medium Give is a service project that offers Freshman leadership opportunity as they plan and execute the event on their own
· Spring Retreat: Planned entirely by the Freshmen
· Staff Appreciation Meeting: A meeting organized entirely by the Freshmen
· Parents Banquet: Freshmen put on a banquet during parents weekend
|Service||· FAST service events: Car Wash, Little Give (members serve at Kingdom Ranch for a day), Big Give (members go to Lockhart, TX for a weekend and serve the community), Rock the Ring Scholarship (FAST raises money through a bake sale for a ring scholarship)
· Members also participate in various on campus service events including The Big Event, Build, and Shack-a-thon.
|Social||· Kickball Tournament (for all other FLOs to compete in), Co-Flo Hangouts (about two a semester), FLO Bowl, Bro Bowl, Mr. Flo, Winter Retreat, Final FLO, Girl/Guy night, Intramural Sports, FAST football games, Big/ Little Olympics|
Does FAST have a Big/Little Program? Yes
What does the Big/Little Experience entail?
The big/little program is run by the class agents on staff. The class agents are solely in charge of running big/little events, interviews for the bigs, and pairing of the bigs and littles. This program is meant to give the freshmen another fantastic resource and friend on this campus that can help guide them throughout FAST. This program entails big/little hangouts and posse hangouts, big/little Olympics, big/little tailgate, and other events that the class agents organize throughout the year.
Want to learn more?
Attend the FLAC Coordinated livestreams, informationals, and reach out to the student leaders using the contact information available on this page.
Find the full recruitment schedule here: https://flac.tamu.edu/schedule/
Want to Apply?
Go to: https://flac.tamu.edu/apply/