Fish Aides is the FLO within Texas A&M’s Student Government Association (SGA). It exists to develop and empower leaders of excellence through committed service to SGA, bi-weekly meetings, and various service events, all of which foster a community of leaders who support, encourage, and sharpen one another and everyone they encounter. Fish Aides consists of 40 freshmen (20 guys and 20 girls) and 6 executive members. As a member of Fish Aides, you will have the unique opportunity to serve under the Texas A&M Student Body President, Vice Presidents in the SGA Executive Cabinet, alongside Student Senators, or as a member within one of the thirteen SGA committees such as Big Event, Traditions Council, or Muster. (see https://fishaides.tamu.edu/ for more information).
Why apply to Fish Aides?
Fish Aides is an organization that makes a long-lasting impact beyond freshman year. With Fish Aides being the smallest FLO, you have the opportunity to invest deeply into the people and opportunities around you. Whether you are looking to become a more impactful leader on campus, or ways to better love and serve the community around you, Fish Aides equips you with the necessary skills to become a well-rounded leader. Fish Aides gets you connected with fellow campus-wide leaders who will support you for the duration of your time at Texas A&M and beyond.
To provide a glimpse into what the experience of being in ASSIST 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 AFC, but please note that your experience may look different.
What does a “week in Fish Aides” look like?
Fish Aides requires members to attend bi-monthly meetings which include guest speakers from various professions and walks of life. Most of our professional and leadership development curriculum is implemented during these meetings. There are two retreats that take place during the school year for Fish Aides, Fall Retreat and Spring Retreat. Other structured time commitments throughout the year include service projects, and other Fish Aides events. One of the greatest parts about Fish Aides, however, are the random and spontaneous hang outs! These are the times in which the relationships in Fish Aides are truly developed and strengthened throughout the course of the year.
What did the remote experience look like due to COVID-19?
We had a number of different events that took place during our time remote. We had an informational for new exec positions, had a parents banquet, and had our last night event. All of these events took place over zoom and went well. We tried to keep it shorter because it is hard to keep everybody focused on a screen for a long period of time. It wasn’t the ideal way to end the semester, but given the circumstance it was the best way to end it!
Being involved with Fish Aides I can expect to pay…
|Dues & Known Costs||· Fall Semester: $150
· Trips: $500
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||· Fish Aides offers its members opportunities for leadership development through the service committee, various guest speakers at meetings throughout the year, and required involvement with an SGA organization.|
|Service||· Fish Aides Events: Custodian Banquet, Fall Service Project, and Spring Service Project.
· Fish Aides members also participate in The Big Event.
|Social||· Mr. FLO, FLO Bowl, First Night, Fall retreat, Parent Hangout, Parent Reveal, Grab-a-date, Progressive Dinner, Holiday Party, Spring Retreat, Last Night|
Does Fish Aides have a Big/Little Program? Yes
What does the Big/Little Experience entail?
They are paired with someone that is a year older that was in the organization the year prior. They are also put into a family with a big and little of the opposite gender. There are different hangouts and things that they will do together. We have a hangout and reveal night.
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/