“The Big Event is Texas A&M’s symbol of selfless service, which is one of the Aggie core values what we point to when asked what sets Texas A&M apart. Being part of The Big Event means you serve everyday, not just on one big day. It has given students the opportunity to meet and form relationships with people who live in Bryan-College Station year-round, which shows students that there is much more to this town than just the college.”

Reese Svetgoff '19, Director

Business & Honors Management | Dallas, Texas

7 members of the Big Event standing on a staircase outside of the MSC.

Michael Zimmerman, Brayden Petroshus, Abby Hickox, Reese Svetgoff, Morgan Bell, Josh John, and Jacob Carroll

The Big Event

Since its introduction in 1982, The Big Event has become the largest one-day, student-run service project in the nation. Each spring, tens of thousands of Texas A&M students come together to show their appreciation to the residents of Bryan and College Station. For the past 37 years, Aggie students have participated in this annual event to show their appreciation to the surrounding community, completing service projects such as yard work, window washing, and painting for residents of the community. Although The Big Event has become the largest one-day, student-run service project in the nation, our message and our mission remains the same: to simply say “Thank You.”

“Through service-oriented activities, The Big Event promotes campus and community unity as students come together for one day to express their gratitude for the support from the surrounding community.”

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“The Big Event has taught me the value in serving your neighbor, no matter how large or small the task may seem. Service is a gateway to building relationships. The Big Event has forced me to grow as a relational, service-oriented leader. We get to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. Our commitment is to our mission to serve everyone, and that is at the core of everything we do.”

Jacob Carroll '20 , Outreach Executive

Finance | El Paso, Texas

The Big Event is breaking barriers between the idea of service and the connotation that service is solely assisting those in need. The people in this organization have made it so easy to live out the mission of The Big Event, and that is to simply love others in our community. There is no amount of money or degree of social-status that can stand in the way of how well-served someone feels when they are loved. At the end of the day, service is a way for people to express love toward others. It’s a simple task or conversation, but it’s also being present when you have every excuse not to be and serving those that may not seem to need it. This is ultimately what The Big Event is about.”

Abby Hickox '19, Operations Executive

Animal Science | Plano, Texas

Photos By: Corey Khanhkham ’20
DSA Digital Media Intern