by Ryan Conner
If you are reading this then it is one of three things: 1) You want to confirm an opinion you already have of me, 2) Heather is making you do it, or 3) You are generally interested. Whatever your reason, I hope it brings to you what you are hoping to find.
When I agreed to do this senior blog series, I was in a state of mania, in which, I would have agreed to do anything. It is not the first time. I have made the habit of agreeing to do tasks for only a wave of depression to hit like a roundhouse kick to the jaw. Therefore, you will have to forgive me if some of these blog posts seem to never end and repeat themselves over and over again and seem to never end and repeat themselves over and over again and seem to never end. Or, if they are short. Furthermore, I apologize for any mistakes in grammar, but frankly....
All that being said, I would like to welcome you to my blog series “Netflix and Chill.” Much like the act itself, this blog will focus on the nitty gritty instead of the background noise that supposedly brought us together. Enjoy.
Lost in Space: Mental Health
Lost in Space was a sci-fi coming of age story for the modern family, named the Robinson(s), that aired in the late 60s. A crash course of the show’s premise is “super smart family makes constantly dumb decisions and a cool robot saves them repeatedly.” Not much really changed in the Netflix adaptation. We are not here for a full rundown just the concept, so go watch it yourself.
One reason the Robinsons were in constant danger was due to Dr. Smith. He/she was a snake in the grass that only worried about him/herself and pretended to be an expert in a field they had never studied. I am not saying everyone around you is a snake in the grass; however, I am stating no one is an expert of you except for YOU. Furthermore, your friend that has taken a couple psychology classes cannot diagnose your mental condition. This all brings us to this blog’s topic: mental health.
Mental health awareness is a subject which has become very close to my heart over this past year, since I have been diagnosed as Bipolar 2 and schizophrenic. I am finally telling all of this because for so long I was Lost in Space. I am just beginning to find a map that leads me out of this darkness. There were moments of helplessness. There are still moments of helplessness. Because, it does not really matter your major, your age, or your home life. Everyone experiences moments of helplessness. The important factor is how you learn to deal with those moments of helplessness. For the longest time, I would hear everyone tell me how I just needed to power through the moments, or I would hear someone say to me: “Ryan, someone has it worse than you,” and “Ryan, why are you acting this way? Your major isn’t as hard as mine.” I would blindly follow their advice.
I was trusting my Dr. Smith about how I was feeling. It would make me wonder why I was not strong enough to be like everyone else? Why was I not happy? Why was I so hyper? Why would small things make me so angry? Why was I simply not strong enough? Why? The more I would listen, the more I would hate myself and express that anger outwards. I lost many potential lifelong friends and lovers from these actions. The more time that passed, the lonelier I became.
Eventually, I had secluded myself from nearly everyone in my life. The few that were left, did not know the real me. I was a caricature. I would wake up everyday and act human everyday in the hope that I would eventually fool myself into being a real boy. It was not until a I finally caved and went into therapy that everything began to change. After a couple sessions of therapy, it became clear to me that something was “wrong” on my end. That I was broken. Over the next couple months, we came to the diagnoses. Honestly, it sucks. Sucks a lot less than what I was dealing with before though.
Life can really get you down at times. The strongest people in this world learn how to work through those moments and keep joy in their hearts. More importantly, the strongest people know how to ask for help when they need it. The strongest people know how to express themselves! Crying does not make you weak! Being angry about something does not make you uncontrollable! Responding to everything with sarcasm, and drinking do not make you strong; honestly, it just makes you kind of an asshole. The only things at the bottom of the bottle are risky texts to an ex and the shits.
Regardless, I am not saying every one of you that is reading this blog has some form on mental disease. All I am saying is we all need to begin to reexamine how we deal with our emotions. We need to have a healthy idea of expressing emotions. We need to be better friends and not judge those expressing themselves. Someone in this world has felt what you are currently feeling. You are never alone. You are never Lost in Space because you always have a Robinson next to you. I am one of those Robinsons. I still have suicidal thoughts, I am only 20 days sober, and I am still learning to trust my emotions.
In these challenging times of college, it is easy to put mental health to the wayside, but do not forget to put your mental and physical health first! Your GPA is not worth a mental breakdown, a relationship is not worth losing your self-worth, and coffee is not a meal. Also, drugs are bad . . . Mmmmkay.
Lastly, if you ever have any concerns about your mental health, I would hope you pursue talking to someone. Heck, you can contact me! I can understand how going to an expert can be beyond scary. The first step is taking off your mask to one person. Never forget, you are the only expert of how YOU feel and what YOU want. Do not get weighed down with how others believe you feel, because that will just have you end up Lost in Space.
by Neiba Daniela Jimenez
Terry Foundation Scholar
External VP Chair | Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Mentor & Mentee Director | Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
Major | Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering
Minors | Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Personal Finance
Texas Tech University | Summer 2019
In college with everything going on it is very easy to put yourself last. However, it is very important to know how to balance the stress and taking care of your personal needs. Here are some tips to help you balance this hectic life.
Also one of the most important lessons I have learned is to reach out to your resources. When you feel really overwhelmed or your personal life is falling apart know you are not alone. Not only do you have your Terry family but also your friends and the university resources. The Student Wellness Center has the MindSpa and counseling services for free to help you be successful in all your life aspects.
I hope you can find this useful, thank you for taking the time to read it!
Getting involved is one of the most important parts of being a college student, but with over 550 organizations it can be tough deciding what to join. Selecting 3-4 organizations to get involved with can help you network, socialize, build your resume, and also impact your life in ways you never expected. Check out a List of all the active TTU orgs here
I joined Global Brigades as a junior and had no idea what to expect, but after fundraising all semester I was able to go to Honduras and serve the underprivileged members of their community. We spent 3 days in clinic treating patients and built eco-stoves in the community of San Julian on the last day. It was the most humbling and eye-opening experience I have had in college and I cannot wait to go back!
Here are some tips on how to start finding organizations to join on campus!
First pick at least one organization that has to do with your future career. These organizations are some of the most important because they will help you with job applications and allow you to network with people in your field.
Next you should find an organization you want to join for fun. It can be a book club, sorority/fraternity, ag club, fashion club, or anything else that interests you. These will allow you to make new friends who share similar interests!
Finally apply for honor societies because they are great for networking and building your resume. (Heather is the Golden Key Advisor) Once you have joined organizations be sure to take advantage of all the benefits they provide!
Just remember a few things:
I can hardly sleep at night because I’m so stinking excited about a new school year! You know that I like to begin with the end in mind. As we start this year, let me share with you our word for the year – THRIVE.
The old English teacher in my wants you to know about this verb and how it’s defined.
1 : to grow vigorously : flourish
2 : to gain in wealth or possessions : prosper
3 : to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances —often used with on thrives on conflict
At the end of the year the way that you choose to thrive will determine your progress toward your goal. Let me encourage you to choose each day to thrive. Pursue greatness. Chase excellence. Continue to be your best self-everyday.
DISBURSEMENT DAYToday is the day that the scholarship office sends your aid to Student Business Services. They in turn have to process your fund and will begin issuing refunds on Sunday. Remember: Do not spend money that is not in your bank account.
Check your bill. Get on Raiderlink and look. Make sure what you think it should say it what is really happening. Questions? Please ask.
WELCOME WEEK ACTIVITES
This coming week here are a few things we are going to thrive in: getting to know each other, serving others, and preparing for the year.
BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
Some third graders down the street from us at Hardwick Elementary School are going back to school too! As Terry Scholars we enjoy giving to others as we have been given. Because we love these kiddos and giving back, we would appreciate help in getting these students and teachers some supplies. You can take all items to Heather in her office (West Hall, room 205) starting now despite what the date of the event says (there’s a limit to what you can set it to). So we will be collecting items all summer until September 1st. Please look at the post below for school supply needs. Thanks, and wreck 'em.
Questions? Contact Ty Crenshaw
Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/227105061246786/
SUNDAY Move in
Move in can be stressful. If you’re here and can lead a hand, show up at Murray on Sunday to help our scholars. Need some help? There are several who have offered in our Facebook group.
Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/596416240501443/
SUNDAY Family Dinner | 6PM
This is one of our favorite events of the year. Parents enjoy meeting new Terry Parents and of course, we love seeing everyone again. Join us at for dinner. Meet new Terry families. Give back to the student organization.
NOTE: This is NOT just for the incoming scholars – everyone is encouraged to come
Location: Beef O Brady’s https://www.beefobradys.com/Lubbock
Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/248971115666688/
MONDAY Mentor Day | 10AM
Hosted by the upper-class mentors, this day will serve to acclimate you to the campus from a Terry Scholars point of view.
Questions? Contact Araceli
Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1859199697478651/
TUESDAY Service Project | 10AM
We have worked with the South Plains Food Bank and its GRUB Farm several times and we absolutely love it. Learn more about SPFB https://www.spfb.org/fog
Address: The orchard is located off the corner of 56th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
If you need a ride, meet in Heather’s office at 9:30AM
After we work we’re meeting at Eddie’s BarbQue for lunch. Man alive! You don’t want to miss that. Eddie is a terrific guy and his food is even better. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eddies-Barbeque/115798775107171
Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/448117998943962/
Questions? Contact Montana Chandler
WEDNESDAY Foundation Orientation
McKenzie Merket | 2521 17th St
Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1950609894963462/
For More Information http://techterryscholars.org/orientation.html
WEDNESDAY Ice Cream Social | 7PM
Hey y’all, our first social of the year will be Holly Hop! It’s a cute place with a bunch of sweet treats and it will be a great opportunity for you to hang out with and get to know your new terry family after Orientation!! Hope to see you there!
Feel free to email me if you have any questions! Kaevyn.firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/241395626562240/
Questions? Contact Kaevyn
THURSDAY Terry Trip to Palo Duro | 730AM
Depart at 7:30, pick up freshmen at Murray and coordinate with other Terrys for carpool
Arrive at Palo Duro State Park at approximately 9:30
We will be hiking the Juniper/Riverside trail that is about two miles long in total. It is also near the Big Cave area that will be great for photo ops. The Park says it should take about two hours to complete.
For lunch we can take sandwich stuff or head into Canyon for a quick bite and head back to Lubbock.
Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/2085126985141020/
Questions? Contact Jacie Henefey
FRIDAY Drive In Movie | 8PM
Watch Facebook Tuesday Night to vote for which movies we watch.
Admission only $8 per person age 12+ | Military and First Responder $6.00 With Valid ID | $5 for children age 4 – 11 | Kids 3 and under are FREE
Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/2099642613617958/
Learn More http://driveinusa.com/lubbock/
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Monday Back to School Photos |9AM
It’s says 9AM but stop by anytime on your first day for a photo to send home to the ‘rents. Enjoy FREE Coffee and Doughnuts too!
Invite your friends to come too.
Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/390773664783867/
Questions? Contact Heather
Heather Medley, M.Ed.
Assistant Director TTU Scholarships & Financial Aid
Terry Foundation Scholarship Director
SHIELD Scholar Coordinator
Texas Tech University Scholarship Office
PO Box 45011
Lubbock TX 79409-5011
TTU Scholarships | Heather.Medley@ttu.edu | @hmedley | skype: hmedley_ttu
Tech Terry Scholars, Advisor
Golden Key International Honour Society, Advisor
Vice President of the International Leadership Council, Golden Key IHS
MentorTech, Mentor Cluster Leader
Nepalese Student Association, Advisor
I wanted to share with you the things I learned that are helpful for most dorm rooms– things that may not be obvious to buy or pack.
And now, here comes… the list:
Of course there were many other things that we brought with us, but many of them are obvious and boring. What would you add to the list from what you've learned? Share in the comments!
by Conner Atnip
The best tip that I have is : Utilize the student wellness center. These services are included in tuition and include an amazing massage chair that can be reserved for an hour, as well as group and individual counseling. Counseling is something I firmly believe anybody will benefit from, because if nothing else it allows structured self reflection and learning that helps develop yourself. This may be the only time these resources are available to you at no cost so take advantage of them and take care of yourself!
More Information on
Student Health Services
Health Safety and Wellness
Student Wellness Center
About the Alumni
About the Alumni
About the Alumni
by Pradeep Attaluri
Don’t be shy! College can be a huge change from high school and that can put a lot of stress on you. The best remedy for stress is good friendships that you know will be there for you in tough times. That’s why it’s so important to go out of your comfort zone and make friends early on in school. Go join extra curriculars, talk to your neighbors, talk to your classmates. These will be lifelong friends who you will laugh with forever!
Don’t procrastinate! Life is so much easier if you have a checklist for all of your classes everyday - and crossing them off on a daily basis is so helpful. You won’t ever have to deal with the stress of the test the night before!
About the Alumni
1. You know you are a business major when you dress “business professional”
even though the dress code is “business casual”
2. You know you are a business major when everyone thinks you have money issue figured out, but in reality you spend money like a bad habit
3. You know you are a business major when you wonder what the right way to say “Finance” is
4. You know you are a business major when are continuously redoing your resumes, because it’s never good enough
5. You know you are a business major when everything you learned in math is completely reverse in accounting
6. You know you are a business major when you know what “Assets = Owner’s Equity + Liability” means
7. You know you're a business major when your clothes smell like Chick-fil-A. All you can think about is Chick-fil-A. All you can smell is Chick-fil-A.
8. You know you're a business major when“The Rawls” is the building. NOT the golf course.
9. You know you're a business major when people talk about their “interest” in an activity and you start thinking about a loan
10. You know you're a business major when you must come up with an “elevator speech” for your class
Thank you to our contributors Laura Montoya, Mekelee Lafoy, Bruce Wilson, and Ryan Robinson!