It’s been quite a while since I’ve been in Lubbock and seen some familiar Terry faces, but I hope that the semester is treating you all well and the wind is being kinder than I remember. To my fellow alumni, I hope that this post finds you healthy and happy… I miss you guys!
Anyway, just a little bit about myself - I grew up in Waco but left the land of Baylor and Fixer Upper to make Lubbock my home for a short four years. Thanks to the Terry Foundation, my time spent in West Texas not only challenged and grew me as a person but gave me some of the best friends and memories I could have ever wished for. I graduated in 2016 with my biology degree and started PA school at UT Southwestern a few days after. It’s been a crazy journey thus far and I still have a lot of learning left to do, but hopefully I can offer some virtual words of wisdom and encouragement.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned so far is this – your worth is in so much more than making the grade or getting the job. Following the legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Terry, the Terry scholars tend to be an incredibly driven and high achieving group and I am SURE that that holds true for each and every one of you. You work hard day in and day out to make the grades, keep up the extracurriculars, and make the right connections that set you up for success and your dream career even if it means piling on the stress and pulling a few all-nighters. That being said, it is so easy to get caught up in everything that you could be doing better. To this day, I still catch myself looking at my to-do list and thinking that I could be doing more – more reading, more studying, more phone calls, more meetings. There may be days where you feel defeated – maybe your grade didn’t come out how you anticipated, or you feel down because you missed Mother’s Day at home this year. You are more than your grades and what you have listed on your résumé. When you find yourself thinking less about what you have to offer and more about where you fall short, remember that even beyond your family, there was a group of strangers in a board room that looked you in the eye and saw your true worth… your dedication, drive, perseverance, compassion, and desire to give back.
As you go forward into this year, I hope that you find success in all of your endeavors, but more than that, I hope you remember how much your Terry family cares for you… alumni included. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about anything at all or even if you just feel like saying hey!
My name is Brenna Coffman. I am a 2013 Traditional Terry. I graduated in May of 2017 and now am currently working on my master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology. However, I’m not here to talk about any of that. I’m here to talk about President’s Select.
President’s Select is an organization that serves Texas Tech University through the Office of Admissions, the Office of the President, and the Office of Athletics. You know those people on campus walking around backwards while being followed by a hoard of more people carrying red bags? Those backward walkers are President’s Select members. I specifically worked a lot with the Office of Admissions in President’s Select, although I did delve into the other atmospheres this amazing organization has to offer. I served as a student assistant and tour guide for the Manager of West Texas Admissions and the Visitor’s Center front desk from 2015-2016. I then took over the role of Vice President of Admissions for President’s Select in 2016. With this responsibility, I was given the opportunity to serve by planning the tour schedule for approximately 80 members of President’s Select each semester. I was also in charge of helping with events and making sure my tour guides were where they were supposed to be during those events, as well as I trained new member of President’s Select. But, enough about me. Let’s talk more about President’s Select, specifically.
Overall, President’s Select is split into three separate groups: Office of Admissions, Office of the President, and Office of Athletics. For the Office of Admissions, there are many opportunities to serve. The main responsibility here is being a tour guide for visitors of Texas Tech. That can include students who are interested in attending this amazing university. This can also include giving tours to special guests that request one on one tours of the University. When I say special guests, I’m talking about VIP visitors that you would see in club seats at sporting events or even those in relation to the “higher powers” of the university, although this aspect also goes over into Office of the President responsibilities. Other responsibilities in Admissions include participating in recruiting students during events scheduled by the Admissions department, which could include free travel in some circumstances. For the Office of the President, President’s Select has the opportunity to serve in terms of travel and VIP tours. Travel includes special appearances at Admissions events where we recruit top scholar students and even have opportunities for one on one time with the President of Texas Tech, deans of the colleges, and other special encounters. Places we have gotten to travel include Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and quite a few more. I won’t touch on this anymore, just because this is a very special part of President’s Select that remains exclusive to members of the organization. The final branch we serve is the Office of Athletics. Here, we are responsible for helping to recruit potential athletes to the University. We serve mainly by helping to recruit potential football players. However, we have also been known to recruit baseball, track and even softball, among other sports. I am unable to go into more detail with regards to Office of Athletics, for confidentiality reasons. I can say this was one of my favorite parts of the organization to participate in.
When I applied for this organization, I was a freshman who had absolutely no idea what she was doing. After applying, I went through an extensive interview process before being given the privilege to join this organization. Even after that, I went through training to be thoroughly knowledgeable on everything Texas Tech. Becoming a part of this organization is one of those things I did without knowing I had made one of the best decisions of my entire life. I have traveled to Dallas for events to recruit students. I have participated in recruiting numerous football prospects for the University. I have given more tours than I could possibly count, including quite a few of those “special” tours where I got to meet some of the most amazing people. I helped to bring in a whole new class of President’s Select members and I then was blessed with the experience of training those new members. Along with this, President’s Select members are given first grabs to unique jobs on campus, thus the way I received my job in Admissions. Through this, I got to work with some of the smartest and most passionate Texas Tech loving people, and I also get to call many of them my friends now. I met some of my very best friends in this organization, and I still see many of the students I recruited on campus. This organization isn’t about resume building or something “cool” to participate in (although it does meet both of those criteria). It’s an organization about serving Texas Tech University. It’s about hard work and long hours. It’s about being so passionate about your university and needing to share that passion with others to convince and prove to them that Texas Tech University is the best of the best.
Hi, me, Rebekah Lackey, again!
In this post, I am going to talk about a not so fun topic: stress. I would really like to tell you that college isn’t stressful, but I can’t do that. College is a fairly large life change, and while this change is very good, it can result in feelings of being utterly overwhelmed. The good news, however, is that I am going to give you some ideas on how to relieve this feeling!
Take Care of YOU
My first tip would be to take care of your body physically. This means exercising in some fashion. It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous. Take a walk, go swimming, do some yoga, something of that nature. You cannot forget to eat well throughout the day (do NOT skip meals like I tend to do). Also, please, please be getting enough sleep. I promise you that while pulling an all-nighter trying to cram for an exam might seem like a good idea, it will not be beneficial to you.
Lay Out the Game Plan
Next, make a plan and write it down. Between assignments, papers, exams, student organizations, and having a social life, your days can get busy! Get a planner (you’ll get one from the Terry Foundation) and actually use it! At the beginning of each semester, I look at each syllabus and write every assignment and test date that’s available. I like to color code each of my things to keep it more organized.
Before each week, I try to come up with a game plan on what I need to work on each day, and divide the workload out throughout the week so I’m not so stressed at the end. I don’t always get this weekly plan written, but I can guarantee that the weeks I do have one, I’m not as overwhelmed.
Make time for yourself, and do things you enjoy. For me, it was painting (and taking lots of trips to Sonic with my roommates). Maybe for you it would be working out, or hanging out with your friends, or reading a book, or even just taking a nap. Remember that it is okay to take a break from your school work, and life in general, to decompress. It’s not a bad thing to focus on yourself for a little bit.
Talk it Out
One of the most important things in my opinion is to take care of yourself emotionally and mentally. Stress can take a big toll on you, and please just know that you are not alone. Do not be hesitant to reach out to your family, your friends, and your fellow Terry’s. These are people who genuinely care about you and your well-being, so talk to these people if you’re struggling! You will be living in a hallway full of Terry’s that are probably struggling just as much, so help each other! Venting can do a whole lot of good. In turn, if you see another Terry (or anyone for that matter) struggling, do not be afraid to check on them and make sure they’re okay.
People come to college to get a quality education to later on become successful in a career. But, college isn’t just all about that part. College is a new and challenging experience. You learn things about life and about yourself. It’s fun and exciting, and it really will be some of the best times you’ve had.
Stress makes it hard to learn and experience and enjoy those things though.
So, having said that, my final words of advice are this:
Remember that your grades don’t define you as a person;
Remember to never be afraid to say “help;”
Remember to take good, loving care of yourself because you are worth it.
Involvement as an Executive Officer
As Terry Scholars, we all committed to giving back to the Terry Foundation when we were interviewed. A terrific way to start giving back is to become an executive officer of the Tech Terry Scholars student organization. I have held the treasurer position for the last two years and I really enjoyed it. This blog will list out some awesome benefits of being an executive officer that will hopefully get you interested in applying for a position.
One obvious perk is that officers help shape the Tech Terry organization. The officers need to make changes if they decide that they want the organization to pursue new goals or if an old way of doing things is no longer efficient. For example, in the 2016-2017 term, Tech Terry Scholars President Marcus Gonzalez decided that the focus of the year should be service. We other officers got behind it and we ended up receiving an award from Texas Tech University for our major service event. Additionally, the executive officers often need to make small changes to keep the organization technologically current. One small change that I made was creating a Venmo account for the student organization because they are much more convenient for all parties. If you have ideas of new goals to pursue or changes to make, seriously consider applying to be an executive officer. You will be able to integrate these changes and improve the student organization.
Another benefit of being an executive officer is that you get to go to the Terry officer retreat in January. Going to the retreat in Austin in 2017 was one of my college highlights. I got to meet Terry officers from all of the Terry schools and talk to them about their schools and Terry organizations. The keynote speaker told his incredible life story, and it might be the most inspirational story that I have ever heard. The host university, UT Austin, also arranged three leadership talks that were very interactive and enlightening. My favorite part, however, was hanging out with the other Tech Terry officers and exploring the city with them. Terry officer retreat offers interaction between every Terry School, teaches the officers about leadership, and bonds the Tech Terry officers together.
Finally, being an executive officer is great experience for future employment. It teaches you how to work alongside others to do what is best for an organization; plus, you learn your strengths and weaknesses in that type of setting. Officers are also in charge of dividing up funds and allocating them effectively, which is undoubtedly a real-world task. Being an officer of an organization also looks great on a resumé.
If any of these perks interest you, apply to be a Tech Terry Scholars executive officer. The descriptions of each position are available at https://www.techterryscholars.com/ under Current Scholars → Student Org → Meet the Officers → Elections. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions for me.
Running for Office
It is that time of year where we start thinking about the 2018-2019 transition for our officer team. We hosted an informational session earlier this week to share some insights and would like to continue to answer questions for those who might be interested in helping this organization serve its members well. Most of the current officer will not be returning next year.
Officer Applications will be posted after Spring Break
See the current Officer team and learn what positions are available https://www.techterryscholars.com/meet-the-officers.html
Smart Cookies Thank You
Computing ShortCourses offered each semester by Technology Support are free of charge, non-credit courses designed to help all members of the TTU community improve their computer skills. Check out the offerings for this semester:
Picnic : Monday, May 7
Save the Date | Make Plans
Graduate, Remember this is where you will give your senior speech and thank the foundation for their contribution to your education.
Orientation : Wednesday, August 22nd
Banquet : Wednesday, October 17
Intramural sports is one of the advantages of being an enrolled Texas Tech Red Raider and being on a team with Terry's makes it even better
Basketball season is quickly approaching. We still need at least 1 more girl to sign up on imleagues.com in order to completely register us. Go to co-ed and find Tech Terry Scholars on the waitlist. Thanks to those who have already signed up!
If you have any questions let Angel Cruz know!
We are going to Houston and are looking for sponsors. There is a sponsorship letter and a donate button on our website. Please help us raiser funds. If we all just ask one person or business, we will be fully funded!
Leadership: It's My Pleasure
Join us for a leadership lesson from local Chick-Ail-A franchisee, David Cannon. He will share with us lessons he's learned in his leadership journey.
Date: Friday, February 28th
Location: Rawls College of Business, Fireplace room
Mr. Cannon's Chick-Fil-A location https://www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/TX/West-End
Snaps and Blogs
We are looking for 2018-2019 Mentors for the incoming freshmen. If you think you would be interested, look over some of our mentor pages and visit with a few current mentors to see what it's all about. Keep an eye out of applications soon.
Details Coming Soon