by Gabriela Garcia
I was at home trying to video tape my final presentation for my British Literature class, when my phone buzzed, signaling the arrival of an email. However, it had been the third time trying to get the presentation 'just right' and under three minutes, but I was completely frustrated with myself because I continued to fumble my words and I kept going over three minutes. I decided 'you know what, let me just check my email.' I saw that the email title read "The Terry Foundation" and I froze. After a couple seconds, I simultaneously clicked the email and I closed my eyes, because I wanted to know, but I was scared. When I finally opened my eyes the email read "Please see the attached results..." and I felt my nerves plummet and then heighten again. As a result, I did the same thing, I clicked the attachment and I closed my eyes. When I opened them, I read the first line and I could not believe it. I remember re reading the first line over and over until I made my self believe it. Then I composed myself just enough to run to my mom's room where I yelled, "me dieron la beca!" (I received the scholarship). Then my mom and I screamed with excitement as tears overflowed from both our eyes. It was truly a life changing moment, and I cannot wait to see what comes next!
by Bruce Wilson
by Rafe Royall
It was Monday April 11th, 2016, the day I was supposed to receive an email from the Terry Foundation telling me if I had received the scholarship. I didn’t sleep a wink that night because I was so nervous, and that just continued at school. I was more jittery that day than I can ever remember being, it got to the point where I couldn’t pay attention during class and I was checking my email every five minutes. Then at around two o’clock that afternoon two of my best friends who had interviewed for the Terry Scholarship at Texas A&M received their emails telling them that they had not gotten the scholarship. And just like that my anxiety went through the roof, I eventually went to bed still without getting my email.
After the second sleepless night in a row I went to school and it went exactly like the day before. I was checking my email every two minutes, and I was starting to think something was very wrong. I checked my scholarship application to make sure I had put down the right email address; I called yahoo tech support to make sure there weren’t any problems with my email account. By time lunch came around I was a complete basket case, I couldn’t even eat I was so nervous. Then at about 1:30 that afternoon I opened my email to the most amazing sight I had ever seen, my Terry letter!
My eyes started to water up, the air flew out of my lungs, my hands covered my face, and I could not say a single word. I turned around to my best friend who was sitting behind me, uncovered my face and mouthed, “I got it!” but no words came out! So he took my computer, took one look at the screen and immediately yelled at the top of his lungs, so before I could even say a word everyone in class knew I had gotten the scholarship! As soon as I could get out of the pile of people I walked outside and called my parents. Mom screamed so loud that she about blew my ear off!
Now, I have had thousands of people cheering for me. I have run the football in for a touchdown to win a district championship, I have done things that I never could have in my wildest dreams, but none of them compared to the feeling I had at that moment!
by Rebekah Havens
The day I received my Terry letter was Tuesday, April 12th. I was at the TASC State Convention with my student council and we were running for State Office. I woke up Tuesday morning to the sound of my phone chiming. I opened my eyes to see I had an email from the Terry Foundation. I shrieked a little (because I was really nervous). I opened up the email and started to cry and said "Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Guys!" (Also, I was in a hotel room with other StuCo members and it was 7:50 in the morning, so I woke them up). I cried and told them I got it. I waited two hours to tell my mother and video taped her reaction.
by Stephen Perry
One of my life goals is and has been since I was in Junior High was to graduate from Texas Tech. I, like many others, have taken an unconventional path to that goal, and because of that I now find myself in a position to give a few pointers.
The first of which is that I made one of the best mistakes ever by not going straight into college from High School. For me, and probably many others out there, I wanted to both experience the world and go to college. Not that it is impossible to do both simultaneously but I think I would have fallen in love with the idea of traveling if I did it during college and dropped out. Instead, I joined the military and gained countless experiences that helped shaped me into the person I am today.
Another nugget of wisdom I wish I knew before coming back to college is what exactly the “Terry Family” really is. I have a family of my own, and as a non-traditional student I immediately said to myself “Self,” (cause that’s how we all do it, right?) “you don’t have time or a need for the Terry Family, I mean I’m sure they are great and all but…” BIG MISTAKE! The Terry Family is more than just a bunch of people getting together for some meetings and saying the superficial “Hello” or “How are you?” It is a group of people who genuinely care for each other and are ALWAYS happy to help you with anything. Coming from the military I have a relatively jaded view of the people/world we live in, and of course any group with have those people but the Terry’s are exceptionally awesome! I have only been in school for a semester now and I can tell you already that I will keep in touch with more Terry’s than I will any other group.
To sum it up into a few words I’ll close with this; When you hear “get involved” don’t look for a reason to not dive in headfirst with the Terry Family. That is a mistake, especially for my fellow transfers. Despite having experienced a little bit more of life outside the comfort of home, the one thing you should have learned by now is that the people in your dugout is what makes the difference between a losing team and a championship team.
Hours ago Lubbock Police Department (LPD) Chief Stevens help a press conference discussing Lubbock's support of the Dallas Police Department. He started by talking about the kinds of “unparalleled” people that we have here in Lubbock, saying he doesn’t know anywhere else that has it this good. He attributed that to the fact that we support each other and work together as a community. Watch here
As a community of Terry Scholars, we have it good too. We work together and we support each other. One of our community needs some support. Mike Ruiz, a 2014 Transfer Scholar, is a member of the LPD. This morning Officer Ruiz said it was an emotional day for the department as they mourn, reassess, and plan. As the day went on, people from the community came to the station to drop off items showing their support. The briefing room tables were quickly covered with cookies, doughnuts, flowers – outward symbols of community support.
As a Terry family we have supported Officer Ruiz as he pursues his bachelors, explores study abroad, supports a wife who is in Medical School, and raises a family. We have helped and encouraged him as he pursues his educational goals. Achieving those goals will make him a better officer, a stronger civil servant, and a more compassionate leader. We continue to support him on campus and in uniform.
During a press conference this morning after sniper attack, Dallas Police Chief said, “'We don't feel much support most days. Let's not make today most days.”
Today doesn’t need to be most days for our Terry Family.
Michael Ruiz, we thank you for your leadership and your service.