My name is Vincent Shoup, I am a 2013 Scholar entering my third year at Tech. I am from Lamesa, Texas, a small town an hour south of Lubbock. I am a nutrition/Pre-Dental major with minors in Biology and Chemistry. I am employed on campus in the admissions office as well as involved in a few organizations. I am serving as Treasurer for the Terry Scholars this coming year, a member and service chair of Beta Upsilon Chi/Brothers Under Christ Fraternity, a member of President's Select, and a member of Hillside Christian Church. When I'm not working or studying, I enjoy spending time with friends and family doing something outside or watching movies.
Photos by Anna Claire Beasley
Tea with Mrs. Ruthie is one of my favorite Terry events of the year! I love that so many successful women take time out of their weekend to meet with young ladies ready to tackle a semester at Tech. This tea was organized to give ambitious young women an opportunity to hear from those who have been in their shoes. It encourages us to build relationship, dream big, and go the extra mile. Mrs. Ruthie and the other accomplished guests are able to speak individually with students about classes and careers, but also good books and dream vacations. This is what the Terry Foundation, the Honor’s College, and Texas Tech are all about: providing students with the resources they need to be successful in the context of personal relationships. Sun dresses, hot tea, and chocolate treats provide the perfect environment to foster these relationships!
Wednesday, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, all of the new Terrys headed to the engineering building for Mentor Day. Regardless of whether you came in already knowing people or not, everyone was soon chatting and introducing themselves all around the room. Since many of the Terrys are a part of the Tech Terry Facebook group, lots of us were already friends on Facebook prior to meeting at Mentor Day. In light of this, upon meeting multiple people, their opening statement was, “I know you, we are friends on Facebook!”
As the day’s organized activities began, the new Terrys went to different stations, led by Terry Mentors, that provided helpful information for incoming Texas Tech students. From what lip balm is the best for the West Texas wind, to what to do in your free time in the Hub City, our new mentors gave us the inside scoop. Not only did we get to learn about practical things, but we also reviewed things like time management and academic success, so as to allow us to be successful and healthy in all aspects of our lives in college.
Having Mentor Day was so beneficial, because it allowed for small group opportunities to ask like-minded people questions about certain aspects of life on campus. People always say, “College is nothing like high school,” but they rarely ever elaborate or explain ways to prepare yourself for the huge transition from high school to college. Mentor Day filled in the blanks for all of us incoming Terrys, and actually explained what to expect and how to smooth over the transition. Not only that, but it also grew the sense of community of people to go to when we start feeling overwhelmed or need someone to talk something through with.
After talking about college preparation things, such as how to approach professors, how to stay organized, and what types of organizations to be involved in, I feel much more prepared and excited for starting college on Monday!
My name is Nicole Polito and I will be a sophomore here at Texas Tech University this year. I'm from Fort Worth Texas and attended Birdville High School. I currently hold a seat on the student Senate for Texas Tech University as an at-large Senator and am very involved within the Student Government Association. I plan on getting my MBA in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Organization Management. Most likely, you will find me at home eating pizza, watching Netflix and puppy sitting when I'm not in class or at work. I am so blessed to have this opportunity to be a mentor for our Terry program and see all the amazing accomplishments our organization can bring Texas Tech. It's a great day to be a Red Raider, Wreck em'!
My name is Micah Nehring. I am from Waco, Texas. I am a Pre-Nursing and business management major. I plan to go on to earn a Master’s degree and become a Nurse Practitioner. In the future, I would like to travel and practice medicine here in the US as well as abroad. I am currently a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies , Health Occupations Students of America, Pre-Nursing Association and the Honors College. Also, I am the Vice President for the Best Buddies Organization.
I am so grateful to the Terry Foundation for all their support and the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful family. I look forward to meeting the new Terry Scholars in the years to come and expect great things from those before me. I look forward to the coming years here in Lubbock. I am hear to listen or help any of my fellow Terry Scholars in any way I can.