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!