by Andrea Hess
As I round the last corner of my undergraduate career, I have spent the last few weeks thinking about my next step as well as reflecting on these past four years at Texas Tech University. The Terry Foundation has not only made these last four years possible, but has also introduced me to the people and opportunities that have filled my time here at this great institution. Here are my tips to make the most of your time at Texas Tech and in Lubbock.
***If you don’t read them all, at least read #8. It’s my favorite***
1. Appreciate the Terry Foundation for your freshman living situation. Between Murray Hall and a built-in family of Terry Scholars, adjusting to a brand new town and life doesn’t seem so hard. Getting to know the other Terry Scholars in your class can build a lot of friendships and create a lot of avenues toward opportunity.
2. DO NOT SIT IN THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE FOR HOURS ON END. If you have any financial aid or scholarship questions, go straight to Mrs. Medley. Her office is West Hall 205. map
3. On the same note- when in doubt, go to Mrs. Medley always. It is unbelievable the knowledge she has about everything Texas Tech and the connections she can make for you. If there is anyone on campus that wants the best for each Terry Scholar, it is Mrs. Medley, and she can make things happen.
4. Don’t be overwhelmed by the innumerable opportunities thrown at you, including organizations and clubs, Greek life, employment opportunities, study abroad, and research. Take the time to go to information sessions, even if you are only slightly interested. Figure out what fits you best and try those out. As a rule of thumb, try to join THREE organizations- one that relates to your major, one that focuses on service, and one just for yourself be it career-driven or different or just plain fun.
5. Your Terry mentor is a great resource and you should take full advantage of his or her knowledge and willingness to help you. If they can’t directly help you with something, it’s very likely they know someone who can.
6. Be a Terry mentor. After being in their shoes, you have a better understanding of what it’s like to be an incoming freshman. It is not time-consuming, looks great on resumes and can be extremely beneficial to mentees.
7. Learn to make some simple (or gourmet) recipes. It’s almost guaranteed that you will get sick of campus food, eating out can add up quickly, and your significant other (current or future) will appreciate it. I’m a nutrition major so I can’t stress this one enough; plus, your future self will thank you for avoiding the Freshman 15.
8. STUDY ABROAD. I don’t care where. I don’t care for how long. Just do it. Depending on your major and your preferences, there are study abroad opportunities for each and every one of you. Plus with the new Terry Study Abroad stipend, there is no financial pressure holding you back. I studied abroad in Spain for a spring semester, and it was easily the best decision I have ever made. It was a life-changing experience that I could talk about endlessly, so if you have any questions feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
9. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to figure out which opportunities fit you best. Whether it’s taking an officer position in an organization, doing research, interning, volunteering, finding a church or Bible study group, finding a job that fits your schedule, etc., there are more than enough opportunities to make the most of these next four years. Take advantage of the support and connections provided by the Terry family.
10. In whatever you do, be grateful for the Terry Foundation each and every day.