We were intrigued and thrilled when Ashley, our daughter, told us that the Terry Foundation had deemed her qualified to interview for a substantial scholarship. She had worked hard her first year at a community college and was heading to Texas Tech and then onto Tech Nursing School. Ashley asked me to help her find an appropriate outfit for the interview. We went into our closets and came up with a modest, appropriate business-professional outfit, from head to toe. We noticed how some students could have used some advice---Ashley was thankful to have me help her find the right impression.
We traveled to Austin, booked a room where the interviews were being held and made a mother-daughter weekend of it. We had fun going out to dinner and seeing Austin. Waiting to hear whether Ashley was accepted was, of course, a little nerve-wracking, but, honestly, I would have been so surprised if she hadn't made it----she did!
That was three years ago! My, how time flies! We are so grateful to God for this provision! We told Ashley that God would provide, as He always does and that we would be able to look back in awe, though, at the time, we said that in faith. Graduation is only weeks away and the culmination of Ashley's hard work. We look forward to Graduation and celebrating the fact that the Terry Scholarship enabled our daughter to achieve her dreams.
Karen and Christian Harris
I just want to add a very important thing (this is Ashley's dad) ... She did NOT make the first cut and was put on the standby list. When someone dropped out and couldn't make the interview, Ashley was called and told she could ... she did and was one of the one's chosen. Providence.
by Karen Jennings
We have had 2 children receive Terry Foundation Scholarships. Thank you is not an adequate expression of the gratitude we have for having received this blessing. This foundation is awesome. Unfortunately, we have not been able to participate in the parent activities at TTU. We will try to concisely communicate some of our suggestions to help calm your nerves and curb any fears you might have.
Since all freshmen students have to live in the dorm at TTU, Terry’s stipulation of living in the dorm was unarguable. Our concern arose when we learned they had to stay in the same dorm with each other. Our son had a roommate picked and planned to live in the agriculture dorm. We were concerned about compatibility, but our fears were unwarranted. The dorm was an excellent situation in our opinion. That environment was far better than we could have imagined. According to our son, the Terry students encouraged each other to study and provided a chance to develop real relationships. He felt it was far better than his experience in the ag dorm would have been. His sophomore year, he roomed with two other Terry scholars in a house. He enjoys friends in his major, but also enjoys having more diversity in his friendships with the other Terry kids.
We do have to admit, that although we knew it was a co-ed dorm, we did not expect girls and guys to live on the same floor and right across the hall from each other. His older sister (by 12 years) was most horrified! Because of the “apartment” type living set up, it was no different than an apartment complex except that there was hopefully a bit more oversight and accountability. (At least that is how we appeased ourselves.)
Parents, relax, count your blessings for having had the opportunity to apply for this amazing scholarship, and pray for God’s will for your young adult’s perfect destiny. If he/she does not receive a Terry, it is not the end of the world—another door will open up. If he/she is awarded a scholarship, be sure you and your child realize the great opportunity you have been granted.
Good luck to all.
Any exam can be stressful, but s student's first exams can be especially difficult for first-time college students. When parents send their students off to college, they want them to be prepared, and they do everything they can to make sure they have the tools they need to succeed. Even so, many incoming freshmen find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of material covered in the average college course. It is only natural for parents to want to reach out and help during these stressful times. There are some things parents can do to make those first midterm exams a bit less stressful.
Every student is different, so it is important to visit with you student openly about academic performance.
Encouraging your student to utilize the resources on campus is important. They are designed to help students succeed in all areas of academics. Students should meet regularly with advisors and keep track of their degree requirements. Use tutoring resources and study groups and discuss issues with professors. Numerous resources are available at Texas Tech University to assist students in making the grades they need to succeed.
Texas Tech will send information ahead of time, and our housing staff does everything they can to help you navigate the day, but here are some suggestions that may help to make the day – and the transition – go more smoothly.
Move-In Day Arrives – Getting In
Move-In Day Arrives – Settling In
After Move-In – Leave taking
Move-in day is a big step on your college student’s road to independence. If you can remember your student’s first day of kindergarten, you may be experiencing many similar emotions. Once you’ve done all that you can to help him make the transition, you’ve done your job. Now you can focus on being proud of him – and on your own transition.
With a schedule of early-morning lectures, cramming in study time between classes, making it to work on time and still finding time for a social life, college students may be feeling the pressure to keep all their plates spinning at the same time.
Many students are working during college to support themselves financially, something experts say is like working two full-time jobs. A U.S. Census report determined that 71% of the nation's 19.7 million college undergraduates were working in 2011 and of that number, one in five undergrads were working at least 35 hours a week year-round.
Students attempting to balance school, work, and family/social obligations should evaluate the commitments in their life and discuss realistic goals with friends and family members to ensure that they will have the support and time needed to maximize their success, recommends Becky Takeda-Tinker, president of Colorado State University-Global Campus.
“Being realistic and understanding what you as an individual need in order to be successful and fully engaged is crucial whether it’s succeeding in school, personal, or professional arenas,” she says. “Effective time management is a transferable skill that is an important foundation for both academic and professional success.”
To help students with time management and maintain their sanity, here are four expert tips for establishing a well-balanced system.
Step 1: Create a Calendar
Creating a calendar or schedule forces students to visualize their obligations, whether it’s paper, a dry erase board, or on a smartphone app, says Nicolas Tynes, vice president of programs at Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF).
“Some people may need a physical calendar and the action of writing on a calendar will help them retain information better, a calendar that’s in their face that they can look at on a regular ongoing basis,” he says.
Being able to see a week or month’s worth of obligations can also help students manage their time better for larger tasks like big projects and final exams to avoid cramming the night before, adds Takeda-Tinker.
“Placing specific dates and times on their calendar helps to emphasize that school is a priority and commitment and allows for planning ahead--it is also wise to work ahead whenever possible,” she says. “Life events and emergencies will arise, but staying on top of school work means there will be room to adjust when those things do happen."
Step 2: Know You Have to Prioritize
Students, just like everyone else only have 24 hours each day to fit everything in (no matter how many energy drinks they consume) so they have to create a list of priorities to decide what matters are urgent and which ones can wait, says Shawnice Meador, director of Career Management & Leadership Development for MBA@UNC.
“Remember that sometimes what is important to someone else is not necessarily as important to you at that moment; you may have to occasionally say ‘no’ in order to stay on track with your personal and professional goals and objectives,” she says.
Although students may need to work a certain amount of hours to support themselves, it’s vital they don’t spread themselves too thin. Working extra hours during time off from school can give students some flexibility if they have a semester with a larger academic load, says Linda Descano, president and CEO of Women & Co.
“If you’re going to have classes that are very intensive, [ask your supervisor to] lower your work hours during that semester or figure out how are you going to allocate some of the course work that you’re doing so you can still have enough time for work, which may be critical to your financial health, but also that you have some time to take a deep breath,” she says.
Step 3: Learn How to Multi-Task
Finding ways to multi-task and combine commitments can help students best utilize their time, particularly if they are commuting to class or work, says Tynes.
“Students can look at how they’re using all aspects of their day—during their commute are they using that time to also study? Are they using it to meditate, sleep, are they using it to do some pleasure reading or socialize with their friends?”
Busy students should also seek out opportunities to merge their school, work and social lives by getting involved in professional organizations and attending networking events, school-sponsored lectures and professional development workshops, suggests Meador.
“These events are often free or low cost, and can really be worth the time and investment,” she says.
“The best part of these opportunities [is] spending time with old and new friends while expanding your network and learning more about your profession.”
Step 4: Seek Out Support Resources
If students are feeling overwhelmed, talking to academic and/or student advisors, professors, a peer-based or professional resource on campus can shed some light on problems or issues.
“Talking to non-university people in their lives - like a well-organized co-worker - that seem to balance multiple commitments with ease can also be helpful,” says Takeda-Tinker. “Communication is a key when questions, issues, obstacles or concerns arise so that students can access the necessary resources and partner with their school in strategies for success.”
Seeking out assistance from upperclassmen in their specific major or field also gives students more tailored, relevant advice about their situation, suggests Descano.
“It could be little: how people take notes, how they study, finding people who commute with you,” she says. “Even if you’re feeling overwhelmed, just to talk to someone and not keep it all buried in, but leveraging your parents, your friends and your advisors and asking for help.”
Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2013/08/28/balancing-act-tips-for-college-students-to-best-manage-their-time/#ixzz2fRWC34ld
Need a ride home for Thanksgiving? Parent and Family Relations is pleased to announce that Campus Connector will provide bus trips to assist Texas Tech students in traveling home for Thanksgiving 2013. Campus Connector is the largest break/event transportation service for colleges and universities in the country.
Charter buses will transport students to/from Lubbock for Thanksgiving. Destinations are Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso. Buses depart Lubbock on Wednesday, November 27th and return to Lubbock on Sunday, December 1st. Seating is based on availability and is sold on a first come, first served basis. Prices vary by destination. More information about this trip and the online registration link can be found below.
Bus trips are provided by Campus Connector, a separate entity from Texas Tech University. Parent and Family Relations at Texas Tech University works with Campus Connector to ensure these trips are possible.
Wednesday, November 27th
Sunday, December 1st
For more information and to register for a bus trip, visit http://www.breakshuttle.com/texas-tech.html.
More info at: http://ow.ly/oQAeJ
Texas Tech Parents Association chapter send-off parties are quickly approaching! The TARRANT COUNTY CHAPTER send-off is this Friday, August 2nd at the First Tee of Fort Worth. For more details about this event or to RSVP please visithttp://www.texastechparents.org/events/event_list.asp?show=&group=&%2F22%2F2013&end=&view=&cid=5654
While not the author of all of the posts, Heather Medley, the Terry Program Director at Texas Tech is the blogger of choice here.