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Ask the Counselors: What is your favorite unique fact about TCU? (Part 2)

While there is much that makes TCU unique, each of our counselors has something in mind that is their favorite unique fact about TCU to share. Take a look at some of our staff’s favorite things that make TCU stand out!

Beatriz Gutierrez
I love that when the old student center was torn down, TCU recycled what they could and repurposed it to build some of the furniture that is currently used in the Brown Lupton University Union (BLUU). As an alumna of the University it makes me proud to know that TCU has kept a part of the old student center. studentcenterJill Sangl
Just when you thought TCU couldn’t be any more purple or “froggy,” there are purple Horned Frog designs on the ceramic tiles in the restrooms in the Mary Wright Admission Center. School spirit even comes in the form of food at TCU. The Chancellor’s Dining Room offers Jelly Belly jellybeans, special events often include pats of chilled butter shaped like Horned Frogs, the cafeteria in the BLUU has waffle makers that feature the TCU logo, and you can enjoy a “Frog Dog” at TCU football games. The TCU Admission Office is famous for serving purple popcorn at the conclusion of their Monday at TCU programs.

Alexis Olympia
Our mascot! A horned frog is small in size (you can hold it in the palm of your hand), but they are fierce reptiles that spit blood from their eyes to protect themselves from predators!

A major in Ballet exemplifies just how varied the academic programs at TCU can be!

A major in Ballet exemplifies just how varied the academic programs at TCU can be!

John Andrew Willis
In 1949, TCU became the first school in the nation to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Ballet. TCU invests substantially in a variety of programs – academic and co-curricular, from hard science to fine art – which achieve a very impressive breadth and depth of excellence. We have been leaders in this pursuit for quite some time.


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Ask the Counselors: What is your favorite thing to do in Fort Worth? (Part 1)

Fort Worth, being the 17th largest city in the country, has countless opportunities for TCU students, not only professionally, but also culturally. Take a look at some of our office’s favorite attractions to see how students can spend their nights and weekends in their new home.

Kyle Cochran
Hanging out in Sundance Square downtown is always fun. There are a ton of fun restaurants around it and it is great for people watching!

Sundance Square is definitely the destination for entertainment in downtown Fort Worth.

Sundance Square is definitely the destination for entertainment in downtown Fort Worth.

Heath Einstein
There is nothing quite like Bass Hall, an acoustically pristine space that hosts everything from TCU School of Music performances to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

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Fort Worth Zoo is ranked #5 among national zoos by US Travel Guide

Caitlin Provost
I enjoy feeling the Texas charm in the Stockyards. The Fort Worth Zoo also is a place that I can walk around for hours.

Victoria Herrera
I love hanging out at Sundance Square, the West 7th Movie Tavern, the Fort Worth Zoo, and annual events such as the Main Street Arts Festival.

Sara Sorenson
Watching the sunset from the Trinity River is one of the most beautiful and relaxing pastimes around. If you haven’t seen a Texas sunset, this is a must.

Jill Sangl
Fort Worth Zoo – Texas Animals section: While the zoo is incredible, I especially like the Texas Animals section. In the far left corner of the zoo, Northerners (like me) can actually pet an armadillo and catch their first glance of the famous Horned Frog.


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Student Submission: The Final Bead

Four years. Four yeas ago I was starting my senior year of high school, pumped to walk the halls like I own them and ready to be at the top of the totem pole. Four years before that, I was going into eighth grade, awkward, confident (jokes on me) and acting way too cool for school. Fourth grade was my golden year, spiked hair, fresh school supplies and popped collar. Man, I was one stylish kid. Lucky number four, huh.

TCU BlogFour years can fly by, if you couldn’t already tell. Four years of college flies by quicker. It’s easy to get caught up in being involved, trying to meet as many people as you can and having fun. Over the past three years of being at TCU, I have had some incredible experiences, spent with some of the coolest people out there. But what will your legacy be? What’s going to happen after you leave? When your four (or five) years are up and now its time for the real world? What’s next?

At Frog Camp, the final bead we put on our camp bracelets is supposed to represent what we want our legacy to look like after we leave TCU. Being a Frog Camp facilitator and just wrapping up my final camp, this question is hitting a little too close to home. As I enter into my senior year, I think more and more about those who have come before me and those that will remain after I’m gone. Confident in the future of TCU, my legacy seems so minimal to the future of the university. But, I encourage each of you to take advantage of these four years to make them the best yet.

Getting involved in student government, a fraternity and the First Year Experience, I was able to meet some my best friends. I know that people want to leave a lasting impact on the organizations they joined or the university as a whole. For me, my legacy is that through the lives I have been able to connect with and impact, I hope that they in turn will reach out to any and all to leave a similar effect. Even a simple smile can go a long way with someone. Over the past three years, I have come in contact with some of the most fascinating, wise, encouraging students and faculty I have ever met, who have inspired me to see life differently. I take on my senior year proud of my past three years and challenge incoming and current students to live life differently.

TCU BlogMake lasting relationships, soak in each day and dare to be different. Slipping into a mundane routine in college is easy. You wake up, go to class, do your schoolwork, hangout and go to bed (repeat). Take each day as a new beginning. My friends and I have taken a road less traveled in college, to say the least. Outsiders may see us as a little out of the ordinary, which would be an understatement in my opinion… we spend our weekends having house dance parties, going to trampoline parks, playing mud soccer, creating our own Olympic games and driving to Czech Stop randomly on a school night. I’m not saying that you have to be like my friends and me, but I do encourage you to be different. College is “the best four years of your life,” as cliché as that sounds, so make the most of it.

As you make your college decisions, think wisely about where you want to be for four years. Texas Christian University is a place that will push you to make bold decisions, challenge the decisions you’ve made and allow you to leave your mark on the university. Don’t waste anytime in college and make that final bead count!

TCU BlogBrent Boudreaux is a senior Film-Television-Digital Media major from Fort Worth, Texas. He is involved in Student Foundation, Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, Frog Camp, and Student Government Association.


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Ask the Counselors: What is your favorite unique fact about TCU? (Part 1)

While every university likes to share its personal stories and interesting facts to prospective students, we feel that there are a few things about TCU that really set it apart. From unique academic programs to specific on-campus traditions, you will certainly find some things about TCU that truly make it a special place.

Kyle Cochran
I really appreciate TCU’s relationship with its affiliated denomination, Disciples of Christ. The Disciples of Christ church is very open-minded itself, as members are encouraged to believe what is the best fit for them. The same philosophies are found at TCU in that if a student wants to learn more about his or her faith, no matter what faith that is, great, but if he or she doesn’t, that is great too!

Heath Einstein
TCU’s hands-on approach to education is highlighted as the only college in America with two lab schools on its campus.

Students receive hands-on learning by working at TCU's on campus elementary and preschools.

Students receive hands-on learning by working at TCU’s on campus elementary and preschools.

Caitlin Provost
I love that we are the only college in the country that has the Horned Frog as a mascot. It’s so unique and such a great conversation starter!

Victoria Herrera
TCU has a name and positive reputation which stands alone. When people learn that a student attends TCU, it has been my experience that the reaction is very positive. TCU offers so much for everyone and has grown to appeal to different interests. It has also taken strides in the direction of identifying that diversity is very important.

Sara SorensonTCU Blog
I love the diversity that TCU offers. Everyone comes from very different backgrounds, has very different passions, different goals for their future, and are involved in different things. The differences that we all bring to the table allow for a rich and welcoming learning and social environment.

Margaret McCarthy
My favorite unique thing about TCU is our mascot, the horned frog!  It makes us stand out from all other colleges and universities, and TCU students are very proud to call themselves horned frogs, too.


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Ask the Counselors: What is your favorite undergrad memory at TCU?

Many of the counselors in our office don’t only call TCU their employer, but also their alma mater. While some of the counselors found TCU a bit later in life, those who attended TCU as an undergrad enjoy reflecting on their own experiences in order to get prospective students excited for all that their four years can offer! Take a look at some of our counselors’ favorite memories during their time as a TCU student.

TCU's Rose Bowl win in 2011 definitely stands out in the minds of many of our counselors.

TCU’s Rose Bowl win in 2011 definitely stands out in the minds of many of our counselors.

Kyle Cochran
The week when ESPN College GameDay came to campus my freshman year was truly memorable. Plus rushing the field after beating Utah 55-28 wasn’t the worst way to cap it off…

Sara Sorenson
I am lucky enough to say that my freshman year on campus was the year we won the Rose Bowl. We went undefeated in football

that year, and when we traveled to the Rose Bowl in January, it was incredible to see the excitement, pride, and support that we all had together.

David Stein
Like many people, going to the Rose Bowl with my friends will always go down as my favorite memory. Everything was so perfect – especially the part where we won.

Studying abroad is always a memorable time for TCU students.

Studying abroad is always a memorable time for TCU students.

Beatriz Gutierrez
My favorite memory would probably be when I was studying abroad. I was on my way to a soccer game in Valencia and my friend and I stopped at the Quantum of Solace movie premiere. We briefly met Daniel Craig and he gave us his autograph and took a picture with us. As we made our way to the soccer game fireworks were going off. I remember thinking that this only happens in movies.

Karen Scott
I was in charge of a committee that brought in small bands and musical acts to campus. After negotiating with agents and hiring musicians, it was thrilling to see students enjoying an event I had been given the responsibility to plan.

John Andrew Willis
Jan. 1, 2011 was the best day of my life so far. I was a senior and watched TCU win the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

Michaela Bradshaw
My favorite undergraduate memories are attending the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference as a freshman, participating in the Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant as a sophomore, and studying abroad in Spain as a senior.


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Student Submission: My Summer of Love (of TCU)

Hang gliding in Europe with TCU. What could be better?

Hang gliding in Europe with TCU. What could be better?

This summer I took part in a study abroad trip through the Honors College called Cultural Routes. I, along with thirteen students, one staff member and one professor backpacked across Germany, Switzerland and Italy experiencing culture, exploring historical sites, eating delicious food, pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones, getting to know each other on a deeper level, and gaining a better understanding of ourselves.

The trip lasted 26 days, and as a group we spent every waking hour together, had to be vulnerable, had to depend on each other, learned how to make each other double over in laughter, discussed our fears, set goals for our futures, barely slept, and ultimately learned to love each other for our strengths and help each other with our weaknesses. The trip brought us together in a way I’ve never experienced before. We finished the trip as a family, and I know I can expect these fifteen people to play a big role in the rest of my time at TCU.

My Frog Camp small group made the week what it was!

My Frog Camp small group made the week what it was!

Just days after returning to Fort Worth from Italy, I got the incredible opportunity to work as a facilitator at Frog Camp Quest. If you aren’t familiar with Frog Camp, it’s part of TCU’s first year experience program and is designed to orient incoming students on life outside the classroom at TCU by participating in team building activities, breaking in small groups and discussing the values we hold as TCU students, dancing till the break of dawn, getting to know upperclassmen mentors, and making friends before even starting as a student at TCU. The program is one of TCU’s most well-known and successful programs and is even studied by universities across the nation that are looking to improve their First Year Experience.

In just five days, I never knew how close I would grow to the other Frog Camp facilitators.

In just five days, I never knew how close I would grow to the other Frog Camp facilitators.

The camp where I worked, Quest, is a community-service-based camp, which takes place in Fort Worth for three days. Facilitators go through two days of training prior to the three days of camp, making the whole experience five days for me this summer. In these five short days, I had more meaningful conversations, saw more selfless actions, watched more hearts open up, had more fun, and got to know people better than I ever had in such a short period of time in my life. The experience was life changing in the way I approach relationships and treat people, as well as the amount of love I have for TCU. I walked away from the experience refreshed in my faith in all that TCU offers.

After finishing my incredible week as a Frog Camp facilitator, I started my summer job at the TCU Office of Admission. At the Office of Admission, I have been helping with a variety of things, from leading tours for prospective students to helping organize the Destination TCU visit days to a variety of other odd jobs. The job has again refreshed my love for TCU as I get to work with incredible admission counselors and spend my days getting to promote how great TCU is. My summer has been pretty remarkable and has forever made me proud to be a Horned Frog.

Some of the themes I have taken away from this summer that I think make TCU a special place are:

  1. The students here are what make the school special. TCU attracts special kinds of students who foster passion, compassion, and dedication in all that they do. I have been able to interact with a large number of students this summer that I probably never would have otherwise met if it weren’t for the programs I took part in. Though I had never crossed paths with many of these people before, and they were just as wonderful as the people I had already met at TCU, which affirmed my faith in the students at TCU from all spans of social circles, involvement and age.
  2. Dr. Pitcock is a perfect example of how caring and invested TCU professors are.
    Dr. Pitcock is a perfect example of how caring and invested TCU professors are.

    The professors at TCU are tremendously devoted to their students. TCU has a huge emphasis on teaching undergraduates, which means the professors who come to work here are most dedicated to their students above anything else. Though I have seen this in my first year as a student here, I have truly seen this play out with Dr. Pitcock, the professor who led the study abroad trip I participated in. He has had me and his other students over to his house multiple times this summer, willingly volunteers to help me plan out my life, and even sends me texts to keep up on my life when I haven’t seen him in a while. This kind of student and professor relationship is not rare at TCU. Professors care enormously about their students and love getting to know them on a personal basis.

  3. The other staff members at TCU are also incredible. I spent countless hours in the Office of Admission this summer and never got tired of the people I was surrounded by. The staff in the office are caring, generous, hilarious, genuine and all around wonderful. This type of staff member spans across campus. At Frog Camp, each small group is assigned to a staff member or professor from campus and the staff who took part in Frog Camp Quest were fantastic. They were invested, thoughtful, and compassionate, and again, affirmed my faith in TCU. In fact, TCU was rated this year as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For,” which is probably why we have such fantastic faculty and staff.

The Cultural Routes group became an incredibly important part of my TCU family.

The Cultural Routes group became an incredibly important part of my TCU family.

I could go on forever, pouring out all the reasons I love TCU so much and am so proud to be a horned frog, but I think these three things capture a lot of what I love about this school. I hope that some of you will choose TCU and get to be a part of this unique and exceptional horned frog family.


TCU BlogBlair Middlebrook is a sophomore Business major from Carlsbad, California. She is involved in Frog Camp, Neeley Fellows, Student Foundation, TCU Ambassadors, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and the John V. Roach Honors College.


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Ask the Counselors: What is your favorite physical place on campus? (Part 2)

TCU BlogTCU’s campus has many great places to see. If you ever are able to take a tour of TCU’s campus, there are a few spots you won’t want to miss. Below, some of our counselors have listed their favorite physical places on campus.

Jill Sangl
I love standing in front of the BLUU on football game days as the TCU Marching Band makes its way across the street. People stop whatever they are doing to cheer the band across the street. We clap along with the drum cadence and shout “GO! GO FROGS!” While Frog fans flock to campus for the game, we all cherish those few special moments when the band makes their grand entrance.

David SteinTCU Blog
The back porch area of Clark Hall (a freshman residence hall) is where I met so many of my friends during freshman year.

Margaret McCarthy
My favorite spot on campus is Frog Fountain – it has a great view of the Commons! 

Beatriz Gutierrez
I love sitting on the Sadler steps that face University Drive. Something about seeing campus from the steps of one of the original buildings on campus makes it special! 

TCU BlogJohn Andrew Willis
Amon G. Carter Stadium, for obvious reasons. #Goosebumps

Michaela Bradshaw
My favorite place on campus is Jarvis Hall. In addition to being the oldest building on our campus, it also houses the Office of Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Center for Career & Professional Development—three departments that were important parts of my TCU journey.

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