TCU… The land of the Frogs. The Horned Frogs that is. Yes, we are the only college in the United States to have this as our mascot. This is one of many stats I know because I am part of the Student Foundation here at this amazing place called Texas Christian University. I’m also involved in Frog Aides, John V. Roach Honors College, Honors Cabinet, Beta Theta Pi, Cultural Routes 6, and BNSF Next Generation Leadership. My name is Taven Sparks, and I am a sophomore business major from Colorado. As I think back over the last year, it was by far one of the most fulfilling years of my life. As you can see from above, TCU provides so many opportunities for students to get involved, which is just one of the many things I love about this school. Let me take you back to how I ended up at what I believe to be the best college in the country.
As a prospective student you may be reading this wondering what college is like, or you may be sitting here with no idea what you even want in a college. I know how you feel. I started looking as a sophomore in high school in order to try to find the right fit. I traveled as far east and as far west in the US as possible and 27 colleges later, I landed here. After seeing some of the most prestigious schools in the country and looking at schools both large and very small, I found TCU to be the perfect balance of what I was looking for. Was I nervous about making such a big decision? Yes! Was I excited about going to a school filled with strong school spirit, friendly people, great class sizes, beautiful facilities and a community passionate about being Horned Frogs? Yes! Looking back, after seeing many colleges, knowing the positives and negatives of each, I can enthusiastically say TCU is perfect. Okay, maybe nothing is perfect, but TCU is pretty darn close, and I think you would hear that from almost all of the students who attend this great school.
Of course there are a few complaints. For example, sometimes it is hard to find a parking spot… which for some reason seems to be a big deal for some students. However, Chancellor Boschini reaches the “needs” (wants) of students and listens to them. Therefore, he is currently having a parking garage constructed on campus to solve this issue. Honestly, when the biggest thing to complain about is that parking is sometimes difficult, or the BLUU (student union) ran out of cinnamon rolls for late night swipes in the cafeteria, then TCU must be doing something right…very right! TCU is the rare quintessential college experience offered at a medium-sized school with excellent professors, huge school spirit, great D1 sports programs, Greek life, and just about anything else you can think of. Come on down to the Fort, become a Horned Frog, and get involved. There’s something for everyone here! Welcome!
Taven Spark is a sophomore Business major from Centennial, Colorado. He is involved in the John V. Roach Honors College, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Student Foundation, Frog Aides, and the BNSF Next Generation Leadership Program.