When I think of TCU, I think of a family. I think of smiling faces, unique opportunities and Horned Frog spirit. I think of people that are accepting, loving and passionate. I think of a campus where fellowship fills every classroom and relationships flourish. I think of a beautiful place that I am blessed to be able to call home. TCU is not just a school in Fort Worth or a place on a map, but it is a true community. It is a community that unconditionally supports one another and provides an endless amount of opportunities to succeed. My role in this Horned Frog family began the first time I stepped onto the campus.
My adventure and remarkable journey took off when I was deeply impacted by the welcoming community of TCU at Frog Camp. I felt like a valued member of the student body within minutes. Becoming a Frog Camp facilitator then became a dream of mine, for now it was my turn to spread the contagious joy and vigor for TCU to all those who had not experienced it yet. This drive is what keeps the community of TCU so alive and meaningful. Whether diving into a pile of oatmeal during grimy games or breaking it down on the dance floor in front of a new Horned Frog family, there is comfort and trust surrounding each moment.
I felt so loved as a first-year student and when I became a facilitator last year, I knew I needed to turn around and spread that love to other students. My community began at Frog Camp but as soon as the school year began, I experienced TCU’s incredible spirit in a whole other way.
Football season at TCU is an exciting and eclectic time. I experienced the communal aspects of TCU in a completely different light and I have been hooked ever since. It is amazing to see the stands filled, Horned Frog spirit seeping from every crevice and fans that are truly bleeding purple. Game day can bring us all together to not only cheer on our team but also to celebrate the incredible school that we all attend.
When TCU played at AT&T Stadium during the 2013 season, our whole Horned Frog community gathered together and traveled to cheer on the Frogs. This game was such a wonderful representation of the TCU spirit and to top it off, my friends and I made it on the jumbotron. We were filled with joy from head to toe and we even made it into the local newspaper, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, in the fan photos from the game. This moment, this game and this claim to fame would not have been as meaningful or as memorable without an incredible reason to be proud. I am proud to be a Horned Frog because of the community that we have, something unique, special and truly incomparable. Football is only a mere representation of our school and the spirit we have, for our community extends further and deeper in an indescribable and beautiful way.
As a rising junior, I hope to continue to instill, pursue and develop the community at TCU. Frog Camp, Student Foundation, Chancellor’s Leadership Program and the other activities at TCU that I have developed a passion for have all shaped the role I play in this Horned Frog family. Every student is a valued member of this family and has a purpose at TCU. Whether showing their pride through utter mess and grime or on a jumbotron in front of thousands of fans, each student is meant to be at this incredible school and is undoubtedly loved by all other Horned Frogs.
Abbie Maynard is a junior Broadcast Journalism and Spanish double-major from Scottsdale, Arizona. She is involved in Frog Camp, Student Foundation, the Chancellor’s Leadership Program, and the John V. Roach Honors College.