My family is made up of Horned Frogs. My mom and dad met at TCU thanks to my aunt who was also here and was my mom’s “big” in Tri Delta. My uncle came to TCU a few years after his brother and sister graduated, and my mom’s youngest sister attended. I have a real-life Horned Frog family, and yes, we definitely bleed purple.
During work week with Tri Delta for recruitment my sophomore year, my mother took her life after a long, hard-fought battle with depression. It was because of the events that followed that I really realized and felt how close we are as a TCU community.
My Tri Delt sisters made a huge poster for me saying, “We love you, Madelon!” with little notes from members. My big and grand-big recorded themselves singing a song that makes me cry every time. Some friends in Alpha Chi Omega sent me flowers, Kappa Alpha Theta took a picture of our chapters together captioned, “we love you!” and friends I hadn’t seen since freshman year sent me well wishes and condolences.
When it came time for the memorial service, there weren’t enough seats in the church as almost every single one of my Tri Delt sisters lined the walls. Chancellor Boschini and Vice-Chancellor Kathy Cavins-Tull attended and gave me the biggest hugs. My mom’s roommate from her TCU days was there and introduced herself to me. People wrote such nice notes and memories on her obituary. Donations were made to Delta Delta Delta in my mom’s name.
Fast forward to now, where my mom’s friends from Tri Delta are donating money in her name to fund our new Greek houses and members of the TCU community check in with me to see how my day/week/semester is going.
No matter where you go, if you see someone in a TCU shirt and let out a “Go Frogs!”, you’ll get a smile and a “Go Frogs” right back. You can make instant connections because of the colors purple and white and placing your hand in a folded peace sign. That’s the Frog Factor; that’s the Horned Frog way.
The professors really care about you and your well-being, as do the staff. If you meet Chancellor Boschini once, he’ll remember your name and where you’re from. TCU is a connected culture of passionate purple-loving people. No matter what you want to do, you’ll find a place at TCU. You’ll make friends with people all over campus, don’t be surprised if you find yourself a step or two late to class because you were chatting with them.
When we sing the alma mater, it’s hard to not feel something because the words ring so true.
“Hail all hail, T-C-U
Memories sweet, Comrades true,
Light of Faith, Follow Through
Praise to Thee, T-C-U!”
I’m a junior and every single day I hear these notes echoing from Robert Carr Chapel on the hour – I just can’t get enough of it. My memories are sweet, and I have so many more to make. My comrades are true, they’ll walk with me through anything. My faith keeps me walking, and my comrades and memories help me along the path. I’m just so thankful that path doesn’t stop at the graduation stage. We’re Frogs for life. Praise to thee, TCU. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Madelon Allen is a junior strategic communication and psychology double major, born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She is an Athletics Communication Intern for TCU Athletics and she also serves as the Director of Wellness for SGA.