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Student Submission: Frog Camp’s Impact

An unforgettable, life-altering, incredibly impactful experience is something that attaches to you like glue forever. It is an experience that changes the course of your life, puts you on a brighter path, and makes you into the person you are meant to become. It is undeniable that TCU’s Frog Camp has been that kind of experience for me and so many other Horned Frogs.

We always say that Frog Camp shouldn’t work. We take thousands of students each summer, go places all over the world and nudge them out of their comfort zones into things like grimy froggames, dance parties and small group activities. At the same time, we encourage them to face their fears, acknowledge world-wide issues like hate and take their future into their own hands. These are just a few reasons why Frog Camp is such an impactful and unforgettable experience.

Now you can probably better understand why we say Frog Camp shouldn’t work with all of these components coming together in a short span of time with campers who have never met. Well, the secret to Frog Camps success is TCU and the people who are a part of it.

For those of you who don’t know, TCU is a very special home for its students, staff and faculty. It’s a place where you acampre constantly encouraged to be the best version of yourself, to embrace hardships, to enjoy victories and to build your life’s foundation on genuine relationships with others. Thankfully this sense of home and encouragement trickle down into every aspect of Frog Camp. It is a program that is supported across the entire campus from the Chancellor, to our faculty and staff and all the way to our current student body. Without all of these components Frog Camp wouldn’t be what it is and wouldn’t be nearly as successful.

It has been an honor and such a joy to be a part of this program for the past three years. Although I won’t be here after next year, I know Frog Camp will. I love that it will continue to make TCU and all who are a part of it better and will continue to create unforgettable, life-altering, and incredibly impactful experiences.

As Always, Go Frogs!

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Kate Spitters is a senior Marketing major and Finance minor from San Diego, CA who is currently the Executive Director of TCU Frog Camp. Throughout her time here at TCU, she has enjoyed getting involved in TCU’s campus through Student Foundation (STUFO), Frog Camp, Kappa Alpha Theta, working for the Brown-Lupton University Union and becoming a part of the Chancellors Club.


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Fresh Faces: EmilyAnn Kellogg

We are so excited to welcome our Class of 2020! Meet one of our newest horned frogs and her journey to choosing TCU.

emilyannName: EmilyAnn Kellogg

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Major: Pre- Business 

Residence hall: Colby

Favorite Netflix show: How to Get Away with Murder

What stood out to you about TCU in your college search process? TCU was home from the second I stepped on campus! Regardless of who I passed on campus – whether it be a student, a faculty member or just someone who would consider themselves to bleed purple, they were all so welcoming and genuine about the horned frog spirit!

Why did you feel TCU was the place for you? TCU was the place for me because I knew that the community would push me to not only leave TCU a better student, but also to have left an impact on the TCU community and be well equipped to leave an impact on the world.

What advice can you give prospective students who are considering TCU? Go all in! If you are looking at TCU, make every detail count and make yourself count as more than a number!

 


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Meet Our New Counselor

Amanda Hotinger is originally from Boise, Idaho. She attended the University of Idaho, received a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Political Science, and then worked as an Assistant Director of Admission for 3 years.

amandaAmanda is now serving as our Northern California Regional Director, and she will be working with students from Northern California, Idaho, and Washington.

Amanda loves all things Disney (which explains why she’s here, since we’re often referred to as the Disneyland of colleges).

“As I learned more about the values, mission and opportunities that TCU provides students I knew I wanted to be a part of this community too. It is a warm, welcoming and friendly environment and I am excited to be a member of the Frog family.”

We are so thrilled to have this Vandal joining our horned frog family, and we know she’ll do a wonderful job serving our Pacific Northwest families.

If you want to meet Amanda, head here to find out when she’ll be in your area!


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Fresh Faces: Azhan Hasan

We are so excited to welcome our Class of 2020! Meet one of our newest horned frogs and his journey to choosing TCU.


Name:
Azhan Hasan


Hometown:
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Major: Biology and Chemistry

Residence hall: Milton Daniel

Favorite Netflix show: Friends

What stood out to you about TCU in your college search process? When I submitted my application to TCU, I didn’t think it was where I would eventually end up. Campus visits are really what made me see the difference between TCU and other schools. Of course, I was enamored by any college I visited because, well, college- in general- is pretty awesome compared to high school. Yet I had a heightened sense of attachment when I visited TCU, spoke to the faculty, and spoke to students. The people at TCU are what made it better than any other place, and that is something that you must experience for yourself to truly understand.

Why did you feel TCU was the place for you? At TCU, I felt that my well-being was truly important to those around me, both the students and the faculty. Once I actually became a Horned Frog, that feeling was confirmed by TCU’s freshman Orientation program and Frog Camp, both of which display the institution’s commitment to the happiness and success of each and every student.


What advice can you give prospective students who are considering TCU?
It’s always worth applying early, not just to TCU but to any other schools where it is possible. TCU gives you back their admissions decision sooner, and having that knowledge earlier will leave you with less stress and more time to weigh your options before making a decision. Use that extra time to visit schools and ask questions of students already attending those schools. Their insight is absolutely the most valuable when you’re trying to figure out where to spend your next four years.

 


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Meet Our New Counselor

We want to introduce you to our newest admission counselor, Michael Glynn.

Originally from glynnYardley, Pennsylvania, he went to the University of Notre Dame and received a degree in Economics and History.

He spent the last year serving as an admission counselor at the University of Delaware and working with students in Long Island.

A big college sports fan, Michael can name any and all NCAA Division I school mascots!

Michael will be working with families from Tennessee, Kentucky, San Antonio, West Texas and the local Arlington/Irving area.

 

“The momentum of TCU is being felt nationwide and I had heard such great things about the community here, I just had to come be a part of it.”

We’re really excited to have him here on our team! To meet Michael on the road, check out when he’ll be in your area!


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Fresh Faces: Arden Shirley

We are so excited to welcome our Class of 2020! Meet one of our newest horned frogs and her journey to choosing
TCU.

ardenName: Arden Shirley

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Pre-Med, Undeclared

Residence hall: Clark Hall

Favorite Netflix Show: House of Cards, Friday Night Lights

What stood out to you about TCU in your college search process? I had the opportunity to visit TCU a few times before making my final choice and each time I came to campus a student or faculty member would always come up to me and ask how I liked the school and why they loved attending or working here. The sense of community from wearing TCU colors, to Greek letters, to jerseys is unlike any other school of its size that I came across and that community seems to translate into dorm life, the classroom, and in the social scene, which is exactly what I was looking for.

Why did you feel TCU was the place for you? After not having a football team in high school, I was determined to find a college football atmosphere wherever I spent my next four years, however that pretty much left state schools as some of my only options. After going to lectures and tours at other big schools, I knew it wasn’t for me. I wanted access to professors and opportunities while still having the excitement of football. So, when I came to TCU and was able to see first hand the size of the classrooms, professors walking to lunch with students, and the campus covered in purple, I knew I had found my home for the next four years.

What advice can you give prospective students who are considering TCU? If you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask them. I have gone up to numerous students and faculty members with questions and they don’t just answer them, they invite me to sit down and have a conversation with them on just about any topic.

 


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Fresh Faces: Tommy Ferrara

We are so excited to welcome our Class of 2020! Meet one of our newest horned frogs and his journey to choosing TCU.tommy

Name: Tommy Ferrara

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Major: Pre-Business

Residence hall: Sherley

Favorite Netflix show: Friday Night Lights

What stood out to you about TCU in your college search process? The academic community is small, but the social life feels like a big state school. It is the best of both worlds.

Why did you feel TCU was the place for you? Everyone I’ve ever talked to who goes or has gone to TCU loves it. When I’ve visited campus, all students walking to classes or the BLUU are smiling and talking with their friends which showed me TCU is a great environment.

What advice do you have for prospective students who are considering TCU? When you’re on your tour, look at how happy all the students are. Then, compare that to the other school you visit and try to envision yourself with the people you see. Also, get your essays done early.