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Student Submission: Praise to thee, TCU

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.

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Claire Allen, Lynn Drury Allen (mom, class of ’88), me, Emily Cox (cousin, class of ’15) and Melissa Allen Taylor (aunt, class of ’86)

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.

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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.

momFast 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.

dadMadelon 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


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Student Submission: How to Get the Most Out of a Campus Visit

As a junior and senior in high school, I remember going on a lot of campus tours while I was applying to college. I think visiting campus gives you some of the best insight into a school and its community, so it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into. As someone who has been through campus visits and now gives campus tours, I have some pro tips for all of you prospective students.

  1. Do Some Research—Most colleges and universities have a section on their website that has fast facts about the campus, student body, academics, and more. Give this a read so you have a basic idea of what to expect.
  2. Be On Time—I feel like this one is self explanatory, but I included it just in case.
  3. Wear Shoes You Can Walk In—Most people probably think this one sounds silly, but going on a 90-minute walking tour in heels is super uncomfortable. Seriously.
  4. Speak Up If You Can’t Hear—I’m a pretty loud person, but I always tell my tour groups to let me know if there comes a point where they can’t hear something I’m saying. Even if it’s only for a second, you never know what important information or corny joke you might be missing, so holla at us if we need to turn up the volume.
  5. Ask Quality Questions—Don’t ask questions you can find the answer to on the school’s website. Ask your tour guide about their college application process, why they chose their school, and their favorite classes, activities and places to eat near campus (mine is Rodeo Goat, in case you were wondering).
  6. Stay Connected—If you’re substantially interested in the school after the tour, get your tour guide’s contact information. Admission counselors are really helpful, but sometimes you just want a student’s perspective. It’s totally not weird to ask for your tour guide’s email; in fact, we’re flattered when you do. We give tours because we love our school, and we’re happy to help you learn about it any way we can.

 

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Sophia Coussoule is a Spanish and Strategic Communication double major from Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is currently a junior and is involved with Leaders for Life, Frog Camp, Delta Gamma, and Student Foundation

 


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Faculty Feature: Darryl Wyrick, M.Ed

 

My name is Darryl Wyrick and I am a new Horned Frog in the Student Development image1Services department here on campus. I came to Texas Christian University this past summer in June as the Coordinator and it has been a decision I’m thankful for daily. Between the interaction with the students, supportive colleagues, and most importantly the feeling of comradery you get in every area on campus, I think this is the best place to be! Beginning my professional journey at TCU is something I am thankful for but the interactions that I’ve had with the students thus far have been the most rewarding and impactful.

I did my undergraduate and graduate coursework at the University of Texas at San Antonio. With UTSA being a public, large institution I was concerned about the transition to a private, smaller institution. What has tcu47745made the transition helpful is making connections across campus. Whether its meeting colleagues in Admissions, the Health Center, Athletics, and Financial Aid, all have been extremely helpful in my transition. In the same way that they have been helpful in my transition, I know the same people will work just as hard if not harder in making sure their students transition as effectively as possible. That’s what makes this campus the supportive place that it is!

 

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Darryl Wyrick earned his B.A. in Sociology and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He joined SDS in June of 2016 and his primary responsibility is Leaders for Life (L4L). Darryl has experience in Athletics, Student Programming, Greek Life, Housing, and Orientation.

 


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Student Submission: Homecoming

I, like some, chose TCU because it was far away from home. Rather than go to a state school or some place all my friends decided to go, I wanted to be different and pave my own way. It’s a great idea, until you show up on campus and realize you have no friends here. No one to eat lunch with. No one to play frisbee with. No one to be there for you when you realize all this. No family. No place like home at all.

At first, it seems like the whole semester will go on like this, and college becomes an intimidating challenge to accept that maybe the place you chose was the wrong one. You think how you just really want to go home, back where everything is where you left it, and everyone you need is still there.football.jpg

And then the first three hours after you’ve moved in are over.

You go to the BLUU, and some person sits across from you, asks where your from, how you came to TCU, and what you love most about the place so far. You stare blankly, confused at how a complete stranger could get this perception that you’re someone to care about, as if you’re like family or something.

You go to your mandatory hall meeting that night, and the people you sit next to get this idea that we’re all in the same boat of not knowing each other. You’re not sure why they’re acting like this, cracking jokes and laughing with you as if you’ve been friends for years. Then you go to your first hall wing meeting and meet the people you’ll spend the next year with. You don’t know it yet, but some of the best times of your life will be spent with these people, from all walks of life, from all across the country and maybe even the world. Sooner or later you’ll be laughing and crying with them like it’s all the same.

You’re forced to go to a fair. You sign up for too much but as soon as you meet these people who share your interests, from political aspirations to rock climbing just like back home, sga.jpgyou come to find this environment is more comfortable than you’d ever imagined. You even get so used to all these new people decide to try out what everyone has been trying on you: you sit by that
fellow freshman in your first class Monday morning and decide to ask their name. Months later, though you don’t know it yet, you’ll both be pouring over textbooks and scrambled notes at 3 A.M. as you down another Red Bull, prepping for the final you both have to take in five hours.

But before that night, you went home for Thanksgiving. Leaving school, you noticed a strange feeling, as if it were happening all over again: leaving home. Something about the past few months stuck with you, from walking across campus and never being able to make it the whole way without someone stopping to ask how you’re doing, to sweating through an afternoon football game under the sweltering Texas sun with hundreds of your allies dressed in purple. There’s no way you could possibly know all their names, but from the people who smile to you on the way to class or the people screaming, “Give ‘em hell, TCU,” right alongside you at the game, you realize this is family, acceptance, community.

You realize this is home.

laredoLaredo Loyd is a Political Science and Psychology double major from Little Rock, Arkansas. He is involved in SGA, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, the TCU Catholic Community, theHop, TCU men’s soccer club, and is a connaisseur of local Fort Worth restaurants


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Student Submission: Why TCU Isn’t My “Home Away From Home”

I can’t say that I have ever referred to TCU as my “home away from home.” In fact, it’s different from my home. Home is a place in St. Louis, Missouri, where the Cardinals making the post-season is a sure bet, Friday night football is mediocre at best (but watched with great company), and family dinners are a daily staple. Or at least that was what I thought before I packed up my life into boxes and shipped them just over 600 miles south to begin my college career as a Horned Frog. roommate

The Saturday a week prior to school starting, a little blonde freshman frog and I spent the day talking about our best friends from our hometowns as we assembled Milton 109, desperately trying to choke down the homesickness that crept into our voices with each “my mom makes the best meals” and “my sister did the craziest thing.” It didn’t take long for the nostalgic childhood memories to dissipate into the new ones that we formed as best friends; whether it was making the trek to Kroger together, venturing out to mixers decked-out in everything neon, or exploring all the happy hour deals that Fort Worth had to offer, TCU and all it has to offer became my home.

Diving into the TCU community head-first certainly contributes to why it has become my home, but even if I had been reluctant to get involved, the people here are so passionate about this place that I inevitably would have found my fit here. Joining a sorority, becoming a member of the TCU Showgirls, selecting three different majors, interacting with faculty, and applying for a variety of programs all have made up the unique experience that this school is for me. Back in St. Louis, I was involved in several diverse areas of my community, and this has translated to my current involvement in Fort Worth. They say “the more things change, the more they stay the same”; there is definitely some truth in this cliché. I’ve found my place at TCU, places where I feel comfortable but where I’m also pushed and challenged to grow. Staying the same in some ways, but changing certain aspects that have helped me discover more about myself and the world around me.

TCU is my home. It has been for almost four years now, and that time has gone by faster than I care to think about. I didn’t realize it at first, but many things about this purple-and-white world are so very similar to the place I grew up in.

girlsThe people I spend my weekends or late nights in the library with have become people that I could have known forever. The insane, full-of-life friends I made without a doubt have turned into family. My literal family is here next to me (my younger sister joined the Frog Family in 2015) with a comforting hug when there are tears and a bull horn to cheer me on when I succeed. It’s not my home away from home, because home is where the people you love are. Home is where you are happy, filled with purpose, and pushed to be your best self. Yes, my parents and family are back in St. Louis; I still have a bed in their house, and a room decorated the same way it’s always been since 5th grade. But I’m there two weeks out of the year, and they’re only a phone call or quick flight away. My home is my livelihood—those heated political debates I had around the family dinner table haven’t changed, they’ve simply moved to a few more tables with a few more people and a few more perspectives. The teams I go to watch now wear purple instead of red and white or blue, but I still get to watch the green and gold lose (my high school’s colors) when the Frogs beat Baylor. The more things change, the more they stay the same. But I know that my home here at TCU is one where I’m thriving, incredibly happy, and am molding into a person that will make my family and community proud.

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Alli Mather is a senior from Saint Louis, Missouri. She triple majors in political science, writing, and French. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, a TCU showgirl, and president of Pi Epsilon Pi.


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Student Submission: 6 Reasons Why You Should Come to TCU

1- Education

You should come to TCU because the education is phenomenal.

TCU has a plethora of programs to accommodate for every person. TCU hosts Business, Communication, Education, Fine Arts, Honors, Liberal Arts, Nursing & Health Sciences, and Science & Engineering Colleges. Of these, many have been nationally ranked and recognized for their outstanding prestige.

U.S. News ranked the Neeley School of Business in the top 5 in the nation for MBAs with the Most Financial Value after Graduation. Multiple Honors College professors have been named to the Princeton Review list of the top 300 professors in the country. Broadway boasts a number of TCU graduates, research studies for Science & Engineering and Nursing & Health Sciences are abundant, and students are engaged in hands-on experience throughout their college career!

Graduating with a TCU degree says a lot.

2- People

You should come to TCU because the people are one-of-a-kind.

I’m convinced that every person at TCU has an incredibly big heart. The students and faculty here are inviting, kind and selfless. You’ll find friends for a lifetime!

3- Fort Worth

You should come to TCU because FuNkY TowN iS fUN!

Fort Worth not only is home to the Horned Frogs, but is also a center of culture, food, and FUN! The legendary stockyards, Fort Worth zoo, downtown area, cultural district, Botanical Gardens and Trinity River trails are just a few of the Cowtown highlights. However, I’m personally a huge fan of Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth! This up-and-coming area has several great restaurants and places to spend time on the weekend. If these options aren’t enough, you can venture to other towns in the metroplex that have more events, restaurants, museums, parks and fun! There’s something for everyone!

4- On Campus Fun 

You should come to TCU because there the community and fun never end on campus.

Student Government and The Crew (an on-campus organization that specializes in fun) work together to build up community on campus. To do so, they create hundreds of events that take place throughout the year. One of my favorite events was Wednesday Swine Night! They brought adorable baby piglets on campus for you to play with, passed out mocktails and had other fun activities to do. It made a boring Wednesday wonderful and was a perfect study break!

Movie nights, obstacle courses, concerts, comedians, theme nights, bouncy houses, dunk tanks, free food, and much much much more. There’s always something to do on campus!

5 – New Development 

You should come to TCU because it seems like everything is new!

TCU is always building and renovating! We just finished off a Multi-Purpose building that boasts of 4 new on-campus restaurants, study rooms and offices. The Mary-Couts Burnett library has been renovated with new study rooms, computer labs and a café that connects to Reese-Jones, another brand new building with classroom and upscale features. They have recently built a new parking garage by Frog Alley and are in the process of building another parking garage in Worth Hills.

Additionally, TCU released their reconstruction plans for Worth Hills. Within the next two years, TCU will start rebuilding all of the Greek housing!

Texas Construction University is definitely a thing. You get a new building, you get a new building, EVERYONE GETS A NEW BUILDING!

6 – Freaking. Football. 

You should come to TCU because our football season is the best season in Horned Frog country.

In case you haven’t kept up with TCU’s incredible football season, let me give you the details. Our team rocks. We finished the season 11-2, defeated Oregon in the Alamo Bowl game, and rank as No. 7 in the AP polls. Next year’s season is going to be even better, so you should head down to Fort Worth to cheer us on!

Don’t flip out over making a college decision.

We already know what’s best for you. COME TO TCU.

 

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Madison Burnett is a junior Speech Language Pathology major. She is from Little Rock, Arkansas and she serves on the executive council for Zeta Tau Alpha.  


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Faculty Feature: Dr. Rima Abunasser, English

“I tell my students, it’s not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself, somebody next door who looks like you. What’s more difficult is to identify with someone you don’t see, who’s very far away, who’s a different color, who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders.” – Chinua Achebe

I generally begin each of my Global Literature courses by quoting Achebe. Better than course outcomes and class descriptions, Achebe’s words express what I most desire for my students — to acknowledge perspective, to understand the oddly comforting nature of difference, to discover the power of storytelling, to situate one’s self within transnational, global conversations.  In the Fall 2015 semester, my students and I had the opportunity to engage in this type of conversation in a way that extended far beyond our classroom. By collaborating with Discovering Global Citizenship, TCU’s QEP, we participated in a semester-long project based on peacemaking and narrative with Michael McRay, author of Letters from Apartheid Street: A Christian Peacemaker in Occupied Palestine and Where the River Bends: Considering Forgiveness in the Lives of Prisoners. As part of his project on conflict and reconciliation, Michael traveled to Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland, and South Africa, collecting the stories of peacemakers, former combatants, politicians, and survivors of conflicts past and present.

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Michael McRay skyping with students from Northern Ireland

Two of my classes, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the World and an Honors section of Global Women’s Literature, centered on the general theme of “Conflict and Reconciliation,” and all the literature we read expanded or complicated our understanding of those concepts. What did reconciliation look like? How do we actually define justice? How do our stories – individual, collective, personal, national – shape our ideas about peace and war? How do these stories help or hinder our willingness to reconcile? Working with Michael, we read literature from each of the locations he visited, Skyped with him while he was in Northern Ireland and South Africa, engaged with him on social media, and Skyped with some of the peacemakers/non-combatants that he interviewed. With so many stories at their disposal, my students excelled in making complex connections among various global conflicts and in identifying the sources of conflict and the possibilities of reconciliation in their own communities and in our society as a whole.

Michael shared all his interview footage with us – 163 GB of data, to be exact. Working in small groups of three or four, the students were tasked with creating short documentaries. Though each group relied on the same footage and resources, every documentary presented a unique story, a different perspective. Some students focused on women and peacebuilding, others on the nature of conflict, others still on the complexity of reconciliation work. The end result embodied the very best of what a literature class can offer. The act of deriving meaning from literature, from culture, is communal. Through their collaborations with one another, with the QEP, with Michael, my students added their voices to that communal act.

This is one of the short documentaries produced by my Multi-Ethnic Literature of the World class:

 

rimaDr. Rima Abunasser is an instructor for our English department. She has a Bachelors in English Language and Literature, a Masters in Literature and Literary Criticism, and a PhD in English Literature and Theory. She is currently researching ways in which Arab women writers rearticulate nationalism.