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Fresh Faces: Lorenzo Racca

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

Name: Lorenzo RaccaLorenzo

Hometown: Manta, Italy

Major: Business

Residence hall: Milton Daniel Hall

Favorite Netflix show: Orange is the New Black

What stood out to you about TCU in your college search process? The great advice I was getting from people who attended TCU and absolutely loved it, and the homelike feeling of the campus.

Why did you feel TCU was the place for you? The fact that TCU is often rated as one of the happiest colleges in the US without compromising academics, and the countless opportunities given by the school helped me in making one of the best choices I could’ve ever made.

What advice can you give prospective students who are considering TCU? Don’t get overwhelmed by the application process, so get ready early on and do not procrastinate. Also, ask the people who went (or are going) there, they’ll be more helpful than any leaflet or any other research, and everyone is surely more than happy to tell you about their experience. And finally, visit the beautiful campus in person, or if you can’t, make an online tour!


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Fresh Faces: Kate Cordle

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

Name: Kate CordleKate Cordle

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Major: Strategic Communications

Residence hall: Clark Hall

Favorite Netflix show: Archer

What stood out to you about TCU in your college search process? There are almost too many things to list! Coming from a family that loves sports, TCU definitely stood out with its incredible sports program. The incredible part was that, even with such a large sports program, the class sizes were small–perfect fit! I am a stickler for warm weather and with that I could look no further than Fort Worth! The campus is gorgeous, especially with the flowers being changed every few weeks. The people are the most kind-hearted out of all of the colleges I have toured across the county from east to west. 

Why did you feel TCU was the place for you? As soon as I saw the campus I knew TCU was the right place for me. The dorms are outstanding and maintained so nicely while also being well located which made me picture myself there… never a long walk to get where I need to be! The Rec Center has a wide spectrum of workout classes, a rock climbing wall, and a pool for tanning. TCU also had my major, Strategic Communications, and everything I have learned about it and the people within it has made me more excited to start taking classes in the fall than ever before! The most incredible part of TCU that made me know I wanted to be a part of the Horned Frog community is the people. They just don’t get any better than the nice, smart, driven people that make TCU the school I will now proudly call my home for the next 4 years!

What advice can you give prospective students who are considering TCU? Meet the people who make up the community, be open and happy to everyone you meet, and take in all of the information you can about the educational and social opportunities TCU has to offer! If your gut tells you ‘this place feels like home’ then you feel the same as me and I hope to see you on campus soon!! Go Frogs!

 

 


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Fresh Faces: Shank Saravat

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

Name: Shank Saravat

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Major: Undecided (probably Economics)

Residence hall: Milton Daniel

Favorite Netflix show: The Wire, but I’m also a huge fan of Game of Thrones and Veep

What stood out to you about TCU in your college search process? I was introduced to TCU by someone who worked there, which is initially what piqued my interest in it.

Why did you feel TCU was the place for you? TCU had strong programs in the fields I was thinking about majoring in. However, I was most impressed by its sense of community and strong school spirit, as well as the personal attention they gave to their students and the sense that they were genuinely invested in a positive future for them. I was also interested in TCU’s extracurricular opportunities and felt that TCU would prepare me for success after graduation.

What advice can you give prospective students who are considering TCU? Your college choice is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your life, and it’s important to thus treat it with the appropriate respect and consideration. Spend time carefully reflecting on what is most important to you in your ideal college, but recognize that you need to consult with other people to give you an outside perspective. With that being said, TCU is an excellent school that genuinely cares about its students, which is perhaps the most important quality in any college.

 


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Fresh Faces: Paige Crowley

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

Name: Paige Crowley

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Major: Nursing

Residence hall: Colby

Favorite Netflix show: Gossip Girl

What stood out to you about TCU in your college search process? TCU stood out to me because I could tell that the teachers and faculty truly care about their students and they want to see each and every one of us succeed.

Why did you feel TCU was the place for you? I felt that TCU was the place for me because the Horned Frog community is unlike any other I have seen. Every student is encouraging, welcoming, and full of TCU spirit.

What advice do you have for prospective students who are considering TCU? A piece of advice I would give to prospective students is when you are touring the campus ask questions to anyone who works there because each staff member is also so helpful. There are so many opportunities at TCU so any student can get involved in what they are passionate about. Know that TCU strives to make sure every student is successful and you will never regret becoming a horned frog.


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Fresh Faces: Molly Ricchiuti

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

Name: Molly Ricchiuti

Hometown: La Jolla, California

Major: Nursing

Residence hall: Waits

Favorite Netflix show: Grey’s Anatomy

What stood out to you about TCU in your college search process? TCU is a small school with big school spirit. I wanted a relationship with each professor while being able to celebrate my college with a big community of supporters.

Why did you feel TCU was the place for you? You walk around campus and you can immediately feel the sense of pride and community that all those who bleed purple have!

What advice do you have for prospective students who are considering TCU? My advice is to talk to anyone and everyone on campus. Everyone is so happy at TCU and are more than excited to share their horned frog love with you. Each person you meet will love something different at TCU but each person will agree that they love TCU.


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Admission Updates: Meet our Newest Counselor

We recently welcomed a new member to our staff!

cherSFCherese Dickerson is a TCU grad from the Class of 2014. She grew up here in Fort Worth and double-majored in Marketing and Religion. Active in our campus community, she served as a Resident Assistant for Housing & Residence Life and was a tour guide for Student Foundation. After graduating, she spent the last 2 years advising high school students through their college search process with the TCU College Advising Corps, a program housed in the College of Education.

Cherese enjoyed her time advising high school students and is excited to now serve on the other side of the process because “the community here really is like no other.”

Cherese will be working with students from Florida, Georgia, and the Dallas area.

We are so excited to have her here on our team!

Come visit us for a campus tour and meet her!


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Student Submission: On Hospitality at TCU

Dear Horned Frog Hopeful,

I came to TCU from California on a whim, without expectation. I barely snuck in the back door through the waitlist and did not have the time to visit the state of Texas, let alone TCU, before accepting my offer. My first TCU experience was spent at Frog Camp, and the thing that struck me the most, other than the outrageous temperature, was the level of genuine acceptance coupled with school spirit. People really do seem to be friendlier in
CalicoastTexas, especially at TCU.

Many people will tell you that TCU is a place of wonder, a school that rivals Disneyland in its mystical lure and abundant happiness. While I do wholeheartedly subscribe to this belief, TCU is still a college, and college can be difficult. I spent much of my freshman year desperately trying to assimilate to a new culture, new friends, and a new lifestyle. Eventually, my efforts to fit in led me to forget how to be myself and I honestly debated leaving.

I spent that summer back home traveling up and down the California coast, visiting friends I had made in Texas. From the cliffs of Big Sur to beautiful beaches of San Diego, the best times I had that summer were spent with those who welcomed me with open doors and comfortable couches. It was then I realized that all of the people I had met at TCU had loved me for who I was as a person the entire time. I was just too caught up in all of the newness to realize it.
TajMahalSince, the connections and friendships I have made while at TCU have led me across the country and abroad. Every experience I have been blessed with over the past 4 years, from a cross-country cycling trip for charity to a summer spent living out of my car traveling across the Western half of the United States, all the way to the Taj Mahal in India, has been the result of the good grace and hospitality of people I have met at TCU. I can honestly say I would have never seen the beautiful landscape in Big Bend or the awe inspiring Teton mountain range without the amazing people I have met here. Thus, I have come to realize that the relationships I have built at TCU have been truly life changing and I am excited to see how those relationships evolve as we all embark on the next great adventure.Teton

Rather than becoming my world, TCU has opened avenues for me to see the world. This place has prepared me for what is next by providing me a sense of purpose in life. It has become my home. For that, and especially for all of those that have made my journey here so incredible, I am forever thankful. To the Horned Frog hopefuls who read this, my only wish is that when you come to TCU, you too make it your own. After all, that’s the only way the best gets better.

As always, Go Frogs!
– Ethan

MurrayEthan Murray is a senior Political Science Major from Newport Beach, CA who is an aspiring attorney and avid reader. When he’s not working at TCU’s rock wall, you can find him training for the Cowtown Marathon. Throughout his time at TCU, he has extensively written and researched social justice issues and human trafficking, has biked across America with Pi Kappa Phi’s Journey of Hope, has spent a semester interning in Washington, D.C., and has learned how to say y’all. 

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