Three years ago today I visited TCU for the fourth time. It was Experience TCU, which is a day on campus for admitted students only. My parents and I were here as the time to make the college decision was fast approaching. I remember being so nervous about this when looking back I should have enjoyed it a little more. The possibilities are endless during that time and that was something I should not have been so afraid of. On this day at TCU it was snowing and icy everywhere. I also forgot a jacket, which was fun. At the end of the day my parents and I were discussing pro’s and con’s of the university (it was obvious my mom was team tcu) and I remember just having this feeling. TCU was where I wanted to call home and it was on February 6th that I was positive of that.
Two years ago I was a new member of Student Foundation and gave my first tour. It was such a crazy day. I remember looking back and thinking about how quickly time flies and how cool it was the amount of things I was able to do in just a year. Now I look back at all the tours I have given and the selfies I have taken my groups. Time is still flying, y’all. Giving that first tour I had this feeling come over me…the same feeling that I had felt just one year earlier.
Today I gave another tour (I have lost count at this point) with one of my frog campers turned good friend and yet again I was reminded of the feeling that always seems to come around on this day.
This reoccurring feeling is one I don’t think I will ever forget. From that tour on February 6,2014, to this day I am constantly reminded why I chose TCU, but today especially. I could not decide before whether I wanted to go in state or out of state-that was the big question. For me, I wanted somewhere that I could really take a leap of faith and be adventurous. I wanted a place that I could call home and a place that would help me grow into the man I always wanted to be. A place that would aid in the development of my self confidence on a regular basis. A place that I would feel that it was okay to be myself. On this day I recognized that TCU was that place. I saw how everyone on campus was so nurturing and invested in the freshmen and I guess that feeling was the start of a lot of confident decisions for me. I get this same feeling as I walk around campus and give tours. And especially today seeing I am no longer the young one being poured in to as much, but I am now the one pouring into the younger students and that my friends is almost what you call full circle.
I thank TCU for helping me grow in ways that I never imagined. I thank you for welcoming me into this horned frog family and allowing me to do things everyday that I love. I thank you for the people that have invested in me and cared about me. I thank you for the relationships and friendships that started here and will continue well beyond my years on campus. I thank you for teaching in and out of the classroom. I thank you for giving me everything I could have imagined in a college experience, and then some. I thank you for constantly reminding me why I chose TCU, especially today. I thank you for February 6th…the day I felt what it was like to make one of the greatest decisions possible.
Go frogs. Go STUFO. Stay thankful!
Southern and Thankful