First Year Must Do List
• Learn your professor’s office hours and go introduce yourself to them. The better they know you, the better they are able to help you be successful inside the classroom.
• Know and meet regularly with your academic advisor. If you are still undecided about a major, visit the Center for Academic Services (www.acs.tcu.edu). If you have a major, your advisor is within your chosen college/department.
• The Center for Academic Services (www.acs.tcu.edu) offers both workshops and individualized sessions on a range of topics to assist you academically—time management, study skills, learning styles, and test-taking skills, among others.
• Set time aside every day for homework. The Association of American Colleges and University (www.aacu.org) recommend “students should devote two hours of study time for every hour of class time.”
• Anticipate, know, and be prepared for registration times each semester. Visit the Registrar’s homepage for the academic calendar and plan accordingly: www.reg.tcu.edu.
• The Registrar’s homepage (www.reg.tcu.edu) also allows you to search course offerings and see a list of approved Core courses.
• Need a little help or feedback on writing your first college paper or essay? Visit the TCU Writing Center (www.wrt.tcu.edu) to meet with an experienced, trained writing consultant who can give you feedback and suggestions to improve your writing.
• Be sure to establish a calendar and a system for keeping up with your course assignments and co-curricular commitments. Be realistic about your time. Make To Do lists. Plan ahead and avoid the stress brought on by cramming!
• 70% of TCU students receive some type of financial aid to pay for their education. Visit the Financial Aid Office (www.fam.tcu.edu) to learn about all things related to loans, loan repayment, and how much your education is actually costs.
• Attend Money Talks seminars offered two times per semester through Student Development Services (www.sds.tcu.edu). Topics vary and range from basic budgeting to credit scores to credit cards and paying back student loans.
• Need some extra money? Explore FrogJobs (https://careers.tcu.edu/frogjobs.html) and find an on-campus job that fits your class schedule.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
• The first year of college comes with a lot of new stressors. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, eat healthy food, and exercise regularly to stay healthy.
• Feeling stressed, anxious, or down? Concerned about finances or relationships or coping with the daily stresses of life? The counselors and psychologists at the TCU Counseling Center are skilled at helping college students navigate the challenges of college and life. (www.counseling.tcu.edu)
• Students can make an appointment at the Brown-Lupton Health Center and see a health professional at no charge for non-emergency situations (www.healthcenter.tcu.edu)
• Get your annual flu shot for free! Watch for details around campus in late September/early October.
• Go to the TCU Recreation Center (www.campusrec.tcu.edu) for swimming, running, biking, weight training, cardio workouts, exercise classes, and even personal training.
• Use the bike share program (http://fortworthbikesharing.org/) as a healthy option for exploring Fort Worth.
• Worried about a friend? Visit the Counseling Center’s website (www.counseling.tcu.edu) and check out information about the “R U Okay?” initiative.
• Concerned about making good, responsible choices when it comes to alcohol and drug use? Visit Alcohol & Drug Education (www.ade.tcu.edu). ADE provides assessments, awareness campaigns, programs, trainings, and campus wide events on responsible decision-making regarding substances.
• Have a personal or family issue that’s making it difficult to get your work done? Talk to a Campus Life Dean. They can help. www.campuslife.tcu.edu.
• Make sure you join the Class Facebook page to stay connected to your class as well as learn about great opportunities specifically for your class.
• Participate in Orientation, Frog Camp and Connections. These programs help you make new friends, gain more confident in yourself, and learn what it means to be a Horned Frog. Sign-up for Orientation and Frog Camp by going to my.tcu.edu and Connections through Orgsync (https://orgsync.com/login/texas-christian-university).
• Take on a leadership role in a First-Year Experience program like Frog Camp or Orientation (www.sds.tcu.edu). Or, similarly, apply to be a Connections mentor for first-year students (www.leadership.tcu.edu). For information about being a Frogs First leader, check out Student Activities at www.studentactivities.tcu.edu.
• Interested in volunteering and investing yourself more deeply in the Fort Worth community? Visit Community Involvement & Service Learning (www.involved.tcu.edu). CISL can direct you to current volunteer opportunities, student service organizations, and numerous service-oriented programs throughout the academic year.
• TCU has approximately 200 student organizations. Want to get connected with others who share similar interests? Visit the Student Organizations website (www.studentorgs.tcu.edu) for a list of orgs, or login and join the Find Your Fit group to get information about orgs you might have an interest in connecting with.
• Serve the TCU student body through your involvement in Student Government Association (www.sga.tcu.edu) as Frog Aides. Frog Aides is Student Government’s student-led leadership training program exclusively for first-year students. In Frog Aides, you’ll learn the “ins and outs” of the TCU Student Government Association (SGA), gain hands-on experience planning campus-wide events and implementing student programs, interact with TCU’s top student leaders and mentors, and expand your leadership skills.
• theCrew and Hall Crew Association help plan dynamic social events and build a sense of community on campus. Find out about more here: www.studentactivities.tcu.edu.
• Positively impact the lives of others where you live as a Resident Assistant or Chapter Resident Assistant in one of TCU’s great residence halls. For more information about these positions and a timeline for applying, check out www.rlh.tcu.edu and click the “About Us” tab.
• The office of Religious & Spiritual Life provides support for the many religious traditions, beliefs, and expressions of faith on our campus. RSL supports student religious organizations, offers spiritual counsel to groups and individuals, and nurtures growth in faith, ethics, and a commitment to creating a more compassionate world. For a list of programs, opportunities, and groups, visit www.faith.tcu.edu.
• Culture, Community, and International Services (www.ccis.tcu.edu) is dedicated to providing programs and services that increase understanding and provide an inclusive environment for all at TCU. Located in Jarvis Hall, this office creates programs and opportunities for learning across lines of race, gender, ethnicity, and borders of all kinds. You’ll also find opportunities for service here.
• Thinking about going Greek? Explore www.greeks.tcu.edu and learn about all the different Greek organizations that are offered and the various recruitment processes.
• It is never too early to start thinking about the future. To get a head start, the place to go is Career Services (www.careers.tcu.edu). The professionals in Career Services can help you with resume writing, securing internships, choosing a major that’s right for you, and helping you create a roadmap for the future. Explore their extensive website and set up an appointment with a career advisor.