We’re so excited to introduce our new Apollo team member, Wyatt Waters! Wyatt is our new Campus Ambassador at the TCU, and he’s an important part of our program in the Fort Worth community!
Check out this interview to learn more about Wyatt and what it’s like to be a student at TCU:
- How big or small is the student body? Were you generally pleased or displeased with the typical class sizes?
TCU’s student body is about 10,000 students, which is small compared to other major universities. Class sizes range from 25 to 75 students, which is a great atmosphere for learning! There hasn’t been a single day on campus where I haven’t seen someone I know, which is a big part of why I love TCU!
- Describe the campus setting and transportation options. Are there buses or do you need a car/bike?
TCU is a relatively small campus that is super walkable. For those who live in the Greek village or a little further away from the main academic buildings, TCU provides a free bus shuttle system. Also, I have seen on multiple occasions bikes, scooters, and skateboards used by those who wish to get to class faster.
- How available are the professors, academic advisers, and teaching assistants?
Professors’ office hours are easily accessible and open to students who wish to go and speak with them about the content of the courses! Academic advisers usually have open hours on Fridays but are always welcome to appointments. I’ve have only had one Teaching Assistant in my time at TCU, but they are just as welcoming as the rest of the staff.
- How would you describe the dorm life – rooms, dining options, location, and social opportunities with other students?
Dorm life at TCU is really fun and exciting for resident students! Our RA’s do a great job of providing fun and educational activities for residents and are always a smiling, friendly face! Rooms are a good size and serve their purpose really well. Dining options vary, as there are multiple ways to eat besides the general cafeteria. Frog Bucks are available for use at multiple restaurants around the TCU area, including my personal favorite, Chick Fil-A! TCU does a great job of advertising multiple opportunities to get involved with the various programs that TCU has to offer. Groups such as The End, The Crew, and SGA put on multiple free events for students to attend such as concerts, movie showing, and guest speakers.
- What are you studying and why? Does the university do a good job supporting your particular area of study?
TCU supports a variety of majors/minors for students to choose from. Each college of study has a full set of professors and staff there to help students achieve their desired goals while at the university. Personally, I am a political science and history double major and stay pretty much in the Addran School of Liberal Arts. I’ve always had a fascination with these fields of study and want to pursue a career in politics or the law field, so these majors help me chase that dream. The university has done a fantastic job of setting me on the path to success as the various staff of the Liberal Arts school have been very willing to answer any questions I may have. My personal advisor has been a massive help as she has helped in picking classes that suit my education plan, answering questions about future classes, and being a general source of positivity in my endeavors.
- How easy or difficult has it been for you to meet people and make friends as a freshman? Does Greek life play a significant role in the campus social life?
TCU does a fantastic job at getting students adjusted to college life! The Frogs First program is the premiere source for first interactions between students. “Frog Camps” are held over the summer at locations ranging from the majestic hills of Scotland to the busy streets of Chicago, and many camps that help students learn about the great city of Fort Worth. Greek life is a big part at TCU, as nearly 50% of in the student population is involved. However, I know many of students who are not in Greek life, and they have found many different avenues to make friends and get plugged in to the TCU community.
- How helpful is the Career Center and other student support services? Do many reputable companies recruit on campus?
The Career Center is often an under-utilized institution on campus that many students do not take advantage of. They have helped me get interviews with various campaigns and have helped re-organize my resume.
- Describe the surrounding town. What kinds of outside establishments/activities make it fun, boring, or somewhere in between? To what extent do students go to the downtown area of the city versus staying near campus?
Fort Worth always has events going on and fun places for TCU students to hang out. Movie theatres, high-end bowling alleys, Top Golf, and local restaurants/bars are hot spots for students. It’s also great to have Dallas not too far away with concerts, sporting events, and other conventions happen year-round.
- Describe one memorable experience with a professor and/or class. Perhaps one you loved the most or one you regret the most.
My Civic Literacy Internship Professor, Dr. Ferguson, was one of my favorite professors. We would meet at least once a month to discuss politics and events happening in the election of 2018. He always valued my opinions, and we had some of the best conversations!