Category: 2019

An inside look at J-Camp 2019

An inside look at J-Camp 2019

For two weeks, a group of 13 high school students from around the country participated in the Schieffer Summer Journalism Camp, a workshop whose goal is to introduce high schoolers to the skill set required for modern journalism.

Held from June 9 to June 22, students were exposed to skills like reporting, interviewing, writing, filming and editing.

Jean Marie Brown, a professor at TCU and the camp director, said the intent of the camp was to prepare students to be 21st century journalists.

“I want them to leave here with a new level of confidence, a broader understanding of what they’re looking for,” Brown said. “I hope that this gives you a sense of what that skill set requires.”

Incorporating programs such as Instagram and Adobe Spark, students gained a broader understanding of the digital elements that can be used in journalism moving forward.

“[The camp is] also to get you to think differently about some of the things you take for granted, like Instagram, now you’re thinking about it as a journalist,” Brown said.

Students collaborated in groups covering events on TCU’s campus to practice executing the skills taught in faculty-led classes.

As part of the two-week experience, students resided on campus at Foster Hall, ate meals at Market Square in the Brown-Lupton University Union, and used the University Recreation Center.

The campers managed to create connections that encouraged teamwork and socialization while at the workshop.

Kameron Sanders, a rising junior and returning camp attendee from Fort Worth, said the camp made him more outgoing.

“Last year when I came in, I didn’t like talking to people,”Sanders said. “[Now] I’ve become more open and willing to get to know people and willing to make new friends.”

Kit Blouin, a rising senior and first-time camper from Scottsdale, Arizona, said that the camp emphasized proper communication and professional interactions in a workplace environment.

“It’s a lot about responsibility and maturity that comes with working together in these groups and work towards a communal goal,” Blouin said.

For more information about the camp and the work produced by the students, click here.


Future Frogs

Future Frogs

Orientation at Texas Christian University is not just about enrolling the student and giving them a tour of the campus. It is meant to acclimate students to their new living environment.

From May 28 to July 2, a staff of student orientation leaders engage the incoming freshman class in things such as icebreakers, group meals, and one-on-one interactions that allow the students to feel the warm sense of belonging.

Current students have stated that TCU’s Orientation alleviates the amount of stress many incoming students face before the school year.

“I know this is going to sound cliche, but you will feel as a family,” said orientation leader Doreen Nyambuka. “Whenever the orientees were talking about why they chose TCU, some of the leading factors were because they [Orientation Leaders]  were so friendly and made them feel at home before it became a home if that makes sense.”

The orientation leaders at Texas Christian University  want to relate and understand how the incoming students feel.  They listen to the stories and struggles students have endured. When possible, they give moral support. They play a key role in orientation. Without the addition of these student leaders, orientees would not receive the same personalized experience that TCU is proud to offer.

This is done by giving the students the opportunity to select their classes, form their schedules, and gain a sense of the differentiation between high-school and college lifestyles. Leaders provide the incoming students with copious amounts of advice regarding the transition into college.

“Keeping it in mind to stay motivated and having motivation in college… you didn’t come here to party, don’t forget your purpose while you’re here,” Nyambuka said.  Following orientation, students return home with a renewed sense of purpose and community that TCU students and alumni speak so fondly of.

Orientation Newscast from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.

The pros and cons of Greek life

The pros and cons of Greek life

With nearly half of the students participating, Greek life is prominent in the lives of TCU students. Some students shared how Greek life affects the campus environment and their college experiences.

Rising senior, Grace Toups, said a lot of people in her family have been in Greek organizations.

“My mother actually attended TCU and was in a different chapter house than I currently am now and just after seeing their experiences through their Greek life and all of the connections and friendships they made, I knew that that was going to be a great starting point for me,” Toups said.  

TCU football player, Garrett Wallow, is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. He said their events focus on community engagement and relationship building.

“We host events like, for like the community to really come together for fellowship with each other,” Wallow said.

All potential members of Greek organizations go through a recruitment process. While it differs for each organization, graduating senior, Danielle Bradford, who is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., said she wouldn’t change anything about the recruitment process.

“Rush is kind of an interview where you go and you see other people who are doing it for the first time and you learn about the chapter you’re trying to get into and the sorority.”

Not all students join Greek organizations. Rising junior Rachel Barnes said she remains an independent mostly because of the high cost.

“Additionally, the kind of social life that comes along with that is not what I grew up with because academics comes first and with those kinds of societies, you have to balance those things and most of the time, the Greeks come first,” Barnes said.

Recent graduate, Joseph Spellmeyer, said that while his fraternity has given him lifelong friends, he can also use the connections he’s made in his future professional career.

“It’s given me people who I’ve been able to use as a resource that have gone through professional development, getting ready to graduate, that sort of thing,” Spellmeyer said. “To have multiple people that I can look up to and still reach out to and use them for that has been awesome.”

Spellmeyer said he pays it forward by helping his younger fraternity brothers apply for jobs and edit resumes.