Texas Tech visit

Kate Murphy, Staff Writer

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The past weekend I visited Texas Tech University and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. Not going to lie, I went to the visit not expecting much and came back with almost all positive things to say.

Here are some things that I liked about Tech:

  • The campus was beautiful, all the buildings are a spanish brown brick with red roofs. This gives the campus a very cohesive feel and you don’t feel like anything doesn’t match.
  • The rec center was very impressive with tons of basketball courts and full gym, it also has the largest pool in the Big 12.
  • I am planning on majoring in Communications with a focus in public relations. Something that I really enjoyed was at the end of the tour of the campus I had the option to go meet with a representative from that college. I met with a girl that was majoring in PR and got to hear her thoughts about the communications school. Afterwards I got a tour of the building and got to see the broadcast room, PR room, newspaper staff and even got to meet one of the professors. Everyone was so helpful and seemed like they really loved their school.

Here are some things I didn’t like:

  • Though Texas Tech is a beautiful campus, it is very large and spread out. You would definitely stay in shape walking around campus getting from class to class.
  • It’s very flat, coming from Austin and being in the heart of hill country and going to Lubbock is a complete change in scenery and is very strange driving around and there not being any hills around.
  • I am not trying to diss West Texas, but I am here to tell you that there is nothing… though the drive may be pretty there is nothing for miles. And that drive is just forever, from Austin it is a solid six and a half hours. Only in the state of Texas can you drive almost seven hours and still be in the same state.
  • My last negative is that being someone that is interested in being involved in Greek life I was disappointed. The sorority houses are off campus and they aren’t a walkable distance away from the school. The fraternity and sorority houses are located on Greek Circle where the houses are currently under construction. Members are not allowed to live in the house, it is only used for meetings and gatherings, which is sad because you would not get to experience living in house, but it would cut down on the cost of Greek life.

Overall I was very surprised how much I liked Tech and would encourage anyone who is interested to go visit. I look forward to applying to Texas Tech.

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