- Tijeras, NM
Hey y'all! My name is Rachel McLelland and I am from Tijeras, NM (right outside of Albuquerque)! Going to college, I knew I wanted to find somewhere not only with great academics, but where school pride was everywhere! I toured Tech and knew this was the place for me! You probably won't meet a bigger Red Raider fan than I am, so if you want to know anything or need a friend, send me an email!
My first day on campus was actually great! I was so excited to finally start college
and the anticipation for my first class was killing me! Tech already felt like home
and I was excited to fully integrate myself into the Red Raider family! After my first
day, it was hard to believe I had survived my first day of college but it was awesome!
Get involved! Coming to college, especially if you are traveling from home, can be
scary, but Tech is like a big family! There are so many things to get involved in,
on and off campus that will make college that more memorable! Being apart of orientation
and camp is already getting you connected and aware of some of what's going on in
Lubbock! Join as many or as few clubs as you would like, but do it wholeheartedly!
You'll make friendships and memories you'll never forget!
My biggest fear about coming to college was not knowing anybody. I was the only person from tiny high school that came to Tech, and although my cousin was attending Tech, knowing one person out of 35,000 was daunting. I was fortunate to go to a camp called Foundation Retreat that introduced me to people, but honestly going to Welcome Week events and talking to people in class, I made some of my lifelong friends! College is a place where you can make friends you will keep for a lifetime, so don't let your fear keep you from missing out on some of the greatest people you'll ever meet!