"Lubbock is not a typical good first-impression city that I think of, but I find it more and more attractive as
I live here longer. It is a city with a warm heart and open arms. It is vibrant and
blooming with opportunities, yet at the same time, a very tight community. Be confident,
be real, and be nice to people and you will find so many friends.
One thing that you might want to consider is to get a driver's license because this
city is designed for driving. If you can't get a license, that is ok because you can
carpool with people and that makes you friends with each other really fast!
There are a lot of good restaurants in Lubbock and going out with friends is a great
way to build relationships. Bring a pair of rain boots and you will thank me in spring.
Bring your favorite hometown snacks, they will bring you familiarity in a foreign
country and give you a little taste of home. Lastly, be ready to be challenged! Don't
worry, because there are a lot of people who care about you here and we've all got
your back! You are going to be just fine 😉"
~ Yufei (China)
Foreign land, new scenery, unfamiliar people and crazy skies. Lubbock has it all.
As new students, you will have the opportunity to experience the Texas Tech culture
and everything Lubbock has to offer.
To make the most out of your college experience, make sure you keep up with on campus
activities, join clubs and organizations, get social and attend events. Get ready
to use Snapchat. Surround yourself with people who encourage you, care about you,
and don't forget to call your loved ones.
When someone invites you out, say yes! Be curious. Ask questions. Learn a sport, take
a walk or simply treat yourself to some chocolate because why not?! Don't hesitate
to get involved and grab those opportunities. And most importantly— be yourself!
Welcome to Texas Tech! We're very happy to have you here. When I first decided to
attend Texas Tech university, most of my friends told me” There are not many things
to do in Lubbock”. You might have already heard this. In a way, they were being honest,
because Lubbock is a small city compared to Dallas, Houston, New York etc; But what
they didn't know is Lubbock has a welcoming community that is happy to take everyone
in and become part of the red raider family.
Being away from home is not always as cool as they make it to be on TV shows. Maybe
this is your first time leaving your family and coming to another country, or maybe
you've been doing this. Whatever it is, please know that you are not alone in this
journey. Life has its ups and downs. There will be moments when you feel alone, helpless,
or just simply want to talk to someone, please don't hesitate to reach out. You never
know how many people are feeling the same way until you reach out and share your experience.
After all, we humans are a social species, tribal by nature. As Global guides, we
are here to help you create wonderful memories at Texas Tech and flourish as an individual.
Moving to a foreign country for college is not always as easy as it sounds, especially
if you have to leave your family behind in your home country. I was really excited
coming down to Texas Tech, however, I started becoming nervous when it dawned on me
that I would be alone in a foreign country with a different educational system—it
was then I realized I had not prepared myself mentally for this new journey of life.
You can already tell, from the previous paragraph, that my biggest advice is for you
to not just prepare physically, but also prepare mentally. Your mental capacity is
based on your mindset, which is key to how you approach and overcome challenges that
may come your way. This is something I had to learn myself, even though I wish I had
known it prior to coming to Tech.
So please when you get down to Texas Tech, do not limit your mind and stay confined
to just going to classes; rather take advantage of the numerous opportunities on campus,
especially getting involved in student organizations and other leadership roles. By
doing this, you'll feel more accepted and easily adapt to the new culture.
Always Remember: You being a foreign student does not make you any less human!!!
Engage as much as you can with the TTU and local Lubbock community, which includes
attending various cultural events (when it is safe to do so), celebrations, workshops,
and most importantly, talking to people, sharing your culture, and being interested
in their culture. When I came to Texas Tech two years ago, I found it hard to get
used to cultural differences (foreign way of living/studying/customs/food), overcome
a language barrier, and dealing with homesickness. While there is no easy solution
to resolve these difficulties, having support from your Lubbock friends and
community will definitely help to ease things out. That's why I recommend allocating
some time during your first few weeks to build these connections.
Before the semester starts and you have a lot of things to do, take some time to discover
Lubbock! My top favorite places are the National Ranching Heritage and the Windmill
Museum.Finally, check Facebook Marketplace and Facebook garage sales groups before
buying some household items. This helped me to save a lot of money during my first
month in Lubbock.
There are not many things as daunting as moving to another country to study. The good
news is many have done it successfully so you can too.
The number one thing that unhinges international students is culture shock; so find
small ways to feel at home. Be it music, shows, food, whatever form of art, find little
ways to indulge your home culture. Another huge issue is loneliness. Moving away from
friends and family, leaving your whole support system behind is hard. You don't have
to leave them behind. Make out time to call, catch up with friends and family that
are far away. Do not sit in your dorm room and spend time only with yourself, do not
limit yourself to people from your home country. Go out, especially during welcome
week, get a feel of almost every organization you can find, and say yes to people
when they ask you to go for events.
Many organizations are looking to help you settle into life in the United States.
You pay a lot of money for services so you might as well use them; go workout at the
rec center, go read at the library, attend sports games. The journey you're about
to embark on is exhilarating, be cautious. Watch how you eat, watch how you spend
money, and be sure to attend your classes. I hope you have a sublime year, and remember
we're here if you need anything.
Coming to Tech can be a bit overwhelming, especially as an international student!
You'll be surrounded by tons of students while walking to class and you'll meet so
many new faces every day!
It can be quite intimidating and easy to get lost in the crowd and loose a sense of
belonging. But this is a great way to learn more about yourself! You need to keep
on reminding yourself that the students around you are either going or have been through
the same thing. Just like you, they too have felt lost at some point while attending
Tech and that they too climbed out of that hole shaping them into the person they
Say yes to all the opportunities that interest you! It could be joining one of the
many clubs and organizations that are on campus. Search for on campus jobs and student
assistantships that grab your attention. Go out, experience and learn new things!
This is a period to explore, and Tech has all the resources to do so, you just have
to ask and look for them! Tech hosts a lot of events throughout the year, these events
are a great way to meet new people and learn about the Tech culture. If you ever do
feel lost, attend the football games in the fall and the basketball games in the spring.
These events truly do provide you with a sense of belonging! During those few hours
you are sharing the same highs and lows with each and every Tech student whether you
know them or not!
So, keep that chin up and don't get bogged down if things don't go your way because
these next few years are going to be one hell of a roller coaster!
Study abroad is an opportunity to know yourself better. You probably came to TTU to
get to know another culture and meet people from everywhere, and you will! But in
that process, you will also push your boundaries and find that you are capable of
much more than you thought. Welcome to TTU, welcome to a whole new adventure. Here
you'll find opportunities and a welcoming community. It's not always easy, but it's so worth it!Lubbock is waiting for you. When you are here, take time to
go and explore it. You will probably spend the next four years here, so get to know
your neighborhood. Once you have friends, you can maybe plan trips somewhere else.
Dallas, Denver, or even Las Vegas are not far.
I invite you to open your mind, be prepared for new challenges, try your best, and
give yourself the chance to live different experiences. Are you nervous about coming
here? That's the best part, the excitement of starting a new life, enjoy it!
My best advice is to be proactive. Do you need anything? Go for it! Get out of your
comfort zone. You have the chance to start fresh here; take advantage!
Studying abroad is one of the most rewarding experiences that one can have in life,
Don't be afraid to seek out help be it from your friends, professor, advisor or a
local, because it gets tough if you try to do everything by yourself and it doesn't
hurt to have support. Lubbock and Texas Tech University are one of the friendliest
places especially for international students which makes everything easier.
Immerse in new cultures, meet new people, try new restaurants, find a new hobby,
explore a new place, and most importantly find a good spot in the library and a group
to help you focus on your studies and career goals. Always remember this, ‘Try all
you can and even if you fail, at least you didn't fail to try!' you should be proud of yourself for taking this big step to achieve your goals. As
you prepare for this crucial chapter of your life's journey, I would like to advise
and warn you that it is not going to be easy. Time after time, you might find yourself
thinking about how you miss certain people, place, and things. The wisest thing you
can do in this situation is to remind yourself of why you took this leap of faith
in the first place. So, believe in yourself and trust the process!
Going to a big university like Tech might be scary for many people, at least it was
for me. However, one of the things I love the most about tech is how friendly the
students and faculty are. Most people here will help you as long as you are willing
to put yourself out there and ask questions. As soon as I realized that I was not
the only afraid to talk to people, I was able to be more open and to meet plenty of
amazing people from all over the world.
Tech is the perfect place to learn about other cultures without having to travel miles
away. It is very diverse, and you will get to meet so many unique people and have
a unique experience. My advice, keep an open mind, don't be scared to engage people,
and enjoy this experience.