Welcome Back: Red Raiders Are Ready for New Academic Year

Students bring in the new school year with enthusiasm and school spirit.

During the exciting and sometimes overwhelming move-in weekend, students make time to take a photo with Raider Red.

Josh Coward knows attending Texas Tech is the beginning of a monumental change in his life. But the freshman from the small town of Harper is still excited about the challenge.

Thursday marked the first day of class for Texas Tech’s fall semester, and for Coward, it meant going from a high school graduating class of 38 to a campus of more than 30,000 students. 

"It's a big change, but I'm excited," said Coward, an environmental science major who said he's wanted to come to Texas Tech since he was nine years old. His parents went to Texas Tech and his twin sister also is enrolled.

I'm most excited about the opportunity to be in this big old city," Coward said. "There's so much to do."

Mia Medina, an incoming freshman from Big Spring, shares his excitement and said she cannot wait for the football season and on-campus events to begin.

"I'm excited. I’m really excited,” Medina said. “I feel like I really fit in here. Everyone is really friendly and really open to new friends and ready to try new things and so am I.”

Back from summer vacation, Valerie Brooker, a senior biology major, has a few words of advice for new students, like Coward and Medina.

 “Don’t overload your schedules,” Brooker said. “Make sure you do an extracurricular activity just to have fun, but always leave time for your studying because it is a big transition from high school.  Definitely don’t underestimate that first test.”

Another returning student, Zach Bohls, a junior from Austin, is nearly as pumped up about being back on campus as new students.

“It’s good to be back in the Red Raider Nation,” Bohls said. “I love seeing a lot of new people here and it’s pretty cool to see how comfortable everyone got so quickly at Texas Tech. I can’t wait for a great year.”



For more photos, visit the Texas Tech student housing photo gallery.