Seniors recall favorite TCU memories, talk about futures

Watching people fall flat on their backs during the 2003 snow day is senior Gina Wilson’s favorite memory of TCU.”On our snow day, all these TCU students get the idea they can walk to their friends’ and they all fell over,” said Wilson, a movement science major. “Every five seconds someone would fall over.”

Wilson and other December graduates said TCU prepared them for the real world.

“(TCU) opened up my eyes to different types of people,” Wilson said. “It opens up your eyes to more of the real world.”

Wilson, who is a member of Delta Gamma sorority and served as a Frog Camp facilitator, said her advice to freshmen is to get involved in as many things as they can.

“College is what you make it,” she said. “It’s up to you to seek out and get involved.”

Austin Hines, a senior radio-TV-film major, also stressed the importance of getting involved on campus.

“A lot of people waste their college life, but if you find something important, or some dorky club to join, like improv, do it and love it,” Hines said.

Hines, president of the TCU improv troupe Senseless Acts of Comedy, said his favorite memories of TCU revolve around the group.

“The thing I love most about SAC are the friends in SAC,” Hines said.

In addition to getting back massages from sophomore troupe member Michael Flusche, Hines said other favorite memories include the goodbyes to his SAC friends in the special last show the troupe puts on for its graduating members.

Hines wrote that a previous show took place last December when former troupe member John Anderson graduated.

“It came time when we were all saying our goodbyes on stage, and I gave him an Olympic medal necklace, except I ripped off the medal and put a wooden apple (on the necklace) because John had been my ‘teacher’ so to speak,” Hines said.

Graduating senior Courtney Klink advises incoming freshmen to explore every opportunity.

“With each thing that comes into your life, give it a chance because you never know where it will lead you,” Klink said.

Klink, a radio-TV-film and sports broadcasting major from Houston, said TCU provided her with a lot of experience and connections.

“I’ve gotten a lot of hands on experience,” Klink said. “I’ve been able to produce my own work, I’ve been an on-air DJ and a post-game reporter for TCU baseball.”

Klink said she expects to benefit from the university even after she graduates.

“I know that after I graduate, I can go back to my professors and people in the administration office for help and for connections,” Klink said.

As a single parent, history major Kelly McMahan, of Fort Worth, has had a very different experience at TCU.

“I didn’t do a lot of networking while I was here,” McMahan said.

McMahan said she felt voluntarily excluded from a lot because she did not join a sorority and did not live on campus.

“I definitely recommend to someone coming in to live on campus, just to get used to the school,” McMahan said.

A self-described loner, McMahan’s happiest memories from the university are of football games with her son, who was born during the 2003 Winter Break.

“I had a lot of fun taking my son to football games,” McMahan said. “It was fun because he was having fun. He’s a big Horned Frogs fan.