Welcome Raiders! We are so glad to have you aboard and have you become part of our Red Raider family. For the next four years, you won’t only be preparing yourself for your future career, you will also be making life-long friends and memories. Are you ready to start off this new journey with passion and purposefulness, make the best out of your college experience, and become the next Raider graduate? During the next two days, we will teach you all that you need to know about Texas Tech University- Costa Rica—all the ins and outs, dos and don’ts, but most importantly, we want you to get a glimpse of your upcoming journey as a Red Raider here at Texas Tech-CR.
Orientation will start off on Tuesday, August 13 at 9:00 a.m. with a grab and go breakfast, followed by the Red Raider Orientation Opening Ceremony. Remember that your parents are also invited and will attend their own meetings simultaneous to student meetings, so remind them to join us that morning so they can meet our staff and learn all about what it means to be part of the TTU-CR family.
This year’s orientation will be special since administrators and advisors from the TTU campus in Lubbock will also be on hand to help us give you the warmest welcome possible. This will be a great time for you to meet TTU’s newest Student Body President, David Rivero, who will give you a firsthand perspective on the University’s spirit and traditions and also answer any burning questions that you might have. But that’s not all, that same morning you’ll meet several of our current students who will talk to you about their experience as Red Raiders in Costa Rica.
Be ready to take notes and pay attention because later that morning our new librarian, Jess Williams, will be giving you instructions on how to buy your textbooks and use the library. Listen closely because the library can be incredibly useful for future essays or research projects, so make sure you learn how to use it properly so that you can take full advantage of the amazing resources that we offer.
After lunch, get ready to learn about student conduct, how to use Blackboard, Raiderlink, and support operations for academic retention. Hang in there because you won’t want to miss out on dinner at Hamburguesía that night. This will provide an informal environment in which you can mix and mingle with new and current students.
The fun continues on Wednesday morning with another warm welcome by our Student Services and Affairs Coordinator, Gabriela Echandi, and again by TTU’s Student Body President. Join us on the Gathering Stairs where David, along with the Managing Director and Assistant Dean of Students, Dr. Elizabeth Massengale; the Events and Study Abroad Coordinator, Marypaz Barquero; and several others, will give you all the ins and outs of the university. Later that morning, make sure to head over to the computer lab so you can register for classes and clear up any questions you might have about your schedule by working with TTU’s Senior Associate Registrar, Brenda Martinez, and TTU-CR’s Academic Programs Coordinator, Sofia Fuentes. After lunch, meet TTU-CR’s Operations Director, Alejandro Diaz, to learn about your financing options for paying your tuition, and later on gather for an important lecture on the university’s facilities and safety procedures with our Facilities Coordinator, Norman Gomez.
The 2019 Fall Red Raider Orientation will finalize with a Q&A session led by TTU’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Dr. Cathy Duran, along with many other of our guests from Lubbock. Make use of this time to ask any questions and clarify any doubts. We want you to feel ready and well informed before classes start, so raise your hands and ask away!
We can’t wait to meet you and your family. We are so proud and excited to have you on our team; let’s make this new journey as exciting and memorable as possible.