Dear International Students,
We are SO glad you’re here! Welcome to West Texas, we can’t wait to meet you. We wanted to reach out specifically to you to take some time and give you some pointers for when you arrive on campus.
- Make it home!
West Texas has a little something for everyone, you just have to go out and find it. You’re bound to bond with someone over a good restaurant or an activity that you grew up doing. If not, there is always room for growth.
You can visit the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership to learn more about how to get involved or start your own organization.
- Do not get stuck in your room!
It takes time to adjust to new settings and cultures, but don’t let that become your life. West Texas has a little something for everyone, you just have to go out and find it. Reach out to other involved students, professors, faculty etc.
- Find other international students
Whether you share the same home country, language or similar culture, it’s worth getting to know other students who have experienced the same culture shock as you. Connect with other internationals within your major or department and learn more about involvement and their perspective. They can give you an inside look at what is a good use of your time and what may not be.
- Utilize the resources available to you.
The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership is a great place to start to find organizations, but there are countless other opportunities to find your niche on campus. Join intramural sports, for example, as a way to stay or get in shape and meet people from all over campus. Advising Services is there to answer any academic related questions.
- Talk to your advisor, professors, or faculty and staff within your department.
They are invaluable resources not just for your education, but within the WT community and the surrounding area. They are here to serve you and make you a better person, so reach out to them.
The best way to get a good understanding of EVERYTHING WT has to offer is by attending Buff Branding on move-in weekend (August 23-25). There, you will be introduced to the campus, your class cohort, organizations and local businesses and all other things WT.
If you have any questions, check out the schedule at http://www.wtamu.edu/student-life/buff-branding.aspx, and follow us on social media.
Welcome home, Buffs!