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I have had experiences with many groups on campus and we have strong religious groups on campus. I have heard of GLBT, but have never seen advertisement or attended any meetings and therefore I have no information about the group. Students who live a fast paced life and are looking to do whatever it takes to get by would feel out of place at tech because of the warming atmosphere. A person that does not like to talk to people, get involved or join organizations will have a hard time adjusting to Tech. Between the hours of 8 am to 10 am, many students where comfortable clothing and jump out of bed to head to class, unless it is a snowing day. Anything after 10am may result in jeans or dressier attire. The Ugg boots and shorts are in and it is hidious! Many different types of students interact in programs geared towards all students of Tech, such as Spring Fling or concerts. There are four tables at the dining hall, sorority members, engineering boys, loud crazy girls, and music students. I am a part of the loud crazy girls that just laugh and have a good time. The sorority members are dressed similar and stick together. The engineering boys are usually dressed outdated, but eat a lot. The music students are loud as well and have the weirdest conversations, sometimes breaking out in song. Many tech students are from major cities such as Houston and Dallas. Many students that are middle class or lower attend Tech. Many of us apply for scholarships or get loans to help us afford college. Students on campus are very politically aware such as the two popular organizations of young republicans and young democrates of America. Lubbock is a conservative town, but on campus there are even distributions of left and right wing students. Students rarely discuss their worth one day, we are working more towards graduating to make it to the next step.

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Texas Tech is an extremely welcoming school to people of all different types of cultures, races, socioeconomic statuses, and religions. It is really hard to say what type of student would feel out of place at this school and what type wouldn't. The campus is so diverse that it is really hard not to find a group that you would feel out of place with. There is not a specific style that Tech students like to wear. You will notice that the fraternity's wear polo attire and sororities enjoy wearing Nike shorts and long t-shirts. Basically anything that show's off what Greek organizations they are a part of. Otherwise many students either dress casually in what they are comfortable in or they will dress in Tech attire to show off their school spirit. How everyone dresses does not have an effect on the interactions among the different groups of students. In the dining hall you may see the separation into the Greek students, the athletes, casual students, and the more intellectual students. But at the end of the day we recognize that we are all Tech students and we all work together to make ourselves and our school better. Most students coming to tech come from all across Texas from areas such as Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and Houston. These students financial backgrounds differ but the majority would have to be made up of middle class residents from these areas. The majority of students coming to Tech are politically aware of what is taking place in our country and many of them tend to lean more right than left. When discussing with other students about their career choices and how much they want to earn many do not always discuss how much they want to specifically earn. But no one is afraid to say that they hope they make a lot of money one day.

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The majority of the Texas Tech student body's overall opinion on racial and religious groups fits with the opinions of West Texas unfortunately. I haven't had any instances where there has been comments or acts against others of a different race or religion at all. However, I think the large majority of students at Tech are white Christians. I don't know of any student that would feel completely out of place at Tech, because there are so many groups that are geared toward those of different religions, beliefs, etc. I know there is a Gay-Straight Alliance group here. But if those groups aren't enough for that person, I would say someone who is gay would probably not want to go to a school that is in this area. Most students wear casual clothes. Dressing up sticks out more often than not. You usually see the casual jeans, cargo shorts, t-shirts, hoodies, North Face fleeces, Ugg boots, etc. I've seen different types of students interacting around campus. The attitude here is laid-back and people usually are pretty friendly. Four tables of students might have: People studying with papers or laptops in front of them A few girls in a circle booth A group of guys and girls chatting it up A group of athletes There doesn't seem to be a large separation among students. People will sit wherever. Most Texas Tech students I've met seem to be from the Dallas and San Antonio area. The Dallas area must love Texas Tech because it seems like almost everyone I've met is from around there. I'm actually sort of out of place because I'm from Amarillo. The financial backgrounds that are most prevalent are the middle-to-upper class. These students are at a large university after all, so it seems to start from the middle and go up from there.

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The students at Texas Tech University are extremely diverse with a growing international student community and Hispanic student enrollment. The University provides a substantial amount of financial aid for students from low income families and continues to increase this amount every year, further increasing enrollment. Lubbock is located in the North West panhandle of Texas and is the largest city in that area, which encourages many students from the surrounding towns to attend Texas Tech. As a student body we represent an old-fashioned southern hospitality mixed with an artistic and unique modernity. We are loyal and embrace our fellow Red Raiders, on and off campus, with openness and friendliness. People address each other with “yes ma’am” or “yes sir” and will stand in the rain just to hold the door open for you. In all of my years as a Texas Tech student I have never come across someone who didn’t possess the deep feeling of consideration for other people that is signature to the Texas Tech community. We support each other and our alumni have formed a network providing resources for the University as well as its students. One of the misconceptions about Texas Tech is that its students are only interested in the social aspects of college and not very focused on academics. It is true that we are one of the most passionate and loyal student bodies in the country when it comes to our University, especially when our football team is playing against the University of Texas, but in my opinion this is just one of the things that make this an exciting and memorable place to go to school.

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There is not one stereotype at Texas Tech University. I honestly see and experience every type of person around campus. When walking out of my all girls dorm, I see sorority girls in their oversized t-shirts, leggings, and New Balance shoes. Passing the music building, I see the typical "band nerds" overflowing the area as they toot their horns. Going through the Student Union Building, tons of lunch tables are pushed together to form one long table as the frat guys join to eat and talk. And going to the Rec Center, I can guarantee that anyone you see in that general vicinity will have their iPod in their ears and will be wearing athletic clothes to workout in! At any time of day or night, people are running on the trails, playing on the beach volleyball court outside, or tackling each other on the field in a rugby game! The library is another place that is always swallowing kids to absorb knowledge and then spitting them out when it has had its fill. Between the Student Union Building (SUB) and the library, there's no doubt that any kind of person can be found. I have to say that a lot more people smoke than I expected. It bothers me because I'll be walking behind someone on my way to or from class and all of sudden this big puff of smoke is headed towards my face...DUCK!!! No, not really. I just make a beeline for a path a couple feet away. But overall, I see an even amount of every type of person: black, white, brown, yellow, red, purple; republicans, democrats; small, big; dumb, intelligent; sad, happy; rich, poor.

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I would say the student body is divided in three groups: The athletes, the Greek students and the non-Greek students. A student who is quiet and a homebody would feel out of place here. The students are outgoing, super friendly and very active. The REC Center is a pretty popular place to gather and it has every type of sport you can imagine. There is a rock climbing wall in the middle, an indoor track, about ten basketball courts, a couple weight rooms, Pilates classes, a place to rent skis, tents, kayaks and snowboards, and even a place to get a massage. Like I said earlier, Greek life is huge at Tech. I’ve known a couple friends who came to Tech and didn’t pledge a fraternity or sorority and ended up transferring schools because they felt out of place. Most Tech students are from cities in Texas. We have a lot of people from Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio. There is also a large number of people from really small towns and a bunch that are from Lubbock. Students dress pretty casual when going to class. Flip flops and t-shirts on a warm day. The North Face jackets and Ugg boots is the popular winter look. Campus is right across from Broadway Street, which is the street most of the bars are on, and a lot of people walk there after class is done to get drinks or eat on the patio when it’s nice outside.

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Tech is mostly a conservative, white school which I love. There is plents of diversity if you want to find it at a large school like Tech, but there was a reason I didn't want to go to a school where I would be the minority. I was at a greek party last year and players from the basketball team were there, so obviously the different social groups can mix. You can generally pick out the greek students with the polo and fishing shirts, kahki shorts or jeans with boots, and costa del mar sunglasses. This doesn't bother me because I like to fish, most of us will be wearing nicer clothes in 20 years anyway, and I am from Texas so you need to at least own a pair of boots. I feel like most "normal" people would fit in at Tech, but you will see more white kids here than at most big schools. It's nice because most people at Tech live several hours away from Lubbock, so you can get away from high school life and learn to meet different people. Most of my friends who went to college closer to my hometown end up back home every other weekend, and unless your from Lubbock this isn't an option at Tech. This is a great opportunity to get winged off your old high school friends and meet new people. It's also nice they make you live in the doorms as a freshman because you will meet so many people who are all looking for friends too.

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The study body consists mainly of west Texas natives and those from the Dallas area. You will find a good amount of students from Houston and San Antonio as well. There is no ethnic diversity at Tech. The demographics include 80% Caucasian, 12 percent Hispanic, 4% African American, and 2 percent Asian. Some minority students feel that they stand out a lot. But in end they always find their place and meet great people. The student body is generally very conservative with handful of students who are moderate or left leaning. But one thing is for certain there are many students who are very affluent. Never in my life have I met so many students and people who know the President of the United States of America (President Bush) on a personal bases. Many students have parents who played baseball with the president, who dine with him every so often. In my Sex and Violence class one day my professor asked how many students have met President Bush and actually spoke to him in close range. Of a class of 70 student 48 raised their hands. Never will you find that in another university. The student body also consists of many students on scholarships. There are so many scholarship opportunities for students. The financial aid office will really work with you to help you get a good education at the lowest price possible.

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The students at Texas Tech are definitely diverse. While many of them are from various parts of Texas, Tech truly welcomes and has students from all over the United States and world. Tech also has clubs and organizations that encompasses and considers their diverse culture of students. For example, Tech has clubs like the hispanic organization society, Korean student association, the Vietnamese students association, and ,many many others. Honestly, I can't think of a student who couldn't fit in here at Tech. While Lubbock is primarily republican (as is the state of Texas) there are many liberal students as well so it creates a balanced mix. Should you wish to become involved in political discussion, there are clubs and organizations for that and there is also a debate team which has reigned number one in the country at Texas Tech this past year and years prior. Additionally, similar to the diverse students, financial backgrounds are also diverse and Texas Tech has accommodated for this as well. Many of our students require financials assistance, and Tech has an abundance of work study programs, scholarships, and financial aid opportunities. Also, the town of Lubbock has many businesses that a student could consider working for during their time at Tech.

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Race relations suck here. I could list all the sucky racist stuff that happened here but I will refrain. That's west Texas, that Lubbock, that's Tech. It sucks, people really believe the stereotypes here. Sorority and Fraternity's are the most annoying group of people because they walk around like they own Tech because their parents have money. The only problem is that they are the main reason the freshman dorms suck because they find joy in getting drunk all the time. You can make some amazing friends here though. I have second family at Tech. I have ventured out of my culture many times. I have a group of Indian friends, I have my Jesus crowd, white people, black people, everyone. The fact that Tech is so conservative has nothing to do with the fact that people are informed and has everything to do with the fact that people are following in mommy and daddy's shoes.

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