August 25, 2017
Incoming members of the John V. Roach Honors College traveled abroad for Frog Camp Berlin in July. As a component of the First Year Experience program at TCU, Frog Camps focus on life outside of the classroom and provide an opportunity for students to make friends, discuss college issues, and prepare for life as a Horned Frog. Through Frog Camp Berlin, Honors participants had the opportunity to travel to Germany and experience Berlin culture, while preparing for their impending life at TCU in the fall.
Ms. Sophia Coussoule, a senior Honors student, was the Student Director for the trip, with the assistance and advice of Mr. Trung Nguyen, Director of First Year Experience. In addition to Ms. Coussoule and Mr. Nguyen, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull and Honors College Dean Diane Snow and Assistant Dean Ron Pitcock joined the group of Honors students on the trip.
According to Ms. Coussoule, Frog Camp Berlin provided an opportunity for incoming Honors students to connect first-hand with the TCU mission statement, specifically as “global citizens.” Moreover, Berlin offered a unique experience for Honors students to contemplate how the city addresses its rich and complex history, which, as Ms. Coussoule describes, is often depicted “through the eyes of the victims versus the eyes of the perpetrators.” Throughout the trip, Honors students journaled their learning experiences and takeaways, as they visited an array of sites, such as the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, the Berlin Wall, and the Reichstag.
Dean Snow similarly acknowledges Frog Camp Berlin’s alignment with the TCU mission statement: a “major goal of the Honors College is to prepare our students to be global citizens who are ‘ready for the world.’ At Frog Camp Berlin, they not only learned about a culture different from their own, but they also shared that learning experience with a wide variety of personality types – people who think and act differently. This experience immersed them and confronted them day-to-day with opportunities to practice flexibility, to embrace peoples’ differences, and to develop and hone problem-solving and decision-making skills together. They built a new network and learning community.”
Moreover, Dean Snow states that “it was a wonderful experience for me to get to know our incoming Honors class and establish a relationship with each of them.”
Welcome to Honors!