I’m just going to get to the point here. I never wanted to attend TAMUK when I was in High School.
Mind you, I graduated in 2006.
Sophomore, Junior and Senior year I had to make visits to this university every fall in order to get a feel for “college life,” but each visit I thought the university was trashy, lacking in diversity and overall unimpressive.
There was no pavilion, the walls on the buildings were grimy, the students looked gloomy, parking was even more annoying.
The school just didn’t seem to care, so upon graduation, I booked it to Dallas and attended DeVry University for a grand total of four months
before dropping out and ultimately transferring (reluctantly) to TAMUK for the Spring 2007 semester—the same time the A&M System’s Board of Regents paid their last visit to the school.
I’m guessing the Regents saw the exact same thing I saw—Nothing special. But, because it was drilled into my head that getting an education was so important, I stayed here until Spring 2008 before transferring to A&M Corpus.
By 2010, I had been told TAMUK went through quite a few changes, which encouraged me to return and finish my education.
During that two-year gap, Dr. Stephen Tallant was hired as president of the university and made quite a few notable changes.
One of them, the thing that bothered me most, was how clean the school was. The walls on the buildings were cleaned, other buildings were being renovated, the Student Recreation Center had been built and campus life overall seemed much happier.
Within the last two-years, the pavilion was built, the school added the Honors College, University Village, Mesquite Village, introduced Javelina dining, along with Chik-Fil-A, Subway and Sushic, and moved many of the business operations to a more convenient area in the Student Union Building.
Another respectable inclusion was the Presidents Round Table, and idea the Student Government Association had, where Tallant sits down with students to listen to their concerns.
Overall, within the last four years the university has improved dramatically. But the bad always overshadows the good.
The school’s relationship with the town is still terrible. Many students complain about the lack of things to do here, along with the fact that there are no bicycle paths to the school unless they live nearby.
The town refuses to keep up with itself. It does not care about what the students want, despite the fact that people only come here for the university.
As I understand, the reason is because students are only here for a limited time before leaving, but they ignore that the school’s population increases every year.
Not only that, it’s more difficult for students to find a part-time job when there is not much around to work with.
Speaking of student population, it’s fantastic that it has increased exponentially, but there is barely enough housing for everyone. The administration had to reopen Lewis Hall—a run down building—to fit the increased number of students living on campus, and Mesquite Village East is not expected to open until next fall.
Additionally, students complain that housing surrounding the school is mostly government housing—students are not allowed to stay there.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud to be a student here at TAMUK (something I never saw coming during my High School years) but nothing’s perfect, and perfection is a goal every university needs to aim for.
But alas, becoming a Javelina is the best decision I’ve made since I gradu- ated from being an Alice Coyote.