Being away from home can be difficult and can leave you feeling lonely and isolated. Those negative feelings can hinder your learning; however, you can help overcome those feelings of loneliness and isolation by remaining active and getting involved with campus or local community. Being active can help you discover new lifelong friendships and build a new support network that will help you beyond your time in Corpus Christi.
One of the easiest ways to get involved is to attend different campus events. There is always something going on around campus--whether it’s a special speaker on campus, a free movie showing on campus, a social in the Breakers Room, or an intramural sports tournament in the Dugan Wellness Center—there’s always something free, or low cost, for students to do. Students will get weekly emails from INews sent to their Islander Email account with upcoming events or activities. Students can also check the I-Engage website.
To find local events going on in the greater Corpus Christi community, you can search online at http://www.visitcorpuschristitx.org/events/all-events.
Another way to get involved is to join a student organization. As a TAMU-CC student, you are encouraged to participate in as many student organizations as you care for. Clubs range from culturally related groups to academic organizations to special interest. Some active organizations led by our international students are:
There are more than 140 established student organizations on-campus. You can find a current listing at I-Engage website
. If the club you are interested in doesn’t exist on-campus, you are more than welcome to create a student organization as well. Check with the Student Engagement Office
of how to establish, or start, a student organization.
Volunteering for a non-profit organization in Corpus Christi is another way that students can get to know more about the local community. However, there are some guidelines that international students have to be mindful of when looking for volunteering opportunities. Please check with the Office of International Education before committing to a volunteer activity. You can find more information about volunteering activities at https://www.101corpuschristi.com/volunteer.
Watching Local News
Students can also stay up-to-date about what’s going on in the local community by watching the local news or reading the local paper, such as the Caller-Times, which can be accessed at https://www.caller.com/