Each year Arkansas Tech hosts high school seniors from surrounding areas for the university’s largest preview day, Time Out for Tech. The event allows prospective high school seniors and their parents to learn more about the academic programs, campus life and other on-campus opportunities.
Usually held in the spring, this year’s TOFT will take place Nov. 4 at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field and the registered student organization fair will take place in the Hull Student Union beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Ryley Welcher, a sophomore broadcast journalism major from Morrilton, said that during her TOFT experience she felt very welcomed.
“I had the opportunity to talk to some of the professors in my degree and was able to form a bond with them,” she said.
“I loved my experience at TOFT because I got to tour the Energy Center and Tech television studio. It was nice to be able to see what I would be doing in the future before I even became a student at Tech.”
For some students, attending Time Out for Tech was not an option. For international and some out of state students, in particular, this opportunity is not available.
“Even though I did not get to attend TOFT because I lived 18 hours away, working in the admissions office has helped me so much,” Emma Griffiths, an animal science major from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, said. “It allowed me to help and interact with students who were in the same position I was when I first got here. It also helped me learn so much more about Tech and gave me more of a reason to love campus.”
For other students like William Grant Larsen, a junior social studies education major from Springdale, their decision to come to Tech was already made.
“I knew I was coming to Tech; I took a tour earlier in the year and felt I didn’t need to attend,” he said.