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Spirit & tradition

Being a Red Raider is about more than wearing red and black. It’s about being in the student section with 10,000 of your closest friends screaming over another Texas Tech victory, getting chills when the Goin’ Band starts playing the Fight Song, or the awe you felt the first time the lights came on at the Carol of Lights. Then there will be that day when you are dressed in your cap and gown and you stand in front of the Seal to take that iconic graduation picture. That’s the spirit and the tradition that make Raiderland great and that is what you will remember long after you’ve walked across the stage at graduation.


School spirit is probably like my favorite part about Texas Tech.

My favorite Texas Tech tradition is the Carol of Lights. It takes place I think a few weeks before finals. And it's where the whole campus is lit up with six miles of red lights. I love it. It's so much fun.

Getting into sporting events, it's included in your tuition. And so basically, all you have to do is swipe your ID card, and it'll get you in.

My first Texas Tech game, I didn't know what to expect. I was just going out there with some friends, and I hadn't quite bought into the school spirit yet. But after the Fearless Champion, which is the name of our horse, comes out, the band's playing, the crowd's going wild, you talk about goosebumps. Like that gets me fired up every time.

It feels very united, and it feels like there's such a sense of community. It's awesome being a part of that being a student, and knowing that you're the central thing here, and that everyone wants Texas Tech to succeed. Everyone wants you to succeed.