Frequently Asked Questions

What is GROW?

The Graduate Resource and Opportunity Workspace, or GROW, is a space for graduate students to study, network, attend professional development and academic workshops, and access resources tailored to graduate-level students.

Where is GROW located?

GROW is currently located within the Library, upstairs in LIB 220. When you enter the library, go up the stairs to the right and then turn diagonally right. The GROW suite is located just past the low wooden wall. If you are coming from the elevators, proceed past the glassed-in area and turn left at the low wooden wall.

How do I get into GROW?

All graduate students who are registered for the current semester and have an active SandDollar$ ID card have access to the GROW suite. Simply swipe your card in the reader on the wall to the right of the door. If the reader will not let you in, contact a GROW staffer for assistance either by knocking lightly on the door to obtain the attention of the staffer on duty, or by emailing us with your name and A# at GROW@tamucc.edu. Please note that it may take up to 48 hours to provide your card with access privileges.

When is GROW open?

GROW is available at any time during library hours. However, staff members are generally only present from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

What can GROW offer me?

There are numerous ways that GROW benefits graduate students. We offer

  • Dual-monitor computers
  • Study tables
  • Free printing
  • Free brewed coffee
  • Writing-style reference books and manuals
  • SPSS manuals
  • Dry-erase boards
  • Assorted other resources, such as writing manuals, staples, tape, earbuds, dry-erase markers, paper cutter, and hole-punch.
  • Projector access
  • Public and small group workspace
  • Workshops and events covering topics such as
    • Academic writing
    • Thesis/dissertation preparation
    • Life balance and stress management
    • Networking
    • Mentoring
    • Professional development

Wait, so what’s this I hear about free coffee and printing?

We are proud to offer free brewed coffee and Keurig access, as well as free black-and-white printing and copying to any current graduate student who brings their own paper.

Where can I get a snack in GROW?

At certain workshops, we are able to offer various refreshments. These will be mentioned in the flyers, social media posts, or email updates about these workshops. Otherwise, there are vending machines located underneath the stairs of the library, as well as Subway and Starbucks right outside the Library doors.

Can I eat in GROW?

You may bring snacks and food into the suite; however, we ask that you respect your workspace by cleaning up any spills or smudges, and by disposing of all waste in the appropriate receptacle. Additionally, we ask that you use a lid for all beverages. Further, please be mindful of your peers when considering very strong-smelling foods such as tuna fish, onions, or other pungent flavors.

How can I find out about workshops and opportunities?

We offer a monthly list of events in the GROW suite, as well as weekly or daily updates on the white board near the door. We also send out a weekly newsletter to the university email address you were given upon enrollment. Additionally, you can follow us on Twitter at @TAMUCCGROW, or like our Facebook page: "Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Graduate Resource and Opportunity Workspace." Finally, you can visit our website, grow.tamucc.edu. All of these options will provide up-to-date information about upcoming events, workshops, and other opportunities.

When there are workshops held within the GROW space, do I have to leave?

Occasionally we may hold a workshop within our GROW suite. These are most frequently held during the day or early evening and on Saturday mornings. In most cases, you are not required to vacate the suite during these events, even if you choose not to participate in the event itself. Of course, we hope you find benefit in the material covered in the workshop. However, if you choose not to participate, we do ask that you respect the speaker and participants by using headphones at a moderate volume to listen to any music, abstaining from printing during the workshop, and taking any conversations outside the suite.

I need to reserve the small group study room ahead of time. Can I do that online?

Yes! You may reserve our small group study room for a two-hour block of time at http://grow.tamucc.edu.

Is it super quiet in GROW?

While it is usually very quiet in the GROW study room, it is not strictly silent. However, we do ask our patrons to take conversations or phone calls outside the space. Additionally, the small group study room is not soundproof, and we ask that groups using it maintain a low level of volume as well.

I missed a workshop. Can I view it online?

We are occasionally able to offer recorded workshops on our YouTube channel, TAMUCC GROW. Frequently, these videos are also linked on our Resources page, http://grow.tamucc.edu/graduate_student_resources.html.

I have questions about graduation. Can GROW help me with this?

The GROW desk is available for questions you may have about workshops or about the space itself; however, for questions about graduation, contact the College of Graduate Studies at gradcollege@tamucc.edu.

I have questions about financial assistance for graduate students. Can GROW help me with this?

Graduate students employed as graduate assistants, research assistants, or teaching assistants at the university are eligible for in-state tuition rates as well as a stipend. A waiver form must be submitted to obtain in-state status. More information about scholarships, assistantships, and other funding sources is available here: http://gradcollege.tamucc.edu/funding/index.html.

I’m a new student this semester. When is the best time to come check out the GROW space?

Anytime! However, we also host a Welcome-Back party at the beginning of each semester, where we offer food, prizes, and information about planned events for the semester. This is generally held within the first week of classes and is planned so that students taking evening courses may have time to drop in and join the fun. You will receive information about this in the GROW newsletter, which will come to your student email address.

I am a prospective student coming to tour the campus. Will I be able to visit the GROW space on the tour?

Yes! We frequently enjoy the opportunity to host prospective students as a stop on graduate tours of the campus. You will be able to briefly check out our amenities and resources, grab a cup of coffee, and ask any questions you may have.

I have more questions. Who do I contact about GROW?

If your questions are not answered by this FAQ, you can email the GROW staff at grow@tamucc.edu and expect a reply within 1 business day. Additionally, you can call us at 361-855-2507, or drop in and chat!