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| Just don't be afraid to be openminded to a lot of different characters and backgrounds. College is a time, for some people, to find themselves, and Austin provides a very liberal environment in which you may do so. It's not bad to get involved on campus, but if you feel a certain way about an issue, don't be afraid to voice it. There's bound to be someone else out there just like you. Don't be bowled over by other people who seem to have their arguments in line and their heads on straight -- its just not always the reality. Be who you want to be, don't be afraid to express it, and don't be too easily swayed about anything! |
|Feb 25 2004|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2005 |
| Although the school is huge, you tend to run in circles that include only the people in your major or your college (business, engineering, etc). I would say don't expect one-on-one contact that you would expect from a smaller school such as Rice. When you get here, just seek out those people who are cool and laid back as you are and you'll be fine. There are a lot of competitive students here and if you try to get caught up in that kind of academic life, you'll never enjoy Austin. |
|Mar 14 2003|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2001 |
| AP and CLEP out of all the requirements. Don't take the "learning for learning's sake" talk. Some basic requirement classes can hit you hard, like Calculus. Even if the class is moderate, A's aren't always a done deal. |
If you're going to take classes here, take the ones for your major. Since I'm an Economics major, I took Micro/Macro here even though I could've tested out. But for things like Spanish or Sciences, get all that stuff out of the way.
If you feel the intellectual urge, honestly, you should've done better in High School to get into UT's Plan II program. Honors programs like that are great when you want genuine learning. All I'm saying is not to take a hit in your GPA for some lame intro class. Get a 4.0 for lower division courses and reserve those B's and C's for Junior and Senior Year.Though people are friendly here, UT can be boring for people who aren't into the live music scene, especially freshmen. I spent about 80% on campus, and frankly there isn't much to do here. Downtown is a little better, but make sure friends go along with you, and bring sufficient spending money. It's certainly not something you can do every weekend.
|Jan 03 2002|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2005 |