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Don't Take Our Advice...

Each spring, graduating students are asked to offer advice to incoming students based upon their experiences while on the Forty Acres. Here's advice from the Class of 2010 graduates of The University of Texas at Austin.
The first semester is the most important.  Don't mess it up.
Jonathan Ramos, BA Geography
Murphy, Texas

I advise students to do their best in school, but not to obsess over their grades. Academic performance is important, but it is more important to learn the underlying messages our courses have to teach us. The grades will come and go, but the lessons can last a lifetime. I would also advise all students to seek out courses that challenge their world view and to experience other cultures and ways of thinking.
Mize Garrett, BA Government
Garland, Texas


Never give up on your dreams. If you really want to, you can do whatever you set out to do. College is what you make it. Accomplish what you really want to. Take chances, challenge yourself, and good things will come your way.
Bryan Cross, BA Biology
Edmond, Oklahoma


Try to find at least one student organization that you believe in, and use that to make a difference at The University of Texas at Austin.
Logan Hairgrove, BBA Management Information Systems
Colleyville, Texas


I would recommend joining at least one organization that involves students from all over UT, not just in your college/department, because this sort of interaction is what leads to new ideas and experiences.
Priyanka Pathak, BBA Management Information Systems
Phoenix, Arizona


Always take the opportunities you're given. Don't assume that the opportunity that's here today will still be available next semester. Register early, and be sure to talk to your adviser at least a couple of times a semester. Don't be afraid to ask questions.  Remember that these four years are exactly that: four years, and four years only. You have a lot of life left ahead of you. Build your work ethic here and it will serve you for the rest of your life.
Jonathan Estill, BS Radio-Television-Film
Cedar Park, Texas


Don't get caught up in trying to detach yourself from your core values. Rather build on them and along with this great education, you will have a stronger combination.
Marta Garcia, BS Radio-Television-Film
Brownsville, Texas

For anyone entering the University of Texas, I feel that it can be overwhelming trying to meet new people, deciding a major and adjusting to a new way of life. Everybody needs support, and I believe the best thing is a social network. Get involved, whether it is with the Greek system, the student body, an on-campus job or IM sports. Don't be scared, because 50,000 other students are or have done the same.
Lauren Carlson, BS Human Development and Family Sciences
Lago Vista, Texas