Well fellow readers, time makes us older and wiser. My days as a blogger are quickly coming to an end, but I will not go gently into the light.
As I’ve mentioned before, I work at Freshman Admissions. I offer tours and talk to prospective students all day, and I love it. There are a couple of questions that I get asked a lot during information sessions, and I would like to take this time to share them with the world.
I must warn you however, I do not “sugar coat” things. I will tell you what and how it is and nothing else. For “sugar coating,” please go here: http://cuteoverload.com/
1) Are the buildings on campus air-conditioned?
I can always tell who is from out-of-state when I hear this question. The answer is “yes,” this is the Heart of Texas, and it beats with a hot fury.
2) How difficult is it to get into sporting events?
When you sign up for classes, you have the option of adding more to your tuition package (because it isn’t hefty enough as is). You can get season tickets to the Theatre and Dance Department’s Productions (http://www.finearts.utexas.edu/tad/productions/ticketing/index.cfm), contribute $2 to the University Speaker Series, who in the past have brought His Holiness the Dalai Lama (http://www.utexas.edu/news/2005/09/21/dalai_lama/), or for $75, you can purchase the LASP (Longhorn All Sports Pass). This pass may guarantee you entry into any UT home ticketed game. Typically (meaning except for Basketball and Football), you can use your ID to get into an unlimited amount of Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Women’s Soccer, Swimming, Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, etc. Notice how I left out two sports? For Basketball, the process just got a little more complicated, and since I haven’t quite figured it out yet, I won’t pretend to be an expert so I’ll provide a link: http://www.texassports.com/index.php?s=&change_well_id=2&url_article_id=1265.
For Football, the schedule typically involves the student picking up tickets at the Box Office in the Stadium inside Bellmont Hall starting the Monday before. Each student can have up to 6 IDs, and those tickets would all be next to each other. For high demand games, there will be a draw process with instructions on the TexasSports.com website.
3)Is the new dorm the best?
I’ll take on this questions by saying this: just because a dorm is newer does not make it superior to others. I’ve lived on campus for the past 3 years. In these three years, I’ve lived in all three different type of bathroom options: Community, Connecting, and Private. You can look at all of the dorms owned by the university by going here: http://www.utexas.edu/student/housing/index.php?site=1&scode=0&is_main=1. As far as off-campus dorms go, check out austindorms.com.
My advice for bathroom situation: Community bath is less expensive, you don’t have to clean it, you don’t have to provide supplies for the bathroom. I miss it.
This is where I’ll leave it for now. If you have any more questions, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a questions, chances are that everyone else has the same question.