As most of you know, a tragedy occurred on campus earlier this week, when a UT student brought a gun on campus and proceeded to take his own life in the Perry-Castaneda Library. This library, also known as the PCL, is arguably one of the most popular places to study on campus, offering not only the most study space, but also a central location for most students to go to.
It’s difficult to begin my blog with an introduction to myself as a UT student in light of this week’s events. Not wanting to dwell too much on the tragedy, it was disturbing nonetheless to come to campus the next day. Especially since I was one of many students, faculty, and staff on lockdown.
I recently started biking on campus. I’ve noted a few things:
Check out some photos of my trip to San Diego.
This weekend I went to San Diego, California for the National Association of Engineering Student Councils (NAESC) President’s Retreat. Really long name, but only a one day event. The event itself was pretty interesting. There was a lot of focus on leadership development and understanding how different personality types work together in a group.
I’d like to welcome you to my Longhorn Confidential blog. My name is Brendan and I’m a senior at UT studying Marketing in the McCombs School of Business. I am so excited to share my year with all of you! I’m glad that I will be getting the chance to chronicle my final year here at UT and hope to hear from some of you as well!
Dearest blogger world-
What a pleasure to have the opportunity to share my experiences as a Longhorn with you this year, I’m truly ecstatic. Through this project I hope to provide you with some insight on what it is to be Longhorn, a college student, and most importantly someone who just like many of you is eternally grateful to be part of the University of Texas at Austin.
So here is who I am… My name is Berenice; I am in my fourth year at the university pursing a degree in Sociology and Social Work. My hometown is Irving, TX (around the Dallas area), but I was born in Mexico City. I am extremely close to my family; my sister (also a Longhorn) and I try to go back home as often as we can (it also helps that our parents come visit whenever they get a chance). Words cannot explain the experiences that I have had the past three years of my life at UT. Being the first person in my family to attend college, I am fortunate to say that I could not have asked for a better experience so far.
As I embark on this journey of my last year as an undergrad, I hope to reflect on all the great memories, the challenges, the friendships, mentorships, and even the unnecessary and exhausting walks between classes. So, what should you know about me?
First and for most, I am in love with life. Though many times I have faced obstacles, I always remind myself of the bigger picture- my purpose in life [on that note, defining this purpose has proven to be perhaps one of the most ongoing difficulties of my life, especially through my college years.]. I am passionate about many things in life and I am committed to those passions. Many of those passions are things that I love, so here are some of those.
I love to talk a lot!, I especially like engaging, deep conversations. I love to dance- anything, though I definitely prefer ballroom dancing (currently taking the class). I love to laugh at basically anything, laughing sessions are the best. I absolutely love to shop- it’s the best stress reliever! I love to learn, everyday there’s something new. I love to smile and smiles in general. I love to help others, especially those that need the most help. I love to spend time with my friends- they literally make my days, even the most hectic ones. I love to watch obnoxiously cliche chick-flicks, listen to music, and naturally, cheer on the Horns.
Here are some things that I’m involved with on campus. I serve as the Executive Director of the UT Student Volunteer Board (SVB), which is an umbrella organization for eleven different service organizations. I’m also involved with Student Government as the Representative for the School of Social Work. Some new organizations that I am a part of this year are the UT Service Scholars, where I serve as part of the Founding Leadership Team and the Student Conduct Advisory Council as an at-large member. I’m also involved with the Leadership and Ethics Institute as a committee member for the Campus & Community Outreach committee. Let me know if you would like to get involved with any of these organizations, by the way, what are YOU involved with?
One last thing that you should know about me is that I love quotes, I read them, write them, and keep a book of them. I believe that through quotes many people connect. So throughout this journey I’ll share some of my favorite quotes (feel free to share some too!)
“Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their LIVES. I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be. The rest will work itself out.” – Reese Witherspoon
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to blog for Longhorn Confidential, please let me know if you would like to blog me about something, I can always be contacted if you have any questions/feedback, etc.
Proud to be a Longhorn… until next time.
Since I think they’re an accurate snapshot of who I am, here are some of the objects I’m toting around today:
Last week was the annual fall career fair for all engineering students, a huge event that makes all the other college’s career fairs look tiny. Engineering students of all majors and standings come to find internships, co-ops, and full time jobs. If you are an engineer, you HAVE to go to the event — as it is a great way to network with industry and to get lots of cool free stuff.
My name is Allison. I transferred to The University of Texas at Austin this semester to begin my education in nursing. I am a licensed paramedic and I look forward to a career in emergency medicine and alternative healthcare.