Welcome to the Longhorn Confidential student blogging site! My name is Ryan, and I am excited to share my stories, thoughts, opinions, and dreams with you all. I am a sophomore studying biology and plan to pursue medical school or graduate school.
Today, I joined the ranks of thousands of former longhorns and ordered my class ring.
To many people who do not understand, this is looked at simply as a status symbol. Well, half of that statement may be true. It is a symbol but it is not simply one of status.
That ring is a symbol that I have survived Jester West and the 3:00 a.m. fire alarms on the 13th floor.
That rings is a symbol that I made it through my freshman drop classes and did not go crazy.
That ring is a symbol that I successfully learned all aspects of cellular biology and chemistry… FOR MAJORS!
That ring is a symbol that I spent countless hours and dollars at the U.T. Learning Center.
That ring is my proof that an all-nighter will pay off in the long run.
That ring is my way of knowing that I learned how to navigate Austin on the CapMetro.
That ring will help me remember those times I walked across campus in a tropical storm because attendance was a grade.
That ring will help me remember those first weeks of each semester when it is 100+ degrees and nobody is happy.
That ring will help me remember that though I may have failed all of my first exams, I passed all the ones that followed.
That ring will help me to remember the sacrifices that my parents made in order for me to get a top notch education. (Thanks!)
Everything about today was absolutely amazing. It was great going into the Alumni Center and knowing that in less than two years I will join those amazing people. Though I will probably have to sell plasma and a vital organ in order to afford it, I cannot wait to wear the ring. By participating in the events of today, I was given my first “light at the end of the tunnel” experience and know that I AM going to survive the 40 Acres.
I remember about halfway through my freshman year, sitting in my dorm room and thinking that I was never going to make it. My grades were tanking, I was not happy, and I had no clue what I wanted to do with my education. Coming from DeKalb, I did not know anybody in any of my classes and was overwhelmed at the fact that two of my classes had 500 people (larger than my entire high school). I remember seeing other students on campus with their rings on and simply thinking there was no way I would ever have one of my own.
Well as you can probably guess, I did make it. I dusted myself off, swallowed my pride, Q-dropped two classes, and changed my major. I joined some organizations on campus and made some friends. I survived. So when I get that ring in November I will wear it with pride and hold it forever as my symbol that I did it.
So, let me do a quick plug for class rings and encourage all Horns younger than me, that when given the opportunity… order your class ring.
Ciao and Hook’em!
Since I have a ridiculous amount of hours, my seating group and I have some pretty good seats this year. So glad I get to watch my favorite sports with some of my favorite friends! Is there any better sound?
So studio work has picked up and that time has come for me to get to know my borco and mayline better.
- Texas Point!
I was lucky enough to get to go the the first televised event on the Longhorn network and we got a win! Hook ‘Em!
My name is Vikki and I am a 5th year senior in the School of Architecture here at The University of Texas at Austin. OK, I know, I know, 5th year? But my degree actually requires a fifth year to complete due to the sequential nature of the program.
When I was in 8th Grade, my Algebra 1 teacher used to start every class with a joke to break the ice, so I am going to follow her brilliance and give a brief joke:
“Three (insert preferred football team) were sitting together in a park, all of a sudden one of them jumped up, started running in circles and yelling ‘45! 45! 45!’ An elderly man walked up and asked, ‘What’s all the fuss about?’ One of the (insert preferred football team) looked up at him and said ‘We just finished this jigsaw puzzle! The box said 2 to 3 years and we finished it in 45 days!’”
Let me now start by saying that I am very excited to be given this opportunity. I can’t wait to share with you all my year and hope to keep everybody entertained. I guess you may want some background information about me:
So as you know, I’m Landon and I am currently a junior majoring in Government and Geography. I am from DeKalb, Texas, (I will reference this often in future posts) a small town in northeast Texas. I say that I am a Government/Geography major but that is only part of my journey at this point. When I entered the 40 Acres, I was a Biology Major. After one semester I became a Government major. Starting my second year I decided that I may like to add an International and Global Studies degree into the mix and have now finally settled on Government and Geography. My mother would like for me to say at this point that this is what I have finally decided to stick with, but sorry mom, I am still exploring my options and not closing any windows.
I am currently involved with multiple organizations on campus and have met some of the most amazing people in each and every one of them! I am currently a part of Liberal Arts Council, Senate of College Councils, Liberal Arts College Tuition and Budget Advisory Committee, and University Service Corp. I’m sure that I will be discussing each of these more in the future.
I love being active on campus because I want all generations of future Longhorns to be allowed the same great privileges and opportunities that I have been awarded. My family always taught me that it was important to get involved and give back, so I am trying my best to give back to the university that has given me so many great opportunities.
This year is hopefully going to be another great year of personal growth and I am hoping to share all of it with you. What I have shared so far is just a small part of my life journey that has led me to this point. I can’t wait to share more of my past memories with you all and future adventures that are yet to happen. Hopefully you all can learn with me and we can have a couple of laughs along the way.
Ciao and Hook’em!