What is Longhorn Confidential?
Longhorn Confidential, the student blogs project from The University of Texas at Austin, offers a behind-the-scenes look at college life. Each academic year from late September to early May, eight new students, from first-year undergrads to graduate students, share their thoughts, photos, videos and experiences online.
Since fall 2006, Longhorn Confidential readers have been privy to blog entries ranging from the hustle and bustle of the Main Mall between classes, participating in a rally at the State Capitol and excitement about graduation to reflections on waking up to no hot water in a dorm. Other insights run the gamut from tips about time management, finals and the cost of textbooks to musings on snow days, foot surgery and upcoming nuptials. Students also share what it’s like to attend college in the vibrant city of Austin.
Longhorn Confidential includes profiles of each of the bloggers, their personal photos and videos, and RSS feeds to make it easier to stay up-to-date on all the latest blog posts.
Check out this past year’s group of amazing bloggers, and don’t miss the student blogs from the previous four years: 2009-10 Longhorn Confidential, 2008-09 Longhorn Confidential, 2007-08 Longhorn Confidential and 2006-07 Longhorn Confidential.
Longhorn Confidential is a collaboration between the university’s Office of Public Affairs and Office of Admissions.
How are student bloggers selected each year?
The blogger selection process for Longhorn Confidential begins at the end of each summer, just before the academic year kicks off. The selection committee announces here on the Longhorn Confidential Web site when the application process opens.
Blogger applicants will be asked to submit a short paragraph about why they would like to be considered for the project. Also, the selection committee will request links to personal blogs, excerpts from journals or other writing samples.
The 2011-12 Longhorn Confidential application process is now open!
You might have a job, you might be in a band or you might be an artist. But at the end of the day you’ll always be a Longhorn.
If you’d like to chronicle your experiences as a student at The University of Texas at Austin for family, friends and the millions of visitors to the university’s home page, the Office of Admissions and Office of Public Affairs invite you to participate in Longhorn Confidential, a student blogs project. The 2011-12 installment of Longhorn Confidential begins September 2011 and runs through May 2012.
We want to hear about your experiences, stories, challenges and dreams as you work toward your academic goals as a UT student. We’re looking for students who can make at least one submission each week to their personal UT blog. Check out this past year’s bloggers.
Here are the details:
- To be considered for the project, send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday, Aug. 22, with a short paragraph about why you would like to be considered for the project. If you keep a current blog or journal, send us the link to your blog or an excerpt from your journal. In your e-mail message, please also note your major and classification.
- The student blog committee will make first-round selections based on the submitted entries. Then, candidates for the student blog project will be asked to meet with the committee for the final selection process. You’ll be notified by Friday, Aug. 26, if you’ve been selected to participate in the second-round interviews.
- Eight student bloggers will be selected to participate and will begin working on the blog project in mid-September.
- Each student selected will need to make at least one entry per week during the long semesters (fall 2011 and spring 2012) while school is in session. In addition, photos of the bloggers will be posted on the site, and you will contribute your own photos and videos.
- The student bloggers for Longhorn Confidential will also participate as part of a featured panel for a session of Longhorn Saturday, where students and parents get to learn more about The University of Texas at Austin.
Your blogs will be linked from the university’s home page. The Office of Admissions and Office of Public Affairs will provide writing guidelines for your blog entries.
We look forward to hearing from you and best of luck with your studies at The University of Texas at Austin!