Facts about your family:
My family — all diehard Longhorns — lives just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.
Why did you choose to attend The University of Texas at Austin?
Being from California, I knew little about Texas. I did know that I wanted to pursue business, so I researched the top business schools in the country. The McCombs School of Business at UT was on everyone’s list. In November I came to visit, fell in love with Austin and the university, and realized UT was where I was supposed to be.
What do you want to do when you graduate from the university?
My dream is to attend law school after graduating from UT. Law has always been an interest of mine. I hope to find a career in law that utilizes my growing business knowledge.
If you had to choose one thing about yourself to share with the university’s Web audience, what would it be?
I am not just reciting the “company line” when I say I love my university. After spending a year in Austin, I cannot picture myself on any other campus. UT met — and exceeded — my expectations for college. Because of its size, there are opportunities offered here that are not available anywhere else.
If you could travel to one spot anywhere in the world, where would you want to visit?
I traveled to Paris for the first time this past summer and loved everything about it. Paris has a culture and beauty all of its own. I loved it so much that I am planning to return next year for a study abroad program. I’ll be sure to blog about that process soon.
What are your current favorite books? What books would you recommend to someone you just met?
Two books that receive my full recommendation are “Catcher in the Rye” and “All the Pretty Horses.” Both books have well-developed and relatable protagonists. “Catcher in the Rye” is a classic and one of those books everyone should read.
What pushes your buttons? What are your pet peeves?
To save electricity, sometimes the business school turns off the escalators that go up, but not ones that go down. Another one is students who blindly swing their umbrellas around on rainy days. The biggest one might be teachers who proctor tests right after OU weekend when many students spend the weekend in Dallas.
What are your favorite Web sites?
www.BurntOrangeNation.com is my most viewed bookmark. It always has unique analysis and coverage of Longhorn sports. Since I am a contributing author, I may be biased though. Facebook and Twitter are always popular with college students. GroupOn, which offers great coupons for Austin restaurants, is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
What are your favorite foods?
On South Congress there is an exceptional pizza place called HomeSlice. It started out as a single restaurant but when it became too crowded, they opened another restaurant called More HomeSlice right next door to handle the overflow. That probably tells you all you need to know about how good it is, but I will blog about it this semester.
What music are you listening to?
Between classes today I started with some classic George Strait, switched to the Rolling Stones around lunch and walked home to a local band called the Bruce James Soultet.
What are your all-time favorite movies?
“Cinderella Man” has been my favorite movie for a while. It nailed the feel of The Depression perfectly. Although since I was not there, I probably don’t have the best perspective. “The Departed” is another movie that I could never get bored with.
Who are your favorite artists?
Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of country music like George Strait, Brooks & Dunn and Jason Aldean. In other genres, I have been listening to The National, We Are Scientists and the Allman Brothers.
What are your favorite academic subjects? What are you interested in studying in the future?
I am really enjoying my Legal Environment of Business class right now. My teacher does an excellent job of taking complicated legal theories and making them understandable. Out of all the business classes, finance is my favorite. I chose finance as my major because it is a field that undergoes constant evolution.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
The Main Mall has to be my favorite spot on campus because of how busy it is. It is the physical and cultural center of the university. Many major events like Welcome to Texas, the Hex Rally, the Torchlight Parade and commencement take place under the Tower on the Main Mall. The baseball stadium, the Alumni Center coffee shop and the Office of Admissions are also places that are special to me.
What are your favorite places to go in Austin?
I’m a big coffee drinker so Caffé Medici, the Hideout and Joe’s are coffee shops I frequent often. Caffé Medici is convenient because it is right across the street from campus, the Hideout is in the heart of the city and Joe’s is a popular spot in the South Congress district. South Congress is one of my stomping grounds because that is where all of the best food spots are located. If you get a chance to go, you will probably agree that it has a vibe all of its own.
What are your favorite free-time activities?
Free time? What is that? When I do find some free time, I like to explore everything Austin has to offer. Barton Springs, a naturally cooled pool, is a great spot on an August day. The best barbecue in Texas, the Salt Lick, is only a short drive down the highway. Culturally, Austin has a great selection of concerts, performances and museums. There is never a day without something to do in ATX.