The Undergraduate Studies Council (UGSC) is the official representative student organization of the School of Undergraduate Studies, providing a platform for UGS students to explore leadership while planning beneficial activities for fellow students. In addition to currently enrolled Undergraduate Studies students, FIG peer mentors, Longhorn Scholars Program students, and Bridging Disciplines Programs students are also part of the Council. The Council deliberates and votes on Senate of College Councils legislation relevant to UGS, presents proposals and legislation on behalf of students to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, hosts social events for School of Undergraduate Studies students, organizes town hall meetings with the UGS administration, and organizes projects in the Austin community. Currently, the Council has four officers, three of whom are enrolled in Undergraduate Studies.
All four officers agreed that the main issues UGS students face are planning a personal path through all of the possibilities at UT Austin, deciding on a major, and navigating a new, larger, overwhelming university and all of its resources. Walter Zamora, financial officer, pointed out that figuring out what they want to study is a major concern for many students entering college, but many UGS students are even more undecided. His advice is “…not to worry too much about it: like many things in life, the best way to approach this is to think in terms of the present; find something you really like and study that. Considering the great flow of information and constant change in today’