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 After spending twelve years of my life in New York — land of the color-phobes — I have come to appreciate my basic blacks, whites and beiges. The “little black dress” didn’t become a universal closet staple for nothing. But there are so many gorgeous colors on the spectrum! Women ought to embrace the jewels, pastels and fluorescents out there instead of always turning back to our colorless comfort zone.

It’s no secret that The University of Texas has some of the top-ranked programs nationally in undergraduate education and the tradition continues for graduate programs as well.

Standardized tests have been a plague upon students for decades. For some of us, the testing didn’t end at the SAT because of things like the MCAT, LSAT, GRE or GMAT. There are various methods to studying and finding the one that best suits you is part of the problem.

This message is mainly for juniors who are anxious for the next year to pass but I suppose it could also pertain to any seniors hoping the next few weeks will fly by. Finishing school for good may be the thing you crave most right now, but I’d like to provide you with a cautionary tale.

The 129th Commencement Ceremony will take place on the South Mall on Saturday May 18 at 6:30 p.m., with former United States Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates as the commencement speaker.

Interviews can be terrifying, especially if you walk in feeling underdressed.

Students ask this question when applying for internships and scholarships and, more importantly, when searching for a job. Answering this question is far more complicated than students believe because even the smallest mistakes can have the biggest consequences.  

After four years of college, your main goal is to get a job, right? But with the competitive job market, many current students will graduate sans a job offer. Not to fret: A degree from The University of Texas at Austin speaks volumes; you just have to market yourself.

Graduation is nearing and with that comes the landing of your first awesome job. This also means some intense interviews. As a potential employee, it is important to advertise yourself not only through your expert resume, but your mature attire. Before you start crunching numbers and hyperventilating about the costs of D&G suits, read below for some tips, straight from thebudgetfashionista.com and Kiplinger.com, on how to gain a respectable interview and work wardrobe without breaking the bank.

When I moved into my dorm room as a freshman in my first year of college I was able to pack all my belongings neatly into the trunk of my Acura MDX. Five years later, I am now in my first year of graduate school, and between the four of us roommates, we have five coffee makers, countless dishes, seven brooms, two couches and five computers.

Graduating with a degree from UT is no easy task, but the challenge doesn’t stop there: securing a job is your next mission. Luckily, the University’s colleges and schools host career fairs each semester to make the search easier on you.

I think it’s time for a wake-up call. In case you haven’t heard, it ain’t exactly the best time to be a recent college graduate.

Guest male writer Brian Bogart's take on shaping up for summer.

Perfect springtime weather ushered in the 84th annual Zilker Kite Festival on Sunday. Swarms of families descended upon the park to spend the day relaxing under cloudless skies and of course—fly some kites.

College is scary, but what can be even scarier is sharing your limited space with someone. Finding a good roommate can be like searching for the perfect apartment; sometimes it works out the first time, while in other instances, it becomes a scary movie.

In the transition from dorm to apartment, one of the biggest changes you’ll notice is your newfound access to a full kitchen. Check out this cute kitchenware to make cultivating your culinary talents a bit more fun.

Student chatter around the 40 Acres

Not living on campus next year? Then there are tons of things to think about: the proximity to campus, cost of rent and utilities, to drive to campus or invest in a bike and the possibility of living with a roommate. There are pros and cons to both living with friends and flying solo. Check out this guide to make your decision a little easier.
 

 Between houses, apartments, co-ops and off-campus dorms, the choices may seem overwhelming. We’ve talked to some students who have lived in each to help you make a more informed decision.

After living on their own, some students realize it’s time to have a furry companion in the house. While having a pet can be the best time of your life, it’s also a huge responsibility. Try answering these questions to figure out if you really are ready to make the leap into pet ownership.
 

 One way to avoid the craze and anxiety of apartment-hunting is to know your preferences and realize there are more prime spots out there beyond West Campus and Riverside.

 Guest columnist Drew Lyles weighs in on housing choices from a guy's perspective

 Deciding where to live next year can be stressful when there are so many options. Parents often encourage us to stay on campus for the convenience factor. And let’s face it, they don’t want us to grow up so fast as to have our own place! Many students switch to apartment life after their first year, while others move on to get houses, live in co-ops or stay in a dorm. Those of us who live in dorms often have a love-hate relationship with our room and those that live in apartments often have a love-hate relationship with their management. No one is ever completely satisfied, but is one better than the other?

No one really wants to talk about it, but someone has to point out the obvious: Valentine’s Day includes sex for most of you in relationships. And even more than people don’t want to talk about sex, no one likes talking about the important topic of contraception. It’s important to research and discuss the different options with your partner to practice safe sex.