Now that you have arrived on campus you might be slightly concerned about its size, the places to eat, and even the social environment. Being a first year can be hard, you are battling homesickness all the while trying to discover your “place” at UT. But don’t worry, the following nine tips will help you navigate the, sometimes difficult, trials and tribulations of freshman year.
GirlAdvocates! is a student organization that strives to empower girls globally, locally and individually. They encourage and promote education, positive self-image and mentorship for young girls in Austin.
According to Girl Rising, an international organization dedicated to empowering girls, 66 million girls around the world are out of school. According to local organization GENAustin, around forty percent of female high school students in Texas report depressive symptoms, and feel sad or hopeless. Enter GirlAdvocates!.
With a heart for the trees and an affinity for hanging between them, Texas Hammocking is making a name for itself on the Forty Acres.
Texas Hammocking, an organization formed earlier this semester, is dedicated to spreading environmental awareness, actively seeking service opportunities and enjoying the Austin outdoors. Co-founders Olivia Nguyen and Jordan Lewis felt inspired to start the organization while sitting in hammocks at Pease Park this summer.
One of UT’s newest philanthropies, END7, pioneers the effort to get college students involved in the fight against neglected tropical diseases in the developing world.
“We want to eradicate the seven neglected tropical dieses of the world that are treatable,” END7 Communications Officer Holly Matecko said.
These seven diseases: roundworm, hookworm, elephantisis, onchoceriasis, shcistosomiasis, trachoma and whipworm, affect one in six people worldwide, and are the most common diseases of the world’s poor.
Austin City Council’s vote to reduce occupancy levels in ‘stealth dorms’ further increases the difficulty students face when it comes to housing. The vote in February that approved the new limits constitutes one of three votes that will be held on the issue.
This year, the streets of West Campus will contain some new landmarks. Side-by-side with the bright lights, wooden letters and neon T-shirts will be bright blue recycling bins among the rows of fraternity and sorority houses.