Friday, April 18, 2014

The Truth About College

        It's been a year and a half since I was a mere freshman at UT Tyler, "moving out" from home and experiencing a whole lot of independance. I remember how excited I was. No curfews, you get to eat whatever and whenever you want, and no one telling you to do chores?! Oh yeah, I remember the feeling. It was quite nice wasnt' it? But then the reality of college than the media doesn't emphasize creeps in before you know it...


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Patriot Days: Ice Cream Social

     Patriot Days continues as Student Life and Leadership host  Ice Cream Social for Student Appreciation today at  2 p.m by Blends & Brews in The University Center ! 

    The ice cream bar offered the traditional favorites of chocolate, strawberry and vanillla Blue Bell Ice Cream. The bar offered ice cream sundaes, milkshake, and  floats! 

Patriot Days: Life After Graduation!

     The University of Texas at Tyler Student Money Management held a workshop along with Career services and Financial aid today at the University Center Ballroom at 12:30. The workshop focused on providing students with tips and resources that will get them prepared for life after graduating college. Have you thought about what you will do after you graduate?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tips for Studying Abroad at UT Tyler!

With GATE interviews just around the corner and a new class of GATE students about to be accepted into the program, I have come to realize that my time with GATE is limited. It seems like just yesterday that I was anxiously waiting to apply for the program. I first learned about the group when I was on a tour of the campus and I almost walked into a door with one of their fliers on it. I was immediately curious. The flyer I saw was advertising the opportunity to study abroad and travel! What was this GATE program and how could I be a part of it?
GATE stands for Global Awareness Through Education and it is a two year program for freshman and sophomore students. The classes that GATE students take have a global focus, such as Music of the Americas and World Literature, just to name a couple. Through GATE, I have met some of the best people and I honestly don’t know what I would do if I hadn’t have made those friends. When we were all at the first social getting to know each other, it felt like the Brazil and Argentina trip was so far away. It felt like such a colossal undertaking to get 30 students on the same page in studying abroad! Now that the trip is almost a month away, I have no fingernails anymore because I can’t believe it is finally here.

Here are some tips to make getting ready to go on a study abroad trip less scary:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Critical Thinking, Personal Experience, and Dialogue on Facebook

   My recent blog on Sexual Assault Awareness Month, if you read it, highlighted some of the ways that our own experiences can shape our perspectives, but opinion alone should not always the sole element that defines our perspective. One must understand the perspective of others. It is always hard to wrestle with different notions that confront our own gender/religious/social world view. Here are some things to think about when we debate and/or use our Critical Thinking abilities in dialogue with others.

Monday, April 14, 2014

UT Tyler Holds Its Annual Crawfish Boil at Harvey Lake

On Monday, April 14th at The University of Texas at Tyler, the Office of Marketing and Communications hosted its annual Crawfish Boil at Harvey Lake deck, one of the kick-off events for Student Appreciation Week, an event that runs all week (April 14th through 18th).

Despite the cold and rain, hundreds of students began lining up before the actual start time of 11:30 for the lunch. The crew in charge preparing and serving the crawfish began setting up for the event well into the morning, graciously braving the cold weather to provide the students with an excellent free lunch. They cooked hundreds of pounds of crawfish, corn on the cob, and potatoes today, and for that we are extremely grateful.

Hundreds of students were eager to eat, as the line ran from the source of the food all the way to the cashier's office, and even longer after students got out of their morning class to make their way to the food. The 10+ minute wait was well worth it, because the crawfish was ridiculously good. Definitely worth going next year if you missed it on Monday!

Go to more events this week for Student Appreciation Week! There will be events on campus, such as movie nights and sports games all week, as well as many more fun things to do, all for the students at UTT!

Italy study abroad opportunity for one UT Tyler student!

     Italy is one of the most popular countries in all of Europe. There is a strong fascination with the culture, language and especially the food. Who wouldn't love to eat the authentic pastas made fresh along with delicious gelato! One lucky student will get the opportunity to visit Italy! The University of Texas at Tyler is offering the opportunity for one student to study abroad for a semester at St. John International University in Italy!