I was seeking a small, quality academic program with the resources of a large university. UT Austin has the brand, network and resources of a prominent school while the Business Honors Program provides the academic intimacy I was seeking with its small class sizes and graduate-level professors. Very few colleges can provide balance in all areas while preserving excellence. One night the Tower may shine orange for a victory on the field, and the following night, the Tower may be orange for a victory in research. UT Austin is one of the few communities with such well-rounded excellence.
A Life-Changing Experience
My freshman year, I had an idea for a business plan competition. I pitched the idea to my MIS professor, Dr. Prabhudev Konana, and he paired me with one of my classmates. A little over a year later, we added to the team, raised some investment, and turned the idea into a company called Hoot.Me, which has been an unbelievable learning experience because lessons learned in the classroom have had tangible applications.
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Clubs & Organizations
- On making friends: Get involved in something; organizations are a great way to meet people.
- On studying: College offers more independence than high school, which brings the false sense of having more time; staying on top of class material is key. You wouldn’t run a long-distance race by walking the first half and sprinting the second half. Instead, you would maintain a steady pace, so the same applies to studying.
- On parking and transportation around campus: It’s not an issue; I walk everywhere.
- Study location: McCombs (the business school) has its own study lounge, so I usually study there.
- Place to eat: I was a houseboy at one of the sororities, which is a great way to earn a meal plan with good food.
- Thing about Austin: Austin has the heart of a small town with the bustle of a big city; it’s the best of both worlds!