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Natalie Butler

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The Top of Every List

I applied primarily because I was familiar with UT Austin. As a third-generation Longhorn, I’d been going to UT Austin football games for most of my life! But after I applied and I was still looking into schools, UT Austin kept coming up at the top of every list of schools that had what I was looking for. It really all just fell into place – I got in, I was lucky enough to get into Plan II and receive a scholarship, and when I visited it just felt right. 

I would tell others to come because there is no other place like UT Austin in the world! We have top notch academics, a unique culture of tradition and school spirit, great athletic teams, and all of it is at the heart of a city where it's a great place to be a young person and explore the world around you.

Plan II Is Fantastic!

Honestly, I didn’t know what Plan II was when I applied, but I got lucky and was accepted. Plan II has some of the best academic opportunities on campus. You have opportunities to take small classes with top faculty as a freshman, and you really get to know about the great academic resources campus has to offer. I also was able to do independent research to complete my Plan II thesis requirement, which was a great experience. I feel like every aspect of my education was enhanced by Plan II.

Natalie’s tips

How to be a successful student

Treat your day like a work day. Be as productive as you can during the work day and then you can have more time for yourself.

Balancing studying, friends, work & family

Always make time for the people in your life. They matter more and will last longer than pretty much anything else.

Making friends

Go to events and meetings that sound interesting, even if you might not know anyone there at first.

Living on campus

Get to know your roommate and establish ground rules.

Be Willing to Deviate

I had to accept that the best laid plans don’t always work out, and you have to be ready for a future that may look way different than what you expected. At one point, I thought about resisting some of the great opportunities that came my way because they did not fit into what I thought my college experience would be like. I’m glad I was willing to deviate.

Natalie Butler

Grab Your Own Destiny

UT Austin gives you all the tools you need to change the world. But more importantly, it shows you that responsibility for going out and impacting the world falls on you. UT Austin showed me that I had to be the change agent; no one is going to do it for you, so you need to go out and grab your own destiny.

More about Natalie

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  • Study location on and off campus: On campus: Student Government office, Life Science Library, and The Texas Union. Off campus: JP's Java
  • Place to eat near campus: Cain & Abels, Milto's, Madam Mam's, and Foodheads
  • Classes: Political Communications and Perspectives on U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Professor: Dr. Sharon Jarvis in the College of Communication
  • Books: The World According to Garp, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Pride and Prejudice, Catch 22 and Harry Potter
  • Movies: The Princess Bride, Star Wars and Pulp Fiction
  • Thing about Austin: Great food, healthy lifestyle and the university
  • Recreational activity: Running, reading and exploring Austin with friends

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