Looking for a rocking playlist for class? Never really left your emo phase? Check out this playlist with alternative and rock music from across the Lone Star State— including from right here at UT. Meet musicians from all areas of Texas, from Dignan all the way down in the RGV, to Bowling for Soup all the way up in Wichita Falls. So, go have Breakfast at Tiffany’s, pray to Saint Bowie and Sleep in your Sweater with this rocking playlist.
With midterm season in full swing, life can get pretty stressful, but it’s important to take some time to prioritize yourself and your well-being. Taking a walk is a great way to boost your energy and improve your mood when you need a break from classes and endless studying. Lucky for us, the UT campus is full of peaceful environments where students can walk around and explore new parts of the 40 Acres. Here’s a list of some places around campus to walk around and take a break from the stresses of being a college student.
We may not be in the Land of Oz, but we can still take a walk down the yellow brick road at UT. If you’re looking for a convenient place to walk on campus, Speedway is the way to go. Located in what seems like the middle of campus, Speedway is great for when you need to regroup between classes and don’t want to venture far from your next class. My only advice? Watch out for cyclists.
If you’re in the mood for some window shopping while you walk, the Drag is perfect for you. The Drag is a portion of Guadalupe Street across the street from the UT campus with stores, restaurants and other places to check out. While you may have to resist the urge to spend money at Chipotle or Urban Outfitters, the Drag is a great place to walk and take in Austin life.
Located near the UT campus, Pease Park is a great place to walk and admire nature. Exploring a park can help you take your mind off school because being surrounded by school-related buildings 24/7 is not ideal — I know from experience. Put on your walking shoes and take a trip to Pease Park, where you can forget about Canvas and immerse yourself in nature for a few hours.
Take a trip to the Caven Lacrosse and Sports Center at Clark Field, which has a recreational jogging track where you can run or walk. Clark Field is located near many residence halls, such as Jester East and West and San Jacinto Hall, making it a convenient place for students to walk after a long day of classes. Plus, while you walk, you can show your support for the Texas lacrosse teams!
Waller Creek is a stream and ecosystem that bisects UT and makes for a peaceful walk. The creek extends through different parts of campus, passing by interesting places to explore along the way. From the School of Nursing to the edge of UT’s main campus, walking along Waller Creek will help you destress and familiarize yourself with the campus. Check out this self-guided walking tour of Waller Creek!
Depending on the direction, walking up the South Mall can be tiring. The uphill is not ideal, but the view makes up for the burning calves. Who wouldn’t want to look up and see overarching trees and a glimpse of the UT Tower on their walk? If you get tired on the walk — like I usually do — there are benches located along the path, or you could sit on the South Mall Lawn, which is always relaxing.
The UT campus is full of great places to take a walk and unwind, regardless of the time of day. While school is important, our health is too, so I encourage everyone to put on their walking shoes and go outside!
Let me set the scene: you’re walking around campus, the temperature is finally cool enough so you can wear a sweater without dying of heat exhaustion and you’re listening to that fall playlist you’ve been curating for months. It’s a perfect fall day at UT, yet you still feel that you’re missing something…
Of course! How could you forget the perfect fall drink? Fall is all about 2 things: cute outfits and cozying up with the best fall drink. Luckily, Austin has a large variety of coffee shops to choose from. Here are some of my top picks for the best fall drinks that you can get near UT:
Cinnamon Sugar Freddo
Espresso with brown sugar and cinnamon. If cinnamon and sugar isn’t a fall pairing, then what is?
Cold brew mixed with Earl Grey tea and lavender, sweetened with honey. I know this doesn’t sound like your typical fall drink, but hear me out— it’s a surprisingly well-made blend of citrus, sweetness, and caffeine!
Lucky Lab Coffee Co.
Fan of Thai tea, but also need a pick-me-up before your 8 a.m. class? This drink is a perfect mix of warm spices and caffeine to get you through the day.
Maple Cinnamon Oat Cold Brew
If you could pour the spirit of fall into a cup, it would taste exactly like this drink. Maple, cinnamon and oat milk work so well together!
Starbucks Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato
A golden trio of apple, cinnamon and caramel drizzle. At first I was worried this drink would be too sweet, like most Starbucks drinks, but don’t worry— it’s a perfect blend of coffee with a crisp apple taste!
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
It’s basic, I know, but how could I leave it off this list? Pumpkin spice is the epitome of fall flavors. Instead of getting a usual pumpkin spiced latte, though, try this cold brew for an extra boost of caffeine.
Whether it’s a spicy and warm espresso or an ice-cold apple macchiato, there’s a drink for everyone. Soon, when the leaves change and the temperature drops, you’ll be craving the perfect fall drink to match the mood. Now that I’ve given you the knowledge of the best fall drinks, go out and take on the season!
The 40 acres can be overwhelming— especially for a freshman (or COVID era sophomore). Feeling lost on campus is something most new students are familiar with, and walking all over to find the best spots to chill is a no-go in the Texas heat. The best people to learn these insider spots from are students with a little more experience on-campus but let’s be real— sometimes asking can be a little intimidating, too. That said, here are some of the best spots on campus to get some R&R with friends according to a UT-veteran.
Located conveniently on The Drag, Cafe Medici is the perfect spot for a study date or a cold drink after a long day walking around campus. With two floors of seating, this spot has everything you need for a catch-up or a cram session. My personal favorite spot is by the windows on the second floor. What more could you ask for than a view of the tower while you sip on a latte and people watch?
2222 Guadalupe St B, Austin, TX 78705
Seating at the SAC
The student activity center has tons of indoor and outdoor seating to suit your needs. Head inside for a study group or relax outside in the shade. You can also grab some food at one of the restaurants inside. Options include Longhorn Coffee Co., Hook’em Hut and Beyond Burrito (and Chick-Fil-A if it ever reopens).
2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712
The Turtle Pond
This spot is a must-visit for all UT students. Acquaint yourself with the cuties who live in the pond and enjoy the serene environment. I highly recommend grabbing some coffee, snacks and a few friends then heading out for a picnic at the turtle pond. This area is especially nice in the spring when it’s cool enough to actually be outside for more than a few minutes.
2300 University Ave #2328, Austin, TX 78712
Need to escape from the stress of your classes but still want to feel a little productive? Browsing the art exhibits at The Blanton is sure to solve your problem. The best part is that admission is only $5 with a UT ID card, so a visit won’t break the bank. Check out their website for a list of upcoming exhibits and events.
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Dobie Twenty21 Courtyard
Get a bird’s eye view of the 40 acres from the Dobie rooftop courtyard. Complete with lawn furniture and astroturf, this is the perfect spot to get some sun and hang out on campus. Dobie is also home to a food court, so don’t hesitate to walk your food on up to the roof for an outdoor dining experience. Not to mention, they host fun events like craft fairs and ‘Drag on The Drag’ which you can find out more about on their website.
2021 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
UT has plenty of great areas that are perfect for any occasion. If these spots aren’t quite your style then go out, explore and find some that you love! College is about making the campus your own, so go out and do it!
The University of Texas is holding freshman orientation online this year rather than on campus. So, if you’re an incoming freshman you may be wondering “what am I missing?” Well, I’m here to tell you 5 things you’re NOT missing from in-person orientation.
1. The Heat
Texas heat is absolutely brutal. In-person orientation is basically a sweat-athon of walking in 100-degree Austin weather.
2. Getting Lost
There are three things that are certain in life: Death, taxes and getting lost at in-person UT orientation. Don’t worry about not getting lost on campus at orientation, though. You have plenty of time to do it during the rest of the school year.
3. The GPS Taking You the LONGEST Route Ever Created
Technology is great, right? Wrong! At least not during UT orientation. Without fail, your GPS will route you the way that not only takes the most time, but also makes absolutely no sense. Seriously, WHO decided the best way to get from Jester to Moody is Guadalupe Street? I just want to talk.
4. Cramped Elevators
During in-person orientation, everyone stays in the Jester dorms. That means everyone is trying to use the same elevators, usually all at the same time. Who needs personal space, right?
5. Being Told Not to Bring a Blanket (And Then Freezing to Death at Night)
If you didn’t know, the in-person orientation packing list specifically tells you that blankets will be provided so you shouldn’t bother bringing one. What they don’t tell you though is this “blanket” provides about as much warmth as covering yourself with an H-E-B receipt.
No matter if you went to orientation in-person or online, you’re a Longhorn now! So, get your horns up and your burnt orange shirt on. This is going to be a great school year!