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5 Campus Hangout Spots Worth Checking Out This Semester

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.

Cafe Medici

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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

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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

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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

The Blanton

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

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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!

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Long Time No See! 5 Creative Ways to Stay in Touch with Long Distance Friends

Let’s face it. When you came to college, you promised all of your besties that you would keep in touch with them no matter what. You made this promise despite the fact that you’re going to be 858.9 miles away, homework and exams and meetings are going to consume your day, and you’re going to want to spend as much time as possible with that new girl you just met on your hall.

It’s a lot harder to keep in touch with old friends than we initially think, and turns out we’re really good at forgetting to text people back (like really good). And that’s okay! It’s natural, maybe even expected, for friends to go through periods of limited communication. Even if y’all survived freshman year talking weekly, sophomore year presents a whole new set of unforeseen challenges. 

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But no need to fear! In the age of technology, there are so many ways to stay together even when you’re apart. 

So without further ado, here are 5 creative ways to stay in touch with that long-distance friend.

1. Host a Houseparty 

No, not an actual house party. Houseparty is an app that allows you to video-call multiple people at once. This idea is perfect for keeping up with your friend group that ended up scattered across the country. Trust me, I know how hard it is to coordinate a group Facetime with more than 3 people, but the app offers a loophole. You and your friends just need to download the app, add each other as friends, and you’re set! Whenever you have a spare moment, maybe while getting ready to go out, just open the app and it will notify your friends that you’re free to chat! If they get the notification that you’re “In the house”, they can just click on it and join you for an impromptu catch-up session.

2. Snail Mail

While it can make you feel like you’re stuck in the 19th century, snail mail can actually be a great way to stay in-the-know without being updated in real-time. Writing an old-fashioned letter to a friend, telling them about the past couple of weeks and the boy you’ve been talking to, is not only effective but also therapeutic. Plus, think about all the cute letters you’ll get back from your bestie! Put them in a shoe-box for keepsakes and you can look back on them later (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before energy, amiright).

3. Forgetful? Set Reminders!

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I am the most forgetful person I know. It’s honestly shocking that I’ve made it this far in life, so when it comes to remembering to check in on that one friend, I struggle hard. One of the simplest solutions is to set a reminder on your phone! Just go into the reminders app on your phone (this is assuming you have an iPhone… if you don’t, I’m sure there’s an app to download and also I’m judging you), set a reminder to “TEXT LINDSEY”, and tell it to repeat every two weeks!

4. Lists on lists on lists

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If you’re anything like me, you love making to do lists and grocery lists and wishlists. But one of my favorite lists is the one where I write down all of the stories I want to tell my best friend on our next skype call. Although we don’t get to talk too frequently, when we do have an opportunity to Skype, I remember to tell her about that time when I lost my phone in the middle of campus at midnight riding home on a Lime scooter. 

5. Slideshow Presentation

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This is something I saw on twitter and honestly I am dying to try it. Basically the idea is, if you don’t have the chance to stay in touch during the semester, when you’re home for break you make a slideshow to recap the past few months away from each other! You can put all of the crazy snapchats you took during the semester on there and then host a sleepover where all of your besties show off their slides. It’s like a review session but for each other’s lives!

These are just a couple of my favorite ways to stay in touch with my closest friends from high school. If you’re reading this and realize you haven’t talked to your friend in months, just remember it’s never too late to shoot off a quick text and reach across the distance once again.

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