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Campus Art You Ignore Every Day

With classes back in person, it’s likely that you pass by the many art installations here on campus. Many of us have seen these works, but never stop to learn their name or artists. This is your chance to appreciate the art you ignore every day.

Public art is something we often take for granted. The UT campus is littered with paintings, sculptures and digital pieces that we usually don’t give a second look. The art we ignore every day should be appreciated, so I hope that the small taste I was able to give here inspires you to look a little closer at the pieces you pass on your weekly commutes.

5 Best Bus Routes from UT Campus

Looking for a fun, free adventure? Need to get somewhere but don’t have a car? Take the bus to one of these five locations and soak up everything public transportation has to offer. To board, just swipe your UT ID card and you can ride the bus for free! 

801 Northbound

Stop: Brentwood Station 

The northbound 801 bus has numerous great stops, but especially Brentwood Station, home to the Goodwill/Half-Price Books complex. Just five stops north of campus, this is the area to get first-rate finds on a budget. The Goodwill is still partially under renovation, 

so be ready to try on items over your clothes as the dressing rooms are closed. The massive Half-Price Books next door is a staple for bargain books, along with CDs and records. Head a few blocks south to indie bookstore BookWoman for more reading material.  After loading up on quality finds, head across the street to Dan’s Hamburgers, a local Austin chain selling American classics and cheap eats. Their website also has great sound effects, so check it out.

10 Northbound

Stop: 4121 Red River/Park

If you need to get to H-E-B, this is the bus for you. It stops less than a block away from the H-E-B Complex, which also includes Footlocker and various pet supply stores. After getting your groceries, follow the sweet scents next door into Bath and Body Works, whose fall collection has hit the shelves with a bang. Don’t overdo it, though— lots of masked sniffing is a recipe for sickly sweet sensory overload. To beat the nausea, head a few doors down to Jason’s Deli and get some bottomless soft serve. Ice cream cures everything!  

801 Southbound

Stop: SoCo Station

Southbound 801 is one of the most direct bus routes to cross the river— it runs straight down Guadalupe and across the First Street Bridge before running along South Congress Avenue.  South Congress is an area known for its quirky shops, great food and festive atmosphere. It has a distinct California-beach vibe, complete with stores actually founded in the Golden State (see Aviator Nation and TOMS Roasting Co.). There’s something for everyone here, but stores not to miss include vintage-inspired candy store Big Top Candy Shop and toy store Monkey See Monkey Do. Keep your energy up at Hopdoddy Burger Bar with reasonably priced specialty burgers, then dive into the many thrift and vintage stores along the street. Added bonus— stop by the SoCo Farmers Market from Friday to Sunday for some vintage finds, light bites and good music. 

803 Southbound

Stop: Lamar Square

Walk two blocks south of the Lamar Square bus stop and you will arrive on a festive, courtyard-like street complete with murals, ice cream and fairy lights. At the end of the street is an outpost of the Alamo Drafthouse Theater, featuring new and classic movies with retro decor. Catch one of their 11:00 a.m. screenings and be served from a special brunch menu, complete with themed fare tailored to your show.  For the best seats, be sure to buy tickets in advance on the Alamo Drafthouse website.

20 Southbound

Stop: Austin Bergstrom International Airport

Going out of state? Picking up family? Take the bus to the airport! The 20 heads to Austin-Bergstrom via Riverside.  Get on at 116 University/Dean Keeton and ride until the end of the line at the airport. Why spend money on an Uber when you could take the bus for free? Be sure to leave lots of extra time, however, as the bus stops frequently and may contribute to pre-trip stress.

Regardless of where you go, the bus is an awesome way to experience Austin, and it’s always a trip to remember. If you need help figuring out what bus to take, use Cap Metro’s trip planner . For updated times and route information, visit Cap Metro’s website.  Safe travels!

Featured Image by Ren Breach

How to get Across Campus Quickly

If you’re a freshman like me, chances are you ignored all the warnings about not taking back-to-back classes or you had a little too much confidence about how easy it would be to get across the 40 acres. While online classes have offered a much-needed reprieve for some of these tough transitions, going back to in-person classes might leave some of us in sticky situations. No one can work miracles, but here are some tips about how to get across campus quickly. 

Know the Campus Beforehand 

A couple days before classes, do some recon work to scope out the situation. If you find yourself with a rough transition, make sure you know where both buildings are located and how to get there. If you’re a new student, don’t be afraid to pull out a map — it’s better to not be stuck wandering in circles in the Texas heat. Once you’ve successfully located your buildings, take some time to find the classrooms themselves. The ground floor is not always the first floor, so look for signage to find where you need to be. Also keep in mind that some buildings, such as Welch Hall, have multiple buildings and entry points. Familiarizing yourself with where your classes are will help you get to and from class faster.

Have an Escape Plan 

Just because you’ve made it to a building does not necessarily mean that you know how to get out. With a lot of the buildings here, there are different exits that will take you in vastly different directions. Take some time to find the exit that best positions you for your next class. Chances are the closest exit to your next class won’t be where you entered the building. 

Test it Out

Once you know where your classes are and have worked out a plan of attack to get from one building to the next, see how long the transition naturally takes you. You might be able to make it, but if not, here are some other strategies to cut down your time. 

Speed Walking is Your Best Friend 

It goes without saying that the fastest way to get across campus by foot would be by running. But for those of us who don’t want to show up to our classes drenched in sweat, speed walking is a happy medium that allows you to get across campus quickly without exerting too much energy. IIt can also be a nice mid-day exercise, especially once the weather starts to cool off. Something that I find helpful is listening to music. Not only does following the beat of a song help you with pacing, but also makes your walk more enjoyable. You can calculate your ideal walking pace and then search up songs that fit that bpm. Or, just make a playlist of songs that you really like! 

Cut Across Campus to cut Your Time 

While walking quickly certainly helps, let’s face it— campus is huge, and there’s only so much you can do by yourself. If you’re struggling to get to classes, try to find a different path to take that may end up being faster. Keep in mind that the most direct route may not always be the best one. For example, going down Dean Keeton from Moody to get to the PCL might be fast if you’re going downhill, but is a whole different story on the way back. 

I tested out a couple of different routes, and found that the most efficient way to get from Moody to the PCL was by going straight past Moody, the Littlefield house and the FAC before turning left at Littlefield fountain. However, if your final destination isn’t the PCL, another route might be faster for you! Most routes only differ by one or two minutes between these locations. So if you’re trying to go all the way across campus, it might be more helpful to implement strategies like crossing the street diagonally or walking around people.. 

Give Yourself the Green Light to get to Classes 

The lights themselves are typically red for less than two minutes, but when trying to get across campus in 10 to 15 minutes, every second counts. If you miss a light, see if there’s a way you can keep walking without having to wait. Although it may not be the most direct route, this will save time in the long run. 

With a campus as large as UT, it’s only natural to run into timing issues at one point or another. However, if your schedule seems like an unconquerable task, just take a deep breath, put in your headphones, and speed walk your way to success. 

Featured image by Valeria Aldana

An Insider’s Look Into The Best Study Spots on UT Campus

Welcome back longhorns to another year on the 40 acres. Now that we’re a few weeks into the semester, midterms, essays and projects are already starting to pile up. So, where are some of the best places on campus to get some work done? Stick around to find your new favorite study spot, just in time for midterms!

1. The Perry Castaneda Library (PCL)

The PCL has some of the best study spots on campus. Looking to study with friends or in an environment with people working out problems and ideas out loud? Check out the 5th floor or the STEM study areas in the UFCU Study Room on the main floor. Looking for a quiet place with zero noise and distractions? Check out the silent 4th floor. The PCL has countless study spaces to choose from, so you’re sure to find what you need to succeed.

2. Flawn Academic Center (FAC)

Trying to get some homework done between classes? Look no further than the FAC. There’s plenty of seating and outlets at any given moment so you can save time on finding a place to sit and get straight to work. Plus, you might just run into Domino, the cute cat that lives just outside the FAC! 

3. Life Science Library in the Tower (MAI)

Need a quiet, peaceful and aesthetically pleasing place to study? Visit the Life Science Library located in the Tower. The rows of books, comfortable seating and small space offer a cozy and serene study spot for you to get some deep focus in.

4. The Engineering Education and Research Center (EER)

Want to study in a place that will inspire your innovative side? Make your way to the EER. There is a variety of unique seating options with tons of natural light and a spirit of possibility oozing through the walls of the EER’s three floors.

5. Outdoor Seating around the Robert L. Patton Building (RLP)

When the weather isn’t unbearably hot, or you’re able to find relief in the shade, there is a variety of outdoor seating surrounding the RLP building. The seats include incredible views of the modern Patton Hall, DKR Stadium and luscious trees. 

These are just a few of the many great study spaces located on or around UT campus. There are so many spots to explore! Whether you’re new to campus or a returning student, there is always a place for you here on the 40 acres.

5 Things you (won’t!) be missing During virtual orientation

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

Courtesy of: Giphy

Texas heat is absolutely brutal. In-person orientation is basically a sweat-athon of walking in 100-degree Austin weather.

2. Getting Lost

Courtesy of: Giphy and the NFL

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

Courtesy of: Giphy

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

Courtesy of: Giphy and Nickelodeon

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)

Courtesy of: Giphy and Sesame Street

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!