Hey CC! New here, please forgive any rookie mistakes.
I'm graduating with a BS in polymer chemistry this May, looking at PhD programs in synthetic organic chem starting Fall 2019. UT Austin has a great program, and my undergrad advisor went there for one of his postdocs, so I'm strongly considering it. Was wondering if anyone had any experience with the campus/city/state? I'm a gay woman, and while I'm not super flamboyant about it and not really the most politically active, it is kind of part of me, for all it's worth. I grew up in Boston and go to school in NY, so I have no experience at all with Texas. Is Austin going to be a problem? A prof in my dept has warned against it, saying the city is fine, but once I'm outside it I'll run into a lot of issues. I don't need everyone to think like me, but it would also be nice to have a girlfriend someday without getting heckled every time we go out.