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What are Texas students like?

NykchisoxNykchisox 59 replies27 threads Junior Member
Would a liberal kid from Chicago fit in at all? Do all Texas kids wear cowboy hats, have an accent and eat burritos?? ;-) That's just the image I get when I think of Texas. I basically applied because of its great business program and great sports teams.
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  • fireflyscoutfireflyscout 5298 replies169 threads Senior Member
    Umm, the part about eating burritos is correct.

    Yes, a liberal Chicago kid would fit in at UT. Austin itself is liberal (the surrounding suburbs are NOT). The Travis County (Austin) DA is the one who is trying to nail Tom De Lay on campaign finance violations.
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  • texas137texas137 2086 replies57 threads Senior Member
    Austin is very urban, in addition to being liberal. Few people have an accent, and no one would walk around campus or around the city in a cowboy hat (although jeans are pretty standard). You don't have to eat burritos, although eating chips and salsa (or guacamole) would be pretty hard to avoid. It's a big enough school that almost anyone could find others like themselves.
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  • NykchisoxNykchisox 59 replies27 threads Junior Member
    But about 90% is in-state right? I feel like I probably wouldn't fit in.

    Also..just how hot is it?
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  • anxiousmomanxiousmom 5891 replies106 threads Senior Member
    It's a HUGE school, and there are many, many, subsets of people. You'll find "people" to fit in with. There are some good, hip, cheap housing coops that you can live in also, if you want to meet "liberal" people.
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  • texas137texas137 2086 replies57 threads Senior Member
    Many of the "in state" students moved into Texas from somewhere else (or their parents did). My husband is from Oak Park and went to UT (a million years ago, but still). You would not have any trouble finding students with a cosmopolitan outlook to match yours. They are easier to find in Austin than rednecks. Why don't you just come visit and see how you like it? You can get pretty cheap flights from Chicago.
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  • Strick11Strick11 887 replies67 threads Member
    "Also..just how hot is it?"

    It's very hot by most standards in the summer, which would seem like most of the year for folks from Chicago. It makes up for it by being very mild in the fall, winter and spring, the seasons when most students are in school.

    Something to understand is that life in Texas is built around the heat. You have the opportunity to avoid going outside during the worst of it. We dress, particularly in college, in shorts and tees shirts. Most if not all buildings are air conditioned as are our cars and buses. In some areas we have tunnels or connections between buildings similar to what you might find in colder climates except we do it to keep cool. Our summer activities tend toward things that keep you cool, too. In the summer folks go to the lake or river tubing or to water parks (the best one in the world is near by).

    Then, too, after a while you get used to it. :D
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  • JJKittyJJKitty 282 replies78 threads Member
    Say good bye to snow
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  • texas137texas137 2086 replies57 threads Senior Member
    >"Say good bye to snow"

    Maybe not, JJ. We had 1/4 inch in 1989. My son and I went out at 2 am and scraped enough snow off the deck to make a teeny little snowman who stayed in the freezer until it sublimed. That early experience must be why he wants to go to college in the northeast now.
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  • NykchisoxNykchisox 59 replies27 threads Junior Member
    "Say good bye to snow"
    Heh, we're getting about 5 inches as I speak. I do like my snow..it would be strange trading that bitter cold here for the sweltering heat down there.
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  • fireflyscoutfireflyscout 5298 replies169 threads Senior Member
    If you like the cold, when in Austin go swimming at Barton Springs in Zilker Park - you'll get a big chill on the hottest day.
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  • confuzed0304confuzed0304 18 replies2 threads New Member
    UT has by far a terrific campus...very liberal, very diverse, and can be warm in the summer!
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  • hiyahiya 53 replies10 threads Junior Member
    you will fit in.... i know a couple of socialists at UT - ahhhhh stereotypes - most conservatives think that UT is too liberal and go to A&M or something.
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  • hiyahiya 53 replies10 threads Junior Member
    we had snow this year! lol but you'll be going home during the summers anyway, so it won't be too bad.
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  • Strick11Strick11 887 replies67 threads Member
    "most conservatives think that UT is too liberal and go to A&M or something."

    That's because it's in the People's Republic of Austin. ;)

    Thought about this thread earlier. Had burritos for dinner.
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  • hiyahiya 53 replies10 threads Junior Member
    usually these things are useless but this one gives you a pretty good idea of what Austin is like: http://www.blogthings.com/Austin.html
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  • philntexphilntex 3157 replies29 threads Senior Member
    That's because it's in the People's Republic of Austin.

    Haha, very nice. I like that, mostly because it's so true. Austin's the best. Even if the rest of my top school applications don't work out, Austin would be a crazy fun place to go to school.
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  • Strick11Strick11 887 replies67 threads Member
    Magnificent list, philntex.
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  • hiyahiya 53 replies10 threads Junior Member
    lol... i'm not even applying to any other schools - UT for sure :) my college application process is DONE
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  • Romo1Romo1 173 replies29 threads Junior Member
    Colleges are becoming way to liberal these days. I am applying to UT and I really hoped they weren't liberal.
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  • JJKittyJJKitty 282 replies78 threads Member
    LOL....wow that sux
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