On the Annoyances of the Common Cold

By Brennan Stout As one has probably encountered in the past, the common cold is one of those things that one must accept as the cost of interacting with people, but is nevertheless a substantial annoyance.  In the confines of college, that annoyance is greatly heightened.  The chance of catching a cold are proportional to…

My Life as an Archer Fellow

By Madeleine Keith Since almost the moment I stepped off my plane into Reagan National Airport, people have been asking me: “How do you like Washington DC?” For almost four months I have had no earthly idea how to answer that question. I could tell them that it was great. That living a few blocks…

Is the Internet Innocent?

By Sevval Aydogan In today’s world it’s not surprising that the Internet is becoming a platform that we should be more and more cautious of each time we post a picture or tweet/retweet ideas about politics, history, art etc. The number of social media users is increasing significantly. By significantly, I mean millions of people…

On The Understanding of Breaks

By Brennan Stout As this piece will likely go up close to the end of the semester, I thought I would talk a little about breaks. Firstly, let me touch on the word itself, break. A break from what? From school? To my mind, that would suggest that school is the predominant focus of our…

Chart Your Course

By Audrey Cook Our entire young adult lives, we are told the same resounding statements over and  over: get good grades, get involved in extracurriculars, make good decisions, take the  right classes, get a good job (and the list goes on and on). But… here’s what so many “experts” don’t usually emphasize: who you are ​off…

On The Uses and Understanding of Umbrellas

By Brennan Stout Welcome to my newest installment of the freshman tutorial. This time, our topic is living alone, including how to not burn the building down (don’t cook bacon at eleven at night, I’m serious.) College is rather difficult on its own and to add to it is the additional stress of living alone….

The Key to Success: Being Organized

By Sevval Aydogan We all know that feeling when you step into a classroom and see everyone in a hurry and wonder why they’re panicking that much when you’re that relaxed. Yeah, you guessed it right: It’s the situation where you forgot the deadline and didn’t complete your assignment. Receiving 0 in college, in most…

How the Freshman Mentor Program Changed My Life

by Amy Nguyen The transition from high school to college was one of the most significant changes in my life. College is a whole other level. College campus is much bigger and harder to navigate. Classes are not only harder but also much faster in pace, and there is, deceptively, more free time and freedom….

On the Understanding of Professors

By Brennan Stout So I’ll make this simple: this is not Kansas anymore.  This is college, and the face of college you will most often encounter are professors. And as a note before we start, these are not your Mr. and Mrs. teachers of high school, their title and the one they worked quite hard…

Learning NOT to Let Go

By Christina Lanier I’m an all or nothing type of person. I’m the Type A everyone hated in secondary school.  Remember that student who asked when the next homework would be assigned? That was me. It was still me when I started at UT Dallas in 2014. Since then, I’ve picked up a few activities…

Dr. Ken Jimbo on the North Korean Situation

by Amy Nguyen North Korea recently surprised the world by announcing a willingness to negotiate with the United States on abandoning their nuclear weapons arsenal. Having recently attended a lecture by Dr. Ken Jimbo, an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management from Keio University, in Tokyo, I had a better understanding of the significance…

When the Light Bulb Goes On

by Audrey Cook Don’t ask me why, but I’ve always been fascinated by conflict. Whether it’s political, economic, religious, or the polarization of ideas. Beliefs and perspectives have always interested me a great deal. It’s not because I love seeing people in distress or constantly fighting with each other, but rather because I’m interested in finding potential…