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My Daughter Will Be Starting University of Texas in September...
Vanity ^ | April 22, 2006 | Self

Posted on 04/22/2006 7:43:24 PM PDT by Pharmboy

Well, we just registered. We were down in Austin on Tuesday and Wednesday, did the tour and she fell in love with the campus, the town and the people.

Just posted this to get any comments or advice from my Freeper colleagues who are Longhorn alumni and/or Texans who know about the school.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Education; Society
KEYWORDS: austin; hookem; longhorns; texas
Thanks for your time in advance.
1 posted on 04/22/2006 7:43:27 PM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy

Smart girl. My daughter looked at UT too, but decided on a small private university in Georgetown a few miles north of Austin. She loves it and heads down I-35 a few times a week to visit her high school friends who go to UT. The only thing I hear her UT friends complain about is the campus parking situation. A few of them left their cars at home because it's so bad. They say the campus shuttle works well.


2 posted on 04/22/2006 7:49:21 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: Pharmboy

Well, Pharmboy; you've done your level best. You've taught her right from wrong; what is moral and what isn't. Now, she's going to decide for herself 'who' she is going to be. She'll make some decisions that will make you proud, she'll likely make some that you will wish you were never heard about.

But, for a town; there are plenty of places a lot worse than Austin. Now, I'm a So. Dakota boy; and I'll tell you flat out, when my alma mater calls for money; my response is "call me again, and I'll sue you for harassment. Never call me again, do not write me; If my employer's stock takes off (again) and I have to give money to a school for tax purposes ..... it's going to UT Austin."

Why? UT loves their students, you see the pride UT takes in it's students is second only to the pride the students take in UT. My Alma Matter was more concerned about abusing their students and taking their money; forget what the kids want or think .... their purpose was to give the university money, and be gratefull that they are allowed to hang around between registration periods.

An added bonus of UT over Texas A&M. The Aggies are truly insecure psychotics. Wear an A&M bumper sticker, shirt or hat; and frankly very, very few people in Austin will care. You see, to the Austinites, Texas A&M is an annoying little brother.

But, wear the Longhorn in Aggie-land; and you are in for some unpleasant experiences. The aggies hate UT and everything about Austin. While the Aggies are jealous and insecure, we Austinites have bigger things to worry about .... like, is Rudy's gonna run out of their ribs before I get mine?


3 posted on 04/22/2006 8:00:53 PM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: McLynnan
Yep...that's what we heard on the tour. We were strongly advised NOT to have her bring a car...busses and shuttles are free and frequent. Thanks for your reply...

My next in line would NEVER want to go to a large university and will wind up at a small scholl as did your daughter, but my oldest always wanted a big school. And I wanted her to go to a midwestern or southern university in order to get a different perspective on life (we live in NJ).

4 posted on 04/22/2006 8:02:33 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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To: Hodar
Thanks for your thoughtful reply. Your comment is very interesting in that the love that UT has for its students is EXACTLY what we felt. The students that we spoke to acted like they never wanted to leave...our tour guide was doing 5 years for a BA, and I got the feeling he'd rather do 10.

We feel privileged to be adopted in this way by The Lone Star State.

5 posted on 04/22/2006 8:08:15 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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To: Pharmboy

Congratulations to her, Pharmboy. UT is tough. My son is a UT graduate. (Ph.D - Psychology). What's her major?


6 posted on 04/22/2006 8:17:45 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: Eastbound

Math major as a pre-med. She wanted a challenging school, and UT certainly has a great reputation for scholarship.


7 posted on 04/22/2006 8:22:31 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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To: Pharmboy

That is does, Pharmboy. Best of luck to her.


8 posted on 04/22/2006 8:27:56 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: All

Shameless self-bump to get a few more Texans and/or Longhorns to read...


9 posted on 04/23/2006 6:33:47 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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To: Pharmboy; basil

Not sure who keeps the Central Texas ping list, but know Basil is in the Austin area. Maybe she can help.


10 posted on 04/23/2006 9:07:48 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: McLynnan

Yes--another freeper freepmailed me about Basil...thanks.


11 posted on 04/23/2006 9:22:02 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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To: Pharmboy
Well, I have mixed feelings about UT--probably because I am now living so close to Austin (a tiny blue spot in an otherwise red state!) The politicos who run Austin are probably certifiable--LOL!

UT is basically considered a very liberal/left leaning campus, but that is probably because the nutcase professors get the most media attention. The University is so large that your daughter can pick and choose with whom she wants to associate. I do know that they have a large, active Young Republicans club on campus. I've met quite a few of these kids, and find them very impressive.

Mainly, it will be up to your daughter to make the choices that are right for her. Having been raised in NJ--UT will probably seem ultra conservative to her--LOL!

If you would like and think it would be helpful, I'll be happy to give you my telephone number to pass on to her in case she thinks I might be helpful to her in any way. It might be good for her to have a local contact of the adult persuasion (grin).

And, of course, when you come to visit, I'd love to meet you.

12 posted on 04/23/2006 10:23:09 AM PDT by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: basil

That's what I liked about UT--it's HUGE--so she can find anything that suits her there. She already expressed interest in joining the Young Republicans. I raised her as a conservative first and a pubby second (she is well aware of the saying "I vote Republican to stop the Democrats").

She wanted a big university, and I figured that although you cannot escape the libs on any campus, UT would have a bit of a more conservative bent.

Next time I'm down there let's all try and get together for some texmex or ribs. I look forward to meeting you (and, I am a Lifetime NRA member since 1975, so I love the fact that you are a charter member of the Second Amendment Sisters).


13 posted on 04/23/2006 10:56:27 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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To: Hodar; Pharmboy
An added bonus of UT over Texas A&M. The Aggies are truly insecure psychotics. Wear an A&M bumper sticker, shirt or hat; and frankly very, very few people in Austin will care. You see, to the Austinites, Texas A&M is an annoying little brother.

If I knew a lawyer in South Dakota, I'd file suit for libel.

WE ARE NOT INSECURE PSYCHOTICS..

We just need some external validation every now and then, that's all.

That aside, Austin is a very nice college town. If I knew then what I know now, I probably would have applied to Rice. But tu is a good school, even if they DID reject my application for law school...

14 posted on 04/23/2006 11:04:12 AM PDT by Experiment 6-2-6 (Admn Mods: tiny, malicious things that glare and gibber from dark corners.They have pins and dolls..)
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To: Pharmboy
We'd love to put together some sort of shindig when you are in the area! Just give us a bit of lead time--we're freepers, you know--so not terribly organized--LOL!

It's impressive that you are a life time member of the NRA. It's not impressive that you are NOT a member of SAS--and yes, we do have lifetime members, too--both guys and gals!

15 posted on 04/23/2006 12:06:45 PM PDT by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: Experiment 6-2-6

I work with a guy who's a graduate of A&M (PhD in physiology). And he's NOT and insecure psychotic, he's quite secure. ;-)

But seriously folks, he's a great guy...and I never met an Aggie I didn't like.


16 posted on 04/23/2006 12:29:40 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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To: basil

Excellent--would look forward to any kind of shindig with Texas Freepers. I'll give you plenty of notice...hopefully the dates will work.


17 posted on 04/23/2006 12:32:15 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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To: Hodar

"An added bonus of UT over Texas A&M. The Aggies are truly insecure psychotics. Wear an A&M bumper sticker, shirt or hat; and frankly very, very few people in Austin will care. You see, to the Austinites, Texas A&M is an annoying little brother.

But, wear the Longhorn in Aggie-land; and you are in for some unpleasant experiences. The aggies hate UT and everything about Austin. While the Aggies are jealous and insecure, we Austinites have bigger things to worry about .... like, is Rudy's gonna run out of their ribs before I get mine?"




From a Class of '84 Texas A&M:
I have received much verbal abuse from teasips in my life. For some reason, teasips seem to have a superiority complex that arises from a combination of elitism, liberalism and redneck-phobia. On top of that, I think there is quite a bit of Vietnam-era guilt left over. Most liberals cannot accept the fact that they were flat out wrong in the 1960s and 1970s. Texas A&M was all-right in the Vietnam time period, and UT was all-wrong.

Other than that, I don't have many strong opinions about UT.


18 posted on 04/23/2006 2:25:33 PM PDT by fishtank
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To: Pharmboy
*Sniff* You've done well, Pharmboy, very well. HOOK 'EM!

That being said, many of the wonderful things that were around on campus when I was a student are gone: Captain Quackenbush's Intergalatic Espresso Cafe and Desert Company (Quack's got me thru college with its nearly intervenous drip of caffeine), Les Amis, Mad Dog & Beans, The Varsity Theatre... but many are still there: Scholz' Biergarten, Dirty Martin's Kumbak (up the Drag quite a ways, but still easily walkable), and any of a number of Vietnamese food carts that allowed me not to go hungry after I'd spent all of the rest of my money on books and booze.

There's nothing to be afraid of in intellectual diversity---as long as your daughter stands up for her beliefs. I had a very liberal government professor who announced his colors at the beginning of the semester, telling any students uncomfortable with him should transfer out, but that he didn't care what you believed as long as you could support it in your writing. For that, I truly admired him. He also had get-togethers (totally apolitical) for his students, where he would provide beer and accompany Irish drinking songs on guitar. Sadly, Prof. Philpott committed suicide not long after I graduated. But I had some fantastic professors, a wonderful class teaching the history of the development of science that had us reading Galileo, Tycho Brahe and other direct source texts, and a class on art history that serves me well even today. I still remember the German Stammtisch on Wednesdays held by Professor Michael and his wife, who always baked treats for the occasion and also sewed the costumes for our German language plays (we also performed at Winedale, like the UT summerschool group that performs Shakespeare there).

Anywhere in the world you meet a Longhorn, you're guaranteed to find at least *something* in common---your love of The University!

19 posted on 04/24/2006 2:54:59 PM PDT by austinTparty
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To: austinTparty
Anywhere in the world you meet a Longhorn, you're guaranteed to find at least *something* in common---your love of The University!

Indeed--the love the students have for UT clearly comes through (for example, see the post by the South Dakotan above).

My oldest daughter and son-in-law in Virginia cannot WAIT to visit Austin, and the same can be said of my son in NYC. We're all thrilled to be in the Longhorn family. Thanks for your reply.

20 posted on 04/24/2006 3:08:23 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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If you think they love the University now---just wait until FOOTBALL season! It is not a sport in Texas; it's a religion. I can't wait. (Which reminds me---make sure your daughter gets set up for tickets. Nothing ties you to UT more from the get-go than going to a home field game... and you've got to learn "The Eyes of Texas" and "Texas Fight" BEFORE the game!). Man, now I'm getting nostalgic...


21 posted on 04/24/2006 3:13:00 PM PDT by austinTparty
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To: Pharmboy
Which reminds me, to properly set the mood, press here.
22 posted on 04/24/2006 3:23:27 PM PDT by austinTparty
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To: Pharmboy
"Just posted this to get any comments or advice from my Freeper colleagues who are Longhorn alumni and/or Texans who know about the school."

Not good news here for UT.

I put my son into UT at Austin and he partyied(sp) and screwed up the whole year. I told him when he got back home (in Houston) to go ahead and get himself the hamburger flipping job that will now be his career. He did and after a while begged me to give him another try, I did.

Long-story short, he's now has a PhD in physics and is FReeper 'Charge Carrier.' He got his PhD from ASU (Arizona State University) after they recruited him to work in their super-conducting program. He is presently managing one of the government funded satellite programs in the LA area.

23 posted on 04/24/2006 3:45:09 PM PDT by blam
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To: Pharmboy
Dangit... link didn't take. Trying again
24 posted on 04/24/2006 3:53:54 PM PDT by austinTparty
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To: blam

LOL! Either he matured, or they don't party in Arizona!


25 posted on 04/24/2006 4:40:17 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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"LOL! Either he matured, or they don't party in Arizona!"

I made him live at home (on probation) while he got his BS at the University Of Houston. He struck up a strong friendship with Paul Chu that matured him and influenced his future studies. He was so excited about his work/studies with paul that he seemed to stay there all the time. Miracles do happen.

26 posted on 04/24/2006 4:58:33 PM PDT by blam
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"But seriously folks, he's a great guy...and I never met an Aggie I didn't like."

Will Rodgers?

I had a VP at TI who had a degree in WAR from A&M. Aggies were/are more serious than Longhorns. (Ahem)

27 posted on 04/24/2006 5:02:32 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

It is the truth...but (full disclosure), I've only known three Aggies in my life.


28 posted on 04/24/2006 5:21:26 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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