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After months and months of preparation, it has come and gone. But those twelve hours of my life have forever changed my outlook on what it means to serve a greater community.

Texas THON is an event that is so near and dear to me, I find it hard to put into words how I felt after the big reveal on Saturday night. I was overwhelmed with happiness and pride in myself and my team, as we have worked tirelessly since last May planning an event that starts and ends in what feels like a mere matter of seconds after the fact.

Yes, you read that right. We raised $50,839.01 for the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. This more than doubles the amount of money we raised last year. I think you can see from the looks on our faces that it was a very emotional moment and a beyond special day.

Between the kids I met and the participants I interacted with throughout the day, I will be forever touched by what happened in Gregory Gym on February 25th, 2012. This is just one example of the good that can be done when people who sometimes virtually have nothing in common come together for a greater good.

It felt damn great to be a Longhorn on Saturday night. 

FTK, forever and always.

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95 days.

95 days until the end of my four years of college. Is this real?

I remember the last month of the summer after my senior year in high school. I had a countdown going then too — a countdown to the day I was going to move to Austin to start the next chapter of my life. It seems like yesterday!

I remember when I was merely 15 years old and all I wanted to do was turn 16, get my license and drive myself around. I vocalized it to my parents quite frequently, and they always told me the same thing — that time proceeds to pass faster and faster with every year that goes by. At the time, I’d roll my eyes, because geez, 9th grade seemed like it was never going to end!

Well, here I am! I have my first job interview next week (ahh!) with a Dallas agency, I’m heading to NYC again over spring break to (hopefully) do job interviews there,  and I only have 3 more tests left… ever. Those are words I definitely thought I’d never say.

So over the next 95 days,

I want to enjoy the time I have with my friends, experience things around Austin that I have yet to do over the past few years, and soak up as much knowledge as the University of Texas will allow me to in my remaining time.

And a word to the younger ones out there (especially my sisters!) — don’t take a second of what’s given to you for granted… Experience everything you can and soak it up! And just because time flies doesn’t mean you don’t have the time to do every single thing that you want to!

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Yesterday a full page ad ran in the Sunday edition of the Austin American Statesman. The headline read:

“An Open Letter from Business Leaders Concerning the Big 12”

The headline was followed with copy that explained how the writers valued the tradition of the Big 12 and how we as a conference need to unite in order to keep our conference alive. It was signed by Red McCombs, Drayton McLane, Past Gov Mark White, and the Past Mayor of San Antonio Phil Hardberger. You can head here to download a PDF of the ad (not very good quality). If I can find a good quality image, I’ll post it later.

This ad was brought to class by a professor of mine today and sparked quite the discussion.

Who is this ad talking to? They are running it in a dying medium… It’s obviously not the students– we don’t really read newspapers — so possibly the alumni. Is it worth what they paid for? From the little information I’ve found online, this ad also ran in the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, and the Oklahoman. It could have even run on the West Coast to show the Pac-12 that we aren’t 100% sold just yet. And if they’re smart, they’ll run it again — because frequency is the key to a medium as cluttered with advertisements as the newspaper.

This sounds expensive, though. They can only hope that their ad with their letter creates enough buzz about the topic to be picked up by different publications to create enough sentiment about the issue to influence the real decision maker at UT… Bill Powers. As of right now, it’s gotten a few mentions, one on the Dallas Morning News website and one on ESPN. The only other place I’ve found it mentioned online is a few Aggie forums… needless to say, they are whining about “Texas whining” and ready to throw away a 100 year old rivalry in favor of the SEC. (Guess its time to change your fight song and the fact that you use the defaced version of our logo on A&M merchandise more than your own)

Personally, I’d love to see the Big 12 stay in tact with the addition of a few new teams. I love the rivalries we have with Oklahoma and A&M — it makes football season that much more fun. I love the tradition of it all. Here’s to hoping.

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The Longhorn Network kicks off today in front of the tower on the UT campus with ESPN’s college gameday.

And no one is going to be able to watch.

Not one cable provider in the UT Austin zipcode is showing TLN yet. Only one provider — Verizon — has it. And that is one company that I didn’t even know provided cable.

I guess right now my question is: how are they making money?? How are they going to secure advertisers for the first batch of programming when viewing is going to be so minimal? I can only hope that advertisers have enough faith in the network to place ads there, but it is inevitable that in the beginning, the ads aren’t going to lead to as many impressions as it would if Time Warner or Dish Network were signed on.

I can guarantee that Longhorns aren’t the only ones that are upset about this. The first game of the season, Texas vs. Rice, is available exclusively on THN. This was a cool thing at first, until we realized that no one is going to be able to watch us play — including the Rice fans back in Houston. This is bad. Bad. Bad. Bad.

I really hope by some miracle these deals between ESPN and the cable company can come together before September 3rd. I really wish these negotiations had started months ago.

They want people to “Put Your Eyes Upon Texas,” but they aren’t really making this easy, huh?

If you want an idea of what’s coming our way on the Longhorn Network (once the cable companies sign on of course), check out the opening sequence here.

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Do you ever wonder where people will be in 5 or 10 years? Like yourself, your family, or your friends?

This week is a very bittersweet time for me. As I finish up my junior year in college, my first round of friends are starting to walk across the stage. This includes friends from both high school and college.

In high school, I was the young one in my group of friends — they were all a year older than me. Watching them graduate and leave me behind for a year was tough. And then the next year it was my turn to step into the unknown. And of course I wondered where the hell we would all be four years from then, but I never thought the day would actually come.

The trials and tribulations of the past four years have been a tumultuous road. I’ve watch my friends fail and succeed. Some of us have lost touch, others have stayed close. I’ve been there for the ones who have hit rock bottom, and I’ve watched them rise up again. Some have moved away, yet some haven’t left the small town we grew up in. Out of my core group of friends from high school, there are 3 of us on path to graduate on time — 2 this year and myself next year.

But now that I have forged a new group of friends and the first half are taking the jump into the real world, I can’t help but wonder what the next 5 years have in store. I hope there will be more success than failure and more smiles then tears. I wish to God that all of my wonderful friends achieve all their goals. I hope I never lose touch with the people that have entered my life throughout the last three years.

So here are some of my goals:

  • Set aside time each week to talk to the ones that have left. One of my best friends from high school now lives in Virginia, and the other one is planning to move to Georgia, so communication is key.
  • Visit the ones that are close by. Quite a few of my friends are moving to Houston after graduation. There’s no reason a happy hour can’t be in order when I’m in town visiting my parents!
  • And of course keep the friendships I already have just as strong throughout the last year, and what will be the best year, of my college career.

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I’ve developed such a strong interest in the new forms of media that are emerging every day, and I have a strong passion to learn as much about it as I can. Take that passion to learn and mix it with my love for creative problem solving and determination to be the best in my field, and you will find a student that is dedicated and will take the lead in completing whatever project is thrown her way.

[Note: to find preface for this post, please watch the video here.]

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Summer of Dreams

What I’ve been waiting for, hoping for, dreaming for, for so long, may actually be happening. A once in a lifetime opportunity. The adventure of a lifetime.

I may be spending my summer living and working in London. LONDON!!!!

When I discovered this program through Dream Careers, I automatically knew this was something I was interested in. I’ve always wanted to study abroad, but it never worked out with my course work. This seemed like the next best thing!

For a price, they house you and feed you for the summer. They take you on weekend activities around London, and a weekend in Paris is even included. They pair you with an internship coordinator who perfects your resume, coaches you on phone interviews, and matches you with companies that fit your interests. They guarantee you an internship. If you don’t find one, they give you a full refund.

It seems to good to be true. But I will make this happen. This is my once in a lifetime chance at a great adventure. It’s going to be scary. It’s going to be hard. But I’m going to do it. I will be there.

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