Meet Your 'Bus Driver'
Phi Chi Theta (business fraternity), Alpha Chi Omega (sorority), one semester at The Daily Texan, one semester at Orange Magazine, JTribe (Jewish group), Communication Council, McCombs School of Business McCombs Magazine
I am Graci Goldstein and I am a freshman at UT. I joined the sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi this fall and I am absolutely loving it. In my sorority, I was elected to be social chair, meaning I plan most of our events and organize mixers with other sororities and fraternities. I have spent a lot of my time here meeting new friends, joining clubs through the Moody School of Communications like Texas Student Television, and eating all of the amazing Austin cuisine.
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Why University of Texas Austin?
What do you love about your school?
Sloan: There are so many opportunities to explore new things and meet new people. I thought I would get lost in the system at a large state school, but, instead, I've found the size to be rewarding. You can never get bored.
Graci: I love the school spirit! Texas football is such a rowdy and fun thing to be apart of and I believe that game days are the best days at UT! I can’t think of anything better than waking up to the Texas fight song, putting on my cowboy boots and a longhorn sticker, and going to my favorite frats for tailgates. I also adore the city of Austin, from the food, to the breathtaking nature, to the insane city life!
Why did you choose your school when you were a senior in high school? Walk us through that process.
Sloan: I was between Southern California, Syracuse, and Texas. I was picking my school based on who had the best program for my major, and I was fortunate enough to get into a handful of amazing schools with great journalism programs. The moment I stepped on to Texas' campus, I knew I was going to go there. It reminded me of UCLA which had been a dream of mine growing up, and I loved that it was a city school but still maintained the integrity of a college campus.
Graci: I chose UT because I had the privilege of visiting my brother here who is a rising senior now. I cherished every time I got to come down to Austin and stay with him, and I absolutely fell in love this this school and this city! I realized quickly that Austin has everything I was looking for in a college town... I found myself unable to stop staring at the Tower!
What has been your favorite class so far? Tell us about it!
Sloan: Gender and the News, a class I took for my journalism degree. It explored how mainstream media portrays gender and race and how we can work to better these publications.
Graci: My favorite class so far was Integrated Communications in Sports. This class was so interesting and fun and I learned so much about the marketing and business side of sports. The teacher, Professor Dalthorp, was a cute old man who made the class super enjoyable! He also cancelled class every time the Longhorns won :)
What fun traditions do you like to partake in at your school?
Sloan: Oklahoma Weekend in Dallas, Roundup, Bid Day
Graci: My favorite tradition is when we sing “The Eyes of Texas” in the stadium. Everyone stands up and throws up a Hook Em sign and sings the song loudly together. Another tradition I am excited to partake in is jumping in the fountain in my cap and gown after I graduate!
Tell us about Jewish life on campus. How have you been able to engage with this aspect of your identity while at school?
Sloan: I chose not to join a Jewish sorority, so I've had to actively seek out Jewish life at Texas. Luckily, there are so many Jews at Texas, especially from Atlanta, so I felt very at home and welcomed from the moment I got there. I'm the Jewish chair for my sorority, so I promote Jewish events at our chapter and hold small ones with my friends such as break fast. I also joined JTribe my freshman year to meet other Jews. I'm a sweetheart for Sigma Alpha Mu, which is a Jewish fraternity, so I'm able to stay close to a lot of Jewish friends through that as well.
Graci: From joining a Jewish sorority, to being a Sinai scholar, I have definitely been able to engage in Jewish life on campus. I did a program with Chabad called Sinai Scholars where a group of Jewish kids met with the Rabbi once a week to discuss important topics about our religion, faith, identity, and so much more. I also went to Hillel often for Shabbat dinners with my friends!
Share your favorite road trip song that we can add to our college road trip playlist!
Sloan: Home by Edward Sharpe
Graci: Good Life by Kanye West
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