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TASTES LIKE Good Eats. August 26, 2016.

A Texas Student Media special edition.

FEARLESS FRESHMEN 9 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR

STAFF Special Editions Editor Natalie Berry Designers Amanda O’Brien Mareya Stearns Writers Hayden Pigott Emily Ibarra TSM ADVERTISING & CREATIVE SERVICES Director Gerald Johnson Operations Manager Frank Serpas Advertising Manager Emily Cohen Assistant Advertising Manager Colten Crist Advertising Sales Reps Brady Beal Tim Bauer Rene De La Mora Celeste Shurman Senior Graphic Designer Amanda O'Brien Product Manager Stephen Salisbury Print Advisor Peter Chen Longhorn Life is an advertising special edition of The Daily Texan produced by students in Texas Student Media’s special editions office. Reach us at printing@ texasstudentmedia. com. Copyright 2016 Texas Student Media. All articles, photographs and graphics are the property of Texas Student Media and may not be reproduced or republished in part or in whole without written permission. CONTACT TSM: We are located in the Hearst Student Media building (HSM). For advertising, call 512-471-1865.

tip that is the best tip for your freshman year, it would be this one. There are hundreds and hundreds of clubs out there at UT and even if a club isn’t your style there are tons of other organizations. There will be one for you. Try one out, or try them all out. Leave your dorm room and explore campus, you might stumble upon something you never thought you would see. Just get out there and do something.

2 . DON’T SKIP CLASS – This is probably on every single guide to surviv-

6 . BE PREPARED – Preparedness is more than just bringing a pencil to class. There is quite an array of things you should have in your backpack. Things like: an umbrella, gum, a flash drive, hand sanitizer, and pain relievers are just a few to note. You can also prepare by looking at the handy dandy weather app on your phone each morning before you leave your house, it will let you know if it is going to rain all day so you can pack your backpack accordingly. Being prepared is one of the biggest steps you can take in life from going to a high schooler to a college adult.

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STUDY SPOTS – You have probably heard about the PCL. It is the big library on campus. Yes, it is that kind of ugly, brutalist building near Jester. A lot of people study there, but did you know there are over 10 libraries on campus? All free for UT students to study in?! If you didn’t, just Google the UT Library System branches and they will pop up. Try the Life Sciences Library, the Architecture Planning Library and maybe even the Law School Library. Finding a study spot can be trying, but you can do it. Once you do, you will have somewhere quiet and peaceful to go to make sure you get the grade you want.

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8 . INVEST IN A GOOD PLANNER – Maybe you used a planner in high

REACH OUT – You probably will not know someone in every single class you take at UT. The school is just too big for that, but during the first week of classes it is ideal to make a buddy (and get their phone number). This way if you ever have to miss class or if you didn’t understand something you can text them. This is also important if you are super shy around professors (which you shouldn’t be, but it’s understandable). Your new buddy can probably help you out in the understanding of the material. You’ll have a go to study buddy.

school, maybe you didn’t. But now is the time to go out and grab one. Don’t get the cheapest one you see because this planner needs to be able to make it through at least your first semester at UT. You are going to be managing 4-5 classes plus your clubs and organizations. Then there are labs, study sessions, dinners with friends, etc. Get a planner and you will never forget important dates.

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9 . FOOD – Here is the breakdown:

5 . DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF – Come October and Novem-

ber you are going to hear about this big event…Registration. Maybe you have already heard about how terrible it is from your peers. But here is the big thing to know: it is not a big deal. You will be fine. Do not let something like registration, not getting into a club you really wanted, or getting a bad grade on a test get you down. Do not sweat the small stuff. Always remember that whatever’s happening probably will not still be affecting you five years in the future. Don’t sweat it; you will be fine.

LOCAL COFFEE & TEA

801 W 24th St. Austin, TX 78705 (512) 643-1734

LUCKY LAB COFFEE 2420 Guadalupe St Austin, TX 78701 (512) 420-6950

BARLEYBEAN

2222 Rio Grande St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 382-9106

A. B  EST DINING HALL: Kinsolving – If you love a pretty decent buffet Kinsolving is consistent. They are open at interesting hours so make sure to look it up before you go. B. B  EST MEAL AT A DINING HALL: Stir Fry at J2. You can pick your veggies; sauce and meat plus rice or noodles. It is delicious. C. B  EST BREAKFAST ON THE DRAG: Kerbey Lane, by far. Get some queso, a cinnamon roll pancake, or an omelet. All of it is delicious. D. B  EST LUNCH ON THE DRAG: Potbelly sandwiches. They are the best for on the go, plus they have free wifi. E. B  EST DINNER ON THE DRAG: Verts Kebab. This is also perfect for on the go and if you download the app you can get free food! F. BEST COFFEE: Café Medici is great if you are looking for a coffee house vibe that isn’t Starbucks. G. B  EST DESSERT: Moojo’s ice cream sandwiches. They even have seats that are swings!

Great locations for some coffee and tea! Pick your caffeine of choice. These are in descending order according to Yelp reviews.

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ing college you have ever read, but it is so true. Missing one class can be fine, but continually skipping class is a huge mistake. Not only are you missing out on the lecture material and important information for your tests, you are missing out on making connections with your peers and your professors. If you go to class it can lead to a letter of recommendation or a job opportunity in the future. As a side note, do your readings as well. It will benefit you in the long run. You don’t want to be pulling an all-nighter before the test just so you can read the book.

CRYING AND BEING HOMESICK ARE OKAY. – We have all be there, and do not let anyone tell you they haven’t. We are all moving away from home, whether that be from down the road or from five states over. And it. is. hard. You can be sad, you can cry, and you can miss your parents (or dog, or bed). It’s important to not let yourself feel like those emotions are invalid. They are most definitely valid and okay to have. Most likely all of your friends are going through the same things too. So reach out if you’re feeling sad and lonely. Someone will be there for you.

CAFFE MEDICI

2222 Guadalupe St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 474-5730

COCO’S CAFE

1910 Guadalupe St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 236-9398

STARBUCKS

504 W 24th St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 472-5211

ELIXER COFFEE

455-499 W 23rd St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 537-8838

TEXAS EXPRESSO

2110 San Jacinto Blvd Austin, TX 78712 (512) 840-6490

TEO

1206 W 38th St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 451-9555

ANDERSON’S COFFEE COMPANY 1601 W 38th St Austin, TX 78701 (512) 453-1533

FRESH BAKED

415 Jessie St Austin, TX 78704 (512) 627-5212

By Emily Ibarra Longhorn Life Staff

By Hayden Pigott

Now that you have arrived on campus, you might be slightly concerned about its size, the places to eat, and even the social environment. Being a first year can be hard: you are battling homesickness all the while trying to discover your “place” at UT. But don’t worry, the following nine tips will help you navigate the sometimes difficult trials and tribulations of freshman year.

1 . GET OUT THERE AND JOIN SOMETHING – If there is one

HOME!

HOUNDSTOOTH COFFEE 4200 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78756 (512) 531-9417

UTEA TOWN

2901 Medical Arts St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 480-0028

THE HIDEOUT COFFEEHOUSE

617 Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701 (512) 443-3688

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A new world of possibilities. I was just a freshman student at the University of Texas just constantly worrying about the load of debt that my future would bring. It was the day after moving into Littlefield and parting ways with my parents and little brother for what would seem like months before I would embrace them in my arms again. If I had to be honest, I was terrified. What had I gotten myself into? Oh, how I longed for sweet, sweet Netflix and trips to HEB with my family! There was only one thing that I knew would make me feel better, and it usually never failed: Grub! If you are anything like me, I wanted something cheap, quick, and in walking distance from my dorm. And while I knew I had my meal card to indulge on for the next few months, I realized I would eventually get tired of Kinsolving dining. I decided to treat myself to something I knew would hit home. My personal favorite----tacos! Austin, Texas is known for its spectacular Tex-Mex options, so I hit up one of the popular spots near campus: Taco Joint, located on San Jacinto Blvd., which took less than 10 minutes to arrive to on foot. Upon walking in, I noticed the layout of the building was quite small, but I waited only a short amount of time to place my order as the cooks cranked the tortillas out on the griddle. The menu itself had many options, including seafood, breakfast and vegetarian tacos. The prices were so reasonable, unlike higher-end places like Torchy’s Tacos. In fact, I ended

up walking away from the register with some unexpected extra cash in my pocket. I chose the Street Taco and Fried Fish Taco and ended up waiting around 20 minutes for my order. But let me tell you, I was more than happy to wait. Now, since I had been raised in Mexico and bitten into homemade tortillas that I witnessed my very own grandmother roll up, press and grill before my very eyes, I was pleasantly surprised to see the authenticity of the place, especially since they had Mexican coke as one of the beverage choices. That is something that never fails to quench my thirst and complement my meals! I noticed across the room there was a condiment station with habanero sauce, and I love when my tacos have a nice kick to them, so I loaded up! But let it be known that you never want to pour the sauce until after the first bite because the spiciness was like a kick to the throat. You have been warned.

FOOD TRUCKS NEAR CAMPUS Looking to venture out beyond the basic food choices on campus? Here are a few great places to eat. These are in descending order according to Yelp reviews.

KOREAN KOMFORT FOOD 2512 Rio Grande St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 920-0969

DON JAPANESE

411 W 23rd St Austin, TX 78705 (281) 725-3686

SONG LA

411 W 23rd St Austin, TX 78705 (831) 254-7525

MAC DADDY’S

2512 Rio Grande Austin, TX 78705

POMMES FRITES ETC 411 W 23rd St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 545-7877

DELICIOUS THAI

FAT TONY’S

KEBAB TIME

ATX BOUDAIN HUT

CLUNKERS

LONGHORN CHICKEN

ICE SCRAPERS

CO-OP FOOD COURT

THE GYPSY KIT ATX

RANCHO RIO EATERY

MORALES- TEXMEX FOOD

GOOD KARMA SHAWARMA

411 W 23rd St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 888-6189

2512 Rio Grande St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 920-4423

411 W 23rd Austin, TX 78705 (512) 720-0627

2512 Rio Grande St Austin, TX 78705

JEFES STREET TACOS 411 W 23rd St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 459-0034

2512 Rio Grande St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 751-3821

2512 Rio Grande Austin, TX, TX 78705 (510) 552-2932

411 W 23rd Austin, TX 78705 (512) 610-0955

2512 Rio Grande St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 565-2258

2101 S 1st Austin, TX 78704 (830) 328-6187

2512 Riogrande Austin, TX 78705 (510) 552-2932

411 West 23rd Austin, TX 78705 (737) 704-1081

2420 Guadalupe St Austin, TX 78705 (512) 554-1567

Students gather at the Co--op Food Court. Photo by Zoe Fu | Daily Texan Staff

Upon the first bite of the Street Taco, I tasted the perfect combination of avocado and crispiness. The name held true. It was like I never left my grandfather’s ranch years ago. The Fried Fish Taco was also super satisfying: there was a nice zest and refreshing taste that made me want to bite down for more. Overall, everything was cooked thoroughly well, I saved a few bucks to order some leftovers for my roommate and myself and the tortillas hit it out of the park. The experience, all-in-all, made me feel at home and reassured me that I was in the place I was meant to be. Crazy how something as simple as tacos can feed my lonely soul. Not bad, Austin!

CALENDAR AUG/SEPT 2016 Sun.

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8/28

8/29

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8/31

9/1

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Austin SymphonyLong Center City Terrace

The Mammoths Hole in the Wall

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival Various

Party on the Plaza 10AM to 5PM Gregory Gym

Krewella The Parish

The Rated Exes Barracuda

KVRX Presents Hole In The Wall

9/4

9/5

9/6

9/7

9/8

9/9

9/10

Gospel Brunch: Bells of Joy Stubbs

Bluegrass Night

Radio Coffee & Beer

Watsky Emo’s East

Austin Music Video Festival Austin Convention Center

Lewis Black Paramount Theatre

Zilker Relays Zilker Park

Adam Torres + Thor & Friends Cactus Cafe

9/11

9/12

9/13

9/14

9/15

9/16

9/17

The Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul & Tribe Society Skyline Theater at The Long Center

Shivery Shakes

Swans Mohawk

Crystal Castles Empire Control Room

Lone Star Le Mans Circuit of The Americas

Miranda Lambert: Keeper of the Flame Tour Frank Erwin Center

Tegan & Sara Stubbs

9/18

9/19

9/20

9/21

9/22

9/23

9/24

Austin Museum Day Museums Across Austin

The Peterson Brotherst @6:30

Natalia LaFourcade ACL Live

Kanye West The Saint Pablo Tour Austin Convention Center

Fantastic Fest Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas

Alabama Shakes Austin360 Amphitheater

Texas Craft Brewers Festival Fiesta Gardens

9/25

9/26

9/27

9/28

9/29

9/30

10/1

Fall 2016 Pecan Street Festival Sixth Street Austin

Alice In Chains ACL Live

Coheed and Cambria Stubbs

Band of Skulls Antones

The Lumineers Austin360 Amphitheater

Austin City Limits Music Festival Zilker Park

Austin City Limits Music Festival Zilker Park

Cheer Up Charlie’s

Benise One World Theatre

Continental Club

Third Thursday Blanton FREE

PARTY ON THE PLAZA

Location: Gregory Gym Plaza Date: August 31 Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Join your fellow Longhorns at this free welcomeback-to-campus event for the entire UT community. Activities will include a student org fair and the annual Scholarship Shootout in which one male and one female student will win a $2,000 spring 2016 scholarship. Enjoy games/contests, free ice cream, a $5 pizza lunch with a drink included and a free T-shirt while supplies last. All proceeds collected the day of the event benefit the UT Student Emergency Fund. The Office of the Dean of Students-Student Emergency Services maintains this support fund primarily to help students in emergencies or dire financial straits due to loss of income from tragic or catastrophic events. Since 1999, the Party on the Plaza has donated over $70,000 to the fund and other charitable organizations. Longhorns helping Longhorns. Is there a better cause?!

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