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From the College of Natural Sciences

Former Associate Dean Sacha Kopp's weekly posts for students.

Core values‏

There's never anything wrong with a bit of self-reflection. 

The Power of One‏

Dare to make a difference. 

Life Is Non-linear (Thankfully)‏

Let the college help you find your own path. 

Thanksgiving and Job Shadowing‏

Don't forget to check out the College of Natural Sciences Externship Program — opportunities await. 

Flipped Classes, Teaching and Learning‏

Your college wants to hear from you. 

Have Your Voice Heard in CNS!‏

There are numerous ways to get involved in the college as a student leader. 

We All Get by with a Little Help from Our Friends‏

(That's a Beatles song for those of you under 50.)

Thinking About Graduate School?‏

There are many aspects to consider when deciding on graduate studies.


The people that sometimes come to our rescue aren't always dressed in a spandex outfit.  Last weekend my family went to hear a "super hero concert" — theme music from classic TV shows and films played by the Austin Symphony while a large screen showed segments or trailers from the movies. My 10 year old son enjoyed the show immensely, and his...

Failure Is Part of Science and Life‏

"As Dumbledore advises Harry Potter in the movie The Sorcerer's Stone, 'It is the choices we make, Harry, that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.' "

Lots of News in the College

Stay connected through events and make "the" college into "your" college. 

Empathy and Communications‏

The way you communicate and criticize others can speak to your character.

Scientists appreciate beauty‏

Always remember to find a way to give yourself time to de-stress from your week. 

Get to Know Your Faculty

Never underestimate the power of getting to know your instructors. 

Finding Your Community

Opportunities abound in the College of Natural Sciences. From tutoring services to student organizations to career fairs, the college has something for everyone. Be sure to explore your options and find a place to make our community into your community.