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Distract Yourself

Dear students, 

I am writing you a day earlier than usual this week, because I suspect some of you may have your thoughts elsewhere. Election Day may be when you cast a ballot for president for the first time, so perhaps you are glad to be adding your voice to the process. Or perhaps you are feeling uncertain about the outcome. Combined with all of the other uncertainties and stresses this year, it may feel like too much. 


If you are ready to think about something else, allow me to offer other topics to turn your attention to instead.

  1. Did you know November is Mental Health Awareness Month? The Counseling and Mental Health Center and UT faculty member Kristin Neffhave helpful online resources related to coping with stress and uncertainty to support positive mental health.
  2. Did you know registration for the spring is underway? Review options with your advisor if you haven't already and make sure to register before registration closes on Nov. 13.
  3. Did you know CNS has a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion concentration open for all? Dr. Tonia Guida just joined the CNS faculty to lead the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Concentration, and she's a fellow Longhorn! After receiving her master's degree from UT Austin's Higher Education Leadership program, she got her Ph.D. from UCLA in Social Science Comparative Education with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity. She wants all students to know that you are welcome in the concentration, which provides a guided pathway through coursework, select events and trainings to build understanding of complex issues related to diversity and equity in the sciences and beyond. (You can learn more by visiting the DEI Concentration website and connecting with Dr. Guida via email at cns.diversity@austin.utexas.edu.)

And if none of that works, there are always cat videos. 


Best,

Dr. Vanden Bout 


Joke: Calculus jokes are derivative, trigonometry jokes are too graphic, algebra jokes are too formulaic, and arithmetic jokes are just basic. The outlier is the occasional statistics pun.

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