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Everyone Loves Exams

Dear Students,We are now starting to find a rhythm this semester, and part of that rhythm is exams. Everyone loves exams! Or, at least, most students do. Or maybe no one does. I can't ever keep that straight. But, love them or not, they are a critical part of learning.Moreover, you shouldn't wait for exams to crop up to test yourself. Aldous Huxley...

The After Life

Dear Students, The fall semester is in full gear, and as always things are moving at a rapid pace. I know that this has been a crazy start for many of you with the recent natural disasters. But I encourage all of you to be sure you are taking advantage of your opportunities and resources on campus. Whether it is your freshman Cornerstones grou...

Four things to do this summer

Dear Students, I hope that the end of the semester brings time for a bit of rest and recharging. Many of you will be away from campus for some or all of the summer, so I wanted to offer some suggestions for how you can make the most of the coming months and ease the transition back here in the fall. Change your pace – Whether you're in su...

Healing, Support, and Final Exams

Dear Students, In recent days, our community experienced a terrible act of violence and, in its aftermath, many of us are feeling sad, vulnerable, and shaken. While the immediate threat passed quickly, these feelings might not. We empathize with the victims and their friends and family. Some were at the scene. Some of you may have known the su...

Last Week of Class

Dear Students, Here it is: the last week of class. For many of you, this is the end of your first year at UT. For others, these are the last few classes of your college career. Either way, finish the semester strong. Despite there only being a little bit of time left, for most of you large portions of your grades are yet to be determined. Exam...

Student Government Update

Dear Students, I wanted all CNS students to know that you have six newly elected Natural Sciences Student Government Representatives—Angela Kang, Benjamin Solder, Justin Ahamed, Mahima Ginjupalli, McKenna Richards, and Saarem Azmat. They are excited to serve as your representatives in the 111th session of the Student Government Assembly. They ...

Big Week

Dear Students, It seems as though there is always a ton going on in April, and this week in no exception. Registration for summer and fall is starting. Use your four-year plan and degree audit to plan your coursework. Take a break from registration to join us at the big university events that the College is holding this week. Tu...

40 For Forty

Dear Students, The University of Texas is a wonderful place that is supported by an amazing network of people. Together, they share in our vision of transforming lives for the betterment of society. Generous donations from individuals around the state, the nation, and the world help support our mission. Next week, the University is having...

Adulting 101

Dear Students, While your class in genetics might teach you about chromosome variation and structure, it will likely not teach you about life insurance and saving for retirement. "Adulting 101" to the rescue. CNS Career Services is putting on this three-part series, and it begins this week. The course focuses on the transition from college to ...

Important Dates

​Dear Students, The end of the semester is sooner than you think. Classes are more than halfway finished, and things always seem to move faster toward the end than they did at the beginning (especially for the seniors who are going to graduate!). Two quick messages: First, registration for fall is just around the corner, so make an a...

Back to Work

Dear Students, Time to get back to work. And back to studying. Did you have big spring break plans where you were going to use that time to get ahead? Did you not progress quite as much as you had planned? Don't spend your time worrying about what you should have, could have, would have done. Just get back to work. Do you have a favorite ...

Before Spring Break

Dear Students, There is that feeling in the air. The weather can't decide between rain or 85°F. It must be close to Spring Break. First, it is not Spring Break yet! You have to wait until the end of the week to take off. It's only Monday. Keep studying. Knock out those mid-term exams. Finish those lab reports. Crank out more research data...

Natural Sciences Week

Dear Students, The University and the College of Natural Sciences are places you call home. But it is a really big home that tens of thousands of people share with you. This is simultaneously a daunting realization and an amazing opportunity. While you're at UT, you have a unique chance to meet and listen to new people, to hear points of view ...

Exams Review

Dear Students, It's still exam time. Some of you have had your first round of tests this semester. For others they will come this week. When the exam grades come out, it is easy to just look up your score and move on. But whether you aced it, bombed it, or ended up somewhere in the middle, you should reflect on what you learned and your learni...

First Exams

Dear Students, It's the time of the semester for the first round of exams. I hope that you see exams as a challenge and an opportunity rather than a hurdle. Faculty give exams to assess how students are learning. That's why we are all here. So approach exams as a learning experience. Better yet, actually work at it. Be systematic. Try differen...