This is what 11 semesters have taught me
December 02, 2013
I've been studying at UT since the fall of 2008. In that time, I have been blessed with many things, but the one thing that stands out as truly spectacular are the people I have met and formed my life around.
Herein lies my last piece of advice to ...
Girls at UT > Blake Lively
November 25, 2013
Blake Lively is hot. This is pretty well accepted.
I've seen "Accepted" and "The Town" and admit that, yes, she is pretty. But when I've watched these movies with my guy friends, I've heard things like "She's the hottest woman alive."
Consider her hair – how ...
November 18, 2013
I am a Ginger.
Every winter I enjoy walking to class in the cold because my thermally insulating headgear covers my hair completely. I often pass good friends that completely fail to recognize me. I can even wave at them and be met with puzzled looks: "Who is this creepy ...
Political divide can be shortened through understanding
November 04, 2013
Politically, I grew up in a house divided.
My mother is a schoolteacher, and my dad owns a small business. As my mother's side of the family is chock-full of educators and pharmacists, education is highly valued when I head an hour south for Christmas with her side of ...
An open letter to faculty
October 28, 2013
This is my 11th semester at UT, not including my time spent overseas or over the summer. I've had a pretty wide variety of professors, and they've taught me through many different methods. After all this time, I've learned what seems to work.
Before I ...
Dressing for success boosts confidence, test scores
October 21, 2013
I love wearing a tie.
My sophomore year, I woke up one morning in a fantastic mood. Couldn't tell you why, I was just feeling good. I decided to wear a tie that day. No particular reason, just felt like it. I put on my charcoal suit along with ...
Bad days offer lessons, not conflict
October 14, 2013
It's an old adage, blunt in its brevity and true in every sense of the world.
It stretches across many cultures, from the Japanese "shogunai" (it can't be helped) to the Latin phrase "C'est la vie" (That's life).
In typical American fashion, we in the States ...
After two hated coaches, Jones recalls power of tradition
October 07, 2013
I took my tour of UT on Sept. 5, 2007. It was the beginning of my senior year of high school, and the day this New Yorker fell in love with the Volunteer Tradition.
Since then, UT has hired three new football coaches, each of them different to the extreme ...
Ask the waiter, enjoy the unexpected answers
September 30, 2013
Imagine yourself sitting in a little restaurant, or maybe its more of a bar. Let's just say it's a pub.
You're having a gander at the menu, and gosh darn it if you can't read a thing on it. Well, obviously you're in another country ...
Neyland's Seven Maxims apply in the classroom too
September 26, 2013
"I don't know if that could've worked out better."
There is no happier time in my life than right after I utter those words. It's a reflection of how perfect something just was, one in which I can look back at the grind that lead to that ...
Throw away your Gator T-shirts to support UT
September 16, 2013
One of the greatest things about this university is how much pride we have.
A simple example is that our colors are orange and white; ask anyone who knows about fashion, and you'll hear about how incredibly difficult orange is to wear. And yet, girls that wear it here ...
Involvement, education key to maximizing college experience
September 09, 2013
Why are you in college?
A lot of you are probably thinking, "I do not know." A lot of you have never even thought about it. I know I did not consider the question until engineering was smacking me around like spikeball on Pedestrian.
If you don't know why ...
Early freshman involvement reaps rewards
August 26, 2013
I remember a time, long ago, when we had a different president in the Oval Office and a good ol' Tennessean leading our boys through the T.
Ah, when I was a freshman.
The year was 2008, and it was actually yesterday. Or at least, that's what it feels ...