20 Tips For Longhorn Freshmen – Ultimate Survival Guide

 8 AM Classes 

Do NOT. I repeat…DO NOT choose an 8 AM class unless it’s the last class you need to graduate and if it’s the ONLY time being offered. You may be thinking, “I can do it. I used to go to class by 7:30 AM in high school.” No. You can’t. Quit trying to make 8 AM classes happen. They’re not going to happen.

Getting Lost

You WILL get lost. It’s the 40 Acres after all. Use the UT web app map to know where all the buildings are, or simply look for someone who looks older, tired and wise. They are probably seniors who are done with life but can still help you get to where you need to go. To make things easier on your first day, walk to your class buildings a few days before classes begin. It will help you be more confident on your first day and will prevent you from being late to class.



Y’all actually need to study here. Your days of magically getting A’s without picking up a book in high school are over. Find study groups and participate in Google Docs. Classes that struggle together, fail together…and get huge curves on exams.

Here are other online study tools that you can use to hack your life through college.




The Internet is your best friend when it comes to buying textbooks. Sometimes you need them, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you get lucky and the whole book is online for free. As a Freshman, you may want to have all of your books bought and ready to go on your first day. Don’t do this.

If you want to save your money, go to class for a week or two to see how much of the textbook is needed for class before you buy. The only thing worse than 8 AMs is buying a $300 textbook to only ever open it once the whole semester.

*Actual video of me buying textbooks I don’t need*

Choosing Professors 

The Internet is also your best friend when it comes to choosing a professor for a specific class. RateMyProfessors.com is genius and can help you save your life. Plus, you get to see if your prof is hot or not.


Pace Yourself

Do as much or as little as you can. Simply try your best. It’s OK if you only take 6 hours in one semester while your friends take 57 hours. It’s a marathon, not a race. You do you, little Longhorn. You do you. You’ll get out of here eventually.



Financial Aid 

You might want to keep applying for scholarships and financial aid ALL FOUR YEARS. There’s a lot of help out there, even after your freshman year. Although it may seem like you have a million things to finish, you’re never too busy to apply for free money.



Get a mentor who specializes in your area of interest. They will help you for the rest of your life. Whether it’s a professor, a boss, a colleague, an alum, or even an older student, find someone that can guide you and help you reach your goals.


Organizations & Clubs

Join organizations. The people you meet will become your friends and possibly the best part of your college experience.



This is where “Don’t Procrastinate” would be, but we damn well know no one will listen to this.



Always pre-game before going to going to 6th (after you turn 21 obviously). Drinks are expensive AF on 6th and you’re a poor college student.



Your Bevo Bucks will be gone faster than you can say “OU SUCKS.” Spend them wisely. Plus, once that FinAid check hits your account, don’t splurge on that MacBook Pro you’ve been eyeing. Take it easy, my friend. You don’t want to call your parents at the end of the semester asking them to cover your December rent.

Office Hours

Don’t be afraid of going to office hours and talking about your class struggles. This is why the professors get paid. Be smart. Be creative. You never know what kind of magic they can do at the end of the semester.


Summer Courses

If you can – and have the time – take some classes at a community college during the summer. It will save you time, money, and possibly GPA points in the long run.


    On Campus

Find a good place to poop on campus and stick to it. You will be drinking a lot of coffee and will need to take care of business in comfortable fashion.


Signing Up For Classes

Treat signing up for classes as if you are buying Beyonce tickets. Forget everything else and refresh the page until it is your turn to sign up. Nothing is worse than being waitlisted for all of the classes you need to take.


Studying Abroad

If you can, study abroad. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t ever forget. You won’t regret it. Just don’t act like a dumb American while you’re there.


Freshmen 15

Freshman 15 is VERY real. Beware. Eat well and stay in shape. Gregory Gym is your best friend.


Try New Things

College is about 3 things: learning, changing, and having fun. Combine all of those three things together and shit becomes magical.


Get Your Horns Up

But most of all always keep those HORNS UP.


Longhorn ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay plans to take fiancé to Texas-OU Red River Showdown

Longhorn alum and Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay has finally chosen her boo. The Dallas native chose Bryan Abasolo, a 37-year-old chiropractor from Miami.

According to GuideLive.com, the two aren’t set on where to live, but one thing is for sure. She’s going to take him to the Red River Showdown and show him why OU still sucks:

“Yes, I’m going to take him to the state fair,” Rachel told GuideLive on a conference call Tuesday. “I’m a Longhorn, so I want to take him to the Texas-OU game and kill two birds with one stone.”

Hook ‘em, Rachel (and congrats)!

Bonus: Did you know Rachel dated Kevin Durant when they were students at the 40 Acres?

Bonus x2: Rachel working out in Longhorn gear!

The Best #UT21 Instagram Reactions To #GoneToTexas

#UT21 knows how to rep that burnt orange. We picked our favorite Instagram reactions to those who are #GoneToTexas. Hook ’em forever.

21. The best Christmas gift EVER!

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20. Ready to learn how to be a good boy.

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19. Because some are Longhorns since birth.

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18. Possibly the worst sandwich to be in. But s/o to the only sane person in the middle.

A post shared by Roxanne Granat (@roxgranat) on

17. Getting the perfect angle for the big announcement.

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16. Even this cat is ready to live on the 40 Acres.

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15. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with Texas-shaped cookies.

14. I don’t even know what is going on here…but I like it!

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13. When you have to stare at it a little longer because you still can’t believe it.

12. I mean come on…easiest choice ever.

Top 20 Most Hilarious & Creative Graduation Caps

Graduation is around the corner and we’ve put together some of the best graduation caps on the Interwebs. This is your big day and no basic Longhorn wants (or should have) a basic cap.

Because what starts here is worth about $25k in loans and will hopefully change the world.

1. Adventure is out there! Guaranteed to make everyone excited for life during graduation. Until you realize you will be working for the rest of your life with limited vacation in a 9-5 job.

2. Literally #FriendshipGoals.

3. You get some inspirational quotes and then you get some hats that remind you of the loans you have to pay for the next 10+ years.

4. Cady Heron inspires me every single day.

5. When you BS’d your way through college and somehow make it out…

6. My version would be Starbucks, Whataburger, and Dr. Pepper.

7. Sometimes you need a hat that shows exactly how you are feeling at the moment.

Thought you guys might like my graduation cap

Quit Breaking Our Hearts Texas Exes, The Albino Squirrel Is Real

Texas Exes. We love you, but don’t break our hearts. The Albino Squirrel is certainly real.

According to an article written by The Alcalde:

Sorry, Longhorns. There is no albino squirrel at The University of Texas.

Today every UT student knows the legend: catching a rare glimpse of an “albino” squirrel on the way to an exam means you’ll get an A. The squirrel—which is usually referred to with a single mythical ‘he’—is said to roam the East Mall, and we’ve spotted him at the Alumni Center more than once.

While there may be several white squirrels on campus, they aren’t really albinos, says UT biologist David Hillis. “It’s a color variant, not a true albino,” Hillis explains.

How do we know he’s real? Because a Longhorn Humor fan found the lucky squirrel getting lucky himself!

And, he tends to get lucky often…which spreads even more luck to every student on the 40 Acres.

Thank you, Albino Squirrel.

2017 Masters Champ, Sergio Garcia, Is Engaged To Longhorn Alumna Angela Akins

Sergio Garcia, the Spanish pro golfer who just won the 2017 Masters, is engaged to fellow Longhorn Angela Akins.

Akins graduated from the 40 Acres in 2008, according to her LinkedIn profile, and is currently reporter for the Golf Channel.

But wait, there’s more.

Her father, Marty Akins, is one of the most successful quarterbacks in Texas history. The only QB to start three years for Darrell Royal, he set multiple school records (many of which were later broken by Vince Young), was named an All-American in 1975 and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Honor in 1995.

Her cousin is also Drew Brees.

Don’t worry Jordan, we still love you.

Girl At Dentist Freaks Out When Told Whataburger Closed Down (VIDEO)

According to the Houston Chronicle:

A viral video making the rounds this week and uploaded in late December shows a girl named Taylor, fresh from wisdom teeth surgery struggling to comprehend life itself. Anyone who has had serious dental surgery knows that whatever they use is very strong.

In the video the girl’s mother, Nikki Duvall, tells her that Whataburger — her favorite place — has been closed. Almost instantly her swollen face is covered in tears.

We are all her. Whataburger for life.