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.


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

Dave Chappelle Resurrects Lil Jon Character, Sports Longhorn Cap

Dave Chappelle hosted his first-ever Saturday Night Live this past weekend. His most popular sketch? The resurrection of his show’s famous characters, including Tryone Biggums, Clayton Bigsby, and Lil Jon.

At 2:29, you’ll see Lil Jon appear sporting a Texas Longhorns cap!


Charlie Strong Is Better Than Your Coach At Dabbing

You may have seen another coach wearing crimson trying to woo recruits, but it’s Coach Strong who has the ‘tude to pull it off.

Never forget.

This Season’s Holiday Gift Guide for Lady Longhorns

As the holidays are rearing closer and closer, and we, as Longhorns, have to leave the holy land that is Austin, Texas, for a very painful month, some of us can’t help but rush into a panic at the last moment to get last-minute shopping done. It happens far too often that boys are left in utter and complete confusion what to buy their girlfriends for the holidays. But don’t you fret. I have composed a complete list of everything a Longhorn girl will ever want or need for this season.

Birchbox Subscription

The newest and latest trend this season is Birchboxes. You can get them in any type from hair products, to make up, and more. The purpose of a Birchbox is for a new order to arrive every month. This way, you can make a one purchase that will still be delivered to your lady every month, giving off the illusion you have given her more than one gift and were extremely thoughtful about it. It’s also a fun away for her to pamper herself and have something to look forward to that will remind her of the special person who bought it for her.


Naked Palettes

Available here on Amazon

Whether you are shopping for your girlfriend, best friend, sister, or whoever, you can never go wrong with the Naked Palettes from Urban Decay. There are now four palettes that will go with any outfit or any mood you are in. Enough of the tacky eyeshadow and poorly done makeup, this is 2015, we have YouTube tutorials for days that can teach us how to properly apply makeup. So for your friends who need a little nudge in the right direction, this is a great choice.


Box Set of Friends Series

Available here on Amazon

It’s no secret that Friends is almost every girl on the face of the planet’s favorite show. If it’s not her favorite show, then she definitely still loves it. Nothing says “I’m thinking about you” more than a full box of the Friends series so she can lock herself in her room for the entire winter break and not come out. Some would even consider that to be a dream come true.


Justin Bieber Concert Tickets

Or his latest album, available here on Amazon

I know what you’re all thinking “I’m not a millionaire so you should probably shut up with this suggestion”, but slow your roll. This is Justin Bieber we’re talking about. Justin Bieber who has not only had the biggest comeback of the year but who also went from a scrawny child to a jacked, gorgeous man with a beautiful voice that is as beautiful as his face. It doesn’t matter if the seats you get are in the nosebleeds, because even those are pricey. Justin will put on a show that makes ever single girl in the audience lose her mind and I’d even go as far to say as it would make anyone’s dream come true. But if you choose to settle, you can always purchase his new album “Purpose”.


Bose Sound Canceling Headphones

Available here on Amazon

There’s nothing in the world a girl loves more than peace and quiet, so why not get her a pair of noise canceling headphones? Instead of ignoring you like a normal girl will, she can make it obvious when she doesn’t want to hear from you. It’s really a win, win situation.


Pretty Much Anything from Victoria’s Secret

Available here on Amazon

December is always a huge time for Victoria Secret. Every year girls look forward to seeing the annual Victoria Secret Fashion Show on TV, and then get horribly upset that they’re not an angel themselves. Well, you can at least get her the second best by pretty much giving her anything in the Victoria Secret Store. From sweatpants to sweatshirts to underwear to lingerie to even lotions and body sprays, it truly is the goldmine for the best holiday gifts ever. Plus, it gives every girl the chance to feel like an angel, if even for a minute.



Lush Bath Bombs

Available here on Amazon

What could be more perfect than giving a girl a reason to take a bubble bath and relax? Giving a bath bomb or any of the skin and body products they have incites an invitation for the special girl in your life to take a day off and worry about herself. Lush is not only an great place to shop for girls, guys can enjoy the bath bombs too. A personal favorite is always the Sex Bath Bomb.


Wine Glasses

Available here on Amazon


Though it may seem cliche, a girl can never have too many wine glasses. A wine glass is kind of like the gift that keeps giving because girls will always want more wine. It’s natures way of assuring us everything will be alright. If you get the large wine glasses that can fit a whole bottle of wine in it, it comes across that you are behaving yourself though we all know the truth (though some girls choose to not even use the glass at all).


Giant Teddy Bear

Available here on Amazon


This probably goes without saying, but receiving an oversized teddy bear is probably the most euphoric thing that can happen to just about anyone. Not only is this thing massive, but it is full of endless snuggles. If you give this to a girl, they will be guaranteed to fall in love with you without a doubt.



Available here on Amazon

Everyone likes to cuddle up to a new book and relax over the holiday break, but why would you do that with an old fashion book when Kindles are on sale at Amazon.com? Having a Kindle makes reading even easier, because once you finish a book, your next book is at your finger tips. You’d be amazed at how many books you can read when you’re looking at a screen much like you do for most of your days anyways. Plus, the new Kindle Fires have wifi and all the apps you will need, basically making it the coolest gift you could give someone this holiday season. Plus Kindles make it easier to read Fifty Shades of Grey without receiving fifty shades of shade in public.



Everyone loves food, this pretty much goes without saying, but when it is the holiday season and it is the time of the year when everyone wears sweaters and jackets, it is the perfect time to get completely out of shape and treat yo’self. If you want to make a girl happy, always feed her.



Nothing says commitment quite like getting a girl a puppy for the holidays. If you have either been pretty shotty with your commitment/loyalty or if you just want to take it to the next step and see a girl be the happiest she’s been in a very long time, a puppy is the perfect gift. Definitely don’t make this decision lightly.




When in doubt, buy alcohol. We all need a little alcohol to get through the holidays, so this might be the most perfect gift for anyone this season.


Happy shopping, and remember, it is only one short month until you’re back in the best city in the world.


BREAKING: Shaka Smart To Become New Texas Basketball Coach With The Coolest Name

It’s official. Shaka Smart has been named as Texas’ newest basketball coach, following Rick Barnes’ firing just last week.

Shaka Smart comes to us from VCU and has also been given the title of having the coolest name ever in the history of coaches.

Welcome, Coach Smart.

Apparently, strippers won’t keep you in Richmond. Welcome to the land of BBQ!

Kevin Durant & TJ Ford Had Some Awesome Things To Say About Coach Rick Barnes

Embattled Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes was given notice this weekend that he was fired from his head coaching position.

Immediately, former players TJ Ford & Kevin Durant took to Twitter & Instagram to show their gratitude and appreciation for the 17-year coach of the Longhorns.

These Pets Dressed In Burnt Orange Are Cuter Than Bevo

We asked our followers on Twitter submit pics of their furry friends wearing burnt orange…and we weren’t disappointed! WARNING: CUTENESS AHEAD!!!

16.) This little pup I’m sure tried really hard for Texas Cheer

15.) Who’s ready for a showdown?

14.) Pup to Sooner pup: “Come at me, bro!”

13.) That face you made all last season…

12.) I’m sure this one poops in West Campus…

11.) Coach Dog will make you have a ruff day if you don’t listen to him!

10.) Apparently even ferrets bleed burnt orange