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Registration changes

February 26, 2014 · No Comments

Attention!! Attention!! FRESH OFF THE PRESS!

Registration Changes:

The University of Texas at Austin is changing the order in which students will register. Students’ registration time will now be based on progress toward degree completion.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!?!?! (For UGS students)

  • Your registration will be based on how many hours (out of 120 hours) you have completed.
  • You will be given the SAME OPPORTUNITY to register as all students who are DECLARED.
  • No, you do NOT need to claim all your Credit By Exam (AP/IB/CLEP).
    • Talk to your academic advisor before you claim any credits!
  • You do not need to rush to declare a major (unless you are in your 4th semester in UGS).
  • Registration advising for UGS students will begin shortly after spring break.
  • Be on the lookout for an email from your academic advisor about making a registration appointment (remember, it is MANDATORY).

You will want to look carefully at the course schedule to see which classes will be offered.

  • The Summer 2014 course schedule will be published on MARCH 25th.
  • The Fall 2014 course schedule will be published on APRIL 1st (No, this is not an April Fool’s joke).

Registration will begin on April 14th.

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Let’s Get Down to Business

February 13, 2014 · No Comments

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I might want to open a business one day, so I should be a business major?”  Actually, there are a variety of ways to gain the business skills necessary to open your own business, and only one of them is to earn a business degree. There are four different programs offered by McCombs School of Business that are open to non business majors.

  • Texas Business Foundations Program (BFP)- This is a certificate program that can give you a background in a variety of  business disciplines. If you are looking for a broad business background that you can pair with another major, this is a great opportunity! You can specialize in the Industrial track or the Health Care track.  They offer a summer program called the Business Foundations Summer Institute  that can be a great way to finish many courses in the program at once and gain some experience. You must apply for the Summer Institute.
  • The Undergraduate Real Estate Certificate (Texas URE)- With this certificate, you can learn more about the real estate business.  The focus is less about selling homes and more about the purchasing of commercial properties.
  • Energy Management Program- This program has classes in business, geoscience, petroleum operations, law, energy technologies, and policy.  If you are interested in the production, distribution, and consumption of energy, this could be for you!
  • Supply Logistics Optimization Certificate- This certificate helps you learn the technical skills needed in the industrial and manufacturing side of supply chain logistics and management skills necessary in the field.

If you have any questions about these programs and how they could fit into your degree, see your Vick Center advisor.

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Resolutions for a Successful Semester

January 10, 2014 · No Comments

It is the beginning of a new year! This year, resolve to do the following things and you will find more success in your classes:

  • Resolve to meet with your professors – Your professors hold office hours specifically to help you! You can meet with them to ask questions and get some guidance on how to succeed in your class.
  • Resolve to use Sanger Learning Center - Did you know that everyone gets at least five free sessions of one-on-one tutoring? Also, everyone has access to unlimited drop-in tutoring sessions.  If you want advice on study skills, you can see a learning specialist.
  • Resolve to see your advisor – Stop by Jester and meet with your advisor.  They can talk to you about classes, majors, and how to study effectively.
  • Resolve to use the Writing Center - Do you have papers in your classes this year? They can help you form a thesis and help strengthen your content.

What other academic resolutions do you have this year?

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Surviving Finals

November 26, 2013 · No Comments

Finals can be a stressful time.  The end of the semester is near, so trying to stay focused and productive can be challenging.  For a quick lesson on how to optimize your study time, check out this video: The Science of Productivity

Want some more advice? The Sanger Learning Center has a great workshop called Surviving Finals 101 that can help you achieve success during finals.

Also, don’t forget that if a class is not going well, you should schedule an appointment to talk with your advisor about your options.

Best wishes on finals!

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What am I going to do with my life?

November 19, 2013 · No Comments

How often have you asked that question or thought, “I wish that someone would just tell me what to do with my life” or, “is there some test I can take to figure out what career would be best?” While those things do not actually exist, we have something that can help point you in the right direction.  The ACT Profile is a career assessment tool that evaluates your interests, abilities, and values in career fields.

What it DOES do:

  • Show general direction of your career interests
  • Provides a database to learn more about career and major options
  • Generate ideas on majors and careers to explore

What it DOES NOT do:

  • Tell you what to do for the rest of your life (nothing/no one can do that except you!)

What to expect:

You will need to first create an account. Then within 24 hours you will get an email verification.  From there, take the values, abilities and values inventories, which are listed under “My Profile.”  Your results will be shown on the career map, under the career tab.  The letters in blue and red are the areas recommended for you specifically.  You can also look at the major map to see what majors are related to the careers listed.

Think about what blue and red careers and majors are recommended for you to consider. Which seem most appealing?

Then, take a look at the Occupational Summary.  Look at the tasks involved, work settings, training needed, majors associated with it and more.

Finally, it may be most helpful to set up an appointment with a career counselor to talk about your results.  Your career counselor can also point you towards other career assessments, if you so choose. You can schedule an appointment by calling 512-232-8400.

So, what did your results say? Do you think they were accurate?

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