05 31 21 Orientation Issue

Cover by Alesandra Bell | Graphics Editor

Welcome Wire | May 31, 2021

Dear incoming Comets, It’s been a crazy year and a half. But you already know that: you’ve had to navigate mass quarantines, virtual birthday parties, and Honorlock. And whether you loved or hated online school, returning to in-person education is sure to be an adjustment. Stack that on top of entering a new chapter of […]

Presidential Letter | May 31, 2021

Dear UT Dallas Class of 2025, Congratulations on your admittance to the University of Texas at Dallas! We are honored to have you join the UT Dallas community as a fellow Comet. Some of you are computer science students interested in graduate school, some of you are business school students interested in entrepreneurship, but regardless […]

The Great Temoc | May 31, 2021

As you stroll down the vast corridors of UTD, you might catch glimpses of a mysteriously inviting and charismatic, blue-skinned comet gesturing at you from the distance. This comet is UTD’s mascot, the notorious Temoc, and he’s often the focus of ambivalent chatter within the student community. Though you’ll always catch Temoc flashing a dashing […]

Bucket list | May 31, 2021

Getting involved with school traditions and taking part in some of the things that make UTD special can boost your school spirit and make campus feel like home. Here are some of the must-dos to check off your list during your time at UTD. Have a chance encounter with Temoc Although he often makes an […]

Feelin’ good | May 31, 2021

After spending 14 months cooped up in our homes and attending class from the comfort of our bedrooms, the thought of going back into the real world can seem scary. On average, it takes 66 days to form a habit – and we’ve definitely spent more than 66 days getting ourselves used to muting ourselves […]

Academic Assistance | May 31, 2021

UTD’s Student Success Center (SSC) offers a variety of programs to support students in their academic journey. Here is a list of a few: Peer Tutoring Peer Tutoring is offered for select courses on a walk-in basis and sometimes by appointment. The list of supported courses can be found online. The tutors are other students […]

Wise Counsel | May 31, 2021

If you’re having mental health difficulties – like many of us after a year in a pandemic – remember that you can lay low at the UTD Student Counseling Center (SSC). What’s the SCC? The SCC is a mental health clinic that serves enrolled UTD students year-round and free of charge. For the Summer 2021 […]

The Grublover’s Journal | May 31, 2021

During your first year as a college student, it is often overwhelming finding the time to cook meals. If you commute, time may be of essence and finding quick food on the run can be a struggle. In the UTD dorms, it’s nearly impossible to make anything but microwave ramen and cold cut sandwiches since […]

Exploring Majors | May 31, 2021

If you’re unsure about your major, UTD has an advising wing dedicated just for you! The Exploratory Advising Office, working in tandem with other campus centers, offers a range of services to help students choose a major. Whether you are going into college undeclared or are simply uncertain about what you can do with your […]

Campus Hideouts | May 31, 2021

After spending the better part of a year doing school from home, you may be looking for the opportunity to conduct work outside of your normal living quarters. If so, you’re in luck – UTD is replete with superb study spaces. First and foremost, the brand-new Sciences Building has something for everyone. It’s got tons […]

Educational Side-Gigs | May 31, 2021

While you may come into your freshman year with a carefully mapped-out plan of exactly which classes to take each semester, don’t forget about electives! Elective classes can give you a nice break from difficult major courses, connect you with students in different majors and schools, and broaden your learning experience. Whether you want to […]

Joining Up | May 31, 2021

If there’s one word that can be used to describe UTD, it’s diverse. There are over 300 registered student organizations on campus, in essentially any category you can think of. With all these options, it can get a bit overwhelming to find an organization that’s right for you. That’s why it’s super important to read […]

Lifelong Sisters | May 31, 2021

Joining Greek life – one of the several fraternities or sororities on campus – is one way for new students to make friends and create an impact on campus. UTD is home to the College Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council, whose 26 total fraternity and sorority chapters have 1100 […]

Artificer’s Dream | May 31, 2021

As you mosey your way onto campus, you might notice mechanical Starship marvels rolling down the road. Dubbed ‘Tobor’s by UTD students – “robot” spelled backward – these little wonders deliver food, drinks and joy to the UTD community. Tobors can deliver from Taco Bell and UTD’s The Pub for the Summer 2021 Term as […]