Letter from the Editor

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury Dear incoming student, I don’t know about you, but the last several weeks have been a blur of days that feel largely the same: seeing friends’ faces through FaceTime and Zoom calls, lying in bed feeling exhausted and unmotivated, frustrated about all the much-anticipated events — and, frankly, normalcy —...

Note-able guidelines

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury Six ways to adapt notetaking habits to college When you wake up, what you eat and how you study are all habits you probably formed as a student in high school — but as you enter college, those routines may change. Though you have fewer classes, they’re often more rigorous....

Exploring off-the-grid

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury Activities, locations off campus to discover UTD is a hub of activity during the week, and the surrounding Dallas metroplex is no exception. When the urge to explore strikes, venture off campus and take part in some of these activities. UTD-Related Outings: UREC Excursions: University Recreation offers various outdoor excursions...

Gone phishing

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury How to tell you’re reading a scam email Congratulations! You have been chosen to receive a free scholarship! Just confirm your identity by clicking this totally unsuspicious link: www.whatisyourcreditcardnumberandmothersmaidenname.com. Some scam emails are obvious, but sometimes convincing ones can slip through the cracks of Microsoft’s email monitoring and get into...

Temoc: the mascot, the mystery, the meme

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury A brief history of UTD’s iciest Comet As you arrived to UTD, you may have heard of the magnificently fiery and unforgivably ostentatious mascot that is Temoc. The wide-grinned comet has a backstory that is incomparable to any other; however, students often have a range of reactions to Temoc such...

A Guide to Title IX

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury Title IX, or Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, is a civil rights law that protects people from discrimination based on sex in educational programs and institutions that receive federal funding. Its enforcement covers incidents of sexual misconduct and violence such as dating violence, sexual harassment, rape...

Letter to freshmen

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury Alumna Ananya Malik writes in to wish incoming freshmen well Welcome to UTD! While the beginning of your freshman year is surely far from what you expected, I encourage you to make the most of your time in college, unorthodox as it may be. The beauty of UTD is the...

Hiker’s gear

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury Academic, financial resources to help you succeed The transition from high school to college can feel overwhelming, but there are campus resources that can make the change smoother. Here are some of the most common ones, all free of cost to current students. Academics Outside of going to professors’ office...

Keeping your wits about you

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury How to manage mental health on your next great adventure Ask almost any college student if they’re feeling stressed, and they’re likely to respond in the affirmative. Keeping up grades, extracurriculars, work and social life can be overwhelming at times, and many students’ mental health can suffer. Yet having good...

Backwoods currency

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury Navigating Comet Cash spending locations Comet Cash — usable with a swipe of your Comet Card — is your handy-dandy version of Monopoly money for UTD services! Besides paying for your various on-campus academic needs such as parking fees or the bookstore, it can buy your most important commodity: food....

Befriending fellow hikers – virtual edition

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury Four ways to connect online with future classmates One of the biggest transitions that is occurring globally is the switch from making new friends in person to making new friends online. On top of that, as incoming students, it can be intimidating to go to a new college without knowing...

Learning the ropes

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury What every freshman should do their first year Kicking off freshman year can be a major adjustment for anyone. As you learn to call a university your home, all too often you might find yourself overwhelmed with campus events. With every quintessential freshman experience waiting for you, here are some...

Scavenging healthy trail food

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury How to maintain good nutrition in college Navigating freshman year of college can be overwhelming, with new roommates, unfamiliar buildings and a sea of strange faces. Schedules are confusing, finding classes requires multiple references to the campus map, and making friends feels like starting over from scratch; and often, junk...

Off the beaten path

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury Hidden spots to discover around campus UTD has lots of hidden gems that don’t appear on maps. Check these spots out next time you are on campus! Gazebo WHAT IS IT? A small pavilion structure. WHERE IS IT? Between the library and Lot D, technically on a path on campus...

Finding direction

May 25, 2020 | The Mercury A compass for navigating a virtual class format, habits for success The Student Success Center has a wide set of resources for students including the Writing Center, peer tutoring and review sessions. In addition, they offer holistic support for students via success coaches like ITS junior Faiza Zaman. She focuses...