UTCS Student Blog

We are Texas!

Oct 22, 2014 7:00am By Peter-Paul Wong

Campus is beautiful this time of year. Take an evening stroll (which I am sure many of you do as students working on projects late into the night) and you'll notice not just the beauty of the campus...

Computational Cookin'

Oct 14, 2014 9:23pm By Peter-Paul Wong

I know what you're thinking when you see this's a post about the latest foods in CS or even the newest class offered at UTCS?  Perhaps Dijkstra donuts, Turing tamales, or even...

When Dreams Don’t Come True

Oct 14, 2014 8:41pm By Valerie Roth

There’s a company that I’ve really, really wanted to work at for the past year now, and yesterday they called me and told me that they weren’t going to hire me for the summer. This is after they...

Should You Stay in Computer Science?

Oct 9, 2014 7:00am By Valerie Roth

When I started college as a computer science major I wasn’t really committed to the idea of sticking with it. I’d taken one class in high school, which was pretty fun, but the idea of doing it for...

The Happiness of Pursuit

Oct 8, 2014 7:00am By Peter-Paul Wong

It was one of those weeks. I am sure you all have noticed, October is that month where everything starts to happen! Tests, papers, and the potential threat of Ebola all are coming at you at once....

How to Interview

Oct 7, 2014 8:48am By Rohan Ramchand

Let’s say you went to the career fair.  

How to Give Up But Accomplish Things Anyways

Oct 1, 2014 10:51am By Valerie Roth

In high school I remember thinking that my life would be a lot easier if I just didn’t have to sleep. I hardly did as it was, and really felt that when I did make the time for it, or to do anything...

Why You Shouldn't Fear the Liberal Arts

Sep 30, 2014 2:00pm By Rohan Ramchand

Next semester, I’m taking two government classes. Specifically, I’m taking Decision Theory and the United States Congress (GOV 341M and 370L, if you’re interested). The first one is plausibly related...

Peter Paul's Pinball

Sep 28, 2014 7:57pm By Peter-Paul Wong

Last Weekend, I ventured to out to one of the "hidden jewels" of Austin. No it wasn't one of the stereotypical touristic hidden jewels of our great city such as Hamilton Pool, the 360...

FoCS and You

Sep 22, 2014 11:02pm By Rohan Ramchand

A few weeks ago, you might have noticed the shiny new plaques in the GDC, with a bunch of companies on one and a bunch of endowed scholarships on the other. This is, as any curious observer might...

Connecting to the "Web" of people

Sep 21, 2014 4:05pm By Peter-Paul Wong

A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of conversing with a UT alumna of the School of Pharmacy (class of '65) at the Quacks Bakery on Duval and 43rd street one evening. A very pleasant figure...

Quietly Remarkable

Sep 18, 2014 7:00am By Valerie Roth

The only true extrovert I knowI have to really force myself to be extroverted. I’ve gotten pretty good at it, thankfully, but there are still certainly times when I know I’m being awkward and I...

Remembering a Legacy and Ushering in a new Era

Sep 16, 2014 9:22pm By Peter-Paul Wong

I remember my 2011 freshman orientation like it was yesterday. It was extremely hot, crowded, and I was uncertain about the year ahead. My original academic hopes of getting into the Cockrell School...

Free Food is Overrated

Sep 15, 2014 12:48pm By Rohan Ramchand

One of the first things most people hear about working for Google is that they have free, gourmet sushi every day for their employees. They also have a free laundry service, free massages, free...

I Have No Idea Where I’m Going With This

Sep 11, 2014 8:22am By Valerie Roth

I am a constant mind-changer. When I originally pitched my idea for the blog this week, I said I’d be writing about my decision to get the BSA degree instead of the BS. Now I’m not so sure.


Sep 9, 2014 11:28am By Peter-Paul Wong

There are plenty of definitions of noise in our modern day. Meriam Webster dictionary defines noise as "a loud and unplesant sound" and as "irrelevant or meaningless data or output occuring along...

Why CS?

Sep 8, 2014 11:37pm By Rohan Ramchand

My roommate and I have a tradition. We’re both computer science and math double majors, and we like to convert everyone we see who displays even the slightest interest in either of those fields to...

Keep Calm and Register On

May 2, 2014 6:35am By Peter-Paul Wong

"Its the most wonderful time of the year..." With classes closing and everyone telling you be of good cheer, it may be not Christmas in July, or April for that mattter.  Yet, many would...

The Best Decisions

May 1, 2014 1:14am By Valerie Roth

It’s May 1, which means that for the rest of the year there will be far fewer high school students walking through Gregory asking if they can take underwater rock climbing classes or visiting...

Why UT?

Apr 29, 2014 11:37am By Rohan Ramchand

My father received his MBA from Duke, and before that he graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (India's MIT). My mother got her Ph.D. from Northwestern. My sister went to Princeton, UT...
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