On Saturday, October 28, the School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) hosted first-year students and their families for Family Weekend. Families got a feel for a day in the life of a UGS student by participating in “UGS 101.” The program included a welcome from the Dean of Undergraduate Studies Brent Iverson, a UGS Student Experience panel, advising and career counseling with the Vick Center, a condensed Signature Course, Breakfast with Brent, and a resource fair.
To start the day, Dean Iverson welcomed families to the Forty Acres and urged them to think about the UT Austin education as preparing students for a changing career landscape. “No one can predict where any career is heading in the long run,” Iverson emphasized. “To prepare for this, the School of Undergraduate Studies is future-proofing our students by providing a well-rounded education and opportunities to gain transferrable skills.”
To further highlight resources available to Undergraduate Studies students, parents heard from students participating in a variety of UGS programs, including First-year Interest Group mentors, UGS Council leaders, UGS Ambassadors, Summer Exploration Grant recipients, students pursuing a Bridging Disciplines Program certificate, and undergraduate researchers. The students shared stories about how they benefitted from exploring during their first few semesters at UT Austin
Next, families attended an advising and career counseling session before heading to a Signature Course class and breakfast with Dean Iverson. During their Signature Course class, The Five Elements of Effective Thinking lead by Professor Michael Starbird, they learned the habits of thinking that can lead to new insights, ideas, and solutions. Families also had a chance to speak with the dean one-on-one.
The morning wrapped up with a Resource Fair. The Sanger Leaning Center, the Vick Center, and UGS Council offered families a chance to mingle with UGS alumni, advisors, and career counselors before heading off to a BBQ lunch hosted by Texas Parents.