I initially became interested in the Texas MBA program because, once in the working world, I began to meet quite a few people from Austin and I loved each and every one of them. I started talking to them about Austin and become very curious about this burgeoning city in the middle of Texas. When it came time to decide where to apply to business school, I thought I would look at McCombs, based on the fact that I had never heard anyone say a bad thing about Austin.
4 weeks after moving here, I can honestly not find a bad thing to say about Austin – they were all right! Let me explain, the magic of Austin…
Within my first week of living here, I toured Texas wine country in Fredericksburg and learned how a ‘Texas Red’ differs from a California merlot. In addition, I went tubing down the Guadalupe and found out that one should never wear flip flops while tubing…because one will never see said flip flops again.
In the true spirit of Texas, I made sure to learn how to two-step! While Austin is the least ‘country’ city in Texas, there is no shortage of country bars. And what better excuse to break out my cowboy boots! I was lucky enough to share a dance with some real, southern gentlemen.
Last week we had the Cohort Olympics where each of the 4 first-year cohorts competed in some friendly, field games at Zilker Park. I did my best in the egg relays and tug-of-war and loved watching my classmates in the wheelbarrow race and dodgeball game! Afterwards, we caught our Academic Advisor, Chris Johnson, playing bass in a band at a bar nearby!
Beyond that, I’ve tried many a BBQ and Mexican restaurants, as well as uncovered the joy of a breakfast taco. I’ve spent time cruising in Lake Austin and running along the trail at Lady Bird Lake.Needless to say, there is no lack of things to do in this wonderful city and it is awesome to try all of these new experiences with my McCombs classmates! When we’re not in the classroom, we are doing everything we can to take advantage of our new home. I have many more new adventures planned for the upcoming semester including boating on Lake Travis, my first UT football game and plenty of concerts. It is easy to understand how so many people fall in love with Austin and I think I can now add myself to that list!