For the longest time I have wanted to visit the monstrosity of a school known as the University of Texas. My dreams had finally come true as I was accepted with a scholarship for a program known as CEO (or Consider Every Option), a Women’s Engineering program at the campus in Austin, TX. It was a week long program, but my schedule only allowed me to spend two days in the city, a Thursday and a Friday, disappointingly.
I awoke, bright and early Thursday morning at the untimely hour of four to begin my journey to the University. I dreaded waking up so early, but I knew in the long run it would reap the benefits of whatever grogginess I felt at the moment. I threw one night of pajamas and another day of comfy jeans and a tee into my half-empty luggage bag. Four-thirty quickly arrived and I hopped into the car with my twin sister and father to start the journey to the Longhorn capital, the University of Texas.
I pondered whether to go back to sleep on the ride, but I couldn’t bring my eyes to close! I was very excited to finally experience the burnt orange campus and sightsee at the many things I’ve only seen in photographs.
An hour ticked away and we were just outside of Houston, TX passing the city of Katy. The landscape quickly went from glowing to bland, and lifeless only with cows and other farm animals making cooing sounds. We were in the middle of nowhere! I thought that the roads would be lit for miles and miles to the capital of Texas, but the only luminosity we had were the headlights shining intensely on high beam mode. After two hours, we reached the outskirts of Austin.
It was only seven and check-in for the Women’s Engineering Program started at nine, so we decided to visit the Co-op store to buy a Longhorn tee. I spotted a burnt orange short-sleeved t-shirt with “TEXAS” written on the left side of the chest, followed by a longhorn underneath. I knew this was the shirt that would top my journey to Austin! My sister and I took so long at deciding which shirt, that by the time we were done it was time for check-in.
The streets were already roaring at this time in the morning, I dreaded to see what it was like every day in this town with traffic. We promptly parked in a garage with very high fees for time spent and followed the CEO signs to check-in. They greeted us nicely and gave us our name badges and a folder with all sorts of information about Engineering.
Today’s theme was “Communities, Environment & Transportation”, and I was looking forward to begin a long day, from the hours of Nine-thirty to Four o’ clock in the evening, experiencing different Engineering concepts. The two instructors welcomed us and gave us an overview of what the day’s events would be like. There were two engineering sessions we could attend and I decided transportation engineering would be a great one to go to. It was informative and I really liked the professor. Shortly after, we had Lunch with an Engineer, where many engineers would come to speak to us about their experiences and swap tables at certain times to give us insight into their lives. The day ended shortly after, but one thought remains the same.
I’m very glad that I visited the campus of the University of Texas at Austin; it was a rewarding experience, the burnt orange shines in my eyes.
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