On the first Wednesday of every month, international faculty and research scholars from across the UT Austin campus and from around the world gather for socializing, food and drinks at Scholar Social Hour. During the most recent Scholar Social Hour in December, scholars who attended took the time to share their thoughts and experiences:
“I think the monthly Scholar Social Hour is a great opportunity to share our experience with other international students, and sometimes it is possible to make very good friends. In my case, I met here my current roommate, who is the best friend that I have made here in U.S.”
“The Social Hour is a great opportunity to meet new friends and talk about some of the many issues you deal with as a foreigner. I can only encourage y’all [ISSS] to continue organizing this event.”
“I attended the Social Hour twice. Apart from the great food (the pizza is yummy, measured by American standards). Every time I met nice people, the atmosphere was warm and friendly. ISSS staff is a fun bunch to hang out with. I highly recommend this event to every scholar!”
“Actually I have a fun time over the Social Hour, and I am very glad to be invited to this event and enjoy talking to each other. Thank you!”
“This is a great opportunity to meet with other international scholars. Pizza is also very delicious J Thank you.” Kursat Cagiltay
“I would like the meetings like that more often. I liked very much.”
“It’s a very nice event. A good opportunity to meet other people. Keep it as it is. Thanks for some good time.”
“The Social Hour is a great opportunity to meet other scholars and have some nice conversations! Great job! Thanks a lot to the organizers.”
Mahmoud El Chamie
“Thanks for organizing it! Great company!”
“It was a very nice experience, I will be back for the next.”
“When I came to the Social Hour for the first time, I knew nobody here in Austin, but now I made friends and we do all sorts of things together, which is nice. So, thank you ISSS for making it so easy to make friends and giving this opportunity. It’s a very nice and informal atmosphere and you immediately feel welcomed. [to scholars who are thinking of attending the event] DO IT! You won’t regret it!”
We would like to invite all international faculty and research scholars to attend our next Scholar Social Hour on January 6th from 5:30-7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet new people from all over the world, connect with friends, and chat with ISSS staff in an informal atmosphere.
We hope to see you there!