This August, thirteen new Foundation Year students arrived on the Forty Acres. Sponsored by the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia, the group has the opportunity to take college preparatory classes while being immersed in the UT Austin community. They began their journey with a week-long orientation, getting a taste of Austin on a city bus tour, connecting with their mentors while enjoying bowling and pizza, and learning about campus resources such as the Sanger Learning Center—which may come in handy this semester!
After orientation, it didn’t take much time for the Foundation Year students to get involved with the UT community. When the Texas Longhorns faced the San Jose State Spartans on September 9th, the students took the initiative to volunteer with the Sustainability Squad—Texas Athletics’ zero waste initiative, which promotes sustainability and educates fans about proper waste disposal techniques. The group helped fans properly divide their waste into compost and recycled materials. With their participation, they made UT and our world a more environmentally friendly place. Plus, they got to join their peers in cheering the Longhorns to their first victory of the season, even singing the “Eyes of Texas” after the win. Welcome to the Longhorn family, Foundation Year students!