UT Students move in August

move-In Day Is Around the Corner and I'm not ready

July only has a week left and after that, the days will be flying by until we are all back to the books and trying to avoid getting run over by cyclists.


It's already the end of the July with a mere week and a half left until August is upon us, and I'm not ready. There are so many other things apart from getting ready for classes that I need to take care of before I start going in between class and work again.

Last year my best friend and I signed our first apartment contract. When I signed my name at the end of that 20-page paper I couldn't be more proud of myself for taking this big step in my life. After all, not everyone chooses to move off campus their junior year to leave dorm life behind, but I did.

Now that August is almost upon my roommate and I, are kind of freaking out. What initially seemed like a good idea a few months ago, is starting to feel like a giant stress ball has been logged in my throat. Move in day is on August eighth but I haven't started packing and my study abroad trip has my bank account looking like the Sahara desert.

I'm sure everything will be fine once August passes and I've figured out all of the financial and technical bits but it's the unknown that's freaking me out. Everything that worries me now used to be taken care of by the UT Austin's Office of Financial Aid and the Division of Housing and Food. Boy, did I take them for granted, even if they never could disperse my money on time.

Regardless of my anxiety, I am going to look towards the optimistic side of things. I'm going to be moving into my very own apartment with my best friend, I don't know many girls who get to do that!

We won't have to share a bathroom with thirty other girls, worry about microwaves being set off because someone thought it was a good idea to bake cookies in them. or be forced to sign up for those semester RA appointments. (Don't get me wrong, I loved both of my RA's, but the timing of those meetings always sucked.)

My roommate and I are one step closer to full-fledged independence with two years left in undergrad starting in August. This apartment is the beginning of new things and I'm so here for it, well apart from those unknown questions that still need to be answered that I mentioned.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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