A University of the First Class: Emily Gruener

On the occasion of the Alcalde’s 100th anniversary, we asked Longhorns what “a University of the first class” means to them.

A University of the First Class

Emily Gruener

Forty Acres Scholar
Class of 2015, English, Government, and Plan II Major

This summer, while volunteering abroad in Guatemala, I found myself hopelessly lost. I was trying to catch a bus to the school where I was supposed to volunteer that day, and unfortunately I couldn’t pronounce the name of the village it was located in or even use Google Maps to help me find my way. As I wandered around in circles, my sense of panic rising steadily, I ran into a UT student who recognized my burnt-orange shirt and offered to help. He helped me board the bus (which I had to jump on while it was still moving) and feel more at ease in my surroundings. This encounter exemplifies one of the things I love most about UT-Austin—its enormous network of students, faculty, and alumni. A university of the first class must successfully build a network between the people whose lives it changes, and UT-Austin has introduced me to a network of diverse, talented, and influential leaders—a network that, fortunately for me, extends as far as places like Guatemala.

Read more takes on the phrase “a University of the first class” here.

Illustration by Sean McCabe.


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