Tips to Help You Survive and Thrive
The Roadrunner Life Hacks series promotes ways to utilize campus resources, solve problems, and make the most of what UTSA offers to all students. These workshops provide information about common issues and questions students have as they navigate university life. Presentations are led by university staff and student leaders who share information, guidance, and truths about college life.
During each 50-minute information session or workshop, you can expect to:
- Receive information relevant to your college experience
- Engage in highly interactive discussions
- Create a personalized action plan for your own success.
All sessions will be held in the H-E-B Student Union Harris Room (HSU 2.212) or Travis Room (HSU 2.202). Session descriptions are listed below the schedule.
Tuesday, August 21
- 2:00–3:00 p.m. Keepin’ It Real: First-Year Truths & Pitfalls
- 3:00–4:00 p.m. Digital Reputation
- 2:00–3:00 p.m. Sex, Drugs & Stress
- 3:00–4:00 p.m. Finding Your Fit @ UTSA
- 4:00–5:00 p.m. Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!: Time Management
- 5:00–6:00 p.m. Being Broke as a Joke is Real
Wednesday, August 22
- 1:30–2:30 p.m. Being Broke as a Joke is Real
- 2:30–3:30 p.m. Use Your Library – Make A’s Faster!
- 6:00–7:00 p.m. Keepin’ It Real: First-Year Truths & Pitfalls
- 1:30–2:30 p.m. Are You Homesick?
- 2:30–3:30 p.m. Owning Your Career Pathway Like a Boss
- 6:00–7:00 p.m. Digital Reputation
Thursday, August 23
- 2:00–3:00 p.m. Focusing on Your Physical Health
- 3:00–4:00 p.m. It’s in Your Syllabus!
- 2:00–3:00 p.m. Are You Homesick?
- 3:00–4:00 p.m. Use Your Library – Make A’s Faster!
Owning Your Career Pathway Like a Boss
by Heidi Sawyer
Theme: Career to Classroom
Is thinking about your future career and how to prepare for it a scary thought? We are here to help you and want you to be well prepared! The Career Center staff will share the skills and tips based on employer feedback and advice that will keep you on the right track as you get ready for the next steps on your pathway to graduation.
Finding Your Fit @ UTSA
by Jessica Dawson, Amanda Perez, & Brandi Raschke
Theme: Co-Curricular Tracking
Do you like to dance? Do you like to volunteer? Do you like robotics competitions? Do you like to plan concerts? Do you like to travel? These are all opportunities that you can get involved with at UTSA. We have a system that will help you find your fit through events, student organizations, service opportunities, and departments. Come explore the uses of RowdyLink and hear from some student leaders so you can begin to find your fit at UTSA!
by Jan McKinney
Theme: Digital Reputation
Your digital reputation follows you long after college. Are you prepared for potential employers to view your social media sites? Learn from the folks behind your favorite UTSA social media accounts. They’ll share in-depth details on what can make or break your digital image and help you create a plan to maintain a great digital reputation.
Keepin’ It Real: First -Year Truths & Pitfalls
by John McAvoy & Maranda Tupper
Theme: Student Conduct
You’re officially a Roadrunner! Learn how to navigate or avoid the most common pitfalls first year students make at UTSA. We’ll share real life examples in a fun and interactive way.
Being Broke as a Joke is Real
by Lydia Bueno
Theme: Financial Truths
Adulting is hard. During this session, we will talk about financial truths to help you live a thriftier college life and live and spend like a savvy student. You’ll learn where to find student specials and discounts and be in control of your finances.
Are You Homesick?
by LT Robinson
Many students experience homesickness, but our campus is big enough for everyone to find connections within the Roadrunner community and around San Antonio. Learn the three points that help students feel better about being away from home and two additional suggestions that can help you make your mark at UTSA.
It’s in Your Syllabus
by Lisa Johns
Theme: Academic Success
Yes, you should ACTUALLY read it. This surprisingly fun, interactive workshop will walk you through the important components of a class syllabus and teach you how to use it as a tool to get the most out of your classes and plan for your semester. Participants should bring their course syllabi to the workshop. Brought to you by TRC’s Academic Success Coaching Program. Light refreshments will be served while supplies last.
Use Your Library – Make A’s Faster!
by Ellen Blumberg
Discover the library’s most popular services that will help you make A’s faster! Learn about student friendly study spots that are open 24/5, the “Blue Crew” who love to help students on chat or in-person, a selection of textbooks, laptops to check out, study rooms, and more library hacks that will make it easier for you to succeed at UTSA!
Sex, Drugs, and Stress
by Amanda Graves
Theme: Health Education
Stress happens, especially during your first year of college. In fact, stress is the #1 thing that affects UTSA students’ academic performance. People try to handle stress in a variety of ways, some ways are good, and some are not so good. Student Health Services and Counseling Services are here to help! Join us as we have a real talk about how to handle stress when adulting gets rough.
Focusing on Your Physical Health
by Campus Recreation Staff
Theme: Physical Health
Physical activity and healthy eating play a pivotal role in your over wellness. The Campus Recreation staff will demonstrate how you can stay healthy through the variety of activities, sessions, and competitions available at the Campus Recreation Center.
Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!: Tools for Time Management
Presenters: Drew Shelnutt
Theme: Time Management
Time management is one of the most challenging tasks for college students. Current UTSA students will show you solid practices in how to prioritize studying, projects, organizations and everything else in your life.