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Welcome Back!! ADD/DROP starts Mon 8/25! No need to be confused about registration. Be ahead of the game and see below for answers to the most common questions! For more awesome reminders and announcements, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Walk-in Advising ONLY from Mon 8/25 – Fri 9/12:

  • For registration help or to discuss your fall schedule, come by during office hours (Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm, closed 12-1pm for lunch).
  • Due to high traffic, we may not answer every phone call during this time. It is best to come by in person, but we WILL return voicemails by the end of the day or the following morning.

Registration Timeline:

  • Mon 8/25 – Tues 9/2: Add and drop classes and waitlists online through Tues 9/2. Check your RIS page for your access times!
  • Wed 9/3 – Fri 9/12: Continue to drop yourself from classes online through Fri 9/12. You must sign up on the paper waitlist to potentially add ECO courses. Classes can only be added through that department’s advising office at this point and may not be allowed.

Paper Waitlist Available Wednesday 9/3 at 8:00am for Select ECO courses:

  • We will have a first-come first-served paper waitlist available on Wednesday 9/3 at 8:00am for certain ECO classes. Students often get here earlier to get in line.
  • We do NOT copy you down from the online list to the paper list, so you must come get on the list!
  • We will check course enrollment each day and you will be notified if a seat opens up and you are next on the list!
  • A list will be available for all ECO courses EXCEPT: ECO 420K with Dr. Thomas (Dr. Trejo will allow late adds from the paper list, and Dr. Oettinger MAY consider late adds if you have been attending his lecture), ECO 333K Development Econ, ECO 341K with Dr. Kline, ECO 350K Applied IO and Network Econ, ECO 354K Game Theory, ECO 359M Env & Nat Resource Econ, and ECO 363C Computational Econ

Prereq Proof Needed by Wednesday 8/27:

If we gave you a temporary waiver to be able to register for a class, please read the following to avoid being dropped.

  • Send transcripts to UT Admissions as soon as possible.
  • If you haven’t sent a transcript yet, please ALSO plan to bring documentation to our office like a copy of transcript, printed grade report, etc by 4:30pm on Wednesday 8/27 so we can confirm you’ve completed the prerequisites.

December Grads:

  • Once you have your fall schedule finalized, run a fresh Interactive Degree Audit BEFORE Friday 9/12 to confirm you will meet all degree requirements.

-The Econ Advising Staff
BRB 1.114, 512-471-2973

Add comment August 25, 2014

An Econ Student’s Trip to the Himalayas

Check out this story from Angie, an Economics and Math major, about her travels to the Himalayan mountains this summer!

“This past month, I got to meet the majestic Himalayan mountains and submerge into a world that froze in time 500 years ago. During my time hiking in the Everest region, I can say Nepal’s mountains and people completely stole my heart. Our porter, Raman, was 18 years old and incredibly smart. I asked him what he wanted to be and he said he wanted to be an economist some day. Being an aspiring economist myself, I just felt compelled to teach him. It was difficult. First of all, he didn’t know any English and neither did I know any Nepalese, so I had to rely on things other than language to do any teaching. I started asking my guide about Nepalese children’s stories during the day and learning as many stories as I could, applying economic concepts to them. Those became the Econ lessons.Angie A - Himalayas

And the lessons became quite popular during dinner time in the tea houses. The other guides and porters would huddle around the table, learning, asking questions, and helping me explain things to Raman. They all brought the little notepads to write down English words they didn’t know before and study them. It was inspiring to see that anyone can learn if they set their minds to it. At the end of the trek, we left Raman with an economics book called Free to Choose by Milton Friedman. He went back to his rural village, which was two days of walking away. He told us how excited he was to see his mom and his sister, and he even put them on the phone with us so we’d say hello as well. He looked very happy to go help his family with his newly earned income.

Raman was a very smart kid, but his chances of getting a higher education are low. His family is very poor and he has to help them by working as a porter, carrying an average of fifty pounds on his back (for seven to ten hours a day) up the mountains. They usually start working as porters when they turn 10. Nonetheless, we can do something about this. I’ve been contacting local NGOs that sponsor kids like Raman and help them obtain higher education. I’m really excited to start fundraising and helping Raman (and hopefully other kids like him) attain a better future.”

Thanks for sharing your story Angie!  See more spotlights on your fellow Economics majors and alumni on the Spotlight page of the Econ Advising Blog.

Add comment July 2, 2014

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