Registration Advising Tips

Registration advising will be upon us soon, with its usual storm of appointments, emails and phone calls. I reached out recently to a group of advisors to find out their tips for weathering the onslaught.

Make time for lunch, multiple advisors stressed. I make time for lunch even if I don’t leave the office, Latin American studies, Jewish studies and linguistics advisor Cindy Gladstone wrote.

Set expectations, government advisor Nathan Vickers wrote, and let students know that questions not pertaining to the spring will have to be handled at a later date. Using an automatic email response is a commonly used way to manage students’ expectations of when they should receive a reply.

Water, candy and walks around the building are recommended by history advisor Jason Gentry. In addition, he wrote, he buys Emergen-C for when he’s feeling run down and will also offer it to colleagues or students if they seem like they are getting sick.

It is easy to get frustrated when students ask the same questions again and again, Spanish and Portuguese and European studies advisor Liz Hastings noted, and recommended remaining mindful that it’s the first time the student in front of you is asking the question. She recommends remaining lighthearted and storytelling.

As you go through registration advising this semester, keep track of what you do to help yourself perform your best. It will be time to gather tips for fall registration before you know it.

Article by Summer Caccioti

Fun Fall Activities

Hello ACA! The plethora of pumpkin-flavored items on display at your local grocery store can only mean one thing: It’s fall y’all! And although it may not feel like fall quite yet, we’ve rounded up some great options to celebrate October and Halloween. Whether your plans involve getting spooked or getting crafty, we’ve included a diverse list of options for you to explore. Enjoy!

House of Torment (2632 Ridgepoint Dr, Austin, TX)

This north Austin haunted house is lauded by numerous news outlets as a premier destination for shrieks and thrills, and the Travel Channel considers it one of America’s scariest haunted houses. The facility features 40,000 square feet of terror and three different attractions. Ticket prices vary by day of the week and start at $19.99. Open 7 nights a week starting October 10.

Haunted ATX (501 I-35, Austin, TX)

For a unique fright experience, you might try a limousine tour that features historic Austin landmarks that are reportedly haunted, including the Tavern, Driskill Hotel, Clay Pit, and Littlefield House. Over an approximately 3 hour tour, you’ll travel to each location in a hearse and briefly tour each landmark. Cost is $49 per rider with a two rider minimum during booking. Book online:

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Voting Resources

It’s election season again, and the midterm elections are coming up quickly! By now, you have likely been asked by several different political entities around campus if you are registered to vote. To aid in this campaign season, we have compiled the following Voter’s Guide to keep you informed and make voting easy!

October 9th: Last Day to Register!
October 22nd- November 2nd: Early Voting (Avoid the lines!)
November 6th: General Election day!

Most Texas residents are eligible to vote! If you’re not sure, check the eligibility requirements on this non-partisan website:

First, you need to know where you live! This sounds simple, but when it comes to voting in Austin the issues, candidates, and polling locations may wildly differ based on your county and district.

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