University of Texas – Austin

University of Texas – Austin

Our final stop in Texas was at the sprawling campus of the University of Texas, from which we have 15 UT students staying with us in NYC this summer!

We were grateful to have a bus map to help us get around and see all of the sites. We loved the modern Belo Center for New Media, home of the Department of Advertising & Public Relations, the College of Communication, the School of Journalism, and KUT Public Media Studios (an NPR affiliate).


We were struck by the beauty of historic buildings such as Mary E. Gearing Hall (insert UT Austin 2), home of the School of Human Ecology and the Department of Textiles and Apparel, Nutritional Sciences, and Human Development and Family Sciences.

Of course, we had some incredible food too… at Franklin Barbecue!

Franklin BBQ

Thanks so much again to the kind staffers who met with us and showed us around. Hope to be back again soon!

University of Texas at Arlington

University of Texas at Arlington

We have three students from the University of Texas at Arlington coming to stay with us in NYC this summer so we wanted to make a special trip there as well. UT Arlington is the second largest institution in the UT system and it’s been making some changes to accommodate the growing number of campus residents.

The brand new College Park District is a place where students, neighbors, and visitors can enjoy stellar entertainment, sports, and restaurants.

The impressive complex includes a broad range of amenities, and the University’s special events arena— College Park Center—is the focal point of the College Park District. Next to the arena is The Green at College Park—an inviting oasis where students and neighbors can gather, relax, and play—and the multi-use College Park building.

Places to eat include Pie Five Pizza Co., Coolberry Frozen Yogurt, Pho Xpress, Smiling Moose Deli, and Digg’s Taco Shop, GRIP Mediterranean Grill, and Blaze’s Sports Grill.

We loved having lunch outside at Digg’s Taco Shop and soaking up the warm Texas sun!

strip mall

We hope to be back for more good fun, sun, and conversation soon!

Southern Methodist University

 Southern Methodist University

Our next stop in Dallas was the beautiful campus of SMU. We have nine SMU students staying with us this summer in NYC! We were warmly greeted by the staff of the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Meadows School of the Arts, Cox School of Business, and Lyle School of Engineering.

Some quick facts about each:

Dedman College of the Humanities and Sciences: The interdisciplinary Embrey Human Rights Program is dedicated to learning about and promoting human rights locally and around the world. It is one of only five human rights majors in the nation and the first in the South.

The Meadows School of the Arts: For performing arts majors, The Meadows Schools offers Performer and Artist Diplomas, much like a conservatory. Other division include Temerlin Advertising Institute, Art, Art History, Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, Communication Studies, Film and Media Arts, and Journalism. The Meadows Museum houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain.

The Lyle School of Engineering: the nation’s first engineering school to host a Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® Lab modeled after the iconic California research facility.

Cox School of Business: Among the Cox School’s advantages is its location in Dallas, frequently cited as one of the best places to pursue a career and recognized in The Economist as one of the top 15 schools worldwide for networking potential.


Major and heartfelt thanks again to all at SMU for showing us a great time and teaching us so much! Hope to visit again soon!

University of Texas – Dallas

University of Texas at Dallas

We have five students from the University of Texas at Dallas coming to stay with us in NYC this summer so we wanted to take a trip there to learn more about the school in-person!

We had a lovely meeting with the Career Center Team at UT Dallas — their enthusiasm was hugely inspiring! This summer they are launching an internship program in Dublin, Ireland. We hope the participants have a great summer.

After our meeting we were given a personal tour. Our favorite site was the life-size Chess Board. In fact, The UT Dallas Chess Team has won national and international titles and regularly represents the University in the Pan-American Intercollegiate Championship, the National Collegiate Chess League and the Final Four of Chess.

chess two

We were also impressed with this building… the tile design on the exterior wall of the Science Learning Center is inspired by the atomic emission spectra of gasses and human DNA as it is separated in a process called gel electrophoresis.


Did you know t-shirts could fly? Neither did we until we spotted them doing just that on campus!

UT tshirts

Thanks again to everyone who took time out of their busy days to talk with us and show us around.

Hope to be back again soon for another visit!


We love this courtyard that looks like a Roman amphitheater at Emory University‘s

Goizueta School of Business:

Emory amp

We have been seeing a quite a few amphitheaters during our campus visits, also

including Georgia Tech and University of Florida… check it out!

University of Florida:


Georgia Tech:


Stay tuned for more — we hope!

Emory University

Emory University

We had a fantastic time visiting beautiful Emory University — from which we have nine students staying with us in NYC this summer!

Emory is located in Atlanta’s historic Druid Hills suburb, which was designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (also known for co-designing Central Park in New York City and Prospect Park in Brooklyn).

Emory College

Interestingly, Emory’s original campus in the small town of Oxford, about 40 miles from the main campus, is home to Oxford College.

We really enjoyed taking in the entire campus but we did see one thing we didn’t expect…  The Mary Gray Munroe Theater, a 100-to-200-seat black-box studio, tucked away within the Dobbs University Center!


Thanks so much again to the staff who took time out of their busy days to tell us more about Emory.

Hope to be back again to visit very soon!

University of North Florida

University of North Florida

My, my — what a view lucky UNF staff and students have! The University of North Florida sits on over 1300 acres including a 500 acre Wildlife Sanctuary. Students can camp, canoe, and zip line across the lake!



We loved the beautiful Student Union, ranked No. 4 in Florida’s Top 100 Buildings!

Student Union_1 UNF 3

The staff and students were just as lovely as the scenery too. We had a great time walking around and learning about all UNF offers its students.

We have a few slated to come live with us this summer and can’t wait!

(We also can’t wait to visit again soon!)