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UTD Comet Life – The Expansion of the UT Dallas Discord

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We now live in a world where social media is literally all around us. Whether that be media in the form of advertisements on billboards to one of your university's student organizations on your Instagram feed, to even a dedicated Discord Server for your campus life events - we live in a time where we are SO very connected to everyone, even when we're not right next to them or in the same city!

I launched the @UTDCometLife program (formally named @utdallas2022 - to welcome and connect incoming freshman to the University of Texas at Dallas via social media) with one goal: Creating a platform where all students at UT Dallas can connect together and find everything they need to see all events happening on campus and in student life. I am a very extroverted person, so I love engaging with numerous organizations (such as the Esports Team, Phi Delta Theta, UTD Dining, and much more). One of my favorite ways I love to engage is through social media - duh! Anyways, as of today, we have a total of over 550+ Students in our Discord Server, and we're growing faster than ever.

Sharing Events to Hundreds of UTD Students Instantly!

As of today, we're launching the ability for UT Dallas Student Organization/Club Representatives to share their events directly in the UTD Discord Server. With the ability of orgs and clubs being able to share their info to hundreds of UTD students instantly, that's a huge milestone and opportunity for both the organization to advertise their events and for students to engage and be involved more in campus life.

What exactly is Discord and why did you make one for your university?

Well, I'm glad you asked! Discord is a modern text/voice communications app, which allows online users (UTD Students in our case) to talk and text from their phones, tablets, laptops, and computers! I created a Discord to help connect with tons of other Comets on the best communication app. So far, the UT Dallas Discord has some channels like #campus-announcements for important updates from the university itself (like reminders when class registration ends or if school is canceled), #introductions for students being able to introduce themselves to everyone else in the Discord (such as "Hey I'm Eric and I am a business admin and freshman at UTD!"), and also #student-events, where students can see the latest events happening on campus AND now where student organization and club reps can post directly into!

With this expansion, I envision the Discord and overall Comet Life program to grow exponentially this upcoming spring semester. I, with the help of a few other active students at UT Dallas, will be working to help make this platform a great experience for all students attending the University of Texas at Dallas and be able to watch our social media pages for the latest activities in campus life. This last fall was a great start to the program with UTDCometLife establishing and launching our pages/discord and connecting a great portion of the new freshman, however, now that we're targeting all students we have hope it will be a good source for all students at UTD.

I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who has helped so far with this program and I honestly cannot wait for the semester to come!

That's all for this post! If you're interested be sure to come join us in the University of Texas at Dallas Discord at Questions or want to share this news? Let me know by shooting me an email at [email protected]! I'm all ears. :)


First Semester of College Down!

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As of last Friday night, I turned in my Applied Calculus 1 Exam and was officially done with my first semester of college @ the University of Texas at Dallas. These past few months have truly been an experience for me as it’s been fulfilled with tons of events — so I wanted to share it with you all.

August 21st, 2018 — first day of the semester and my first day of college. I was honestly filled with quite mixed emotions as I couldn’t believe that I was starting college, I was here, one of the big guys, and truly a part of the “broke college students” club that I always see in Twitter memes. Anyways, back to my first day: I got to college, drove up there (In case you didn’t know, I’m a commuter as I’ve lived in Richardson, TX for the past few years), and was excited to start my classes. On my original class schedule, my first class on Monday was an 8:00AM History Lecture — yikes was that a mistake and I quickly changed that the following week as 8AM for any college student is WAY TO EARLY. The first week, I got to meet my professors and proactively introduced myself to many students in my classes (great to make some good friends at the beginning of the year so you can make some good study groups).

The first weeks of school at UT Dallas are filled with hosted events from the university and many clubs, known as the “Weeks of Welcome”. Since UTD used to be a commuter school (or is still transitioning from it), they created this program to engage more students in campus life — and it was pretty sweet! We had things like FREE FOOD, activities at the plinth, and one of my favorites: The Silent Disco.

Being a commuter, I definitely wanted to get involved with student life so I involved myself in many activities. Within the first month of college, I joined the Swimming Club Team, Gymnastics Team, and even tried cheerleading for a practice or two (quite the experience and made me see a different point of view on what goes into cheerleading). I even went for Student Government however realized I didn’t have the time for that as I also became the first undergraduate Marketing Ambassador for UT Dallas Dining Services, from my experience of running and creating the @UTDCometLife social media pages (previously known as @utdallas2022 — The UTD Class of 2022 accounts which I used to network with many students, welcome them, and connect many of us before the school started, as well as spread many event details happening on campus). I also joined the newly started University of Texas at Dallas Varsity Esports Team as the Assistant Coach, under the athletics department. Oh, did I mention I also got involved in Greek Life as I rushed and became an active member of Phi Delta Theta: Texas Upsilon Chapter? Yeah — this semester was quite eventful.

As the semester went on, I left a few of these organizations and perused primarily the Esports Program, Phi Delt, and UTD Dining as these were my true passions and felt really connected with these. Now when I go through my future years at the university, I’ll have a great group of brothers who I can rely on, a fantastic competitive esports team which I’ll be helping manage, and also doing what I love: social media + food for dining services.

So yeah, I was quite involved and busy this semester, and I loved every single second. :)

Here are a few of my favorite memories of the semester which you can find on my Instagram Page:

Block Party @ NorthSide - My first concert I guess??

Being the first #CometPride winner of the semester for the most Orange and Green pride @ UT Dallas.

Dallas PRIDE w/ some Comet Friends

Phi Delta Theta - Gamma Class Bid Day

OP Live Dallas - Esports Team's first Tournament

Oozeball 2018 - This is the most muddiest I have ever been in my life (took me 3 days to get all of the dirt out of my hair)

My 18th Birthday - Celebrate w/ my fraternity, esports team, and marketing team!

Halloween Party - Dressing up as baywatch with my brothers was soooo much fun. And yes, we rocked that look.

Midwest Tulsa Tournament - Esports League of Legend's first away tournament. Such a fantastic weekend and success for the team! (We got 2nd and 3rd!) Also... this may be my favorite picture ever of our team.

Homecoming Week - UTD's homecoming with no football team > anyone elses (don't @ me).

Modeling for Homecoming Fashion Show - I live for this (tbh wish I could've kept the outfit I modeled in... sooo cute)

Phi Delt Brotherhood Retreat - Officially an active member!

The Esports Team Mean GirlsTM

Christmas Season with my fraternity is the best season (other than Halloween, b/c that's the best holiday)

As they say, college is truly what you make it. I decided to go fully out there and successfully had a fantastic semester, with even fantastic academics of an average A-. Cheers to this past semester, and to those who made it such a memorable one! I look forward to the future years at UT Dallas! Go Comets ☄️! #whoosh

Welcome To The New Blog

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Welcome to the new Blog Website hosted on Aaberg Home! This has personally been something that I've been wanting to get to - and it's finally here. :yay:

So what can you find from this site? Well, really anything from announcements, general newsletters, random blog posts, and updates from Aaberg Home Services. This blog is to serve as a global private blog service for all services and products I manage - so keep an eye on that here. :)


Test blog post

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Test blog post lets hope this works