Finding Balance

Let me first start by saying I am not your balance expert; only you should be your own balance expert. I do however have a few things going for myself that have helped me not only get through “life” but at times thrive in life.  Keep in mind as you read the following tips, “life” is fluid; it constantly changes, introduces new people, new ideas, and new situations. Compare life to water…have you ever been taken under an ocean wave? The weight of the water can spin you crazy, cause you to panic, completely disorient you; kinda scary to say the least. But in other situations, like swimming in a pool or dipping your feet into a running stream, the water can be very calming and fun.  Welcome to LIFE!

“You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.” – Edwin Cole

Depending on your mood, what you got going on, who’s around to support you it can easily become unmanageable. So step #1… understand that your balance needs to change during different times in your life. Re-assessment of what you need should be done regularly. That may mean once a semester, once a month, once a week or even every day. Ask yourself, what is in my power to make today positive and proactive? So here are a few things I do to help me find my balance.

  1. Keep an organized calendar

Since I am trying to save the earth, I like to keep my calendar updated in my phone. It’s the easiest way for me to know what’s coming up and plan my days ahead of time. Also, writing things down helps clear my mind. I know that I can essentially forget about things once they have been listed on my calendar and I’ll get a reminder a few days or hours before something is due.

  1. Check in socially

I’ve learned the hard way, no one makes it on their own. We all need help along the way and unless you make an effort to be available to others, you may be lacking in social support.  Send an email, go to lunch, have a 10 min. convo on the phone with your best pal to show them you care. I tend to put this in terms of karma…what you give is what you get!

  1. Put yourself first!

Ask yourself what makes you happy and start implementing it. I need alone time, otherwise my inner mean girl comes out and she’s ugly! L Learning about yourself and not being afraid to change, is what growing up is all about. But figuring stuff out takes time. So be patient and try new stuff, you make like that spinning class after all.

This advice is brought to you by Academic Advisor Anna Hollis.  Mrs. Hollis is an Academic Advisor III in the University Advising Center.  She holds a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Phoenix  and is currently the University College liaison for freshman pursuing business at UT Arlington. 

Summer Time!

It is finally here!! And I’m not talking about Captain America: Civil War, I am talking about summer time!!

No more classes to stress about, no more papers to write, and no more tests to study for! frabz-Me-walking-out-of-class-After-finishing-my-last-final-of-the-sem-feae38…Unless you are taking summer classes, but I digress.

I know what I will be doing for this summer.  I will continue to tell myself to “train” for that Tough Mudder I keep telling my self I will be running.  Also, I will be working this summer!! Now I will be working a couple of odd jobs this summer, but mostly I will be working for you!!!

I will be at some Transfer Orientations for all of you new Mavericks out there!! I will also be maintaining my office hours for any one who would like to ask some questions about transition into UTA.

Be sure to stop by or contact me through Blackboard IM; add me a a contact with marcus.braymer.  Also be sure to see me at the Involvement Fair at Orientation!

Well those are my summer plans! What about you?!?! Do you have anything fun planned for this summer? Comment Below.

Have a great summer!!

Transfer Equivalency

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out if your Community College courses will transfer and apply towards your bachelor’s degree at UT Arlington.  In an effort to help calm your anxiety, I’d like to share my knowledge of UT Arlington’s transfer equivalencies.

On the Office of Admissions website you can find a Transfer Evaluation System (TES), which is an interactive guide for course equivalencies.  It helps transfer students assess which credits earned at a previous college/university will transfer to UT Arlington, and how they will transfer.  The Transfer Evaluation System only provides direct course equivalencies, meaning non-equivalent will be evaluated by your major department to determine if it will apply toward your bachelor’s degree.

Not all courses have direct equivalents. The is especially true for 3000-4000 level courses.

The Transfer Evaluation System should only be used as an initial tool for providing you with an unofficial transfer evaluation. UT Arlington’s Office of Admissions will do an official transfer credit evaluation after you’ve been admitted to the university. But again your major department will make the official determination of how your transfer credits will apply to your bachelor’s degree plan at UT Arlington.

If you have questions about non-equivalent coursework, then contact the department of the course in question (i.e. ENGLTRAN 2000 = English Department, and so on). This link provides contact information for all departments on campus:

This Academic Advice is brought to you by Lindsey Glasco.  Ms. Glasco is an Academic Advisor II in the University Advising Center.  She holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri and is currently a University College liaison for engineering freshman at UT Arlington. 



Useful Websites

As an online student, your most powerful tool is the computer. Today, I’ll share a few of my favorite resources that can be accessed with a computer (with internet connection, of course)!

These are not just academic sites; they are a variety of types of sites that can make your life as a student easier.


This website is super useful for keeping track of all of your notes throughout the long semester. All notes are stored in a cloud, so you can access them anywhere and don’t have to worry about them getting deleted from a laptop or tablet. I also use this site for my personal notes!


Here, you can make cartoons and animated presentations for anything from school to work. You can make your presentation public or private. This also works as a type of cloud so you can access it anywhere. Perfect for those classes that require an in-person presentation!


This is kind of like PowToon, but a little more formal. Think PowerPoint, but all hyped up! You also have the option of working with other people online, so this is great for group projects.



If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, you may be surprised to know the extent of academic sources available on here. You can search for anything from biology infographics to way to decorate a dorm room! This is also a fun site to use in between classes when you’re trying to kill time.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Ted Talks. Well, you can access any Ted Talk on! I use this site to get ideas for essays and projects. Just scroll through the different topics and find a talk that sounds interesting. There are also special playlists for stuff like de-stressing or handling life after college.

What are your favorite websites? Share in the comments!