At age 22, Alexis recalled nothing but a life of regret and disappointment and couldn’t understand how she had gone from being a 17-year-old, engaged high school graduate to a divorced, recovering meth addict.
Before a routine trip back home during her sophomore year, communication sciences and disorders senior Denise Cavazos was out every week, participating in her sorority’s events and hanging out with friends. But after returning, it was a daily battle for her to get to class each morning.
Benjamin H. Batjer barely survived his heroin addiction. Now, nine months sober, he gets good grades as an economics senior at St. Edwards, has a job at a life insurance company and enjoys getting dinner with his older sister once a week.
Today, UT students have much to be thankful for, including Kerbey Queso, music festivals and Matthew McConaughey. But on Thanksgiving Day in 1944,the Longhorns were thankful for one thing — their win against Texas A&M’s football team.
On a typical Thursday evening in West Campus, the overbearing bass of a hip-hop song pulses through the air beneath a layer of indiscernible laughter and conversation. Some students will wake up the next morning and laugh at their drunken escapades. Others remember nothing.
In 1986, Austin civic leader Ed Wendler bought a house to provide refuge for people fleeing war in Central America. Today, the house, Casa Marianella, provides shelter and safety for immigrants from all over the world.