First-Year Leaders

Nick Rotundo
Senior from Dallas, Texas
Major: Management Information Systems
Minor: Computer Science

Why did you decide to attend UT Dallas?
I did a very long comparison of a lot of colleges, UTD fit best with what I wanted and I’ve continued to love it ever since.

What do you like about UT Dallas?

The campus size is just right for me. I also like the on-campus housing options as it makes socializing very easy. The professors are great and I feel confident about getting a job after UTD. Finally, it is so easy to get involved on campus, which is awesome and fun.

List some clubs and organizations you are or have been involved in at UT Dallas.

SUAAB, RadioUTD, Kite Flying Club, Mu Epsilon Kappa, SG, CHAC, Res Senate

What has been your favorite/best experience at UT Dallas so far?

Oh man, so many. One day I had a barbeque in the Residence Hall. It was such a simple thing, but experiences like that are what I treasure most. One of the reasons I really liked the Res Hall was because of how easy it was to put something like this together. One more related to my involvement on campus, Splatterdance 2010. This was probably the greatest event I put on in my tenure at SUAAB. To see everything come together so well after so much work was truly rewarding. It’s so easy and exciting to get involved on campus, another one of the great things about UTD.

What did you learn about college life that you didn’t know before?

UNIV 1010 (or RHET 1101 as it was back then) taught me so much useful information that I still use today. From decoding my syllabus, to learning how to communicate with professors, I use skills from that class on a weekly basis.

What do you like to do to unwind after class?

I like to read, both on the internet and actual books. I am a pretty big Redditor too. I also watch a decent amount of TV, such as Breaking Bad, Parks & Rec, Dexter, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, etc.

Why did you decide to become a First Year Leader (FYL)?

I know that it is a great program. I could not pass up the opportunity to be a part of it! My freshman year was great, in a large way due to this class. I hope that I can repay the favor to some incoming freshmen. I also just think it will be fun, and hope to have a pretty fun class.

Is there anything you wish you did during your freshman year that you didn’t?

I wish I had explored the area around campus more. Even simple things, like trying more restaurants around the area, can make a big difference, especially finding the ones with UTD discounts or good study areas. I will definitely be giving my class a list of things to do within 5 or 10 minutes.

What advice do you have for the incoming freshman class?

Don’t be afraid to try anything. I know that sounds trite, but getting out there is really the best way to get a lot out of “the college experience”. There is certainly a club for everybody at UTD.


Updated: August 15, 2012