section is dedicated to all the newcomers to UTA … the oldies
(seniors!) have no business reading this and laughing! Please
remember your first few days in a strange
A new life
has started or has it?
finally landed in the land of your dreams, but you are having
nightmares. You have taken a step so major that even looking
back would be failure. Take heart, don't stress yourself out
so soon. You have a long time to go. Some wise words: "Take A
Chill Pill And Cool It. New lives need new modus operandi!
Home away from
you are here, you need to live here and not
just stay here. Make sure that you find yourself
roommates with whom you can live and not just hang out with.
At first it may seem difficult to do… a new country, new
faces… whom do you trust, but trust us (!)..,..it will decide
your frame of mind throughout your stay together. Your home
away from home should be a place where you can go unwind and
feel at peace when you want to do so.
Assistantships / Scholarships
How do I get an assistantship / on-campus
This is the first
question on almost every fresher's lips, on setting foot in
UTA. Some bare basics on getting placed on campus
1) Prepare your
As a first
step, please discard any lengthy resumes that you may have
been using prior to
here. The idea of a resume is to give the prospective employer
an idea of your basic abilities to carry out the desired job.
So, a good resume may take the following format (within a
single page, if possible):
Objective, Areas of Interest,
Education, Work Experience, Relevant Projects, Computer
Skills, Academic Honors, Other Achievements, References.
is not necessary that you have to follow the above format
exactly or use the same headings. You may want to add more or
drop some if it is not relevant to you. You can refer to a
sample resume at our website at
Remember -> Nobody expects a complete professional.
Professionals are created here. What is expected though, is an
enthusiastic individual who can show good interest,
dedication, communication skills, hard work and a flair for
doing the work combined with a good sense of humor (this works
out in most places).
2) Be neat, well-groomed and
Neatness and good dressing are virtues and
this is one of your best opportunities to exercise them. This
will also act as a 'dress rehearsal' for those job interviews
after graduation! Formals or informals are fine for campus
jobs, as long as they are neat, tidy, smell-free and not
flashy. Be smell-free ( this may sound trivial, but is an
extremely important aspect). Please remember that everybody is
smell-conscious out here.
help to remember this checklist (we do not mean to be
harsh/rude on certain points made here, but all this is
meant only in a positive way for self-improvement) :
Hair is clean, free of dandruff and well-groomed
(does not mean an overdose of oil on the hair
Glasses fit, and are clean
Fresh breath (onion, garlic and pickle-free!).
Mouthwash and chewing gum are two simple and effective
solutions commonly used.
No unsettling facial hair
No distracting jewelry
No distracting mannerisms (like shaking of leg or
biting your finger nails)
Where do I look for a job ?
is a saying out here: "The smart ones are the ones who land
first with the best jobs on campus". That's the basic secret!
Always be ready with multiple copies of your resume, keep your
ears open for any new openings and your eyes open for any new
posters announcing new openings. Network with people and find
out if your seniors know of any new openings. Restrain the
urge to sit at home! Go to every office and department that
you see and find out possibilities of jobs or assistantships
there. You also get to see the full campus this way! Most
important of all, follow up on the resumes you have handed
over to different places.
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