The University of Texas is many things to many people. To some, it is wearing burnt orange on fall Saturdays in the confines of Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, cheering on the Longhorns. To others, it is a bright orange beacon on the Austin skyline commemorating a noteworthy achievement. And still to others, it is one of the most highly esteemed institutions of higher learning in the world, which has molded the lives of young men and women from all over the globe for over 130 years. To me, it is all of these things and more.
It is a collection of a lifetime of memories which began in the early 1980s when I attended my very first Longhorn football game and continued through my college years when I was fortunate enough to attend the University as a student. The University of Texas showed me a world I would have never known otherwise and taught me the value of free thought and an open mind.