I Looked Everywhere
I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and moving to Austin was the first time I lived somewhere outside of my childhood home. My first semester at UT-- I felt lost. Like most freshmen, I had left my strong, friend group back home, and although there are 50,000 other students here, I had never felt more alone. I was scared of failing, but also scared of missing out on a true college experience. By my spring semester, I was much more adjusted; the loneliness had subsided, and most of my fears about coming to UT had calmed down-- but there was still something missing.
I wanted a group where I felt I could be myself and make the most of my time at UT. So I decided to join a spirit group. I made sure I checked out every single group, and by the end of my search, I was most impressed by Royals. I loved their philanthropy, and the girls all seemed to be really sweet. After my first info session, I was sold! All the girls were easy to talk to, they laughed at my cheesy jokes and made me feel welcome. I can honestly say I’ve found my home in Texas Royals. Whether I’m feeling low and need a friend, or getting hyped for a football game, I know I can turn to a Royal to be there for me.
Becoming a Texas Royal is one of the best decisions I have made at UT. Royals is a group of fun, supportive and accomplished girls. We have girls from all different backgrounds, stages of life, and majors-- so there is never a dull moment. For me, being a part of Royals is about much more than just being social. Royals gives me a way to make a difference in my community. I have loved volunteering with the Alzheimer’s patients living in Querencia, and it is such a rewarding feeling raising money for the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimers.
I've found a comfortable home in Texas Royals, and I hope you can find the same.
Karis Paul || Vice President || Fall 2018