So, celebrate National Selfie Day with this UT roundup of all things selfie — from famous faces snapped on campus to the perfect spots on campus for your next photo-op:
You might recognize some of these faces…
Amazing time at LBJ Library today. Thanks for a great tour. Not to be missed! pic.twitter.com/csZI0G8xpG
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) November 20, 2015
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) November 25, 2016
…But you probably haven’t seen a selfie from a marine biologist…
Taken by a marine biologist at the Mission-Aransas Reserve at UT Austin’s Marine Science Institute, this video shows some of this researcher’s day-to-day life. Located in Port Aransas, Texas, the Marine Science Institute is the oldest and most significant marine research facility on the Texas coast.
…or one that took three years to make.
One UT Austin alumnus sold all of his belongings and put his passport and selfie stick to use. The San Antonio Express-News reports Alex Chacón visited 41 countries on seven motorcycles over more than 130,000 miles — all while taking one, big, epic selfie. And to help change the world, Chacón not only worked with local charities during his travels but also set up his now-viral YouTube channel to benefit specific causes.
Wondering if you should take that next selfie? Our researchers know.
UT researchers looked at a group of 700 travelers before, during and after vacations, and their findings are good news for your Instagram profile: travelers who take selfies are more likely to remember trips and the feelings that come with vacations. Or, as Bravo reports: “In short, the takeaway message is selfies can actually be a good thing on vacation — the research even suggests that changing your pattern to include, and share, a few key moments can have positive mental benefits over a longer term for people who would be otherwise inclined to eschew the controversial habit.”
Our leaders take some good selfies too.
— Greg Fenves (@gregfenves) June 21, 2017
— Soncia Reagins-Lilly (@SonciaRLilly) October 8, 2016
— Texas Longhorns (@TexasSports) September 19, 2015
— UT Student Government (@UT_SG) December 9, 2016
But if you want the perfect selfie, come to campus.
While the UT Tower is one of the top 10 places in Austin to snap a selfie, there are plenty of other spots on the Forty Acres waiting to be the backdrop for your next selfie. From iconic landmarks and inspiring art to breathtaking landscapes and share-worthy spots, check out our photo guide to campus and start snapping.
World-class museums. Strolls under the oaks. Dazzling photo ops.
There’s no shortage of summer activities on the Forty Acres. Come explore.