As I was home over the holiday break, I was watching one of my guiltiest pleasures – Tough Love 2 on VH1. I know, I know – it’s a ridiculous reality show based yet again on people’s inability to find love or maintain a working relationship and believe that broadcasting that to the world (and having their personal conflicts produced and edited) is the way to conquer those problems. But I still love Tough Love… and Jersey Shore. So there.
As Tough Love entered into a commercial break, I heard a familiar sound. A sound that I often hear during the Monday through Friday workweek but typically doesn’t follow me home for my evenings or on the weekend. It was the sound of the beginning of our new UT Arlington commercial. Once the opening jingle gets stuck in your head, you really can’t escape it’s catchiness. Especially when the guy is yelling “Go!” in the background.
So, there it was – my two worlds collided. My at-work, professional, UTA-loving self, and my at-home, reality tv junkie, just-leave-me-alone-to-sit-on-this-couch self. At first, I was confused – why would UTA do this to me?! Haunt me at home about work, make me think about my laundry list of things to do back at the office while I’m trying to enjoy the final moments of my show and see who gets put in the hot seat by Steve (Jenna – you totally had it coming)? My attention is supposed to be focused elsewhere! But then, I got really excited. How cool is it to see the University that I love and work for on TV? How many other universities do you see commercials for on TV? It was a surreal but cool moment. I even texted my boss – I’m sort of lame like that.
If you haven’t seen the commercial yet, here it is: UT Arlington – Unbranded!
After stalking other channels for a few days to see where else it might pop up, I spotted it on Nickelodeon too – has anybody else seen it too?
Ok – back to work! MavElite students are back on campus and sulking working in Davis Hall! More blog posts to come soon from them. Don’t forget – we give campus tours every Monday through Friday at 9AM, 10AM, 1PM and 2PM. The campus tour is changing starting on February 1st, so there will be more to see and do on the new tour – and, you might get a free scoop of Blue Bell ice cream… Just sayin’. Visit us online to register for a tour: www.uta.edu/admissions/visit.
See you around campus!