Monthly Archives: August 2012

Around Campus: Essential Tips

Being a Bobcat: Essential Tips for a GREAT Texas State Experience

The Rising Star of Texas

By Andrew Osegi

To the incoming freshman, the transfer student, the misinformed undergrad or the curious prospect, Texas State University can be a maze of hills, stairs, majors and student orgs. To help you navigate that maze, you need some essential insider knowledge.

With input from a few fellow students, I’ve compiled the following tips to help you make the most of your Texas State experience. These secrets can greatly impact your time at Texas State. Remember them, and you’ll do just fine. Continue reading

Study Tips: Academic Checklist

Start the semester right by checking off the academic essentials

By Texas State SLAC

Woman studying in library

Make a contract with yourself to establish good study habits and stay ahead of the curve this semester.

Welcome back, Bobcats!

This is the first full week of school and a good time to set the tone for what lies ahead in this semester. Establishing good study habits and routines from the start will help you maintain your grades and manage your workload well.

You want to write a plan outlining the essential parts of your study routine. Consider the following checklist to help you get started: Continue reading

Around Campus: Bobcats move to FBS

Bobcats’ move to FBS advances university’s mission to excel

Bobcat football players entering field

Go, Cats, go!

By Andrew Osegi ’14

Texas State University has taken another step forward in its quest to be nationally recognized as a top tier institution by achieving Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) status in NCAA Division I athletic competition.

Alongside the university’s designation as an Emerging Research Institute in January 2012 and as a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2011, Texas State’s move to the FBS — when the university joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) this summer — was a landmark achievement. Continue reading

Texas State Voices: Sarah Binion

London 2012: Olympics provided a unique perspective on living abroad

By Sarah Binion ’01, ’04

St. Pancras Station, London, with Olympic rings

St. Pancras Station, London, with Olympic rings
(Photo by Graham Hogg)

As an American living in London, you’re somewhere between tourist and local. Your accent always indicates you’re an outsider but when you wince at the loud Americans on the tube, you know you’re a local. Living abroad makes the ordinary details of day-to-day life seem extraordinary, but it also underscores the differences between your home and host country.

Living in a city that is hosting one of the largest events in the world has been an exercise in awe and frustration. Last summer I stepped off the Eurostar train from Paris and caught my breath as I saw the newly hung Olympic rings in St. Pancras (the international station where trains arrive from Belgium and France). Suddenly the reality began to settle in that I would be living in this city when thousands of the world’s finest athletes would be coming to compete. I watched as London began to put on the finishing touches of years worth of preparation – sprucing up tube stations, posting helpful signs for confused tourists and completing construction projects (among many other things). Continue reading

Texas State Voices: Callie Gordon

22 Before 22

By Callie Gordon ’12

After four years of all-nighters, group projects and tubing trips, my college experience is over. Over. It feels strange even saying it now and I don’t think it will feel true until I wake up in two weeks and realize that I won’t be walking through the Quad and printing my schedule moments before class.

Texas State has seen my worst and made me my best. College has challenged my beliefs, my character and possibly every thought I’ve ever had. I’ve learned what it means to be tenacious, learned how to adapt. If you challenge yourself every day, you will be amazed by what you will become in four years. I joke all the time that the things I accomplish daily would bring tears to the 18-year-old version of myself.

Freshmen, get ready. It isn’t easy. You’re going to cry and you will surprise yourself when you look back. But don’t quit. Show up, sit in the front row, and ask questions. You’re about to learn a lot. Here are my suggestions for making the most of the next four years: Continue reading

Students: Ryan Winston Elliott

New ASG senator aims to embrace, represent student community

Ryan Winston Elliott (right) with friend Samantha Wiley

By Andrew Osegi ’14

Texas State University’s Associated Student Government (ASG) is one of the largest and most influential student organizations on campus. Consisting of an executive, legislative and judicial branch, ASG’s overall mission is to embody the voice of the Texas State student population and pass legislation to enhance the student experience on campus.

Every spring, ASG holds elections to usher in a new president, vice president and cabinet with the goal of refreshing student government initiatives and allowing  students to have an impact on their university. Ryan Winston Elliott is one of those elected students. Continue reading

Texas State Voices: Lauren Roig

London 2012: From internship to Olympics, experience is amazing

Lauren Roig at U.S. Embassy in London

Texas State grad student Lauren Roig secured an internship at the U.S. Embassy in London.

By Lauren Roig ’11, ’13

Hello from London to my fellow Bobcats!

I am a graduate student in International Studies currently living in London. I’m finishing an internship at the United States Embassy.

I got my internship through the Department of Commerce and have been working with the U.S. Commercial Service, which helps U.S. businesses meet their export goals around the world. My responsibilities as a Commercial Assistant have been to respond to inquiries from U.S. businesses looking to enter the international market, help plan trade shows and perform market research for the different industries we serve. Continue reading