Monthly Archives: November 2013

Study Tips: Preparing for Finals

Heading for finals: Don’t hit the wall. Climb over it!

by Texas State SLAC

Does this sound like you or someone you know? During exams, do you:

  • go blank
  • become frustrated
  • start thinking “I can’t do this” or “I’m stupid”
  • feel your heart racing or find it difficult to breathe
  • know the answers — after turning in a test
  • score much lower than on homework or papers
Final exams don't need to be a stressful experience. Photo:  timswinson.com

Final exams don’t need to be a stressful experience. Photo: timswinson.com

Many students find their anxiety level heightens toward the semester’s end. Pressures causing this can come from many sources and vary according to your performance in each of your classes. Continue reading

Quiz: The Turkey Trivia Test

Gobble up this quiz

by Reginald Andah

There’s nothing like Thanksgiving. During what other time of year can you watch your relatives come together and bicker over nothing? What other meal do you spend hoping everyone finishes eating soon before someone starts reminiscing about the good ol’ days and brings up an embarrassing moment from the past (there’s always at least one relative who does)?

Did you know that those present at the first Thanksgiving didn’t have the turkey02benefit of tryptophan to make everyone fall asleep? The first Thanksgiving was a three-day harvest feast held in Massachusetts in 1621 with pilgrims and people from the Wampanoag tribe in attendance. Although wild turkeys were in the area, the Wampanoag guests arrived with the offering of five deer. Historians believe the deer were roasted over a fire and made into stew.

Now that you know a fact about the first Thanksgiving, try your luck on some more Turkey Day trivia. Continue reading

Study Tips: Preparing for Thanksgiving

Even after you sleep off the tryptophan, your homework will still be waiting for you. Plan now so you can wake up without worry!

Tryptophan-induced naps won’t make your homework disappear. Plan now so you can wake up without worry!

Holiday helper: Plan now for a relaxing Thanksgiving break

by Texas State SLAC

The days are getting shorter but your to-do list is getting longer. You might be tempted to put your class work off until after Thanksgiving because you don’t want to be doing homework while family and friends are visiting, eating turkey, then sleeping off the tryptophan! But by putting off your studies, you could find yourself neck deep in homework — and facing lowered motivation because the semester is almost over. Not to mention that you’ll have finals to study for (sorry, we had to bring that up!). Here is a better course of action. Continue reading

Texas State Faces: Terence Parker

Helping Bobcats find
the path to happiness

by Reginald Andah_MG_1419

Some people believe that a career choice should lead to a good income and be a means of financing a good life. Terence Parker, Texas State’s assistant director of Retention, Management and Planning, believes that the path to personal fulfillment starts with finding out what makes you happy, insight he gained through experience. Continue reading

Faculty: Jo Ann Perro

Jo Ann Perro's dedication to her students' success has resulted in consistently outstanding evaluations.

Jo Ann Perro’s dedication to her students’ success earns her consistently outstanding evaluations.

Passion for teaching leads to rewarding career

by Joshua Book, Office of Distance and Extended Learning

Sometimes an unexpected turn in the road can take you to a great destination. Jo Ann Perro, a senior lecturer in Spanish and linguistics at Texas State University, had originally planned to study French in high school. The courses she needed wouldn’t fit in her academic schedule, however, so she chose Spanish instead. Perro excelled in the language and has enjoyed a teaching career that has spanned 32 years (18 years in high school and 14 years at the college level). Continue reading

Alumni: Elliott Brandsma

Focus on Fulbright: Reflections on my first few months in Iceland

by Elliott Brandsma, ’13, B.A, English and Art

Elliott in Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Elliott in Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

In April 2013, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study Icelandic language and literature at the University of Iceland for the 2013-14 academic year. Securing this prestigious honor marked the beginning of my life-changing journey to one of the most beautiful, unique and awe-inspiring countries in the world. Continue reading