The Upside of Summer Session
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Ah, summer school! Parking is closer and traffic is lighter. You can turn left without a car bearing down on you or a bicyclist whizzing past. The river and its banks are less crowded. You can park on Town Square! You can walk on campus without dodging skateboards. Classrooms seem bigger. You don’t trip over backpacks as you squeeze between desks, and if professors don’t mind, you can prop up your flip-flops.
There’s only one problem: If you don’t get textbooks and syllabi early so that you can read any material your instructors might have assigned for the first day, you could saunter into a lecture unprepared. When possible, get your first week of reading done before classes even begin. Expect papers each week (or two), tests on Mondays, and homework every night, because you have only four and a half weeks to cover 13–14 weeks of course material.
But intensity has its benefits. You’ll be working with focused students broader in age range and experiences; some will be returning professionals honing skills or redirecting careers. As a result, in-class discussion can be more interesting and study groups can draw from the variety of students’ experiences, so use each other’s strengths. Also, motivated students in small classes can make your professors even more involved and accessible.
Of course, campus study and recreation resources are still available: The Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC), the Writing Center, Math Lab and many other tutoring labs will be open during the summer sessions. In addition, the Alkek Library, LBJ Student Student Center and Rec Center are not only open, but they probably are far less crowded than during the fall and spring semesters.
Summer school equals work but it’s also a great introduction — or a refreshing return — to one of college’s best experiences!
Summer school survival tips
by Brittnie Curtis
Summer school has begun and campus is filled with Bobcats again. If you’re one of those students hiking around campus, you might want to know some of the resources available to you this summer.
Summer sessions are a great way to get on the fast track to graduation.
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Bobcat Shuttle. Shuttle hours are different in the summer. The system is in operation during all class days. Monday – Friday service runs between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. for most shuttle routes on class days and during final exams. On the Bobcat Shuttle page, you can find the summer schedule, maps, alternative transportation and much more. Continue reading
Summer classes require balancing relaxed mood with intense pace
Summer on campus: There’s more room to walk but more need for focus.
By Texas State SLAC
It’s summer at Texas State. Parking’s closer. Traffic’s lighter. The river and its banks are less crowded. On campus, you can walk without dodging skateboards and bikes. Classrooms seem bigger — you don’t trip over backpacks as you squeeze between desks. If professors don’t mind, you can even prop up your flip-flops.
Only one problem: The seemingly relaxed pace doesn’t extend to studying for summer classes. If you don’t get your textbooks and the syllabus early, you may saunter unprepared into a lecture on two chapters — or an entire book! Continue reading
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Take your research mobile!
By Lisa Ancelet, Head Reference Services Librarian
Mobile apps help you research on the go.
Do you often find yourself conducting research on your mobile device or wishing you could? Alkek Library at Texas State University offers students, faculty and staff many different options to make mobile research not only possible, but easy. Continue reading
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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
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‘La Bella Vida’ talks beauty of
Texas State life on YouTube
By Catherine Harper
Cristina Ochoa, electronic media senior, is a former executive producer and co-host of "La Bella Vida."
For the past three years, Texas State electronic media student Cristina Ochoa says she’s been taking care of her “baby” — a student-run television show called “La Bella Vida.”
“The show has saved me and it’s been my joy,” Ochoa says. “It has a special place in my heart because it’s helped me so much as a Texas State student.”
“La Bella Vida” — which means “The Beautiful Life” in Spanish — is currently in its seventh semester on-air as a variety talk show directed toward Texas State students. The show is posted on YouTube every Wednesday night.
As a former executive producer and co-host on the show, Ochoa’s vision for the show has been to impact current and future Texas State audiences.
“We try to be the voice of Texas State,” Ochoa says. “The show appeals to the perspective of what a Texas State student would want to hear and what they do.” Continue reading
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Back in school: Tips from a fellow Bobcat to start fresh, save money
By Sarah Cobb
As a senior, I’m hustling through my final semester looking for the easiest ways and cheapest means of doing things. Looking back, I know that if I had asked around in the beginning — as a freshman — I might have found a few resources very useful.
Here are some tips I now use to save money and sanity during the course of a semester.
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