As semester closes, consider how finances affect academic success
Plan now for success down the road.
By Texas State SLAC
Preparing for finals is probably the biggest thing weighing on your mind this time of year. But whether you’re continuing at Texas State University in the summer or completing your degree and moving forward with graduate studies in the fall, now is a good time to think about your financial plan for future semesters. As this semester’s end draws near, consider the following: Continue reading
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Make the most of opportunities during the winter break
By Andrew Osegi (@AEOsegi)
Spend time with family and friends over the winter break! Share your plans and ask them for ideas.
Once students turn in that final project or test, feelings of freedom can be exhilarating until school starts again in January. It’s tempting to coast through the time off, but the winter break is an ideal time for students not only to recharge, but also to look for opportunities to advance themselves academically and professionally.
First and foremost, if you have a chance to visit family and friends during the holiday season, do it. Spending time with people you care about is beneficial to the weary mind of a busy student. Friends and family are powerful generators of happiness.
While you’re visiting, sit down with your family and have a serious conversation about what you plan for your future. No matter what your standing — entering freshman or graduating senior — it never hurts to examine your ambitions and share your plans with those who know you best. Your family may have ideas or advice that can help you reach your goals or find new opportunities.
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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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Be the best you can be: Use spring break to prepare for success
Whatever your major, Career Services can help you climb to the top.
Successful people often say that the road to success is paved by doing something you love, taking chances and acting on your ideas. With spring break coming up at Texas State, there’s no better time to set yourself up for a bright future when you’re not soaking up the sunshine.
Whether you’re getting in the groove of your freshman year or spreading your wings to fly in May or December, getting prepared for the future can only play to your advantage. Spring break gives you time to investigate and explore your career interests, by job shadowing or gaining new experiences, making it easier than ever to get up and go on your career path.
Allison Birk, a career advisor at Texas State Career Services, offers tips for turning your spring break opportunities into career success.
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Atten-tion! Job Search Boot Camp trains Bobcats to tackle success
It's time to start your search!
Job searching can be as tiring as scrambling over an obstacle course. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, train yourself to endure the process — and see success — at the Job Search Boot Camp with Texas State’s Career Services from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.
Are you ready for the challenge?
At Tuesday’s event, hear from employers about the importance of interviewing, professional dress, résumé writing and social media networking. Once you’ve been through all the stations, you’ll have the opportunity to execute what you’ve learned by speed interviewing with employers.
What can you do to prepare for the Job Search Boot Camp as well as your job search? See some resources below, and good luck, Bobcats!
Career Services Kickoff sparks Bobcats to take charge, face future
By Catherine Harper
Get on the right path with help from Texas State Career Services.
A recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that employers plan to hire 9.5 percent more recent graduates in 2011-12 than in 2010-11. By utilizing Texas State’s Career Services, Bobcats can get a leg up on the competition with a loaded reserve of resources and opportunities.
On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Career Services invites students to meet with employers and learn more about upcoming events at the Career Services Kickoff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LBJ Amphitheater. With music, giveaways, and information about job fairs and services — as well as employers discussing job and internship opportunities with students — Bobcats can learn the steps to climb ahead toward their dream career.
Career advisor Allison Birk sat down with us for a Q&A about the Career Services Kickoff, career preparation and more: Continue reading
Job and Internship Fair offers students chance to meet employers
By Mary Kincy
The Fall Job and Internship Fair, taking place Oct. 5 at Texas State University, offers students the opportunity to visit with employers about future careers, full- and part-time jobs, and internships.
The Texas State Division of Student Affairs’ Career Services has produced a series of presentations to help students prepare to attend the fair, from 2-5:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.
Renaud brews up success
at The Coffee Pot
The Coffee Pot, on the Square in San Marcos
By Catherine Harper
To climb the ladder to management, knowledge of different industries is key. For David Renaud, a Texas State alumnus and manager of The Coffee Pot Bistro in San Marcos, his past work experience — ranging from bagel sales to shoe repair — has come together with learned business principles to guide his steps to the top rung.
Renaud graduated from Texas State in May with a double major in general studies and business and has worked his way up to management with his drive and refined business skills. Continue reading
Foreign service offers opportunities aplenty for those who like a challenge
By Billi London-Gray
“There’s nothing like the satisfaction of doing your job, serving your country and helping American citizens living abroad,” says Jen McAndrew.
The 2007 master’s graduate of Texas State’s mass communication program is a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, currently representing the State Department in Israel. As a vice consul at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, McAndrew does everything from approving visa applications to managing the consular section’s social media outreach.
“You know you’re a form of protection for your family and friends back home,” McAndrew says. “I never experienced that kind of satisfaction before I came to work for the State Department. But you need to have maximum flexibility for this type of work.” Continue reading
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