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Holidays: Winter Break

Make the most of opportunities during the winter break

By Andrew Osegi (@AEOsegi)

mother and daughter at sewell park

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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Happenings: Career Services Kickoff

Career Services Kickoff sparks Bobcats to take charge, face future

By Catherine Harper

Career advisor helping students at info booth

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

Rising Stars: Greg Rodriguez

Teaching Residency Program fills classroom needs, funds graduate studies at Texas State

Greg Rodriguez coordinates the Teaching Residency Program for Critical Shortage Areas at Texas State University. Participants in the program – graduate students seeking a master’s in education with teacher certification – work in Austin ISD schools that have shortages of teachers in critical areas, such as mathematics and science.

The 14-month program, which includes a nine-month teaching residency and 39 hours of graduate coursework, is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education. Participants receive a $35,000 stipend while enrolled in TRP-CSA in exchange for a three-year commitment, after graduation, to teach in an approved critical shortage area within the program’s partner local school districts.

“We will be recruiting next year’s cohort of teacher residents beginning Nov. 15,” Rodriguez says. The application deadline for the 2011-2012 term is Feb. 12, 2011.

Find out what teaching residents in the program have to say in this video.

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Spotlight: Psychology Undergraduate Internship

Psychology internship program gives undergrads graduate-level training

Amanda Barry, at center, works with students at Mendez Elementary for her psychology internship.

By Billi London-Gray

Job competition can be intense for new college graduates. Having professional experience can make a huge difference for job applicants. Thanks to Texas State psychology professor Robyn Rogers, several students get a leg up each semester through the Psychology Undergraduate Internship program.

“The program is very selective,” Rogers says. “These employers are just thrilled with our students. They’ve wanted to hire them straight on.”

Rogers, a 29-year member of the Texas State faculty, has been coordinating the internship program for decades. She’s built strong relationships with many organizations in the San Marcos area where her students can gain valuable work experience. ResCare Premier, San Marcos CISD, Roxanne’s House, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, Rural Talent Search, LiveOak Living Community and the Austin Suicide Hotline give Texas State students hands-on learning experience each semester.

“They get to apply everything they’ve learned in psychology up to this point to see if it’s what they want for life,” Rogers says. “Many of my students find their niche this way.”

The requirements for the program are demanding, but a student receives three credit hours for PSYC 4396 at the completion of the internship. Student must work on the site 120 hours over the course of the semester, which averages around 10-12 hours per week. Interns – about nine students per semester – meet as a group with Rogers and individually with their site supervisors each week. Their additional assignments consist of work logs and papers related to their experiences.

Amanda Barry, a senior at Texas State, got an internship at Mendez Elementary in San Marcos for the fall 2010 semester. Her internship experience has confirmed her desire to counsel children.

“I want to work with kids doing clinical psychology,” Barry says. “I love the job. I love kids.”

Barry works alongside Janice Niemiec, a counselor at Mendez Elementary, doing classroom guidance. She helps young students work through a variety of behavioral issues.

“We work on respect, friendship, trustworthiness, safety, self-esteem – basic core goals,” Barry says. “Sometimes we do mediation and mentoring, which is one-on-one, and sometimes guidance is done with whole classes. It’s all interactive.”

Rogers says the Psychology Undergraduate Internship program is focused on helping her students stand out when they continue on to graduate studies or start their careers.

“It gives undergraduates the chance to gain graduate-level field experience,” Rogers says. “It really is a unique opportunity for them.”

Many Texas State departments offer internships with class credit. For more information about student internships, check out the Student Guide to Internships or contact the Office of Career Services at 512.245.2645 or CareerServices@txstate.edu.