Alex's Thoughts on Texas State
Why Texas State
Plain and simple — It felt like home! The very first time I came from El Paso to visit the campus, I knew immediately that I could call San Marcos home. Volunteers from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
and the Visitors Center took me to see the University Star
newsroom and the KTSW
studio, both Texas State student-run media groups. I was able to meet students I still look up to and professors and advisors I talk to every day. It felt great to be treated like an individual who mattered, and that hasn’t changed — even two years later.
Why Mass Communication
I loved writing in high school but I felt a turning point when I attended the Dow Jones Urban Journalism Workshop the summer before my senior year. There I wrote about the death of Pamela Valencia, a local 17-year-old who died driving back from a desert party in 2005. It is still one of the most emotional stories I have written.
After graduation I would like to take as many positions as I can at larger newspapers on or near the East Coast. I’ve been able to explore Washington, D.C., at my current internship with Scripps Howard Foundation, and I am convinced this is where American journalism began and surely won’t fade away soon. I would also like to write and design for a news magazine and then become an editor. After retirement — whenever that is — I want to get another degree and teach an upper-level journalism course and possibly work at a radio station on the weekends.
How My Major Will Help Me Reach My Goals
Without the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
and all of my professors and advisors I would be nowhere. They helped me find an internship at the Laredo Morning Times that I previously only dreamed of. Without them I wouldn’t have the zeal to apply for nearly as many scholarships as I did. They really inspired me and made me want to be a more rounded person, a harder worker and a more meticulous reporter.
Print Sequence Coordinator Kym Fox
has definitely made an impression on me. She always has her door open for students. She has abandoned the “9 to 5” mentality and it’s a relief to know that she will always answer my e-mail or phone call if she isn’t in her office. Fox is definitely here for her students.
Best Studying Advice
Never procrastinate! I tend to give myself “mini deadlines,” sections to complete by certain dates. It works like a charm!
My Organizations University Star Mentoring Program
Honors and Awards Hearst Scholarship Don Flores Scholarship
Buster Haas Internship and Scholarship Bess Whitehead Scott Scholarship from the Writers League of Texas
What I Like Most About Texas State
I like the dedicated staff and faculty at Texas State most. I have never known so many people to be so committed to my best interests.
What I Tell Future Texas State Students
There is no way you can go wrong with Texas State University-San Marcos. Professors are so easy to talk to and always want to help. At Texas State you are never just a number; you are an individual. As for location, you can’t get better than San Marcos. We have every sport available and the resources to send you off to do the most adventurous outdoors sports too! If you want to get a fantastic education AND have a great time doing it, there is no comparison.