Alysha's Thoughts on Texas State
Why Texas State
I chose Texas State because of its centralized location. It is between San Antonio, where my family lives, and Austin, the city I dreamed of living and working in. I also heard that the Texas State journalism program
My biggest goal in life is to continue writing for my living. The written language, whether it’s editing it, writing it or reading it, is my passion. Since I was a young girl, I’ve had dreams of writing for big magazines, including National Geographic
, Texas Monthly
, the Economist
and Rolling Stone
. To write for the New York Times
while freelancing for these magazines would be a dream come true.
Why a Double Major?
Choosing anthropology and journalism after entering college made sense. Journalism and anthropology are both fields of study that are based in never-ending inquisitiveness. Both allow their participants constant growth. Both allow their participants to use their passions and skills. Hopefully, one day I can work for National Geographic
, traveling the globe with my pen, paper and camera in hand.
Typical Class Day
I’m currently taking two correspondence classes, and I’m finishing an honors thesis and an article for publication about a study-abroad experience. As opposed to past semesters, I’m rarely on campus and do everything from home.
A Valuable Learning Experience at Texas State
The most valuable experience I’ve had at Texas State happened during my participation in a University Honors course called Teaching Poetry to Children. During my two semesters in this class, I taught poetry lessons to second-grade students at three local San Marcos elementary schools. The workings of this class turned into my honors thesis, and the passion I have for this thesis spawned my research project during a study-abroad experience for undergraduate students in Guatemala this summer.
Clubs, Student Organizations and Teams 89.9 KTSW
student radio station The University Star
Association of Mexican-American Students
Marketing and logistics team for Latinitas.org
Golden Key Society University Honors Program
Journalism and Women's Symposium Student Member 2006-2007
National Association of Hispanic Journalists Student Member 2006-2007
Why I am Involved at Texas State
I think the main benefit of membership in a university club or organization is the ability to surround yourself with like-minded people who hold similar passions. Career planning
and experience are other benefits that come with membership.
What I Ask Future Texas State Students
When can I show you around
? What major are you considering? Have you ever tubed the river
Honors, Awards and Scholarships
Dean’s List every semester
Council of Scholars
Top Print Journalism Student
Scripps Howard Top Ten Journalism Students in the Nation
National Science Foundation's Research Experiences
for Undergraduates on Culture/Globalization, Nahuala, Guatemala, summer 2007 San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle
Legislative Reporter Internship
Scripps Howard Foundation Wire Summer Internship in Washington D.C.
Member, Mitte Honors Program
William Randolph Hearst Scholarship
National Press Club’s Ellen Persina Scholarship (one in nation awarded)
Fine Arts and Communication Presidential Upper-Level Scholar
IFC Scholarship for Chiapas, Mexico, Study-Abroad Program
Mitte Honors Scholarships
National Association of Hispanic Journalist’s Latino Reporter Digital Summer in New York National Collegiate Honors Council Poster Presentation in Philadelphia