Daniel's Thoughts on Texas State
Why Texas State
Texas State offered to enroll me in the Emerging Stars program for free college credit hours during the summer, which really sparked my interest in jump-starting college. Additionally, while touring the campus, I saw that there was a lot more to the school than just academics, an enthusiastic energy that was lacking in many of the other schools I had visited.
Why Concrete Industry Management
I honestly didn't have a plan when I came to college. During my second semester, I started going around to the departments that sounded interesting and talking to various professors about degree plans. In the engineering technology department, Dr. Winek told me about the concrete industry management program and the opportunities and types of work. I thought, "Everything is made out of concrete," which excited me.
I would like to become a manager in the concrete industry and later on a CEO or CFO for a leading company innovating the future of the industry.
How My Major Will Help Me Reach My Goals
I have tried to pair some of my classes to gain different perspectives. In addition, the CIM program has taken me to many events, interviews, conferences and competitions where I have gained valuable experience and networked with industry professionals.
Dr. Cristian Gaedicke. His number one concern is for his students and he is willing to go the extra mile for them. He has time and again helped me with problems in and out of class.
American Concrete Institute (ACI) Central Texas chapter, ACI Texas State chapter, Eagle Scouts of America
Benefits of Being Involved
I have networked with many professionals, gained a lot of public speaking experience, and gone to competitions, conferences and events in various cities and states.
Second place finalist for sustainability in the ACI 2011 Pervious Concrete Competition, CIM scholarship recipient in 2010 and 2011, ACI Central Texas scholarship recipient 2010
I am a proud Bobcat Bobbie. I love just being able to cruise around campus all night. After a stressful day of classes, it really takes the edge off, and I get paid for it!.
What I Like Most About San Marcos
All the awesome positive energy people have combined with the amount of fun things there are to do.
Best Advice I Received
From my mother: “The answer is always no, until you ask.”
What I Tell Future Texas State Students
Do it. Texas State is full of opportunities and great people, and you'll never regret it.