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Bobcat - Gloria Rios

Gloria's Thoughts on Texas State

Why Social Work

I chose social work as my major because it offers such a wide spectrum of areas that a person can choose from for a career. Like most incoming freshmen, I was undecided, and when I looked into the School of Social Work at Texas State, its brochure had a long list of career options for social workers. I really like to keep my options open, so I felt like this was the perfect choice for me.

Career Goals

I hope to continue my education by getting my master’s degree in social work after I graduate. After that, I hope to get a job working with a mental health/mental retardation agency as a case manager, but I have also been toying with the idea of working with the military as a counselor.

How Texas State Will Help Me Reach My Goals

The social work program will really help me reach these goals because each class has something new to teach about case management and working with clients. It also helps that each professor shares the experiences they have encountered as social workers.

Best Campus Hangout

When I’m not in a hurry, hanging out in the Quad is really nice. It is a great common ground for everyone to hang out at during the day. The Quad always has something to offer students from sorority/fraternity recruitments to fundraisers for organizations. The atmosphere is great because the area is covered by a canopy of trees and there are benches for people to sit on, giving people the opportunity to socialize.

Where I Go for Fun

There are quite a few places in San Marcos to have a good time. Just to name a few, there’s the bowling alley; the movies at the dollar theater, which is just a quick walk from campus; and downtown San Marcos, aka “The Square.” And with San Marcos located between Austin and San Antonio, a lot of times people will take drives out in either direction to some of the hot spots.

What I Tell Future Texas State Students

I tell prospective students that this is really an amazing school. It is big enough to give you the college experience you are looking for, but it’s small enough that you get personal interaction with professors and other students. If you’re looking for a home away from home, Texas State is the perfect place for you.

Gloria Rios Stats

MAJOR: Social Work

HOMETOWN: Austin, Texas

HIGH SCHOOL: David Crockett High School

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