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Hylary Ahrendt

Hylary Ahrendt

Hylary's Thoughts on Texas State

Why International Studies

After graduating from high school, I was an exchange student in Germany for 10 months. Being able to look at the world through different lenses really opened my eyes, and I gained a new sense of intrigue for travel, culture and making connections between the citizens of the globe.

Career Goals

I plan on moving to Bangalore, India, when I graduate. From there, I’ll further my work in the nonprofit world, documenting and sharing my experiences while exploring the historical riches of the area. My ultimate goal is to capture the beauty of travel and multiculturalism in my writings and photographs and inspire youth back home to get out and have their own adventures.

How My Major Will Help Me Reach My Goals

I’ve completed three independent studies through the Center for International Studies and the Honors College. These projects, along with my internships abroad, have been particularly useful in helping me hone my interests. Working one-on-one with professors and professionals in my field has given me a unique, personalized learning experience, and I’ve gained a boatload of knowledge and inspiration.

Best Course

I've loved almost every Honors course I've taken. I enjoy the freedom we have to express our minds and the comfortable learning environment that the professors provide — I’ve never been afraid of asking a "dumb" question.

Best Opportunity

We have an abundance of opportunities to travel abroad. I completed two six-hour internships and was given the chance to explore parts of India and Germany while earning school credit.

Clubs and Organizations

  • International Studies Club
  • Sigma Iota Rho (National Honors Society for International Studies)
  • Alpha Lambda Delta (Honors)
  • Honors Student Association

Benefits of Organization Membership

Attending meetings and club events has given me the opportunity to befriend others in my field. We’re able to discuss international ideas and events with one another, and we even share tips on courses to take, professors to take them with, and how to plan a trip abroad.

Honors, Awards and Scholarships

Attending meetings and club events has given me the opportunity to befriend others in my field. We’re able to discuss international ideas and events with one another, and we even share tips on courses to take, professors to take them with, and how to plan a trip abroad.

Texas State Atmosphere

It’s laid-back, but not lazy. It’s a place where students have the freedom to take their education into their own hands and let their creativity flourish.

What I Like Most About Texas State

I love the variety of people here. The students, the professors, the townsfolk — everyone uniquely contributes to the Texas State vibe. That’s why we’re funky and fun.

What I Like Most About San Marcos

There’s always something going on. Outdoor sports and music are two of my favorite things, and a typical week in San Marcos has something along those lines to offer.

What I Tell Future Bobcats

Don’t obsess over being a “perfect student” — get out and enjoy this awesome place with your peers. You’ve got to find a balance.

Memory I'll Cherish of My Time at Texas State

Good times with my friends, awesome history and Honors class discussions, and long jogs through the beautiful campus.

What I Tell Anyone Considering Texas State

Come on over — the river’s waiting!

Hylary's Stats

  • MAJOR: International Studies - International Relations focus
  • HOMETOWN: Fredericksburg, Texas
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Fredericksburg High School

Bobcat Quote

"The feel of Texas State just pulled me in. The river, the trees that surround you as you ascend the steps to Old Main — they make me feel like I attend school in a fairy tale forest, which isn’t a bad deal!"

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