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Bobcat - Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Ian's Thoughts on Texas State

Why Texas State

I drove by Sewell Park and saw the river, the trees, the hills... I fell in love with the atmosphere of San Marcos. There is no place in Texas that suits my active, adventurous personality like San Marcos. My first year on campus in Residential College was when I fell in love with every aspect of the campus.

Why Communication Studies

I want to devote my career to representing causes I believe in. Seeing people misrepresent ideas I care about is frustrating. I want to hone my communication skills to bring a new era of positivity to social issues and charitable organizations.

My Career Goals

My ultimate goal is to incorporate the Human-Environmental-Animal-Team (H.E.A.T. Establishment) into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, as the umbrella corporation for various businesses that will direct money back to H.E.A.T. Clothing, music, publishing and other forms of entertainment should all put positive charitable causes at the forefront. Every celebrity or all-star athlete has a charity, but since that aspect of their career isn't glamorized, the cause for which they stand will suffer. I want to manage the popularity or "hype" aspect of non-profits.

My Most Valuable Learning Experience

Every person you meet, no matter what first impression they leave, is a potential resource. On campus, off campus, rich or homeless, you can learn something from them. Everyone I meet teaches me something, even if it is simply what I learn about myself when I react to something they do.

My Biggest Accomplishment

The Human-Environmental-Animal-Team (H.E.A.T.) has become something much greater than I originally aimed for. After my freshman year, I wanted to get involved in many organizations, because I couldn't find one that included everything I was passionate about: humanitarian work, environmental projects and the animal shelter. What ended up happening was much bigger than just incorporating my many passions into one organization. Seeing students labeled as hippies, nerds and tree-huggers collaborating with students labeled as stuck-up, spoiled, sorority clones and frat rats is beautiful.

Honors and Awards

Student Organization of the Year Boko Award (2010-2011); CASO Org of the Year; Leader of the Month (November 2010); Boko Award: Most Outstanding Collaboration of the Year, for H.E.A.T. Animal Shelter Calendar; $1,000 grant from SOC for the H.E.A.T. Animal Shelter Calendar; Bobcat Build Community Service Award (2010-2011); DoSomething Club Cause Commotion Award (2011); Plaque awarded acknowledging H.E.A.T. Sustainable Garden, Student Center (2012); ASG Senator of the Month Award (October 2011); ASG Most Positive Senator Award (fall 2011); ASG Best Committee Member of the Semester, Community Affairs Award (fall 2011); ASG Senator of the Semester Award (fall 2011); ASG Community Affairs Committee Member of the Year Award (2011-2012); Induction into the Fine Arts and Communication Council of Scholars due to outstanding academic achievement (April 2012); Dean's List (fall 2010, spring 2011, fall 2011).

Surprise About Texas State

That someone who was on academic probation in high school could earn a semester 4.0 and be on Dean's List enough times to earn the “Council of Scholars" award. Anything is possible in San Marcos.

When I'm Not in Class

You can catch me under the Saltgrass waterfall with some goggles, drawing, longboarding with my H.E.A.T.sters, hooping at the Rec Center, or exploring the beautiful Texas hill country.

My Advice to Future Texas State Students

  1. Live in a Res College Hall freshman year
  2. Get involved in an organization

Ian's Stats

  • MAJOR: Communication Studies
  • HOMETOWN: Houston, Texas
  • HIGH SCHOOL: St. Thomas High School

Bobcat Quote

“I love this school like I love a member of my family. It's a strange sensation. You won't know what I'm talking about unless you are a Bobcat."

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