Jenna's Thoughts on Texas State
Why Texas State
I chose Texas State for many reasons. First of all, Texas State has one of the best business schools
in the state and high caliber professors. Second, Texas State is big enough to have everything you could ever want (like diverse students and many great facilities and clubs), but not so big that you feel like just a number. But the driving factor in my decision was that the campus is encased in the most beautiful environment you could imagine. The Hill Country and the river are the perfect places to have fun or just relax after classes.
Why Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods
Creating an application that helps make processes more efficient is a great feeling. Also, with computers, you are able to take raw data and use analysis to show patterns and reveal insight. When you’re in an industry like technology that just keeps growing, and you are proficient at what you do, the possibilities are endless.
Within the McCoy College of Business Administration, and especially within the Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, I have been so lucky to learn from really great professionals. Dr. Francis Mendez
treats his students like adults. He is really enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the subject matter he teaches, and that makes his classes so interesting. He involves the students in his lectures by asking questions and relates everything we learn to real world applications. He shows how he cares about his students in many ways; for example, by setting aside a lot of time to be available in his office if you need anything. I’ve learned so much from Dr. Mendez in his classes as well as in extracurricular groups that he’s involved in like Association of Information Technology Professionals.
Best Studying Advice
Go to class every day and take notes. If your teacher posts PowerPoint slides online, open the set of slides that the teacher is using and then type any extra notes in the notes section of the particular slide you are on. Save slides to a flash drive and take it to class every day. If you can’t take a computer to class, print out the slides before class. Also, read the assigned chapters before going to class. Then when the teacher is lecturing on those chapters, it will reinforce what you have already read. You will know what you don’t understand and will be ready to ask questions. Also, make a list of questions you have and go to the teacher’s office hours.
Honors, Awards and Scholarships
Dean’s List, spring and fall 2007, spring 2008
University Honors Program member
Texas State’s Brightest Stars (2007)
Distinguished Student Award for Academic Excellence (2006)
Stevenson Scholarship award
H.C. Vivian Scholarship award
Kevin Jetton Scholarship award
Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship award (2007)
Marvin Johnston CIS Excellence award
Texas State's Brightest Stars (2008)
Best Campus Hangout
If you have a break from classes and just want a place to sit around and watch TV for a little bit, or even sleep, Boko’s Living Room
in the LBJ Student Center is the place.
What I Like Most About Texas State
My favorite thing is the environment. It’s really hard to have a bad day when it’s so beautiful outside.
What I Tell Prospective Texas State Students
Go for it! Texas State is beautiful, full of interesting people, and fun. And Texas State has great teachers who help you succeed. What else could you want?