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Bobcat - Jessica Garza

Jessica's Thoughts on Texas State

Why Texas State

I love the Hill Country and the not-so-big, not-so-small college scene here.

Why Family and Child Development

I want to be a part of and help make children’s lives better.

Career Goals

After I graduate, I plan to work at Easter Seals with the Early Childhood Intervention program. I also will continue to work with The Arc, a nonprofit organization in Austin that provides respite services for adults and children with mental disabilities.

How My Major Will Help Me Reach My Goals

Everything I have studied so far in Family and Child Development has helped me get ready for my career. And working at the Child Development Center for three years now has given me hands-on learning and knowledge. I have learned every child’s personality, their likes and dislikes and most of all their gifted intelligence. My experience here won’t be found in a textbook but with the families whose children I care about.

Favorite Professor

Amelie Parks, without a doubt. She is a lecturer who teaches the Lifespan Development and Family Diversity classes. She is an amazing and inspiring teacher who believes in you, and she never just tells you whether you are right or wrong; she just makes you think. You always feel like your voice counts and means something in class.

Best Studying Advice

Don’t procrastinate!



Being with friends and having a good time all the time. I enjoy dining at all the restaurants here in San Marcos, shopping downtown San Marcos, lying out poolside, going to the Square, and working out. Every one of these places my friends and I go to, we go together and it never fails for us to have a good time with lots of gossip, laughs and memories. These places are kind of like going to “The Max” from “Saved by the Bell.”

Favorite Book

Where the Wild Things Are

Where I Go for Fun

The Square

What I Like Most About Texas State

I like how you can go anywhere in San Marcos and you’re bound to run into people you met the night before, people you haven’t seen since you were a freshman, or people in one or two of your classes. Everyone here is so laid back, outgoing, friendly and spontaneous. Once you meet these people they end up being a chapter in your college life. That’s what Texas State is about — good people and good times that turn into memories.

What I Tell Future Texas State Students

It’s a beautiful place to live and go to school, and the people are so friendly and diverse. You learn a lot about yourself through the wonderful people you meet. The professors often become more like friends than teachers, and they have so much more to offer than just an education. They’re there to support you, too.

Jessica Garza Stats

MAJOR: Family and Child Developement

MINOR: Early Childhood Intervention

HOMETOWN: Cibolo, Texas

HIGH SCHOOL: Samuel Clemens High School

Bobcat Quote

"The profession often become more like friends than teachers, and they have so much more to offer than just an education."

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