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Bobcat - Justin Collard

Justin Collard

Justin’s Thoughts on Texas State

Why Texas State

I chose Texas State because we have one of the top education/teacher preparation programs in the nation. I also fell in love with the campus after attending a Bobcat Day during high school. No other school can beat the atmosphere and sense of community at Texas State!

Why Elementary Education

I chose to become an education major because I love to help people. For me, the people who helped me most in life were my parents and my teachers, so what better way to give back than to become a teacher myself?

How My Major Will Help Me Reach My Goals

Doing my education blocks at Bowie Elementary in San Marcos gave me experience in actual, working classrooms, experience that is second to none. Typically, education majors spend their last semester of school in some sort of student teaching position. At Texas State we have two semesters of classroom experience before ever getting into our student teaching program.

Favorite Professor

My favorite professor at Texas State is Dr. Pam Wuestenberg. Although I have never taken one of her classes, I have had the opportunity to work on numerous Common Experience events alongside her. She is very honest, helpful, and always wants what is best for the students on this campus.

Valuable Learning Experience

The most valuable learning experience came during my first semester. School always had been easy for me, and I really just coasted through high school with ease. My History 1310 class rocked my world. I had Dr. James Pohl, an extremely brilliant man, who expected a lot out of his students. Each test, he would assign several chapters out of the text, about 100 pages from our reader, and then base the major essay on our lectures. Needless to say, that class forced me to learn how to study properly. If it wasn’t for that class, I don’t think my study skills would have been honed that soon.

Best Studying Advice

Don’t get behind in your reading or any kind of daily journal assignments! It is so hard to get caught up and there is no way you can take in seven chapters of information and retain it in one night.

Clubs and Organizations

Student Foundation, Associated Student Government, mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hays County (Bobcat Bigs)


I enjoy anything to do with technology (specifically with Macintosh computers). I love watching movies, and I collect old vinyls featuring some of my favorite jazz and swing artists.

Favorite Campus Hangout

I spend a lot of my time in the ASG office, but when I was a freshman I loved to go sit outside of Old Main at night and call friends and family to catch up.

Place for Fun

During football season, tailgating is a sure bet. Other than that I just spend a lot of time with my friends.

What I Like Most About Texas State

I love the community of people here and the fact that the professors on this campus want to see students succeed. It’s a recipe for success.

What I Tell Future Texas State Students

Don’t even think twice! If you need some information check out our website or come to a Bobcat Day. This is the greatest school in the state and I know anyone who goes here will love it.


Justin Collard Stats

MAJOR: Elementary Education

HOMETOWN: Angleton, Texas

HIGH SCHOOL: Angleton High School

Bobcat Quote

"Don’t even think twice! If you need some information check out our website or come to a Bobcat Day. This is the greatest school in the state and I know anyone who goes here will love it."

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