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Bobcat - Justin Ploof

Justin's Thoughts on Texas State

Why Texas State

I grew up in suburban America with gridline streets. I love how the campus is built on top of a hill and the town revolves around it.

Career Goals

I want to start off with a job in technology. I might work as a system or network administrator, but I would like to use my communication and business skills to move into the executive level where I can use my knowledge to help lead others.

What I’ve Learned at Texas State

Teamwork is a big emphasis in the business school. Attending my classes and being a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals have given me experience with working in groups for projects. I can now delegate and divide work between people to get the job done.

How the Skills I’m Learning Will Apply to My Future

The Computer Information Systems program did a great job in giving me a foundation for a career by giving me experience with the latest and greatest software. The job recruiters are all asking for the skills that I have learned through the program, so I should have no problem finding a job after graduation.

Best Studying Advice

Attend all your classes, interact and take great notes. More times than not, all of the material will be covered through lecture. Also, this semester I started summarizing my daily notes before leaving the classroom. This helps with understanding when you put the notes in your own words and helps with studying down the road.

What I Do for Fun

I am learning how to play the guitar and I’m enrolled in country dance lessons at the student recreation center. I like playing golf (when I’m doing well) on the Texas State golf course whenever I get a chance. I go to Sewell Park to relax. You can lie out in the sun with a great view, jump in the river to cool off, swim down to play a game of volleyball, then come back and do it all over again.

Best Campus Hangout

The sixth story of the Alkek Library. It’s quiet, peaceful, and has an amazing view. It really gives you the feeling that you are on top of the world. And after a long night of studying in the library, I stop by Boko’s Lounge in the LBJ Student Center. You can’t go wrong with couches to sleep on and beds to rent when you don’t have time to go home between classes.

What I Like Most about Texas State

The natural surroundings and the laid-back people. There really is so much to do around here — tubing, mountain biking, kayaking, swimming, rope swings, volleyball, camping, wakeboarding — the list goes on. I love this place.

What I Tell Future Texas State Students

Texas State is amazing. Out of all the other schools I have seen in Texas, this is by far my favorite. It’s not nearly as cramped as other universities and not nearly as intimidating. You should come here expecting a great experience and a thorough education.

Justin Ploof Stats

MAJOR: Computer Information Systems

HOMETOWN: Plano, Texas

HIGH SCHOOL: Plano East Senior High School

Bobcat Quote

"The sixth story of the Alkek Library is quiet, peaceful, and has an amazing view. It really gives you the feeling that you are on top of the world."

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