Layne’s Thoughts on Texas State
Why Texas State
I found out about Texas State when I was pursuing a career as a sound technician. I heard about Texas State's sound recording technology program and applied. I took classes in the SRT program before changing my major to geography. Texas State has met all my academic needs, as I expected it to. But the big bonus is the uniqueness of Central Texas' people, natural beauty and economy.
A career in conservation and the study of natural resources would excite me the most. I would like to use my knowledge in GIS
(mapping with computer software and other means) to create a greater understanding of our natural environment and resources for not only the public, but also for the private sector.
How My Major Will Help Me Reach My Goals
Hands-on projects have been the most beneficial. My field is very project-based. Being able to complete reports, maps, studies, etc., on real and even local issues has given me a great deal of understanding of what will be expected of me as a professional.
Most Valuable Learning Experience
The most valuable thing I have learned at Texas State is the importance of networking. Knowing people who can hire you, or at least give you valuable real-world experience, is essential to getting a job.
The accomplishment I am most proud of is the monthly Farmers Market on the Quad. I had the pleasure of teaming up with Suzi Fields of Edible San Marcos to establish this regular market. I'm proud of this because it gives students greater access to locally grown, truly organic food items.
My Clubs and Organizations
President of Texas State Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO), Texas State Water Aid Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon Geography Honors Society
I organized the local “Ban the Bag” campaign and brought the issue to the San Marcos City Council. I organized and managed several “Earth Day on the Quad” events. I led student participation in an annual Bobcat Build
event, with special concern for the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance to enhance our community green spaces. I also requested and received funds from the Environmental Services Fee
Committee for various campus environmental projects, including solar energy demonstrations on the Quad and an edible plants tour.
Benefits of Being Involved
Working professionals in my field know the value of student organizations. Being a part of student organizations has allowed me to meet and even work with people who can be of benefit to my career in the future.
Earth Day/Bike to School Day
What I Tell Future Texas State Students
Do it! You're not going to get the same experience anywhere else.