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Bobcat - Marissa Cantu-Harkless

Marissa Cantu-Harkless

Marissa’s Thoughts on Texas State
 

 Why Texas State

When I saw the Texas State Stutters perform at a camp that I went to, I knew that I wanted to be a Strutter, too. It also helped that my mom went here and loved it too.

Why Elementary Education and Dance

I have two passions: dance and children. Anytime I am working on dance or with children I am extremely happy, so I choose to continue doing both while in college.

Career Goals

I plan to become a first-grade teacher, and then become a high school dance director. After a while, I would like to create my own dance studio where I teach children between the ages of 5 and 18 how to dance.

How My Major Will Help Me Reach My Goals

Now that I am a junior and getting into my major classes, I feel that every day I learn something new about teaching, dancing and children. Everything that I am learning will help me in the long run to achieve all of my goals.

My Favorite Professor

My favorite professor is Tammy Fife, in the Dance Department. She is always so full on energy when she teaches, and she is very understanding and helpful. I always feel like I get everything I need from her classes, whether it’s a good thing to remember or a well-thought-out lesson plan she helped me plan. She teaches from her experience with dance teams, and since that is what I want to work with, her experience is very beneficial.

Best Learning Experience

The most valuable learning experience I have had is to do everything on my own. Now that I am living in an apartment, it has become clear that I am an adult with a lot of responsibilities that no one is going to help me with but me. I am doing my own finances, paying my own bills, buying and cooking my own food, cleaning my own place, washing all of my clothes, buying my own gas and making my own schedule in and out of class. Although I have been experiencing most of this since I first came to college, it just amazes me that it becomes more and more realistic every day.

My Clubs and Organizations

Orientation Leader 2009, Texas State Mentor 2009, Black Student Alliance 2008-present, African-American Leadership Conference 2009 (Decorations Committee Chair), PAWS Preview PAL 2009, Strutters Dance Team 2007-present.

Scholarships and Honors

Susan Angell Endowed Scholarship, Black Student Alliance-Best Female Athlete nominee

Best Campus Hangout

Jones Dining Hall on Sunday night at around 8. Everyone is getting back into town from their weekends at home or doing whatever. Everyone wants to see each other before they get back into the swing of the next full week of classes. It’s always a lot of fun to see everyone just hanging out.

Biggest Surprise

Everyone seems to get along; there aren’t any cliques like in high school.

What I Tell Future Texas State Students

Texas State is a great school to attend! We have some of the best teachers in every department and you will find everything you are looking for: in classes, in friends, in organizations, in everything. I love it here and wouldn’t have made any other choice. I am truly happy here at Texas State.

 



Marissa Cantu-Harkless Stats

MAJOR: Elementary Education and Dance

HOMETOWN: Austin, Texas

HIGH SCHOOL: Crockett High School


Bobcat Quote

"My favorite professor is Tammy Fife, in the Dance Department. She is always so full on energy when she teaches, and she is very understanding and helpful. I always feel like I get everything I need from her classes, whether it’s a good thing to remember or a well-thought-out lesson plan she helped me plan."

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