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Bobcat - Mary Paniagua

Mary’s Thoughts on Texas State

Why Texas State

Having to finance my college education, I wanted to attend a university that was not only affordable but also close to my job in New Braunfels. Texas State met the criteria, and it also had a growing business school.

Why Marketing

In my high school economics class, we had to run a company partnered with Junior Achievement. Our class company was called “The Red Card Company,” and it was a discount card from businesses in New Braunfels. I remember my teacher said the possibilities were endless with this company, and if we really wanted to make some money, the Red Card would make it happen. From then on I was hooked, and I ended up making a commission of $1,000 because of my high volume of sales. It was then that I knew I wanted to get a business degree in marketing.

Career goals

Working in the health care industry for more than four years, I have had the opportunity to meet with pharmaceutical representatives and work in health administration. My aspirations involve working in the health care industry in either one of these two career paths.

How My Major Will Help Me Reach My Goals

My leadership involvement in both the American Marketing Association and Students in Free Enterprise at Texas State has taught me delegation, time management and team leadership. I also learned early the importance of initiative and how taking risks could lead to success. Had I not majored in marketing, I would not have such a big network of friends or be a part of two successful business organizations.

My Favorite Professors

All the faculty in the McCoy College of Business Administration have really been a factor in my success as a student, but one in particular would have to be Dr. Gail Zank. I had the opportunity to take Dr. Zank for my Principles of Marketing class, and she encouraged me to join AMA and to apply for the McCoy College scholarships. Not only have I been a member of AMA for more than two years, but I am also grateful for the scholarships I was able to receive thanks to the encouragement of Dr. Zank. I would also like to recognize Dr. Jeremy Sierra for his support as an AMA adviser and Mrs. Vicki West for her dedication and time investment with my involvement in SIFE. I have learned a great deal from these mentors and cannot say thank you enough.

Studying Advice

Do a little reading every day; that way you don’t have to cram. I am a huge fan of flash cards and saying things out loud to help memorize. Also making your own reviews and taking online practice quizzes will help in preparation for tests.

Honors and Scholarships

Adelante award
Alpha Mu Alpha award
Phi Eta Sigma award
Stanley K. Tanger Scholarship (2008)
Leland Wilson Scholarship in Marketing (2007)
Herbert & Johanna Leibschur Foundation (2007)
Wurstfest Scholarship
Dean’s List

What I Like Most About Texas State

The opportunities I have had and people I have met have made Texas State a great college experience. Ultimately, the best part about Texas State is the faculty and how much they care about the students. If you are willing to put in the work, these professors are willing to invest in your future.

What I Tell Future Texas State Students

The campus is continuing to grow and with that comes more opportunities. At Texas State, your voice is heard and your achievements are recognized. If you want to get involved and have a one-on-one relationship with your faculty, Texas State is the place to be. Organizational competitions allow students to gain experiences not available at larger universities.

Mary Paniagua Stats

MAJOR: Marketing

HOMETOWN: New Braunfels, Texas

HIGH SCHOOL: Canyon High School

Bobcat Quote

"Having to finance my college education, I wanted to attend a university that was not only affordable but also close to my job in New Braunfels. Texas State met the criteria, and it also had a growing business school."

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