Matthew's Thoughts on Texas State
Why Texas State
The fact that Texas State is the first and only university in Texas to graduate a US President (Lyndon B. Johnson) was enough to arouse my interest in Texas State. After visiting the school, I fell in love with the beautiful landscape and architectural features of buildings and areas like the Alkek Library, Old Main, Centennial and the Quad.
Why Public Relations
My goal is to use my public relations degree to aid in creating an audience-centered balance in the music industry. Music has always been one of the few things in the world to bring people from all walks of life together. PR is the bridge that connects artists to their audience and helps to build influence. However, companies in the music industry often push catchy songs on their audience instead of researching and finding out what the public truly wants to hear. I chose PR at Texas State because our Department of Mass Communications is one of the top programs in the nation, and the curriculum will provide me with the knowledge I need to make a difference in the music industry.
One of the best courses I’ve taken at Texas State is Professor Lisa Furler’s Communications 1310 class. Her teaching style was very personal, professional, engaging and often times humorous. Even in a room full of people, she could make you feel like you’re having a one-on-one conversation. I also found her lessons to be useful and applicable not only to my degree, but to all aspects of life. It’s professors like Mrs. Furler that really make a great impact and difference in the lives of students at Texas State.
Since coming to Texas State, I’ve had the opportunity to compete in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated Oratorical Contest, in which I placed first. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated is an organization that exists to stimulate the ambition of its members, prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the causes of humanity and freedom, and provide aid to down-trodden citizens to help them achieve higher social, intellectual and economic status. The oratorical is intended to expose students to alternative and diverse ways of thinking, help them perform extemporaneously and sharpen their wit and persuasive skills. These are all qualities Texas State embodies in its students.
Best Texas State Event
My favorite was the Juilliard Event in spring 2012 at Evans Auditorium. Texas State Alumni Dr. Wayne Oquin, an award-winning composer and pianist brought Juilliard’s best musicians, dancers and actors to Texas State University and left the crowd in a standing ovation. The performances were emotionally compelling and gave an intensive display of human nature through art. As someone who has a great love for music, I found the Juilliard event to be very meaningful, inspirational, and unforgettable.
What I Like Most About Texas State
I love how Texas State is student-centered. Professors and faculty members really give their all to help in both their academic and personal lives. When you’re a Texas State Bobcat, you’re family; regardless of your background, appearance, nationality, culture or ethnicity.
Texas State Atmosphere
Texas State is like a city on a hill. While exploring the beautiful campus, you can sense the school spirit in the fellowship amongst students; you can see the involvement of organizations as you pass by the Quad, hear free speech lingering by the fighting stallions and experience life-altering teaching methods in the auditorium classrooms. Texas State is the home away from home for those who are homesick.
What I Do for Fun
When I’m not in class, I enjoy going to the 5th floor of the Alkek Library to study. Since Texas State sits on a hill, tall buildings like Alkek give you a beautiful view of San Marcos. Anyone who has had the pleasure to visit the campus or attend the university has had the opportunity to see such vivid and eye-catching scenery.
What I Tell Future Bobcats
Network! Get to know your professors; they make excellent resources and references after college. Get to know your fellow students, including doing study groups, it makes for a better transition to living on campus and you develop life-long friendships. Show up and be present in class, by which I mean pay attention, listen and participate. What you get out of class is what you put in. Lastly, enjoy campus activities; college truly is one of the best times of your life.