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Coming to Texas State to be a part of the nation's first developmental education Ph.D. program was a very easy decision. I am so proud of my alma mater for leading the field with this program and I am absolutely honored to be in the first cohort. I really can't imagine a better place or better faculty for me.
After graduation I aspire to work in policy with either a state agency or research organization. Developmental education is a very dynamic field serving a wide range of people. As a result, I want to be an advocate for the field and ensure the policy-level decisions are of the best interest for students and developmental educators.
Everything I'm learning in all of my classes is so specifically tailored to my field that I am confident my cohort and I will graduate prepared to become leaders in our field. The faculty members in my department have created very specific and unique courses to make sure that happens.
It would be impossible to name a favorite professor at Texas State. Every faculty member in my department has made it clear the success of each student is their highest priority and I feel it in every class and with every opportunity I am given. I have never had so much support from so many different people in an academic environment and it would be impossible to pick a favorite.
The best courses I have taken at Texas State have been my quantitative and qualitative research methods courses. These courses were so difficult and they made me think in such a new way, I swear I actually felt my brain hurt a little each week. On the other hand, they really motivated me to want to change the world with my research.
I am a doctoral teaching assistant, which has given me many great opportunities. I am a policy research associate in the Texas Education Institute as well as the editorial assistant for the Journal of College Reading and Learning. My favorite part of both of my positions is how well they are preparing me for the kind of work I hope to be doing after graduation.
The support I'm getting from my professors, classmates and coworkers is not only making me a much better student but also teaching me how important it is to support those around me. I couldn't do this alone and I feel like I owe just as much to my professors as my classmates and coworkers. They are all spectacular people.
My favorite thing about Texas State is that it's a university with big-school opportunities and a small-school feel. As a student here I know I will have the opportunity to accomplish anything I set my mind to and get all the support I need every step of the way.
San Marcos is one of my favorite cities and I think it always will be. Besides the fact it's absolutely beautiful, it's just big enough to have everything I need but small enough to make me feel like I can get anywhere in five minutes. I don't think Texas State would be the same place if it were anywhere else.
Be open to learning new things. I still find myself becoming interested in things I didn't even know existed before coming to Texas State, which is a spectacular thing. You don't have to get out and see the whole world to learn the most important things; you just have to be open to new perspectives and experiences.
Come for a campus visit. There really isn't another place like it.