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Bobcat - Tim Swain

Tim's Thoughts on Texas State

Why Texas State

It’s more like Texas State chose me. I firmly believe I have a lot of work to do for this campus, and God wanted me here. However, now that I am here, I am excited to say that I am part of a school that promotes diversity, academic excellence and school pride; needless to say, I’m glad to be a rising star of Texas!

Career Goals

I aspire to teach (level unknown), write an assortment of books, including self-help, motivational, self-empowerment and poetry, and facilitate workshops in education training. Writing appeals to me because it gives me the ability to creatively teach and reiterate simple messages in life. Also, I love the thought of inspiring someone else the way I get inspired when I read a Dr. Seuss book. My favorite is Oh the Places You’ll Go.

My Writing

The Bird Outside Your Window is a picture book for third- to fifth-grade readers. The book is an inspirational tale about a bird that seeks to find its identity through many things until it finally realizes that true joy comes from knowing who you are, and you are great just the way God made you. It's like a modern, poetic ugly duckling tale. I created it out of my own desire to positively convert my negative experiences in life into spiritual food that will feed others struggling with similar issues. I’m still in the process of finding a publisher for it.

Favorite Professor

Sue Stewart, one of my communications studies professors, is an incredibly hard-working and passionate teacher who brings a highly concentrated amount of professionalism, zeal and knowledge to the classroom. She is also resourceful and provides relevant content in her courses, and that enables students to learn better.

Most Valuable Learning Experience at Texas State

Perhaps one of my most significant learning experiences took place my freshman year when I received a low grade on a test. This re-emphasized the fact that hard work is a necessity for success.

Honors, Awards and Scholarships

2005 Alpha Phi Alpha Oratorical Scholarship
2007 Texas State Successful Student
2007 Motivational Man of the Year, Black Women United

My Organizations

Black Men United
Hip Hop Congress
The Impact Movement

Why I’m Involved at Texas State

My organizations provide me with a platform to do the things I am passionate about: community service, mentoring and using my natural gifts and talents. I’ve participated in Bobcat Build and river cleanup, and I volunteer at my church, at nursing homes and with the Boys and Girls Club. Through Hip Hop Congress, I’ve participated in Congress KIDZ, which is an initiative against bullying, gangs, drugs and alcohol geared toward fourth-graders. Through these activities I have been shown the power of selflessness and self-sacrifice.

What I Do for Fun

I like to write, do community service, hang out with family, and I’m plotting a world takeover (just joking).

Best Campus Hangout

I spend a lot of time at Alkek Library, because the environment there is conducive to learning, and it has more technology than my house.

Best Campus Dining Hall

Hands down, my favorite is Harris Dining Hall. It’s the best dining hall on campus because of the variety of foods and desserts, especially the German chocolate cake!

What I Tell Future Texas State Students

What don’t I tell them? I give them highlights about Texas State, but more important, I inform them that we have the best school in Texas.  

Tim Swain Stats

MAJOR: Communication Studies

HOMETOWN: Houston, Texas

HIGH SCHOOL: Willowridge High School

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"I am excited to say that I am part of a school that promotes diversity, academic excellence and school pride."

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