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Bobcat - Valene Bummara

Valene Bummara

Valene's Thoughts on Texas State

Why Texas State

I was invited to attend a Scholar's Day in 2007 and also came to a Bobcat Day to tour the campus. I felt comfortable on the campus and it is in the perfect location in Texas. I toured a lot of campuses in Texas but could visualize myself being a student when I was at Texas State more than I could at any other school. It is a growing university but hasn't lost sight of the student focus.

Why Mass Communication

I decided to pursue mass communications as a major at the graduate level because it was one of my minors in undergrad. It teaches skills for a dynamic, in-demand industry and can be used in a variety of ways, both in professional situations and in everyday life.

Career Goals

I hope to have a career in promotions/advancement for Texas State and maybe teach part-time at the college level.

How My Major Will Help Me Reach My Goals

As a mass communication graduate student, I am getting experience in public speaking as well as theoretical and practical knowledge to create effective communication campaigns.

Favorite Professor

I took two courses with Dr. Patti Giuffre in the sociology department during my undergraduate years. She creates a warm classroom atmosphere and her assignments really increase understanding and relevancy of sociological issues. I can remember her writing on one of my papers, "Have you considered graduate school?" which I took as such a compliment and it reflects her supportive nature.

Best Opportunity

I feel so fortunate for all the opportunities I've been given as a Texas State student. One great example would be that I got to present original research at the Third International Research Conference for Graduate Students hosted here on campus.

On-Campus Job

I work as a graduate instructional assistant in the Mass Communication Department. My duties include assisting Dr. Kate Peirce with two academic journals she edits and I also proctor exams. I like that it is flexible, helps me get to know faculty, and provides me with an insider look at some of the responsibilities professors have.

Biggest Accomplishment

Making the Dean's List every semester and graduating summa cum laude.

Surprises at Texas State

When compared to larger universities, our school may be perceived as unable to compete with their large budgets. But Texas State has computer labs with top-of-the-line software, an extensive research database at Alkek Library, and services to help students make the most out of their college experience. For example, the Writing Center will help students edit and develop their papers and Career Services will review students' resumes, do mock interviews and help students find job shadowing opportunities. There are also job fairs and study abroad fairs.

What I Like Most About Texas State

It's a tie between the campus and the people.

What I Tell Future Texas State Students

Come visit our beautiful campus and fall in love with it for yourself! Texas State is growing in terms of student population and level of prestige, yet it is still student-centered with excellent, caring faculty and staff. There is an organization for just about anything and everything and San Marcos is a cool town to live in. I definitely made the right decision in attending Texas State and am proud to be a Bobcat!

Valene's Stats

  • MAJOR: Mass Communication master's degree student
  • HOMETOWN: Spring, Texas
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Klein Collins High School

Bobcat Quote

"Don't be afraid to reach out and talk to your professors. They're there to help you and can be wonderful resources to include in your college network. Remember, your college experience is what you make it."

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