How to become a proud Bobcat

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How to become a proud Bobcat

Kaleigh Alverts with incoming freshmen and transfer students at Cat Camp 2019. Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Kaleigh Alverts

Kaleigh Alverts with incoming freshmen and transfer students at Cat Camp 2019. Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Kaleigh Alverts

Kaleigh Alverts with incoming freshmen and transfer students at Cat Camp 2019. Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Kaleigh Alverts

Kaleigh Alverts with incoming freshmen and transfer students at Cat Camp 2019. Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Kaleigh Alverts

Brianna Benitez

Owning and showcasing Bobcat pride can positively impact students’ college experience. Here are a few steps to take in helping to make the most out of time spent at Texas State.

1. Gear up

When it comes to school spirit, representation is everything. Individuals can proudly show off Texas State by stocking up on the finest maroon and gold trends. Check out the latest Bobcat styles at the University Bookstore and at local shops like Barefoot Campus Outfitter.

2. Strive for academic success

The Princeton Review recently named Texas State as one of the top colleges in America in its 2020 edition of “The Best 385 Colleges” guide. Additionally, Texas State was ranked 183 in Forbes top public colleges and 206 in Forbes top research universities.

Olivia Miller, biology freshman, said it is important for students to select a college that acts as a representation of themselves. She said attending Texas State has provided her with an encouraging support system.

“Texas State is more of a community compared to other universities,” Miller said. “I feel like everything is geared toward the students and in a way that helps us.”

To ensure students achieve academic success, Texas State offers a variety of academic services such as the Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC) and the Writing Center.

SLAC provides tutoring services for subjects including biology, math, accounting and more. Students preparing for admission tests for graduate, law and business colleges are welcome to utilize SLAC.

In addition, the SLAC staff provides tips on note-taking, time management and test anxiety.

For more information, visit Texas State Academic Services and The Writing Center online.

3. Get involved

Texas State offers over 300 student organizations on campus, varying from multicultural and religious to professional and Greek life. Check out the full list at Texas State’s organization page.

Amanda Ray, sociology senior, is an early alumna of Texas State’s Delta Gamma sorority. Ray said being a member of Greek life has been a highlight of her college experience.

“I have made some of the best friends and I would not trade them or my experience for anything in the world,” Ray said.

Ray said students should take pride in their time at Texas State by getting involved on campus.

“Our time at university is short so it’s important we live out our college experience to the fullest,” Ray said.

Being a part of an organization can help students find their place in a large community and may ultimately lead to life-long friendships.

Madeline Dase, dance education sophomore, is a member of Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Delta Pi and a Texas State Strutter. Dase said being active within these organizations granted her the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of individuals.

Dase transferred to Texas State fall 2018 after attending Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas, for one year. She said the Strutters dance program sparked her interest in attending Texas State.

“Being able to finally practice with the Strutters at Bobcat Stadium and getting ready for football season has been one of the greatest experiences I have had,” Dase said.

4. Give back

Volunteerism plays a major role in how the City of San Marcos interacts with the Texas State community. Taking the initiative to serve the local San Marcos community can be beneficial in strengthening the bond between locals and students.

Melissa Stevko, communication studies senior, is a member of the service sorority Omega Phi Alpha. Stevko said she loves volunteering and is privileged to give back to her community.

“Finding a like-minded group of women who share similar values as I do has really made a positive impact on my time at Texas State,” Stevko said.

Omega Phi Alpha members carry out a minimum of six service projects per semester. Stevko said the sorority regularly cleans up Dunbar Park and annually participates in Bobcat Build, the university’s one-day community service project.

Stevko said being a member of Omega Phi Alpha has provided her an opportunity to give back and express her appreciation for the San Marcos community.

Volunteer opportunities can be found year-round on the San Marcos Park and Recreation website.

5. Be a leader

Students setting an example of what it means to be a Bobcat greatly and positively impacts Texas State’s legacy.

Kaleigh Alverts is a counselor for Texas State’s Cat Camp, a pride and traditions camp for transfer and freshman students. Alverts said being a Cat Camp counselor has significantly influenced her time at Texas State and provided her a chance to show off her school spirit.

“Being a counselor gives me the opportunity to help students out and start them off on a successful school year,” Alverts said.

Alverts said the best way for students to showcase school spirit is by checking out organizations and attending sporting events.

To stay up-to-date about on-campus events and activities, follow Texas State on social media @txst on Twitter and Instagram.

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