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Housley Student Elected Texas State Student Body President!

12 Mar

imageSophomore Lauren Stotler has just been elected by her colleagues as the new student body president for the 2015-2016 school year. Stotler is part of the Housley Principled Leadership Program which has helped her develop her leadership skills in preparation for her upcoming role.

She is an accounting and finance double major in the McCoy College of Business Administration which encouraged her to gain leadership roles in the organizations she is involved in. Stotler is currently involved in Student Foundation, Gamma Phi Beta sorority and is the Chief of Staff for Student Government. Her passion is to help others gain school pride and find their niche on campus. She is a huge advocate of getting students involved in organizations and extracurricular activities.

She is currently working on legislation for a program that will match student’s personalities and hobbies to the organizations that best align with their interests. She hopes to make this program a part of the university seminar class that all freshman students are required to take. Her vision is that utilizing the program will increase the retention rate while raising school spirit. She knows that change is a good thing and she believes these changes will benefit the university greatly.

Congratulations Lauren! We cannot wait to see the changes you will enact on campus!

“I found my passion, now I want to help others find theirs.”


Time is Key!

11 Feb

time management

Everyone is constantly on the go. We’re busy all hours of the day; and between work, school and extracurricular activities it may seem like there is not enough time. The reality is that each day holds 24 hours. 1,440 minutes. 86,400 seconds. This is plenty of time .

To utilize this time best, get organized and make a plan.  There are some tried and true techniques you can start using today to get going.  Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean you must run out to buy a planner and schedule every minute of your day down to your bathroom breaks, but you should find some way of planning your daily routine that works best for you.

So here are a few tips to begin scheduling your time so your days can go smoother and all tasks can finally be checked off that list.

  • Take care of yourself because you are the one running your life and you need to be fully charged to take on all that you have to accomplish.
  •  Make lists, get a planner, buy sticky notes and any other sort of material you need to organize your tasks down on paper.
  • Make sure to figure out what time of the day you are most productive and carve out time to work during those hours.
  • You are not a super hero so sometimes you’re going to have to defer or just delete some things on your list. You must learn to delegate your time wisely because you will be held accountable for anything you sign up for.

By following these tips and being accountable for the tasks you have to complete you can manage your time better and become more organized.

Blog Post by: Kristian Padilla

Marketing Intern for Stelos Alliance


I succeed because I fail

21 Jan

Taking an opportunity and starting something new is always a risk. Venturing into something unknown can possess threats but also opportunities for growth. Many times, when presented with a new possibility, we turn it down because we are afraid of failure. I believe this is the number one reason why risks are not taken and people stay in their comfort zone. When something fails we normally say things like, “I can’t do it” or, “this isn’t my thing”. It is very clear to see that limits are in our minds.

Most of us give up after losing our first battle because we are not content with the feeling of failure and disappointment, but have you stopped to think how losing is actually winning?

Not succeeding enables you to learn and grow even more than if you had originally achieved your goal. When a failure comes our way, it is an opportunity to figure out what we did not do right and do it better next time. A great way to learn and grow is to approach others with expertise and ask for advice. Many times we are afraid of admitting our unfamiliarity with the task at hand and do not ask others for advice out of fear. Do not let this limit you! To be able to learn, we need to be humble enough to admit our unfamiliarity with the things we are trying to achieve. Ask around! Get closer to people who are familiar and have expertise in whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. To be able to win, you need to lose – therefore it is never a loss.

Mistakes, failures, and unexpected results, are key to learning and progressing. We need to learn to love and accept our mistakes. Failing at a task is not losing – sometimes we win and we always learn.

AcuñMariaHCa, Mexico native, Maria J. Holguin, is a Senior pursuing a degree in Communication Studies at Texas State University. In her years at Texas State, she has participated in several different organizations such University Ambassadors, Lambda Pi Eta and Bobcat Preview. She is an alumna of the Fall of 2014 Housley Principled Leadership Program which has helped her pursue what makes her come alive.

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