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Brilliant Bobcats College Success Series

The Brilliant Bobcats program was launched by the Retention Management and Planning Office during Spring 2013 to teach students strategies and skills to be successful Bobcats.


Brilliant Bobcats Staff

Katie Palmer
Coordinator, Retention Management and Planning
kpalmer@txstate.edu

Doria Wormbly
Graduate Research Assistant, Special Populations
studentsuccess@txstate.edu


Brilliant Bobcats: College Success Series

The Brilliant Bobcats: College Success Series is a workshop series focused on teaching students various strategies and skills for college success. The College Success Series is a collaboration between the divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. The series features speakers and facilitators from academic advising centers, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Healthy Cats, PACE Mentoring and Academic Coaching, Retention Management and Planning, Student Involvement, the Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC), and Writing Center.


Spring 2015 College Success Series Schedule

Workshop Titles Date Time Location
Starting Your Scholarship Search Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6-7 p.m. 3-15.1 LBJSC
Take Note: Effective Note taking Tuesday, February 17, 2015 6-7 p.m. 3-13.1 LBJSC
Breaking Bad Study Habits Tuesday, February 24, 2015 6-7 p.m. 3-13.1 LBJSC
Creating a Comeback: From Probation to Success Tuesday, March 03, 2015 6-7:30 p.m. 3-13.1 LBJSC
Where Does the Time Go? Tuesday, March 10, 2015 6-7 p.m. 3-13.1 LBJSC
Putting off Procrastination Wednesday, March 25, 2015 6-7 p.m. 3-3.1 LBJSC
What's Your Major? Major and Career Exploration Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6-7 p.m. 3-13.1 LBJSC
Ready, Set, Resume Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6-7 p.m. 3-13.1 LBJSC
Money Matters Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6-7 p.m. 3-15.1 LBJSC
Balancing Act: A Non-Traditional Student Panel Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6-7 p.m. 3-15.1 LBJSC
The Finals Countdown Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6-7 p.m. 3-13.1 LBJSC

Workshop Descriptions


Workshop registration is recommended. Click on the workshop title to register. 


Starting Your Scholarship Search
Come and learn how to get started with your scholarship search. We will inform you about what scholarships are available and how to take advantage of them.

Take Note
Note-taking is a critical skill for college students. Good notes can equate to good grades. We’ll show you how to take notes for different types of college-level courses.

Breaking Bad Study Habits
Do you realize your study habits need to change, but you’re not sure where to start? Come to this workshop to learn some new more effective study strategies.

Creating a Comeback: From Probation to Success
Have you hit a stumbling block this semester? Concerned about being placed on academic probation? Stop in at this workshop to create a comeback – develop a strategy for academic recovery, learn about campus resources, academic probation and its influence on financial aid.

Where Does the Time Go? 
We know how busy you are: class, work, extracurricular activities, family, friends, fun … and oh, yeah – studying! This workshop will help you develop a strategy to manage your commitments, prioritize your course work, and create a weekly game plan that works as hard as you do.

Putting Off Procrastination
Are you a member of Procrastination Nation? Is your motto, Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? Then this workshop is for you. Stop looking for your daily distraction and attend this workshop to learn why we procrastinate and what you can do to put off procrastination.  

What’s Your Major?
Ever since you were little, people have been asking you what you want to be when you grow up. What if you still don’t know the answer? Join counselors from Career Services in this workshop designed to help you find a career or major that suits your goals and launches your journey toward success.

Ready, Set, Resume
Are you having trouble putting together a resume you feel is job search ready? Come and learn how to create a resume that highlights your best professional self.

Money Matters
Does it seem like you’re always strapped for money? This workshop will give you some helpful tips to manage your money effectively, develop strategies to achieve your financial goals, establish and manage credit, and maintain financial aid eligibility.

Balancing Act
If you feel like balancing work, school, and other outside responsibilities is tough, come and hear from a panel of students that successfully does this every day. You will have the opportunity to ask your fellow students how to find a healthy balance in juggling it all.

Finals Countdown                            
Need a finals relief? Come learn how to find healthy ways of managing your stress. Self-care is a key element to being successful during finals. 


Archived Workshop Materials

2013-2014 College Success Series