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

Doria Wormbly
Graduate Assistant, Special Populations

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.

Attendance Policy and RSVP

We are excited to see our Brilliant Bobcats workshop series growing in recognition. In order to maintain quality workshops we will be enforcing the following attendance policy. If there are any questions or concerns about the following policy please email Doria Wormbly at

  1. Students will not be permitted into any sessions 15 minutes after the workshop has begun.
  2. An RSVP by clicking on the workshop you would like to attend under Workshop Descriptions.
  3. Students attending workshops for extra credit or a class assignment must sign in and out of each workshop to be counted as present. If you leave the workshop early you will not be counted as present.


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Spring 2016 College Success Series Schedule


Workshop Date Time Location
Money Talks: Financial Aid and Scholarships 2/2/2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm LBJ 3-9.1
Learning Disabilities: A Different Way of Learning 2/9/2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm LBJ 3-15.1
Balancing Act: How to Balance Academic and Social Life 2/16/2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm LBJ 3-15.1
Boost Your Grades: Proven Study Tips 2/24/2016 12:30-1:30pm LBJ 3-10.1
What Faculty Want 2/25/2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm LBJ 3-9.1
Where Does the Time Go? 3/1/2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm LBJ 3-15.1
Sex, Lies and Chocolate 3/8/2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm LBJ 3-9.1
Creating a Comeback from Academic Probation 3/22/2016 6pm - 7:30pm LBJ 3-15.1
De-stress with Guided Meditation 3/23/2016 5:30pm -7pm LBJ 3-15.1
Choose Your Own Adventure: Career Planning and Job Search Skills 3/30/2016 12:30-1:30pm LBJ 3-10.1
Money Talks: Hitting the High (Credit) Score 4/5/2016 6-pm-7pm LBJ 3-13.1
Money Talks: Know What You Owe 4/12/2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm LBJ 3-15.1
Finding Healthy Restaurant Choices 4/20/2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm LBJ 3-13.1

Workshop Descriptions

Money Talks: Financial Aid and Scholarships
Finding money for college can feel like a full-time job, but financial aid is here to help. Join this workshop to find out if you can take advantage of scholarships and other financial aid resources.

Learning Disabilities: A Different Way of Learning
Tackling college with a learning disability may be challenging, but we have resources that can help. In this workshop we’ll look at different types of learning disabilities, learn how to identify the signs of learning disabilities and tell you where to find assistance on campus.

Balancing Act: How to Balance Academic and Social Life
Trying to balance work school social life can be a daunting task, but there are ways to manage. Get advice from our panel of successful multitasking students on how to create balance in your life.

Boost Your Grades: Proven Study Tips
Are you getting the most out of your study time? We can show you some simple strategies to sharpen you study skills and use your time more efficiently. 

What Faculty Want
Not sure how to communicate with your faculty? We can show you a few ways to have an open and friendly discussion with your professors about your grade, the syllabus or just understanding the material from class. Get advice from staff on campus and hear from Texas State faculty on ways to improve your communication with faculty!

Where Does the Time Go?
You’re already juggling classes, studying, work and more, so how do you find time for friends, family and a little fun? We’ll show you how to prioritize your commitments and organize your daily or weekly schedule.

Sex, Lies and Chocolate
Want a kiss? Answer a question in this interactive sexual health presentation about sexually transmitted infections and earn a Hershey’s Kiss. This sex-positive program will help you understand risks associated with sexual activity and how to utilize safer sex practices.

Creating a Comeback from Academic Probation
Have you hit a stumbling block this semester? At risk of being placed on academic probation? Use this workshop to develop a strategy for academic recovery and find out about resources you can use to fuel your comeback.

De-stress with Guided Meditation
College can be stressful, but we can show you a great way to clear your mind and regain your calm. Join us for an introduction to guided meditation. 

Choose Your Own Adventure: Career Planning and Job Search Skills
Ever since you were little, people have been asking you what you want to be when you grow up. If you’re searching for an answer or need help actually landing the job, come learn about the job search and interview skills to help you make a great, professional first impression.

Money Talks: Hitting the High (Credit) Score
Managing your money is about more than making sure you can cover your expenses and tuition each month. You are also building the foundation of a strong credit score in the future. Get your credit questions answered and learn how good habits today can create opportunities tomorrow.

Money Talks: Know What You Owe 
Learn the importance of tracking student loans, both federal and private, to achieve successful loan repayment. You will also learn how mismanaging your loans can affect your credit history.

Finding Healthy Restaurant Choices
‚ÄčEating out doesn’t have to mean eating junk, and a treat for your taste buds can still treat your body right. We have some simple tips to help you find healthier choices when dining out.

Archived Workshop Materials

2013-2014 College Success Series