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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

Doria Wormbly
Graduate Research 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 drw111@txstate.edu.

  1. Students will not be permitted into any sessions 15 minutes after the workshop has begun.
  2. An RSVP via ICAT is highly encouraged but not required to attend the workshop sessions.  
  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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Fall 2015 College Success Series Schedule

The room location for 'Ready, Set, Résumé’ has changed from 3-13.1 LBJSC to 4-1.6 LBJSC.  

Workshop Date Time Location
Get Connected: Campus involvement Tuesday, September 15 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 3-15.1 LBJSC
Creating a comeback from academic probation Wednesday, September 23 6 - 7:30 p.m. 3-15.1 LBJSC
Nutrition 101 Tuesday, September 29 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 312 DHRL
How to live on a college budget Wednesday, September 30 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 3-15.1 LBJSC
Where Does the Time Go? Time management strategies Tuesday, October 6 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 3-15.1 LBJSC
Making the Grade: Test taking strategies Monday, October 12 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 3-15.1 LBJSC
Study Smart: Strategies and techniques Wednesday, October 21 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 3-15.1 LBJSC
Earning and Learning: Finding jobs and internships Thursday, October 22 6 - 7 p.m. 3-3.1 LBJSC
Putting off Procrastination Tuesday, October 27 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Falls/Sayers Common Room
All about Attitude: How your mindset affects learning Wednesday, October 28 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 3-3.1 LBJSC
Ready, Set, Resume Tuesday, November 3 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 4-1.6 LBJSC
Talking Points: How to communicate your message Tuesday, November 10 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Gaillardia/Chautauqua Traditions Room

Workshop Descriptions

Workshop registration is not required, however it is strongly encouraged. To register for an upcoming Brilliant Bobcats: College Success Series workshop, please click on the workshop title below. 

Get Connected: Campus Involvement
Are you having a hard time finding a club/organization that sparks your interest? Not sure how to join an organization? Come to this presentation to learn how you can get involved on campus.

Creating a Comeback from Academic Probation
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.

Nutrition 101
Tight schedules and late-night cramming sessions often go hand in hand with snacking and fast-food frenzies. Convenient, yes, but good for you? Not so much! Learn how taking just a little more time to make appropriate meal choices can actually save you time in the long run by keeping you healthy and focused.

How to Live on a College Budget
Does it seem like you’re always strapped for money? At the end of the month do you wonder where all of your money goes? This workshop will help you think about the differences between necessities and desires, reduce spending, and plan ahead for both monthly bills and unexpected expenses.

Where Does the Time Go? Time Management Strategies
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.

Making the Grade: Test Taking Strategies
So, midterms are coming up. Relax! This is a test – repeat, this is only a test. This workshop will help you take charge of your study time and develop strategies to tackle your tests. Join us and you’ll learn how to earn the grade you deserve and keep your anxiety level in check.

Study Smart: Strategies and Techniques
You’ve read your textbooks and notes, and you know the answers are in them – so why can’t you think of them when it comes to exams and essays? Studying involves more than just reading and re-reading. Learn some simple methods that will help you retain knowledge and save you time and stress!

Earning and Learning: Finding Jobs and Internships
Did you know that Texas State Career Services not only connects Bobcats with part-time job opportunities while they’re on campus, but also can guide them to meaningful internships and help graduates on the path to full-time employment? This workshop will show you the best places to look for job openings, both on campus and off.

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.

All About Attitude: How Your Mindset Influences Learning
As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Changing the way you approach your classes and assignments can have an enormous impact on your grades and your future. Come to this workshop to learn how your outlook is directly related to your outcomes. 

Ready, Set, Résumé
Putting together a résumé when you’ve had limited work experience can be difficult. Attend this workshop to learn how to create a résumé that highlights your achievements so you can land that first interview!

Talking Points: How to Communicate Your Message
You may LOL with your BFF online, but if face-to-face communication has you all OMG, then this session is for you. You’ll learn strategies and techniques to help get your message across without messing up. Learn how to deal with relationship issues – from professional to personal, friendships to romances – how to establish boundaries, and how to resolve conflict appropriately.

Archived Workshop Materials

2013-2014 College Success Series