Monday, February 17, 2014

Interview by Ashley Malcom

James Ottman
3rd semester graduate student.
Enrolled in the masters program for Biology and Chemistry 

1. How has this increased enrollment affected you?

The increased enrollment has not really affected him in any major way. However, he has experienced more inconvenience. As a commuter, Ottman says parking has become more difficult. He mention an article in which he read that the school had over sold commuter parking permits by some 9,000 permits. He said this semester parking has been less of a hassle now that he is walking from Strahan, last semester (Fall 2013) was the worst in his parking experiences at Texas State University.

2. Should the univeristy continue to grow?

Ottman thinks that it should. Growth is a positive thing for any university he feels and says that Texas State "should be a competitive regional school. With more growth comes more funding and more events, things to do."

3. Did the size of the university influence your decision to come here?


4. What did influence you to choose Texas State University for your masters degree?

Ottman like the size of the university when he was looking at masters programs but says what sold him on Texas State was their biology and chemistry academic program. Ottman also explained how he knew a few grad students before applying to the school and in speaking with them he found the school was well represented and loved.

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