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Friday, December 21, 2018

10 Things You Miss Most About Nac and SFA Over the Christmas Break

10 Things You Miss Most About SFA and Nacogdoches Over the Christmas Break 
                                      The smell of pine trees after the rain!
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                        Chicken fried steak days at the East College Dining Hall
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                                          The "Walk in the Park" to class!
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                                    Running into your friends at Chick Fila
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                              The 2$ movie tickets at the Student Center Theater
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                                The 6 in the morning to midnight Rec Center.
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                      Competing in Intramural Sports and getting way too into it.
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      Getting that D2L email about the class being canceled or making an A in an                                             exam you thought you bombed!
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                  Going to Benita and Dancing your heart out after a long week!
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          Using Dining dollars instead of the $8 you have left in your account until                                                                 next Friday!
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Friday, December 14, 2018

5 things to do to reward yourself after finals

The semester is finally over. You have trucked through Finals and now have 5 weeks to relax and recoup! Here are 5 ways to reward yourself after another semester of deadlines, mandatory organizational events, and 8AM classes.

Originally Friends was going to be removed from Netflix in January but now they renewed the license for a whole year. It is time to kick back and relax and binge watch your favorite show or something new! Binge watching shows and movies are our generation's favorite pastime and what better time to do it than when you have little to no responsibilities on your days off of your seasonal job!

One of the best parts of the SFA experience is that not only the happy memories you will hold but the relationships you will make during your time stressing out at the library before it closes.  I do not doubt that friends will not be super far away from where you are staying during the holidays. Reach out to those who are within a short distance and grab lunch and see a movie!

Music is a huge stress reliever for many students and there are a large number of concerts going on during the break! From Elton John to Jason Mraz, there are plenty of bands that students could go see to take their mind off of the struggles of school.

Start your summer bod NOW. The campus rec will be flooded with students who are trying to work on their fitness for their new year's resolution. Be the early bird and start getting the grind the moment you can! Before you know it you will see progress before new years!

Spend time with your family and loved ones! It is the time to be rejoice and be thankful for the people that have been there since day one. For some of us this might just be the biggest reward of all! Coming home after countless hours of studying and waking up early just to do well on exams and project not only to make good grades for ourselves but to make our family and friends proud back home.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Farewell to our soon to be Jack Walker Graduates

With only 7 days before Graduation, we would like to mention our Jack Walkers who will be graduating and what they have accomplished in the program!

Julianna Pisano

Julianna is an incredible student who is finishing up her last semester of nursing school and already has a Bachelors in Psychology. She has been a part of the Jack Walker family since November 2016. She will be working at Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas on their Stepdown IMC unit.

 Her favorite moment in the program: "I had a student on tour who wanted to go to Sam Houston. He toured with me before going to visit Sam the next day. I sent him a postcard after our tour joking that he would look way better in purple than he would in orange. His mom emailed us and said that his experience at SFA was incredible and the postcard he received in the mail helped seal the deal for his decision to become part of our Lumberjack family. "

Holly Clay

Holly Started Fall 2014. She is graduating with a Bachelors in Marketing. She will be working in Nacogdoches while preparing for her Real Estate license exam! After her Fiance graduates, she will be moving to Dallas.

Her favorite moment in the program: "I have two big favorite memories/moments! My first was at my very first Jack Walker retreat! We spent the night at these little log cabins outside of Nac, and we all gathered together super late and played some ridiculous game and just laughed and had the best time! I knew I had found my people! My second favorite memory would be when I received my backpack! It was such a proud moment, and I had absolutely no idea it was coming! It made my whole week! Knowing that I have been able to help so many families and students was a great moment!"

Joshua Jordan

Josh Started Spring of 2017! After he graduates he will be moving to the Dallas area to put his marketing degree to use.

His favorite moment in the program:“My favorite memories of being a Jack Walkers is our countless family nights ranging from going dancing at Banita Creek Hall and our fun loving Christmas parties. I’m going to miss this organization because we are more like a family. ”

Friday, November 16, 2018

Prepping for Finals!!!!

Prepping for Finals!!!!

   As we all know Thanksgiving break is upon us! Please enjoy this time with your loved ones and take a second and realize what us, the students have done. SFA students have dealt with multiple organizations, intramural championships, and managing our school work. In our own way, we are superheroes who are striving for a degree and pursuing our dreams in our professions. The biggest problem we students have is handling the undisciplined mindset of procrastination. Finals are around the corner! Finals will star in four weeks and all of us need to do our best not to cram 24 hours before with sleepless nights and a pack of red bull! A couple of tips from a seasoned vet!


 A simple way to distinguish information from exams that are filled with wordy questions and helpful for note taking and making certain facts or formulas easier to notice. Most professors will allow students to use during exams and will benefit you no matter what classes you are taking!

Creating A Schedule!

Creating a schedule to map out all of the hours for study, classes, and organizations will benefit you in the long run. If students stick with the schedule, they will be better off and more prepared!

Office Hours!

Office hours are key! DO NOT SHOW UP A WEEK BEFORE. The best time to make an impression is right after Thanksgiving Break! Come prepared with questions and show a great attitude! I always ask what are the most misunderstood concepts in class and create a review of the hardest material and start reviewing ASAP

Good Luck and Be Safe!

Friday, November 2, 2018

A Look Into Our Leadership

A Look Into Our Leadership

Being apart of Jack Walkers isn't just about changing lives and giving tours! Every program needs leadership and guidance to be able to change the lives of those who step foot onto this campus.  Being a Lead Jack Walker gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership, communication, time management, articulation, confidence and ability to connect with different communities on campus. Lead Jack Walkers are the ones responsible for hiring and training new Jack Walkers, planning and organizing retreat each semester, and planning out the tour schedules. Since we are in the midst of applications, we would like to introduce the current Fall 2018-Spring 2019 Lead Jack Walkers!

Avery Sriyaranya

Hometown: Burleson, Texas
Major: Marketing
Classification: Senior
Involvement: Club Soccer/ Rock Climbing Club
What I enjoy most about being a Lead Jack Walker: 
I get to see Jack Walkers grow and become better versions of themselves as they go through challenges and obstacles all throughout college! I love working with wonderful individuals who make me want to work even harder.

Clarissa de Santiago

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Major: Health Science
Classification: Senior
Involvement: Chi Omega, Student Nurse Association, Jack Camp, and SFA101 Student Instructor
What I enjoy most about being a Lead Jack Walker:
What I enjoy most about being a Lead Jack Walker is getting to know each individual on our team and watch them grow and succeed through their college careers. The Jack Walkers mean everything to me and are like my family away from home. Being the one to help them grow within the program and personally is the most rewarding feeling.