Jessica Vannauker

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Jessica Vannauker

Senior Admissions Counselor



Southwest Houston Area High Schools (Alief, Fort Bend, Katy, Lamar Consolidated, Sealy, Spring Branch and Wharton)

Houston Community Colleges

Wharton County Junior Colleges

Southeast Houston and Galveston Area High Schools (Clear Creek, Deer Park, Houston, Pasadena, Pearland, Galena Park, and Friendswood)

San Jacinto Colleges

Hometown:  Kingwood, Texas

Alma Maters:  Stephen F. Austin University and Texas Tech University

Majors/Degrees:  Bachelor of Arts in History and Hospitality Administration and Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership

What advice do you have for future students?

My advice to all students is to get involved. There are so many different organizations that you can join. College is a time to explore what you enjoy doing, whether it will be your future career or your future hobby. Also, by joining different organizations, clubs or teams, you will have the opportunity to meet some of your best friends. My two best friends, who I still talk to daily, I met through different organizations I joined in college. From there, they not only became my study partners, but my support system when things got tough.

Why did you choose to become an admissions counselor?

I decided to become an admissions counselor because I have always wanted to help people. I did a few other jobs after graduating from college, but I was never passionate about what I was doing. Being an admissions counselor allows me to help people reach their dreams. Going to college is an amazing experience, both professionally and socially. The time students spend in college allows them to grow and learn more about themselves in ways that are wholly unique. Being able to help a student through the process of getting admitted is a very rewarding experience.

What is your favorite tradition at Texas State?

My favorite tradition at Texas State is the ring ceremony. While many schools have a class ring ceremony, Texas State’s is unique. The fact that the students dip their hands in the waters of the San Marcos River is symbolic. That river is a crucial part of the university, and it is part of the identity of Texas State. Plus, it links to the tradition of graduates jumping into the river in their caps and gowns, as well!