Through her years at Texas State, Amber Anderson has learned about relationships, life lessons and who she is as a person. As a senior graduating this month, she will take these lessons, along with ones from her classes, to the big state of California, where she will utilize her major in theatre and minor in mass communications with hopes to become an actress or a morning news anchor.
The 22 year old has been acting and singing since a young age, and she said Texas State has now given her the tools to make her dreams into reality. The University Star got the opportunity to speak with Amber about her life at Texas State, her ideas about the future, and her fear and excitement about what is to come.
RB: Why did you choose Texas State for your college education?
AA: I thought the campus and everything culturally was good and neat. It seemed up and coming, and I wanted to be a part of something that wasn’t already established. And, of course, there was great program for what I wanted to do.
RB: What are some of the organizations and time commitments that you have been involved with over your years here at Texas State?
AA: I’ve been involved with Diamond Sweethearts, which really helped increase my social networking. I am the President of (the Texas State chapter of) NBS, National Broadcasting Society, which also opened the door for me to be a part of the student produced TV show called “La Bella Vita.” All of these have helped me with the social and academic side of school. I also had a job and worked hard on my degree.
RB: What is some advice that you would give an underclassman here that has helped you to be successful?
AA: Start from the beginning, and get involved as soon as possible. It is all about your future. My freshman and sophomore years were all about the social aspects of college, and I think it is important to know that your social life can be directly connected to your professional life. Organizations and people can directly affect and help your future career.
RB: What exactly are your future plans for after graduation?
AA: I have done a lot of preparation for broadcasting, but now that I have that, I really want to act. I want to have an acting reel to go along with my broadcast reel. I would love to move to California and hopefully start at a news station in the morning. After that, I can use the rest of the day to audition.
RB: Tell me about your fears. I know graduating in this economy is a challenge. How do you feel about what is out there?
AA: The thing that I want to do is not a sure or reliable thing. It is all very competitive. I’m not coming out of college with a set plan, and that is scary. But all that fear is worth it. You have to risk big to win big.