Let the weekend begin!

by Nicholas Laughlin

Friday was a good day because it was the start of the weekend! I know that I have only been in classes for five days but I am already ready for a break. Ending classes at noon is amazing because you have all day to still to do whatever. A few of my friends and I have been wanting go to hang out at Sewell Park all week. We finally went and right as we set our stuff down it started to rain, and not like a mist, like actual big drops of rain. We were not very happy about that, but San Marcos is in desperate need of rain.

After our failed river attempt we went to the women’s first soccer game against Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. It was a very good game and of course the Bobcats won 3-0. Watching the game got me really excited for the football game that is today! I’m excited to get to go to my first college game as a student. Anyways back to yesterday … after the soccer I found a nice little surprise on my car … a parking ticket. Luckily it’s only $40 and I guess technically I was parking out of zone, but it was no way to start my weekend. I’ll update next week when I go pay for it. So that’s about all that happened on Friday. Football game, here I come! Let’s beat University of Arkansas Pine Bluff! EAT ‘EM UP, CATS!

Wrap it up!

by Victoria Nguyen

Ahhh, we made it! Congratulations, everybody! We made it through the first week of school. I don’t know about you guys, but I have learned a lot these past few days. I met some amazing people, saw some incredible things, and enjoyed the entirety of the week. Today was an easy day and for me a day to reflect on all the aspects of the week. I went to my two early classes today and found myself to be genuinely liking the environment. I felt relaxed and at peace with what was happening. I think in a sense I finally grasped the purpose of being here. Business Math went by faster than I anticipated, and college writing is essentially like a social group of friends. So far that class is my absolute favorite because the class itself is practical and relatable, not to mention everyone in there is super friendly. Anyone looking for cool class to take next semester, or even now, I would definitely check out Mr. Noll’s English 1320 class. Continue reading

Almost the weekend!

by Nicholas Laughlin

Today I did my first load of laundry in college. Yes, I did laundry by myself at home, but it was different because this was in college. I’m not exactly sure where I’m going with this but it was an achievement. That fact that I actually got out of bed and did my laundry before my 12:30 class is pretty much amazing.

I was reading through my other fellow bloggers’ posts and one thing stuck out to me in one of Astrid’s posts. I haven’t been exposed to anyone being rude. Everyone smiles at you; holds open doors, and is all-around friendly. It feels like everyone knows each other and that this school is a family.

Sitting in my Intro to Mass Communication class today made me realize how excited I am to learn more about mass media, and how this seems like the right major for me. The discussion and lecture that we had today was really interesting. Our professor really made us think how the media portrays certain races, and how those can be changed or how they live on.

I am really excited that I only have two classes on Friday because I am ready to relax and hang out at the river. Not to mention that there’s a women’s soccer game on Friday night, and the first football game of the season is on Saturday! This weekend will be packed with lots of sports and hopefully lots of floating the river.

I am exhausted and really having a hard time coming up with things to write about. I am going to sleep and will hopefully get up in time to go to Commons and get a waffle because I have been craving one all week (and maybe a donut as well).

My first care package from home!

by Victoria Nguyen

Hey, guys! I hope everybody had a great day. Today was a little rough for me. I found myself being a little on the fence about how I feel about my Tuesday and Thursday schedule. I don’t like that I have an 8 a.m. class and then a substantial break until my next class at 5 p.m.. I have a hard time finding anything productive to do within this enormous stretch of down time. Today, however, I walked zombie-like to my early class and somehow stayed awake during my art history lecture. But later I found a boost of energy to run up eight flights of stairs, knowing that the amazing prize of sleep was waiting for me.

I fell into a nice, dedicated nap for a couple of hours or so. It was really good to unwind and put everything behind me from the early morning lecture. Upon waking up I got right to work reading and taking notes for biology. I sat at my computer appropriately blasting my favorite music to accompany me on my journey through the pages of the first chapter of my expensive textbook. I got about halfway through when my friend started to call me. She had just gotten out of class and was wanting to go get something to eat. Needing a break (and quite frankly, food!), I decided to meet her for some grub.

I love the food at Commons. I don’t know if y’all have ventured down there, but the variety of food available at any given time of the day is pretty amazing. They definitely have the best sweet potatoes on campus. I was a little disappointed to find that there wasn’t any grilled chicken available today. I make sure that I make myself a pretty balanced plate. I try to eat as healthily as possible and load up on fruits and veggies. An apple a day may or may not keep the doctor away, but I know that it will taste really good with some crunchy peanut butter! Although the whole point of venturing to Commons was to eat better, my pal decided to load up on pizza and cake. She did try, but failed miserably in the aspect of eating a balanced diet. She immediately stated her diet was going to start next week after we had concluded our meal. I thought that the statement sounded very familiar and decided to just go with her announcement with a friendly chuckle.

Lunch was a good break from the studying, but it was time to get back to work. I read a couple more pages and soon found myself navigating away from biology. I don’t know how, but Graceland soon appeared on my laptop and I was sucked into the episode I had missed. I’m not sure if you guys are familiar with the show, but if you are intrigued by federal agents and action-drama, this is definitely a show to consider. The plot is so good and the storyline always throws an unexpected curve. Graceland is in my opinion the drama of the summer.

After the suspense-filled episode concluded, it was almost time to leave for my next class. I quickly gathered all my things together and made my way down stairs for the millionth time today. I didn’t go to the gym today, but I suppose I still worked in my workout. I made my way to my 5 p.m. biology class. When the professor walked in, she was met with a thousand questions about the syllabus and its contents, leading to a 20-minute synopsis of the previous day’s business. When class finally started, it seemed to fly by. Although science is not my subject, Dr. Chandler has a way of presenting the topics in a way that pulls me in. Maybe it has to do with the fact she is Greek and I find every word she says to be so fascinating.

Class ended and I made my way back to my dorm. I reached my “temporary” address, as it is referred to on so much paperwork, and checked my mail box. The best feeling since being away from home is receiving mail. Even when I got my books, I felt so special. The idea that someone, somewhere thinks about you enough to send something to you is unbelievable. I reached in that envelope-sized box and pulled out a slip that said I had received a care package. I was so happy, I felt flushed! I took my slip to the desk and got a cute box with a note from my parents. I ran back up to my room to discover a box full of goodies. I hope that everyone has someone thinking about them. Don’t forget to relate back to the people you care about, and most importantly, don’t forget to tell those you love how much you care about them.

Tomorrow is Friday, Bobcats, and we have one more day left until we can say we survived our first week of college! Hang in there with me and let that nice long weekend be your motivation to get through the day tomorrow.

It’s been a crazy week!

by Astrid Rangel

So tomorrow is finally Friday!! What can I say? I never thought I would love a place more than I love being home. Yet, Texas State totally takes it. Everything here is just amazing. The professors are strict — I mean, it’s college — but they are also really funny and engaging. I haven’t had the best week, as you may have read in my post “Keeping my promise,” and I’d be a liar if I said I had. Even though the bad moments I’ve had have made me miss home, I can honestly say I wouldn’t leave. This is my new home and yes, it’s been a tug-of-war between getting to class and spending money, but it’s all worth it.WP_20140802_16_52_16_Pro

One thing I love about being here are the things to do. There’s the river, which is absolutely beautiful and refreshing in this heat. You know, back where I am from, we have a lake but I would never go in there. Yet here I didn’t even think twice about making that jump.

Also, the people here are amazing. There is not a time where I have encountered someone with a bad face — well, maybe just at 8 a.m. when we are all walking to class. Hahaha! But even then, that doesn’t change the people later on. Everyone always has a smile and everyone will talk to you.

In the short time I’ve been here, I have met so many people, it’s honestly mind-blowing. I honestly love all of this. I’ve met one new person a day and it’s one of the best things that can happen to someone. I just think that even when you are shy can you still make friends. I’ve realized that sometimes stepping outside of your comfort zone is a lot more helpful than staying in a little bubble.

The bottom line of all of this is that I love my classes and my professors. I know my semester is going to be tough but I’m willing to work for it. Now, I shall tell you all goodbye because this girl is going to go learn some self-defense. Wish me luck!

I got dreams

by Alexus Moreno

This is too good to be true. I love my schedule, I love my professors, and I am so ready for all these challenges that are coming my way. Now just watch all my posts a couple of weeks from now be the total opposite of what I’m writing … which I’m hoping is not the case (fingers crossed). I realized that I haven’t had a post that introduces who I am and what coming to this university means to me, so I think I’ll take the time and do that now.

Howdy there, all! I am Alexus Moreno. I come from a very big family who I love so very much and I am a mass communications major (focusing on journalism). Throughout high school people were always asking me what I wanted to do with my life and I didn’t have an answer for them. The honest truth was that I wanted to do so much with my life…why do I have to pick one thing? I love photography, I did theatre in high school, music and singing is my absolute passion, I love to write, I love animals and nature, I want to travel everywhere and most importantly, I want to have an impact on this world. Continue reading

Getting the hang of things

by Nicholas Laughlin

I am now starting to get the hang of things. I know where all my classes are, I’ve meet all my professors, and I have now started to get a routine down. Today was really my first official day of class. In all three of my classes today, my professors started lectures and giving us assignments. It still doesn’t feel real that school has started and that I am in college, but I’m sure in a couple of weeks it will hit me real hard.

As I walked to class this morning I picked up an issue of The University Star to see if my article was in it, and sure enough it was on the front page of the paper. The first article I have ever written for a publication was actually on the front page, with my name “Nicholas Laughlin, Special to The Star.” I thought that it would be on the inside of the paper but I never thought that it would actually be on the front page. It was a nice surprise and a good way to start my day.

In between my classes today, I was running to interviews for the next article that I am writing. As I was walking to one interview, I thought how cool it was that I have the opportunity to write for The Star because I meet so many faculty and staff that I normally wouldn’t see or even talk to.

After a long day of classes, a couple of my friends and I decided to change it up a bit and go out to eat instead of eating at the dining hall. We decided to eat at Garcia’s Mexican Food and it was amazing! The dining hall food is actually really good but there was something about going out to eat that was better. It was nice to have an actual Tex-Mex meal, something that I have been missing a lot. After dinner, we went to Sewell Park to play a little bit of soccer and swim in the river. photo%202-4It was only my second time since being here that I have been in the river, which is not okay. I love that it is literally down the street and that it’s always cold! It’s so refreshing after trudging around campus all day in the heat.

This week has gone by so fast that it has been hard to keep up. In a few more days, I will be done with my first week of college, which seems really crazy to me. I have really loved my time in San Marcos so far. Hopefully it keeps going up from here.