by Astrid Rangel
When I was little, I used to think stuff needed to last forever. Things that at the time I clearly didn’t understand. To me, being part of my family was the most important thing. It was that way until I reached high school. I used to see it all the time. How people wanted and needed to leave and I just never understood where they were coming from. Until one day when I was in their shoes. You realize that at some point in life something will end and there is nothing we can do about it. In that moment, we feel like that is the end of literally everything in our lives but in reality it is the exact opposite. As one door closes, something else gets opened. It might not always be a door, but it could be a vent, a window, a can; the possibilities are endless.
When I reached my senior year, I realized that that door was going to close pretty soon. I won’t lie — it was pretty scary and trying to figure out what comes next just scares you even more. You never thought the day would come for you. For me, it wasn’t a door that opened. No, it was more like a vent, a tiny little vent that gave me a breath of fresh air and in that moment I knew I had to pack up and find my way. So I made my vent into a door. I fought hard and made it through. I’ve never been one to give up on what I really truly want.
So as I fought for my door and opened it, I found it was hard to leave home but it felt like the right thing to do. Now, I am part of something bigger than anything I’ve ever been a part of. Texas State was where the door took me and there’s not an inch of doubt this is exactly where I belong. See, as that chapter in my life ended, this whole new book began. I have been here for about five days and I am head over heels in love. I’m getting to meet great people and there is just so much positive energy around, it’s hard not to be in a good mood. Everyone always shares a smile, and everyday is leg day. What I can say is that as we become part of the Bobcat family, we keep in mind that we are all starting a new chapter or a new book. Don’t be afraid. Be friendly. Step outside of your comfort zone because believe me, there are great things out there. Start a conversation; it doesn’t matter on what, just do it. Go up to a person, do a good thing for someone. All it takes is one step forward and then BOOM, there is a whole chain reaction.
What I will do is embrace this new beginning and make the best out of it. We are all here so we might as well enjoy it a little. Make as many friends as possible. Don’t be shy. Go outside. Enjoy, and remember:
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
– Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo
So go out there and eat em’ up, Cats!