When college strikes

by Alexus Moreno

This week has been hectic. Since school has started, I’ve had it pretty easy, but now everything is hitting me all at once. It’s easy to sit there in frustration (it’s only Tuesday and I’ve probably done this three times already) and think about all you have to do and worry if it’s going to get done or not. This could also be called procrastination, not gonna lie … I’ve done many many things to occupy myself rather then doing my actual work … most of the things being completely pointless. As we all know, procrastination is not a good habit, so I told myself that it’s time to get it together and get to work. Continue reading

The crickets

by Victoria Nguyen

Oh, how we love the crickets at Texas State! Actually no! That couldn’t be further from the truth. These pesky little creatures are wearing on most of the residents here on campus. They love to sneak into everything and every place imaginable. They like to cause trouble and don’t care what kind of mess they leave behind.

Walking around campus you can definitely see and hear their presence. I can’t even walk to the gym without seeing one hop up in my path, or see the remains of a squished one on the sidewalk. They are literally everywhere trying to freak me out! I can’t stand them and they are causing me to have mini panic attacks every time they jump out at me in the dark. Continue reading

Study break

by Victoria Nguyen

Things are starting to get hectic around here, y’all! College life is officially upon us and everything is in full swing. I just wanted — more like needed — to take a quick break from studying biology to share some information with you guys.

Like most of you, I had to take my first college exams last week. The intensity leading up to these crucial tests, being as we don’t get but three of them a semester, was insane. I was a nervous wreck last week, not because I wasn’t prepared, but because I was not sure of what to expect. I’m the type of person who likes to be in control and who likes to know every single detail that goes into something, and for me to have no remote idea of what to expect on these tests really jumbled my nerves. Fortunately for me, as soon as I received those dreaded tests, I felt at ease and allowed my prepared mind to go forth and tackle the assignment. Continue reading

School spirit

by Astrid Rangel

I talked about getting involved some time ago and today I want to share some of the things I’ve been doing. Since the day I moved in to my dorm, I’ve absolutely loved it. The RAs there are awesome and really helpful and the people in general are great. Anyways, there is this organization called Hall Council that is run by the Residence Hall Association (RHA), and I decided to run for it. Hall council is much like student council but for residence halls, and it’s a way to get your voice for your hall across to the actual RHA.

Getting involved in campus activities leads to fun and friendship.

Getting involved in campus activities leads to fun and friendship.

Now I am the historian for my hall. I’ve gotten to meet people and there are a lot of things I am now getting involved with. Like, for example, Homecoming is fast approaching and that has me feeling some type of way. I know there are several events coming and they sound great. There is going to be a talent show, a soap box derby, 3-on-3 basketball, powder puff, and then, of course, the game. If you all have the chance, go out and see these events for yourself, because I am absolutely sure they will be really fun. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see a person race down a road in a tiny car made out of wood? So start saving the date, Bobcats, because the week of fun starts on September 27 – October 4!

I still have some getting involved to do but for now I am happy with what I am doing. I also started to work on Saturday and it’s pretty cool. I’ve completely settled in and it’s lovely. There are so many things happening around me that it would be a shame to not join in. So as a friendly tip, I really encourage you guys to get out there and get involved. The friendships that you will form are just unforgettable.

I hope you all have an awesome week! Stay awesome, Bobcats!!🐾🐱

Reunited

by Nicholas Laughlin

The past few days have been very great. The weather has been cooler, which is awesome. I am getting really tired of this heat and I love the cold. It was Family Weekend, so my parents and brother headed down to San Marcos to see the Texas State v. Navy game and spend time with me, DUH. My parents wanted to give me tour of all the little cities that are around San Marcos. We spend part of Saturday in Gruene. There are so many little restaurants, shops and things to do there. We ate at the Gristmill, which is AMAZING! If you find yourself in Gruene, I would definitely recommend it. Instead of me showing them all of the things around campus, it was nice they got to show me all of the things that I could do. There are so many little towns, festivals, rivers and trails to explore around here.

The football game didn’t go the way we wanted but it was a fun game. The stadium was packed, which was such a great sight, and everyone was really into the game. After the game, my family wanted to go eat at Palmer’s, where my mom used to work, and it was so good. I haven’t had an actual home-cooked meal in so long but that was pretty close. I am so fortunate that my parents got to come in town and spend the weekend with me. It won’t be too much longer until I see them for Thanksgiving break!

Sunday was legitimately lazy. I did my laundry and cleaned my dorm and just lounged around all day. It was so great. It was still a bit cold outside and gloomy, which made it a great day to not do anything.  One thing I do miss is all of my friends from back home. I still talk to most of them, but it’s different when you go from seeing your closest friends every day to not seeing them at all. Sunday I got to talk for a long time to one of my best friends since the 4th grade. I have seen her only once since I’ve been here, and I really haven’t had a whole conversation with her in a while. We had many things to catch up on!

On a completely different subject, my productivity level is starting to decline sharply. I was hoping I would come to college and be on top of my work and not procrastinate, but that is not the case. There is always something else to do, or sleep to catch up on instead. It seems like of a sudden my classes have started slamming me with work and I just don’t want to do it. It will take some adjusting to, but I still don’t feel like school has started.

Family Weekend

by Victoria Nguyen

I hope everybody enjoyed this weekend just as much as I did. I love seeing people with their families, but I especially love being with mine. Family is the most, and I mean the most, important element of my life. Without them, I would be so dull, have no sense of humor, and I wouldn’t be nearly half the person I am today if they weren’t around to mold me. Last time I went home, I wasn’t able to see everyone and to my surprise they all made it up here last weekend to spend those precious few days with me.

Everything about my family is unconventional and everything we do always goes against the grain, but that’s the reason I love my crazy family so much. We aren’t afraid to do our own thing and no matter what we are doing, we are making the best out of it. We scrapped the traditional family weekend activities and ventured out on our own … no surprise there! As everyone around campus was preparing for the big game on Saturday, the Nguyen-Larios family was getting ready to explore the San Antonio Riverwalk. Obviously they didn’t drive all the way up here to not see the beautiful scenery so after a quick tour we headed out. Continue reading

Inspiration!

by Alexus Moreno

It’s almost been a full month of school. Almost a full month of all of us taking on new responsibilities, a full month of learning new things, a full month of meeting new people … this month is truly the start to the rest of our lives. It’s crazy how inspired I have become by Texas State. I find myself taking on challenges I never thought I was capable of and the things I have accomplished in this first month have made me very pleased with the person I have become. They say college is all about change, and they are right. College has definitely changed me already, as well as others I have met here. I love witnessing this change because we are all becoming adults and it’s very refreshing to see people care about their education and know what they want to accomplish with their time here and in life. Continue reading