by Astrid Rangel
Today marks the sixth day of October. I can’t believe that time is going by this fast. It feels like just yesterday I was moving into my dorm. Being here at Texas State has proven to be a complete challenge, from making friends to classes to climbing up and down the hills, it’s been pretty crazy. Believe me, I didn’t know how out of shape I was until the semester started and I had to run up a hill to get to my 8 a.m. class. So far I’ve done so many new things that are just so exhilarating. I’ve also met so many new people and come to several realizations.
Realization One: I do not, I repeat do not, know how to actually study. The semester kicked up a notch and now we are dealing with exams, essays and assignments. Oh and to top it all, this is not the hardest part yet. Last night I needed to study for my British literature exam this morning, and it hit me. As I sat there, with my phone in my hand, while music blasted, I realized I have no idea how to study. I spent about an hour on Twitter, sent a million snapchats, held about four conversations, watched some Netflix, and walked around just so that I didn’t have to look at my book one more time. I know that is wrong, but not looking at my book is so much better than trying to cram before an exam.
Realization Two: Surrounding yourself with people who have the same goal helps a lot. Whenever you need to get something done, make sure you surround yourself with people that have a similar goal as you. That way, as they get their stuff done, you will too. I’ve found that if I need to do my work or read, I need to be around people in the same situation.
There is a time and place for everything and if I have other people around me doing what I need to do, I am more inclined to do it as well. I might have known this since a while back, but now it is crystal clear that this is what is going to help me in the long run.
Realization Three: You don’t have to go out every weekend. I’ve met some people that have something to do every single day of the week, and I’m not saying its wrong, but it can get real exhausting. We have grades to keep up with, and some people work and even then they are still out there. It’s hard to admit it to yourself, but there comes a time when you will start falling behind on something. It’s good to have a little fun now and then but balancing everything you have to do is what will get you through. Realizing this could have very well been the best thing that could have happened to me. Sacrifice is hard sometimes but at some point in our life we have to give up something to gain even better results.
I can say that being here has taken a toll on me but it’s probably the best decision I have made in my life. The people I’ve met here have kept me going. At the end of the day, we are all living the same situations, just at different times and dealing with them with different attitudes. Helping each other is basically the only thing we have left. So learn your limits, prioritize the things that you need to do, and be sure to surround yourself with the people who will pull you through. I know I have and I love it. I still have some things to learn but I will get the hang of them as I go through. It is all a learning process I have committed to.
Education is the key to success.
Remember, it is always a good day to be a Bobcat! 🐾