All I do is study

by Nicholas Laughlin

Since starting college, I have really learned the importance of studying. In high school, I could look over my notes and I would be fine for a test, but I have found out that in college it is not that easy. The tests I have taken so far cover the material from lectures, but also make you use critical thinking. It is not all about memorization, at least not in my classes. With finals coming up in a couple of weeks, my professors have already started assigning study guides for us to complete.

Sometimes getting off campus and going to a place like Wake the Dead Coffee House is a great way to re-focus your brain.

Sometimes getting off campus and going to a place like Wake the Dead Coffee House is a great way to re-focus your brain.

Finding a place to study can be the hardest part to studying. For myself, I need a place that is mellow and without too much commotion happening. I love studying in the Alkek Library. My favorite spots are on the quiet floors, in front of the windows that look south onto downtown San Marcos. The Honors Coffee Forum in Lampasas (next to Old Main) is another great spot. They have coffee there, as well as comfortable couches to use. I also like to get off of campus and make myself at home at a coffee shop. My two favorites are Mochas and Javas and Wake The Dead. Both have great coffee and sweets, and a nice, quiet place to study.

Once classes resume from Thanksgiving break, I will be using all of these places to study. It is nerve-wracking to think about taking my first college finals. It is going to be interesting to see how different college finals are compared to high school finals. I can not believe that it has already been a semester. Time really does fly.

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The calm before the storm

by Victoria Nguyen

I know I’m not the only one counting down for Thanksgiving break! (5 days, 13 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds …) I just want to get back to Houston and spend every second I can with my family. This Thanksgiving, I will be extremely grateful to have that crazy bunch by my side. I’ve always been grateful and appreciative for my family, but like the old saying goes “You never know what you have until it’s gone.” I’ve had the experience of going away for college and, don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved every second of it, but being away from my family has been the hardest experience I’ve ever had to deal with. As much as I have enjoyed being part of the Bobcat family, it is time to get back to the Nguyen clan!

We’ve all been here before, and I know we all can attest that time seems to vanish during the holiday season. When Thanksgiving gets here, it just takes a sneeze and a blink to welcome Christmas. Before you slip into your turkey coma, make sure all your assignments are done, or at least nearly done. And when I say nearly done, I don’t mean the nearly done you tell your parents when they ask you how it’s going, I mean the “all I have left to do is hit submit” kind of nearly done! You have a little more than a week before the festivities begin. That is still enough time to get ahead and finish all of your final assignments before things really get hectic around here. I suggest you take full advantage of this time because when we get back to school we have only a week before finals start, and then you will really find yourself in a pickle.

Plan now so stress doesn't get in your way of enjoying the Thanksgiving break! Photo by marsmet549 / flickr.com

Plan now so stress doesn’t get in your way of enjoying the Thanksgiving break! Photo by marsmet549 / flickr.com

Personally I would rather suffer now and get everything done than have to stress about school work during what is supposed to be my relaxation period. Luckily I’ve been fortunate to have most of my assignments due before the break, but I know most of you might not be that lucky. Do not fear because breaking down your workload now will save you a ton of aspirin and hair-pulling later on. Seriously, get your work done before you find that little pile of homework amounting to a mountain of grade-saving work.

I’d also recommend you figure out your exam schedule for the upcoming weeks, if you haven’t done so already. Go through all your syllabi and write on your calendar or planner all times of your tests. Also pay attention to time and location changes for your classes. I know that the week before finals, I have to change all the alarms on my phone to remind myself to go and take the exams. This task might also serve as an eye-opener for some of us. I know that when I wrote out my testing schedule, I saw how my priorities fell into place. Well, more like slapped me in the face. Writing out your schedule will help you realize which tests you might need to spend more time studying for, and which tests you should start studying for. Finals start December 6 and go through to the 11th so get your plans together.

To end on a less stressful note, take the time and start getting your Christmas lists together. The time will be here before you know it and everyone wants to get what’s on their wish list. Enjoy your holidays, Bobcats! I wish you all safe travels to and from wherever you may be headed. Have fun and keep warm! HAPPY THANKSGIVING if don’t get to see you before then!

To all future college students

by Alexus Moreno

Being only a freshmen in college, I still have a lot of friends who are still in high school. Most of them are seniors who, much like me this time last year, are stressing about college applications, college essays and financial aid needs. I’m here to tell all you future bobcats and all you future college students not to stress … though that seems impossible, believe me when I tell you it will only make things worse.

Taking advantage of great ideas saves you time.

Taking advantage of great ideas saves you time. Image by AmyLovesYah/flickr.com

Let me tell you what not to do. DON’T and I repeat DON’T wait until the last minute to take care of business. Waiting until the last minute to meet deadlines and finish those applications, essays, etc. will put you in a very messy situation and will probably make you cry and nobody is going to feel sorry for you, because it’s your own fault for procrastinating (I know that’s harsh but that’s the truth, ladies and gentlemen). December is usually the deadline for a lot of things, so if you are reading this I suggest you stop for a moment and write down all your deadlines on a very special piece of paper and then continue to read this.

College is very important, so make it your priority. Senior year is stressful enough with trying to graduate, prom, studying and figuring out what you want to do after you walk across that stage … it’s overwhelming. That’s why you need to get all your college stuff out of the way so you can enjoy the holidays and the rest of your senior year with no worries. Seriously, enjoy these last few months you have in high school and with all your friends, because soon that is going to change … college is a totally different experience (you’re gonna love it!).

Write those essays now … have teachers, friends or counselors read them and re-read them. Study for your test … it’ll make you less worried about if you are going to pass or not. Start your financial aid process. That way, come December, you’ll already be more than halfway done with it. Submit your college applications and keep a check-up on the status of it every once in a while.

Don’t make it hard on yourself … I know this is a huge transition in your life so don’t ruin it by stressing the whole way through. You’re are going to be okay and things are going to work out as long as you work hard and make things happen. After this semester, things are going to go by crazy fast. Soon you’ll be walking across that stage and high school will be one huge bittersweet memory … so live it up and enjoy.

Slipped my mind

by Astrid Rangel

A few weeks ago, I found out the hard way how important it is to keep track of your assignments and tests. Before I came to college, I’d been told how important it was to live, love and learn your syllabus, but I didn’t believe it until now. After having an awesome Halloween, I was sitting in my room and I decided to check my assignments due this week and then I came across the words TEST #2 on my British Literature syllabus for NOVEMBER 3! It was a horrible feeling. I tried to study, but I knew it was too late. Trying to cram about two weeks of materials in one night was going to lead me nowhere good. All I could do was really hope for a miracle.

See, I got so caught up in the festivities that the test totally slipped my mind. I think I learned my lesson. Despite not studying, I knew I still needed to show up to class and do the best I could and that is what I did. Yes, there could have been a little mental breakdown somewhere there, but there is not much to do about it now. I will now forever live, breathe and learn my syllabus so that I don’t have to go through that again. To be honest, it’s not the first time it’s happened to me and I really need to start doing something about it. It’s really difficult to keep track of all of my classes but it’s something that needs to be done. I can’t keep forgetting important things like that.

If you learn a difficult lesson, there's only one good time to make a change.

If you learn a difficult lesson, there’s only one good time to make a change.

The advice I could offer for this one — because I’m sure I am not the only one who forgets things — is to just keep track. It doesn’t matter how. You could do Post-its around your room, a calendar, a reminder on your phone, do whatever you have to do! Maybe your friends could help you, I really don’t know, but there has got to be something. I know I still need to find my way because being this forgetful is not at all good. Just know it’s important and don’t let it get to the point I have gotten. It doesn’t feel very pleasant to know there isn’t much you can do to help yourself and even more when you could have been aware of it since sometime ago.

On another note, it’s wintery weather, guys!!! I can’t be the only one who loves sweater weather and those days that are so cold you can’t function. Sorry, I’m a winter baby! Of course, the cold weather also means finals are fast approaching. Yet, I rather not think about them yet. I just want to think of all the food we will have for Thanksgiving and being with family for a while before we return to the madness that is college!

Well, fellow Bobcats, have a good Monday and rest of the week. Much love!

❤😺

Oh, Bobcats, it’s cold outside!

Snapchat-433325433511279936by Astrid Rangel

If you haven’t noticed, it is cold outside … so keep warm, Bobcats! It amazing how the semester is coming to an end way too fast. It feels like just yesterday that I was packing all of my stuff and moving into my little dorm. So many things have happened since then. There are many adventures I have gone through since the semester started and I love every single one of them.

I have learned some lessons along the way that will probably stick to me for the rest of my college years. I mean, people had told me about all of this, but it’s like everything you don’t really believe it until you live it.

1. Having class at 8 a.m. is not a very good idea unless you are a morning person (which, by the way, I AM NOT!).

2. You really need a planner or at least live, love and learn your syllabus.

3. Going out on a school night may end up being a really bad decision is you have classes in the morning.

4. Procrastination is evil. Just don’t do it; it really does save you stress.

5.  Registration is like the Hunger Games. (No joke!)

6. Going outside of your comfort zone is really important.

7. Seriously get out there, meet new people; you won’t regret it.

8. Oh, and just because there is no attendance policy, doesn’t mean you don’t have to show up to class.

9.  Really, go to class every day. (I’ve learned this the hard way.)

10. Finally, keep your goals in mind. Do everything you have to do, but at the same time also have fun.

Even with all of that in mind, I have managed to still have fun every now and then. The friends I have made while being here are just simply amazing. There are endless opportunities but also keep in mind that if you make yourself too stressed, you will not function. Dealing with stress the right way is very important. You also can’t let yourself be swallowed by the party scene because that will end badly.  One thing that has helped me is remembering why I am here at Texas State to begin with. You know that set of goals that led you where you are now is what should push you through in this very moment. Yes, we are young and we want to swallow the world, yet we have to be careful not to be swallowed by the world because it does happen.

So as these final weeks roll around, be sure to do what you have to do. There is still some time to do what you haven’t done or fix what you think is unrepeatable. Keep your goals in mind, and keep looking forward. You are here for a reason and sometimes we don’t know the exact ones but believe me, they are there.

With that in mind, I hope you all have a good week.  Remember to stay warm!

🐾🐱❄

Bundle up, Bobcats!

by Victoria Nguyen

As I’m sure you all are well aware, the temperatures are dropping. I personally am not built to function in these kinds of temperatures. I am probably one of the only Texans who enjoys the heat, and I really wouldn’t have a problem with the temperature saying in the 90s all year round. If I had my way, the temperature would get this low only during the week of Christmas, but since I have no say over the weather, it seems as though I am going to have to suck it up. The purpose of this post is to resemble a public service announcement. Continue reading

Veterans Day!

by Alexus MorenoIMG_2939

I love how involved this campus gets! Today, as most people know, is Veterans Day … the day when we honor everyone who has bravely fought for our country. Texas State did a great job in recognizing everyone today and showing respect for all those who put their lives on the line.

Today in the Quad there was a ceremony, and seeing people there braving the cold to show respect for all our heroes made me extremely happy! Music was played, cannons were shot, and respect was shown. I have multiple people in my family who have fought for our country and I am forever thankful for them … as well as all the others who have served and to all the people who are currently serving. You all are heroes! Wear your ribbons proudly today, Bobcats!