by Victoria Nguyen
Well, Thanksgiving break sure flew by! This time of the year is one of the most hectic for me, and I’m sure I am not the only one who feels this way. As crazy as this time of the year gets, I can’t help but feel like a little kid again. I detest the cold, but I am a firm believer in the Christmas and holiday spirit. I love the magic and beauty involved in the festivities of the season. I wouldn’t say Christmas is my favorite holiday, but I would say the winter season would be nothing without lights and decorations. Although I appreciate the gifts and treats associated with the holiday season, I find the real beauty of the holidays comes from the spirit of family and togetherness.
I know this year is going to be a very special Christmas for me! Having spent my first semester away from home, I have acquired a totally new view on the world. My appreciation for the small things has increased and I know how truly blessed I am. Going back to Houston to spend any amount of time with my family is a special gift to me these days. I have witnessed for myself how short life really is. My goal for this holiday season is to stay positive and enjoy every second I can with the ones I love because I know how limited these days are.
This year makes me feel especially cheery because I get the opportunity to go home and reunite with all my friends. This year will be unique and special because I know we all have a new and exciting stories to bring back. The first semester of college provides a unique spin on everything, and you really don’t notice it until you take a second to look how far you’ve really come. I know I am a totally different person than I was in August. Well, maybe not totally different. I am still hyperactive and shy, with a strong yearning to explore the world, but I am definitely a more patient and responsible adult. As much as I would love to say my experience at school has been all flowers and rainbows, I would be lying. Those struggles and hard times really put everything in perspective, and honestly make the whole experience one to appreciate.
I love Christmas, but now that I’m getting older the reasons have changed. I still love the meaning behind it all and that is something that will never change, but the love of gifts and the like has less of an importance to me theses days. Now don’t get me wrong, when my mom asked me for a Christmas list I had no trouble in coming up with a pile of wants. However, if I didn’t get a single gift this year, I think I would be okay with that. As long as I get to be home with my loved ones this year, I really don’t need or want anything more. I have the opportunity to do so many things that a lot of people never get to do, and for that I am grateful. In fact, this year I would say that the opportunity to go to college with a good majority of my bill paid for by other sources has been the greatest gift of all. Some might say I have worked for what I have gotten, which is true, but so do so many others who are less fortunate than I have been.
This year has been full of highs and lows. Regardless I’d say its been a pretty good ride. I’ve been given the opportunity to go out into the world and explore new things, and be a part of something new and exciting. Continuing with this theme, I am truly excited to participate in the new festive activities that Texas State and the world have to offer this year. I think I am most excited to go to the Sights and Sounds this weekend. I looks like it is going to be a blast and looks like so much fun. I’ve been looking at the event and from what I have gathered, it looks like the equivalent to the Christmas version of the Houston Rodeo minus the bull riding and cowboys. I’m looking forward to going and having a nice night out with my friends. If you guys are interested check out www.sights-n-sounds.org for more information.
I am also looking forward to the therapy dogs who will be on campus within the next few days. I’m not sure what the whole thing is about. I just know we will get to interact with cute little dogs for an afternoon or two. And unless you are one of those cat people, it sounds like an awesome time. I know this might sound weird and kind of crazy, but I am actually looking forward to taking my finals. I dislike taking tests just as much as the average college student, but finals are symbolic for me. They show just how much work I’ve put into my academic career, and when I turn in those exams a sense of accomplishment radiates off of me because I know what it took to get to this point. Finals wrap up the semester and bring the year to an end. I think that academically, it’s been a good year. Of course I have that one class that is a question mark, but overall I think I held up my academic reputation for my family. My goal for the year, which would be the best Christmas gift to myself, would be to make the Dean’s List. That would make everything worthwhile.
Now that the semester is coming to a close I just want to say it’s been a wonderful experience here at Texas State University. And in a few short days we are all going to be one semester closer to the ultimate goal: graduation. We freshman have showed up and showed out this first semester, and I only wish you all the best for the year to come. Study hard and prepare well so you can ace those exams. Don’t forget to go and enjoy the festivities while you study and take frequent breaks. Good luck to you all and hopefully I’ll have a cool post to follow up on the Sights and Sounds this weekend. Have a successful exam experience and happy holidays, Bobcats!