Spring is in the air

Our beautiful river is a campus highlight for recreation.

Our beautiful river is a campus highlight for recreation.

by Victoria Nguyen

Breathe in that crisp, light air provided by the beautiful state of Texas. Spring is officially upon us now, Bobcats, and I can already see the atmosphere around Texas State coming to life. Texas State is always full of life and high energy all year long, but the warm-weathered seasons are what we live for around these parts. It’s time to get those shorts and tanks out of your drawers and soak in the sun.

First off, welcome back, guys! I hope everybody had a safe and fun spring break. I could not believe how lovely the weather was for us, and how beautiful it has been the past couple of days. I’m in love with the sun and warmth of spring and summer, and you would not believe how excited I am to have the weather back on my side. It’s been so apparent that I’ve been embracing it by my conscious decision to sport the cutest shorts every day this week. My sandals even made an appearance a few times. Continue reading

Intramural teams!

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A great way to get involved on campus is to join intramural teams. Intramural sports are a good way to stay active, meet new people and play the sport you love or the sport you have always wanted to try. This semester, I decided to join my dorm hall’s intramural soccer team. My immediate thought was, “Great … what did I get myself into?” I’ve always been active and I played volleyball, but I had never played soccer before in my life. I was both scared and excited to see how my team and I would do.

For intramural teams, you do not have to be an expert in that particular sport. It’s totally okay if you are new to it. You join these teams to have fun in a competitive environment and to learn. People do tend to take it pretty serious as well as I do, because hey! You want to win and make it to playoffs! But it’s not so serious to the point where you get booted off the team if you’re not living up to others’ expectations. Everyone is there for the same reason and you are all rooting for each other. You get the sense of belonging and feeling a part of something, and it’s a great feeling … especially if you played sports in high school and weren’t able to continue playing in college … this is for you! And for all the ones who just want to have fun and try something new. I recommend taking a chance and joining a team. [: HAVE FUN!

 

San Marcos music scene

by Alexus Moreno

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The Real Hands

I’ve mentioned before what a cool town San Marcos is … and I still stand by that statement. San Marcos is growing sooooooo much, it’s insane. I’m literally witnessing it with my own eyes. You have construction going on everywhere, which can be super annoying at times, but I’m sure it’ll pay off in the long run. All over town you have the coolest places and it’s exciting not only witnessing the change and growth of this town, but changing and growing along with it.

San Marcos is fairly close to Austin … the live music capital of the world! However, you don’t have to make the trip to Austin to hear some live music. I wanted to make a post about the San Marcos/Texas State music scene because I’ve been in awe lately of the live music I’ve heard here (and I LOVE music).

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Von Stomper

There are places all over town that are constantly putting on shows … for free too! The music consists of out-of-town bands and even local bands … anywhere from indie rock, folk, metal and rap. The local bands are amazing … I was really impressed. There is so much talent on campus and all around San Marcos. Keep an eye out around here … you could be witnessing the next big thing.

What’s the best band that you’ve seen in San Marvelous? Where do you like to go to listen to live music in town?

Rudimentary roommate rules

by Victoria Nguyen

So the past couple of weeks have been stressful and chaotic due to self-induced procrastination, last-minute test prep, teenage stress and a multitude of other external challenges. Thankfully I came out on top with few signs of my frequent panic attacks and meltdowns. One of the driving forces that helped me through all the chaos the last couple of weeks was my incredible roommate. She is truly a blessing and I know we have started an amazing, and hopefully long-lasting friendship.

I know that a lot of people, myself included, are afraid of living with a complete stranger in the college atmosphere. It can be a scary and intense experience at first, but if you approach it with an open mind and with your honest personality, things will be a little easier. I have had two completely different experiences with roommates, and learned what makes aspects will foreshadow and develop a positive relationship with your future space-sharer. Continue reading

College life

by Alexus Moreno

Many of you reading these blogs are finishing up your senior year and preparing yourselves for college. If you are anything like me during my senior year, you are probably freaking out. Which is totally understandable. The transition from high school to college is a big one. I was terrified to start college, mainly because I had no clue what to expect. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to handle all this new stuff being thrown at me, but now that I have about two more months to go in completing my first year of college, I can hopefully put your mind at ease.

One of my biggest concerns was not getting enough sleep. Sounds silly I know, but my friends who were already in college would always tell me “well, you can kiss your sleep goodbye” or “good luck with coming up with a regular sleep schedule.” Sleep is pretty important. Too much of it is bad and too little of it is also bad. I came into college expecting to get like three hours of sleep a night…which was not the case at all. Granted, there are people I know who get that much sleep a night but it’s definitely by choice. If you manage your time well and get things done, you’ll get however many hours of sleep you need every night.

Along with time management comes the workload you are given. The workload in college compared to high school is much different (in my opinion). Sometimes you are assigned a lot of assignments. I think the most I’ve ever had was having to write three essays in one week, on top of some little assignments here and there, and sometimes you aren’t assigned enough assignments and your week is super boring. It varies from week to week. All I can say to that is…be prepared…you are growing up and things change. Teachers aren’t going to baby you anymore. You’re in charge of yourself, so make sure you learn your best study tactics (and if you don’t know them by now you will know them within your first month) and BE ORGANIZED AND LEARN TIME MANAGEMENT….KNOW YOUR PRIORITIES….literally SO important.

Meeting new people. I wasn’t so worried about this one, because I’ve heard all about how college is where you meet the love of your life (maybe) and your bestest friends! Again I wouldn’t worry about this so much. Everyone is here for the same thing — to get an education and have fun. You will meet people and make new friends whether you want to or not. I’ve formed some pretty good relationships that I hope last for a long time. One thing I was worried about was losing the friends I already had…this is just a sad reality. Maybe you and your friends are going to different schools  and I encourage you to keep in touch with them, but the truth is you will lose touch with some friends, which is not a bad thing, just a part of life.

College is nothing to be scared about but it’s okay if you are [: I will definitely address more college worries in my later posts. Enjoy your month, Bobcats and future Bobcats!