Six things I wish I had known before college

by Alexus Moreno

Now that the semester is wrapping up, here are some things I wish I had known before starting college.

  1. Buying textbooks before classes start may not always be a good idea.
    Sometimes professors will list two or even five different textbooks in an e-mail and send it out to everyone. However, you probably will not use all of them. While this does not apply to all professors, it’s definitely something I have experienced. I spent $60 renting a textbook I opened once. Textbooks costs a good chunk of money, so be 100% sure you will open them more than five times before you buy. Waiting it out is a good idea unless your professor makes a huge deal about it beforehand.
  2. Professors are not going to baby you about homework.
    Coming into college, I knew that professors would be much different than high school teachers and the classes would be more rigorous, but I didn’t know how much different. You are an adult now, so you are treated like one (which is refreshing…but new). Professors will mention a homework assignment that is due on a certain date or a quiz you might be having and that will be the only and last time they will mention it. It’s up to you to keep track.
  3. You are going to feel lonely at times.
    You are away from home surrounded by hundreds of people you don’t know. It’s easy to feel lonely. You’ll meet people, but sometimes you’ll feel lonely even in a group. It’s not anything to feel frightened by…I guarantee you everyone has felt like that at one point or another, it’s just how it is. Embrace the independence at times but also remember you aren’t alone.
  4. Freshman 15 is a thing.
    At least, it can be…it’s SOOOOO easy to sit in your dorm and do absolutely nothing. No one is telling you to get up or what to do. I am guilty of getting bored and just eating. Food is literally 30 seconds away from you on campus so eating a lot is common. So STAY ACTIVE!
  5. The temptation is real.
    It’s college, people! Your friends and you yourself are going to want to have fun and have the full college experience. You’ll want to go to parties and try new stuff and see what all the other folks are doing. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that…I say live it to the fullest and make memories. However, do not do anything you are uncomfortable with, no matter how tempted you may be. Make choices you won’t regret.
  6. Lastly, freshman year will fly by.
    This year has gone by SO fast, I can’t believe it. And it’s so sad, because I’ve had the time of my life here. I’ve met so many amazing people who are now my closest friends and I’ve made the best memories. Time goes by so fast…so have as much fun as you can and work hard. I cannot wait to see what the next three years have in store for me.

Quitting my job!

by Astrid Rangel

Balancing finances with academics is challenging. Setting your priorities puts it all into perspective.

Balancing finances with academics is challenging. Setting your priorities puts it all into perspective.

Monday, April 13, 2015 was my last day of work! Quitting was one of the hardest things I have done this semester. I had been working for six months, but I decided to quit my job for the sake of school. See, I never thought things would get this challenging.

People have asked me why I decided to quit, making comments from, “Oh, so, you can’t take the pressure” to “You have a good head on your shoulders.” Yet to me it feels nothing like those two. When they asked me “Why are you quitting your job?” I didn’t even have to think about it. Here’s why: I got a job because I am putting myself through college. So the reason for my job is school. Now, since I started working, it became kind of one of my main things to do, yet it isn’t. School should be my priority. So I made the decision so quit my job because if my school work is not up to where it needs to be or where I want it to be, then there is no use in me having a job.

I know there is so much I want to do with my life, not just work for the rest of my life in a minimum-wage job. I have dreams and aspirations. I feel like sometimes people get caught up with the money they are getting week by week. I don’t want to get caught up in that, and I don’t think anyone else should. Once you complete your education, yes, get caught up in the money doing what you love, but right now it is not the thing for me.

I will finish this semester and try to get my grades where they should be, because I know I can do so much better than I am doing. If you are going through something similar, all I can tell you is to take a step back. Look at your situation and remind yourself why you started all of this in the first place. Go back to who you want to be and how you are going to get there.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I loved the money and all, but I love my future more. Also, I will go back to my job next semester because I do need the money. Yet, I’ll be okay for now and I am sure you will be too.

On another note, SCHOOL IS ALMOST OVER, BOBCATS. I wish you all luck on your final tests and finals.

Stay awesome, Bobcats. Much love!❤

 

[photo by Mary Crandall/flickr.com]

Tighten up and let loose

Managing stress is a huge part of your success.

Managing stress is a huge part of your success. Photo credit to “bottled_void” on flickr.com.

by Victoria Nguyen

With the semester coming to an end, I can already feel the stress building up, as I’m sure y’all are too. Throughout the semester, I’ve struggled to keep my sanity and deal with deadlines and overall life, but I have noticed I’ve gotten better at keeping things together during stressful times. There are only a few weeks of class left before the countdown to finals and all chaos breaks out all across campus. Hopefully I’ll be able to share some tips to keep your sanity and make the last few weeks as calm as possible.

I’ve always had a problem with procrastination, and unfortunately I don’t see it ever going away. Honestly, school work has always come easy to me growing up, and I could always bust out an exceptional assignment at the last minute without much planning or preparation. However, college is a completely different story and requires planning, and sometimes pre-planning. Continue reading

Dream job for the day

by Nicholas Laughlin

One of my favorite things about Texas State is the location. We are a quick 30-minute drive to Austin, and about 45 minutes to San Antonio (all depending on traffic, of course). With that, there are so many opportunities for me as a broadcast journalism major, just north and south of our campus.Processed with VSCOcam with b3 preset

I am currently enrolled in Careers In Media. For this class, I am required to do a job shadow. This was something I was really excited about because I have always wanted to see a journalist in his or her element. I am a huge fan of KUT, The Texas Tribune, and most Austin media (television and other news outlets). I decided to go out on a limb and e-mail KUT about a chance to job shadow with someone in the newsroom. After a couple of weeks of waiting, I got an e-mail from the “Morning Edition” host, Jennifer Stayton, who was excited for me to come down to the station and follow her for the day.

I was at KUT almost all day. I arrived at 8 a.m. to sit in on the first hour of “Morning Edition,” then attended the 9 a.m. news meeting. After that I got to tour the studio, which is relatively new and very nice; listen in on “Texas Standard,” a program that broadcasts all over the state; and go out into the field with a reporter.

I was nervous, of course, because I wasn’t actually sure what I was getting into. Once I sat in the studio and watched Ms. Stayton anchor the news, I realized it was something I could see myself doing. Everyone I met was extremely nice and wanted me get the most out of my experience. I got to take part in a lot of different aspects of KUT.

I learned a lot of this experience. It was an awesome opportunity to get to be a broadcast journalist for the day. In the six hours I was there, I learned a lot about the field of radio journalism, and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to do so!

Major change!

by Alexus Moreno

Sometimes even after completing a semester or two, students still don’t know what it is exactly they want to study. I don’t blame them. It’s a big decision. It’s like what you pick is what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life, and how do you know if you’re going to love it or not? I hear stories about people changing their major five times, people who are in their second year of college and are still undecided. And there is nothing wrong with that. Eventually yes…you’ll want to have made up your mind, but college is a time where you learn about yourself and your preferences.

Changing your mind about majors is perfectly normal.

Changing your mind about majors is perfectly normal.

I write about this because I recently changed my major. I was sooooo sure coming into college that I wanted to be a journalist major. I was dead set on it and there was no changing my mind. However, it is amazing to see how things can change in a split second. After taking a few classes in the School of Mass Communication, I realized journalism might not be exactly what I am looking for. I began to research and learned more about what the school of mass comm has to offer and I came to the conclusion that public relations would be the best fit for me. Right now I’m dead set on this, and I love everything that goes into public relations and I’m enjoying my classes. I definitely see a future for me with this major. Who knows, it may change…but for now I am happy with this decision.

For those of you who are undecided or are thinking about changing your major, my advice to you is this: Make sure it’s something you love. There is a lot of talk about what majors make the most money, but don’t let that affect your decision. If you are doing something you love, you’ll find a way to get money. Don’t choose a major that will make you miserable…you don’t want to look back at your college experience and think of how horrible it was. And if anyone has questions about anything,

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From March Madness to April fools!

by Astrid Rangel

Bobcats, It is APRIL. We have very little time left of school and in a way I am looking forward to summer but at the same time I am not. How I have managed to make it this far, I have no idea. My perception of college has managed to flip around to something entirely different. I’m not about to sit here and tell you that it’s awesome and a lot of fun all the time because it really isn’t. If you are still a high school student and you’re reading this blog, let me tell you a little secret — everything you believe is probably not true.

During spring break, I went back home and visited some friends and they fired away questions and more questions. They wanted to know all the things I’ve done and all the things that go on but one thing that caught me by surprise was them thinking being here was EASY.  HA HA HA! I laughed so hard when they told me that. They have no idea. I’ve never been a person to sugarcoat things and paint a pretty picture. I am a more direct gal that likes to give the truth even when the truth is the last thing we want to hear.

We claim that we are honest and that truth is the most important thing to us but we all lie to either others or ourselves more than we would like to admit. So let’s talk hard.

CLASSES: I don’t know about you, but I was on autopilot all of high school and now it is hard to break out of old habits and get stuff done on time, since I am so used to procrastinating.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Those things hit you hard. If you are thinking of leaving home for college, be prepared to be on your own. Be ready to look out for yourself because that is what you will have to do.

WORK: If you have a job or think of getting a job, make sure to balance things out because even if you like what you are doing THING WILL PILE UP and swallow you.

FRIENDS: Yes, I know I was an oddball in high school and now I want to do new things but don’t get caught up with other people. Know your limits, be yourself.

I have found that the best moments I have had here at Texas State have been the little ones. Some of them have even been by myself and that’s perfectly fine. Yes, it is hard but it will be worthwhile. Regret is not part of my life right now because I love where I am at and I believe coming here is the best decision I have made this far. Yes, I have questioned what I am doing or where I want to go and you will too, believe me, but you will look back and see that you will be okay.

See, I didn’t come out here for easy and neither should you. I came out here to be challenged, to be tested, to be broken down so that I can build myself back up even stronger. I have no idea what I will do when my time here starts winding down but for now I will enjoy everything I do even if it seems insignificant. I will try new things and live as much as possible. I will work hard because it will pay off.

Stay awesome, Bobcats!

Much love❤