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!