I am out!

by Astrid Rangel

Recently I had to say goodbye to the place I called home for two full semesters. If you have read any of my other posts, you will know I am pretty blunt with what I write and I will say, I CRIED! I lived there for almost a year and I made some pretty good memories with the people there. I have made friendships that I hope last a lifetime. I am not disappointed at all of my first year of college. It was everything I had imagined and more. Texas State was more than good to me and for that I thank whatever higher power had to do with that. See, a lot of things happened in the course of two semesters and I know they have made me a better person in general.

First, DORM LIFE.  

Living in a dorm is not as bad as some people make it seem. I can say I enjoyed it more than I should have. Sterry Hall was a great place live in general. The community feel is amazing. The RAs were always there to help, and I got the best RESIDENCE DIRECTOR I could have asked for. I joined Hall Council and even though it was hard to balance everything I had to do, it was one of the best decisions I could have made. I got to meet a lot of interesting people and getting involved helped me open up to a lot of other opportunities. So if you are an incoming freshman and you are hesitant about living in a dorm, my advice would be get out there. DO NOT stay in your room for the first three days because you are afraid. That’s what I did, and I found out that when I opened that door great things happened. Go down to the lobby, make friends, talk to the RAs (they are actually really open to talking to their residents), just be yourself and go out there. You won’t regret it, I promise.

Second, CLASSES. 

Hold on to your seats, guys, because classes are a complete roller coaster.  Being responsible is a very important part of you now. You have to be on top of everything. THINGS DON’T GET EASY. But then again, anything that is easy is not worth the while. Your syllabus will be your best friend and believe me when I say you’re going to want to memorize that thing front and back. Studying will also become your life. You just have to. It’s not high school anymore. Your professors want you to pass, but they can’t help you out if you don’t put the necessary effort. So just be responsible, be aware of your work and you should be fine.

Third, HAVING FUN. 

I think one of the main things people think when they think of college is all the parties and the fun they will have. I won’t lie. I had my fair share of fun this past two semesters, yet BALANCE was very important. Knowing when to and when not to go out is major. I saw people get totally consumed by the party scene and things didn’t end well for them. Yes, HAVE FUN. Go out and meet people, try new things, open your mind, but at the same time be careful. You will get to learn your limits. College is not just about seriousness. Education is important but once in a while we all need to take a little stress off.

Fourth, BEING AWAY FROM HOME. 

Being away from home is a challenge all on its own. It can get lonely but if you go out there and make friends you will be fine. Make sure to always find a positive outlet to just let go of anything that may be bothering you. At times you will be feel alone, sad and nostalgic but don’t let it consume you. YOU are where you are for a reason. Never let go of that.

Another note I will give you is MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW TO DO LAUNDRY.  I saw some pretty funny things happen just because people didn’t know how to do it and you don’t want to be that person. Oh, and the freshman 15 is an actual thing, although at Texas State every day is leg day so be prepared for that. You may or may not get used to running up a hill at 9:05 in the morning when you are late to class. Being away from home was one of the best decisions I made so I hope that when you go through it, it’s as good as it was for me.

Fifth, FRIENDS, FRIENDS, FRIENDS. 

I think one of the best things that happened to me these last two semesters was meeting such amazing people. From my hall council E-Board members to meeting one of my best friends is just exactly what I needed. They are the best thing I had and I love them for that. I don’t think I could have made them out alive without them. So to everyone I got to know these last two semesters THANK YOU! You are the reason I made it through and I hope I made an equal impact on your life. See, over the course of the years I have found that it is not about where you are, it’s about who you are with that really counts. So when you decide to make friends, keep in mind that they can and will become a huge part of your experience and that hanging around toxic people can hurt you. Always be open to making new and different friendships because the more you know, the better you can be.

Sixth, FUTURE, FUTURE, FUTURE. 

When you go into college one of the main question you will encounter is WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR? or WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN YOU FINISH COLLEGE? Now let me tell you something. When I was in high school I thought I knew exactly what I needed and wanted to do with the rest of my life. That changed my junior year when I fell in love with theatre.  See, before I used to be so set on doing my pre-med requirements and becoming a doctor, but I found that in a way that wasn’t for me. So I changed my major. It is one of the best decisions I have made for myself because I love what I am going into. Besides, I am currently 19 years old and I don’t think I should have my life figured out step by step just yet. If you are a junior or senior in high school or even if you’re in college already, think about it. I decided to change because I realized that my life was going in a different direction. In a few years from now, I have no idea what I will be doing and the thought is scary but at the same time comforting. I know that when I finish college I will be doing something I love and at that point it won’t be a job. It’s my passion, it’s my life, it’s theatre. As YOU make the big decision as to what you want to do with your life, look at everything. Picture yourself 20, maybe even 30 years from now and try to see if you can picture yourself doing what it is you are choosing. If that’s the case, then go ahead. No matter what people tell you, or what society tells you, DO IT.  It’s your life and as cliche as it sounds, following your dreams should be your main priority. If you are any bit like me then you will find that there is a certain beauty to the unknown.

I have done it. I did it. It might not have turned out exactly how I planned but I loved every step of the way. With this post I say goodbye to my freshman year of college. Yet, all the memories and the friendships I have made go with me and they will always remain. So as you go out there and start your first, second, etc. year of college I urge you to EXPLORE, LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE, HURT, EXPERIENCE, but most of all, LEARN. Make sure you learn everything that is put in front of you. Doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, knowledge is power. I can promise you it will come in handy at some point. Now, always remember :

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

I am proud to have become a BOBCAT because you know BOBCATS are pretty amazing.

Thank you for this first and awesome year,TEXAS STATE.

I look forward for rest of them because they can only get better from here.

Much love,

Astrid A. Rangel ❤🐾

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Freshman year = COMPLETE

by Alexus Moreno

Freshman year of college was such a fun experience. The good … the bad … it is all something I will remember forever. Looking back, it’s so weird to see how much has changed since high school. I wouldn’t even know where to begin. But I can tell you this. College (especially the first year) could be the best or the worst experience. It all depends on you (as if you didn’t have enough pressure already). But I offer this advice … not only for incoming freshmen but for all college students:

Your college years are what you make of them.

Your college years are what you make of them.

  1. Make new friends. I’ve mentioned many times before how easy it is to feel lonely. So make friends and keep them around. They will help you so much.
  2. Know your priorities. It’s easy to fall off track and avoid studying and doing work. Seriously, the  easiest thing in the world. Just remember, above all else, you are here to get an education.
  3. Get to know your professors. Go to their office hours and establish a good relationship with them. It helps … I promise you.
  4. Make your dorm as homey and comfortable as possible … you’ll be there a lot.
  5. Get to know your roommate! Your roommate could be your best friend or your worst enemy … either way, you will be stuck together for a whole semester or two. I was fortunate enough to become extremely great friends with my roommate … Nan … love yah, gurl!
  6. Go out! Don’t stay in your dorm or go home every weekend. Get dressed up, go to gatherings, meet new people, and make memories … and of course stay safe through it all.
  7. Don’t forget about your parents … they will miss you … give them a call and let them know you love them every once in awhile [:
  8. Stay active … freshmen 15 is waiting for you.
  9. Use as many resources as the school has to offer. They are there for your benefit.
  10. Lastly … don’t be afraid to take all the chances and opportunities that are presented to you. Great things can come out of them.

I can honestly say Texas State has offered me so much and I am very grateful to have shared my experiences with everyone reading! I want to thank all my friends I have made here … Nan, Chance, Key, Conner, Carley, Alize, Christi, Brandon, Andrew, Josh, Puga, Joseph, Skipp and Austin. YOU GUYS ARE THE BEE’S KNEES and have made such a big impact on my life … I love every single one of y’all. To all future Bobcats … enjoy your summer because you are in for a ride.

The finals are here, the finals are here!

by Astrid Rangel

BOBCATS, FINALS ARE HERE!

Get ready for stress-induced comas, sleepless nights, coffee and energy drink days. I should be feeling stressed and worried but all I can think about right now is I DID IT! I went through a whoooooole year of college and YOU did too! Whoever it is that is reading this, if you are about to finish your spring semester, you know what? I AM PROUD OF YOU.  Getting through something like your first year of college is a huge accomplishment.  I know that for me it is.  When I decided to leave my hometown, a lot of people thought I would be back as soon as you can change your underwear but I am not going back, neither today nor next semester.  I am committed to proving people wrong and finishing this semester of college is one step closer.

So if you are getting ready for finals and you can’t take it anymore remember, that you already did it once, twice, three times. It will be okay, and you will get through this one last time. Overall it has been a great year, not just for me but I’m sure for everyone as well. I got to learn a lot of new things, met really great people and I have made memories that I will never forget. Challenges will always pop up. What matters is the faith you put in yourself and all that you do. I think we sometime forget to put faith into what we do when it can be a huge deal-changer.  I have put a lot of faith into what I do and it worked out more than alright.

I can’t get through this post without getting emotional. Finals are here and so is the end of this fantastic year at Texas State. I do believe I couldn’t have made it through without a lot of the people that have come into my life. It was hard, I am not going to downplay it because there is no way of downplaying something like this. There were many times where I questioned why or how in general but I am sure there is something bigger than this. I kind of still am as I go through finals once again.

So, as you go through finals, and get stressed, think about summer coming.  Think of days by the pool, think of those sunny hot days you will get to spend laying around doing nothing. You soon will have a stress-free environment around you and that should make you really happy, I know it makes me more than excited to spend this summer visiting my family and friends back home. I also know that all this hard work we are putting into this will soon pay off.  We have decided to do more with our lives and whether you are a biology, history, math, theater, art, music, dance major, what we are doing is worth every single minute of our lives.

On that note, I will leave you, because if you are any bit like me, I know you are reading this to procrastinate and you should probably be studying for something.  So now, go on study because FINALS ARE HERE.

Good luck, Bobcats! 😺❤