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.

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.

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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Intramural teams!

IMG_5660by Alexus Moreno

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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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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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?

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!  

Texas State

by Alexus Moreno

A lot of my friends who are still in high school and are getting ready to graduate have contacted me and have asked my opinion about what it’s like to be a Texas State student, and I of course have nothing but great things to say about this university. In my past blog posts, I’ve talked about all the opportunities that have came my way and the different events here, but I thought I’d talk about more of the things that I haven’t hit on. Like I’ve said sooooooooooooooooooo many times before, Texas State has SOOOOOO many things to offer and has many great resources for everything.

Let’s start with the library. Alkek, being a library, has many books….now that I have stated the obvious, I’ll let you know what else is at this wonderful, quiet, peaceful building. Probably the coolest thing about Alkek (to me) is that it actually has a whole floor dedicated to art exhibits.They’ll change it up every once in awhile, but they’ll always have some sort of exhibit and it will always be cool. mural_crop

Alkek also has what they call the SLAC Lab…a place where you can actually slack off and do absolutely nothing…pretty cool huh? Well that’s not true (gotcha!). SLAC stands for Student Learning Assistance Center, and there they have tutors that will help you with a project, a paper, or any regular good ol’ homework for any subject. So no excuse for failure, because you got help right around the corner…always. *happy face*

Next…the Writing Center…YUP we have a center that will help you with just your writing. I’ve heard  they can help you turn a B into an A…who wouldn’t want that? Now the Writing Center doesn’t actually write your paper, but they do give you helpful advice and constructive criticism that will help you be a better writer. PLUS some…SOME…professors give extra credit for taking your paper to the Writing Center! Again…no excuse for failure because BAM..help just like that.rockwall

Last but definitely not least…the REC center (my all-time favorite place ever). The REC has an indoor track and pool, about 6-8 basketball courts/volleyball courts, weight area, and they offer many different classes, personal training, AND they have a ROCKWALL….a ROCKWALL….ok…a rockwall…if that’s not the coolest thing…I don’t know what is. The Rec is a great place to blow off steam and pump some iron or run your heart out. You could even do your homework there if you really wanted to — they have computers and printers. Just another reason why failure is no excuse…you can workout and get work (homework) done!

Texas State really wants all students to be successful and that’s why they offer all these really great things, and I mentioned only a few. If you are considering coming here, I say to you to REALLY consider it. Visit the campus, read our blogs, ask questions…it is great to be a Bobcat!

P.S. President LBJ went here and so did George Strait…WIN!