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

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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

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

Taco to me

by Victoria Nguyen

Hey y’all. I hope your weekend was what you wanted it to be, and I hope you guys got the rest you need. I know I surely did. I spent the weekend hanging out with my roommate and we genuinely had a blast. After spending the past two days out on the softball field cheering on our girls, a nice slow-paced Sunday is just what the doctor ordered. I slept for a majority of the morning and made my way to church to return to my room and get a little homework done before heading out to a fun event with SACA. If you aren’t familiar with the organization SACA, I would strongly suggest you looking into it because it hosts some amazing events. Today’s “Taco to Me” social was no exception.

We were treated to some free tacos and a night of casual conversation. I enjoyed myself and really put myself out there to try and get to know more people. I am horrible in situations where I feel obligated to talk to complete strangers, but I have noticed that the more I do it, the easier it becomes. I have grown as an individual since coming to college and I just want to continue to branch out in the world. Continue reading

Sensational softball

by Victoria Nguyen

Today was a beautiful and amazingly fun day! I spent the morning wrapped up in my blanket, sprawled out on my bed until late into the morning. The few extra hours of sleep did wonders for my attitude and body alike. I recouped from the taxing week, and was in an incredible mood. The sun was out and my expectations for the day were cheery. Today was a great day for some Texas State Softball.

A great day for watching a game or two!

A great day for watching a game or two!

The 2015 Bobcat softball season kicked off with inspired play in the Hampton Inn & Suites Tournament held at our beloved Bobcat Softball Stadium. Coming from a major baseball/softball family, I was so excited to get back around the game. I played softball throughout my childhood and well into my teenage years. With the conclusion of high school, unfortunately, came the end of my softball career. I loved playing the game and the spirit of competition just surges through me to this very day.

Although my days of strapping on the cleats and clipping in the hair bows are long over, I knew I still had the opportunity to go and support my fellow Bobcats as they swung their bats and scored some runs. I spent the entire day — literally the entire day! — watching the beautiful game of softball and soaking up the available vitamin D. The afternoon started off with an intense game between the University of Pittsburgh and Northern Illinois with the Panthers coming out on top. Continue reading

Things are looking bright

by Victoria Nguyen

It feels so great to be back at school again! I don’t know about all of y’all, but I was missing the hustle and bustle of the college life. The break was great, and I was grateful for the time with my family. However, I am so glad to back at Texas State University. A new semester is upon us and the best time of the year, at least to me, is right around the corner. With the sun coming out and the bees buzzing around, things are looking great!

I just want to wish everybody the best of luck for the semester at hand. I also hope that everything goes as smoothly as possible, and that this semester is better than the last, even if your last semester was fantastic. I know that my semester already started out pretty good, and I know that it can only go uphill from here, which makes me super excited.

Started the year with a new roommate, who is completely perfect for me. I know I am going to develop a friendship and not just a relationship of sharing space. With the spring on its way, I’m so ready to get back outside and soak up the warm weather. I love this part of the year because the weather is nice and there is always so much to do outside. With baseball and softball season starting up in the next couple of weeks, I’m so excited to go and cheer on my fellow Bobcats.

I’ve gotten myself back in the gym and I’m starting to get back into the routine again. I’m ready for all the fun Texas State has to offer in the spring, and I’m ready to finish off my freshman year off strong! Time to go have the times of our lives, BOBCATS!

The calm before the storm

by Victoria Nguyen

I know I’m not the only one counting down for Thanksgiving break! (5 days, 13 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds …) I just want to get back to Houston and spend every second I can with my family. This Thanksgiving, I will be extremely grateful to have that crazy bunch by my side. I’ve always been grateful and appreciative for my family, but like the old saying goes “You never know what you have until it’s gone.” I’ve had the experience of going away for college and, don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved every second of it, but being away from my family has been the hardest experience I’ve ever had to deal with. As much as I have enjoyed being part of the Bobcat family, it is time to get back to the Nguyen clan!

We’ve all been here before, and I know we all can attest that time seems to vanish during the holiday season. When Thanksgiving gets here, it just takes a sneeze and a blink to welcome Christmas. Before you slip into your turkey coma, make sure all your assignments are done, or at least nearly done. And when I say nearly done, I don’t mean the nearly done you tell your parents when they ask you how it’s going, I mean the “all I have left to do is hit submit” kind of nearly done! You have a little more than a week before the festivities begin. That is still enough time to get ahead and finish all of your final assignments before things really get hectic around here. I suggest you take full advantage of this time because when we get back to school we have only a week before finals start, and then you will really find yourself in a pickle.

Plan now so stress doesn't get in your way of enjoying the Thanksgiving break! Photo by marsmet549 / flickr.com

Plan now so stress doesn’t get in your way of enjoying the Thanksgiving break! Photo by marsmet549 / flickr.com

Personally I would rather suffer now and get everything done than have to stress about school work during what is supposed to be my relaxation period. Luckily I’ve been fortunate to have most of my assignments due before the break, but I know most of you might not be that lucky. Do not fear because breaking down your workload now will save you a ton of aspirin and hair-pulling later on. Seriously, get your work done before you find that little pile of homework amounting to a mountain of grade-saving work.

I’d also recommend you figure out your exam schedule for the upcoming weeks, if you haven’t done so already. Go through all your syllabi and write on your calendar or planner all times of your tests. Also pay attention to time and location changes for your classes. I know that the week before finals, I have to change all the alarms on my phone to remind myself to go and take the exams. This task might also serve as an eye-opener for some of us. I know that when I wrote out my testing schedule, I saw how my priorities fell into place. Well, more like slapped me in the face. Writing out your schedule will help you realize which tests you might need to spend more time studying for, and which tests you should start studying for. Finals start December 6 and go through to the 11th so get your plans together.

To end on a less stressful note, take the time and start getting your Christmas lists together. The time will be here before you know it and everyone wants to get what’s on their wish list. Enjoy your holidays, Bobcats! I wish you all safe travels to and from wherever you may be headed. Have fun and keep warm! HAPPY THANKSGIVING if don’t get to see you before then!