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.
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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]

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!

Second semester is here!

by Alexus Moreno

Second semester has officially begun. It’s a little weird being back. After having a month off, I feel like I have to get use to EVERYTHING all over again. However, I’m sure it won’t take as long as it did first semester.

Needless to say it is good to be back! I’m really excited for this semester. I promised myself I’d be more social and actually do people stuff and work harder and really focus on me and make sure I make this semester a successful one.

One of the things I am most happy about this semester is that I have a job! And it’s awesome! I was hired at KTSW, which is the radio station here at Texas State (yes, our school has a radio station that is broadcasted in many areas.) Working there is my first step to success … I honestly couldn’t be more excited.

I want to encourage everyone to step out of their comfort zones this semester and challenge themselves and meet as many people you can. It will lead to GREAT things. First semester is done and gone, so if you had a bad first semester, do yourself a favor and make those changes so this semester can be 100 times better than the first one. If you had a great first semester … awesome! Let the good times keep on rolling.

Again I am glad to be back and I am glad to be back writing to everyone who reads these blog posts! I really appreciate it, because writing makes me happy and I hope you all enjoy what we write. To all the new freshmen and to all the new people who just transferred here … you are going to love it! Make the best of everything, and most importantly, do what makes you happy! WELCOME BACK, BOBCATS!

Staying optimistic

by Astrid Rangel

For the first time in a while, I am sick. At this point, I don’t even know what it is. I thought it was the flu, then I thought it was allergies, but now I just have no clue. It gets worse at different times of the day and every day it is different!! So my first response was to try to figure it out myself and I had absolutely no clue as to what to buy. After about an hour of mindlessly going through every single aisle at CVS, I decided to do what I should have done since the beginning. I called my MOTHER.  Once she got past the “I told you to take care of yourself” lecture,  she was able to tell me what to buy to kind of help with my sickness. Continue reading

School spirit

by Astrid Rangel

I talked about getting involved some time ago and today I want to share some of the things I’ve been doing. Since the day I moved in to my dorm, I’ve absolutely loved it. The RAs there are awesome and really helpful and the people in general are great. Anyways, there is this organization called Hall Council that is run by the Residence Hall Association (RHA), and I decided to run for it. Hall council is much like student council but for residence halls, and it’s a way to get your voice for your hall across to the actual RHA.

Getting involved in campus activities leads to fun and friendship.

Getting involved in campus activities leads to fun and friendship.

Now I am the historian for my hall. I’ve gotten to meet people and there are a lot of things I am now getting involved with. Like, for example, Homecoming is fast approaching and that has me feeling some type of way. I know there are several events coming and they sound great. There is going to be a talent show, a soap box derby, 3-on-3 basketball, powder puff, and then, of course, the game. If you all have the chance, go out and see these events for yourself, because I am absolutely sure they will be really fun. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see a person race down a road in a tiny car made out of wood? So start saving the date, Bobcats, because the week of fun starts on September 27 – October 4!

I still have some getting involved to do but for now I am happy with what I am doing. I also started to work on Saturday and it’s pretty cool. I’ve completely settled in and it’s lovely. There are so many things happening around me that it would be a shame to not join in. So as a friendly tip, I really encourage you guys to get out there and get involved. The friendships that you will form are just unforgettable.

I hope you all have an awesome week! Stay awesome, Bobcats!!🐾🐱

Reunited

by Nicholas Laughlin

The past few days have been very great. The weather has been cooler, which is awesome. I am getting really tired of this heat and I love the cold. It was Family Weekend, so my parents and brother headed down to San Marcos to see the Texas State v. Navy game and spend time with me, DUH. My parents wanted to give me tour of all the little cities that are around San Marcos. We spend part of Saturday in Gruene. There are so many little restaurants, shops and things to do there. We ate at the Gristmill, which is AMAZING! If you find yourself in Gruene, I would definitely recommend it. Instead of me showing them all of the things around campus, it was nice they got to show me all of the things that I could do. There are so many little towns, festivals, rivers and trails to explore around here.

The football game didn’t go the way we wanted but it was a fun game. The stadium was packed, which was such a great sight, and everyone was really into the game. After the game, my family wanted to go eat at Palmer’s, where my mom used to work, and it was so good. I haven’t had an actual home-cooked meal in so long but that was pretty close. I am so fortunate that my parents got to come in town and spend the weekend with me. It won’t be too much longer until I see them for Thanksgiving break!

Sunday was legitimately lazy. I did my laundry and cleaned my dorm and just lounged around all day. It was so great. It was still a bit cold outside and gloomy, which made it a great day to not do anything.  One thing I do miss is all of my friends from back home. I still talk to most of them, but it’s different when you go from seeing your closest friends every day to not seeing them at all. Sunday I got to talk for a long time to one of my best friends since the 4th grade. I have seen her only once since I’ve been here, and I really haven’t had a whole conversation with her in a while. We had many things to catch up on!

On a completely different subject, my productivity level is starting to decline sharply. I was hoping I would come to college and be on top of my work and not procrastinate, but that is not the case. There is always something else to do, or sleep to catch up on instead. It seems like of a sudden my classes have started slamming me with work and I just don’t want to do it. It will take some adjusting to, but I still don’t feel like school has started.