As Bobcats prepare to cross that graduation stage into the world of adulthood, certain collegiate training wheels will be missed while others will be happily dismissed.
Changing from an adult-adjacent college student into a person with mature responsibilities is going to take some adjusting. After all, in the real world there aren’t month-long winter breaks or three-month-long summer breaks—it’s only working toward that next paycheck and making sure bills are paid.
Saying “I’m a student” will no longer be an acceptable excuse. No more student discounts or sympathetic sighs from older generations who can relate to the struggle. Just full-fledged adulthood: work, work and more work.
Speaking of work, there’s a certain decorum and dress code inherent in the business of adulthood. People cannot roll out of bed and put on Nike shorts and a headband and head off to the office. The art of being a slob is not as tolerated in more mature spaces. Being a hot mess in the classroom is acceptable—endearing, even—but that stops after graduation. Real clothes are needed to get a real job, as unfortunate and constricting as that may sound.
Graduating Bobcats will never get to use the overpass that has so inconvenienced them—unless, of course, they remain in San Marcos. For those who are leaving San Marcos for job prospects, they’re going to miss being in the perfect place in Texas, right between Austin and San Antonio. Bobcats are never too far away from any of the major metropolitan areas in the state. The distinctiveness of Texas State is contingent upon its placement—it’s the perfect hotbed for every kind of Texan the state has to offer.
All the things that have made the Texas State experience a unique one, from Barbie Jeep girl, Donald Tramp and that infamous campus bull to performance artist Monika Rostvold, will be relatively nonexistent. No one will lie naked outside of a regular day job in order to start a discourse on contemporary topics.
This campus is full of light, life, love and community. The real world is far too segregated and apathetic to allow this same kind of communal relationship to seed, let alone blossom. Where else has a coffee shop on damn near every corner for those long nights of studying? No one likes their coffee quite like college students—especially Bobcats.
While sentimental, there are inevitably going to be qualities of college life that no one would miss. Starting with the most obvious: tests. Those with the paradoxical fortunate misfortune of leaving university will not have to spend the early hours of the morning cramming for their calculus test or reading the latest interpretations of Antony and Cleopatra.
On the opposite end of that spectrum, they will no longer be surrounded by people with similar passions. A big structural change is on the horizon. Regardless of where graduating students fall on that binary, surely they can all agree that spending hundreds of dollars each semester on textbooks will not be missed.
Most importantly, no one is going to miss being broke. There is real money to be earned outside of college…at least until Sallie Mae starts demanding compensation for those oh-so generous student loan checks. So, enjoy the money while it lasts, because woes abound in both worlds.
Congratulations to all those preparing to leave Texas State—don’t forget to call.