New Bobcats should begin making a “bucket list” of accomplishments and goals to complete before their first year at Texas State is through.
As many newly graduated high school seniors transition into Texas State freshmen, some might be wondering what college will bring. When a new Bobcat moves to San Marcos and dives into the life of a college student, it is important to realize that there are so many things to experience during freshman year.
The idea of suddenly meeting hundreds of new people over the course of your first few days may seem a bit daunting. However, every new Texas State student should make it a priority to become an active and spirited member of the university’s community. Make it a point to participate in dorm activities, which most residence halls hold during the first few days that students are on campus. Getting to know your residence assistants is another goal every freshman who lives on campus should have. By simply being social, and putting yourself out there, a few things can be checked off your list in a short time frame.
San Marcos also has a lot to offer when it comes to random activities and experiences. Sewell Park is most famous for its beautiful river that attracts both students and city residents alike. Floating the river is one of the first goals many freshmen at Texas State achieve within the first week or two of the semester. However, it is always a good idea to try and mix things up.
As freshmen, my friends and I thought it would be a great idea to add ‘floating under the railroad bridge as the train passed’ to our first year “bucket lists.” Also, do not forget to explore The Square as well. Whether you decide to check out some of the really great food or possibly step inside a tattoo parlor for a wild decision, there are so many memories to be made all around downtown as well as across the whole city.
Tradition is also something that Texas State prides itself on, and there are more than a few activities for freshmen to experience throughout the fall and spring semesters. One that is quickly approaching is Cat Camp, which is one of the best ways to meet other spirited and enthusiastic new Bobcats.
Later on, students can watch the intense action at the Soap Box Derby during Homecoming, have a blast at Riverfest, and fuel up at the Moonlight Breakfast during finals week. And after college is over, you can document it through pictures in the Gold Book given to you at the beginning of the year.
All of these things, as well as so many more events and activities, are a part of the massive list of traditions here at Texas State. They are important, fun and great additions to any Bobcat’s future “bucket list.”
Equipped with a few accomplishments in mind, freshman year can be as memorable and as fun as you make it. Make sure to let go of those high school inhibitions. In the words of Miss Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus,” take chances, makes mistakes, and get messy.