As Chloe Scarborough, waited at the base of the Laurel Hall staircase, she recounted the times her sister, alumna Alix Scarborough, had been in the same position when she was a student.
For Chloe, an anthropology freshman, following in her sister’s footsteps and adding to her family’s Texas State legacy is something she greatly cherishes and values.
Elisa DeFord, annual giving coordinator for Alumni Relations and Family Association liaison, said parents of Texas State students can become more connected with the university by becoming a member of its Family Association.
“It’s a way to become a part of our Bobcat family,” DeFord said.
There are more than 1,000 members of the Texas State Family Association, which aims to raise money for scholarships and bridge the communication gap between students and their parents.
Alix Scarborough said her parents were supportive of her decision to attend Texas State and encouraged her to study abroad. Alix shares a love of travel with her sister Chloe, who said she would like to experience other cultures and work for a nonprofit organization after graduation.
“I’m really looking forward to our relationship in the next few years,” Alix Scarborough said, with a similar optimistic anticipation as her sister Chloe.
Chloe Scarborough remembered visiting her sister as a high school freshman during her first year at Texas State and staying the night with her in Butler Hall while her roommate was away.
“I came on campus and loved it,” Chloe Scarborough said. “This is what a college is supposed to be. It’s always how I pictured college being.”
Alix Scarborough said she is trying to make her college experiences different from her sister’s, an accomplishment that has already occurred by her attendance at fraternity parties, something she said her sister may never have done as a student.
However, there are 99 other activities that Alix Scarborough has requested her sister participate in before she graduates from Texas State. These tasks include eating at Rhea’s Ice Cream, walking by the river and buying local music at Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium.
In the week Chloe Scarborough has lived in Laurel Hall, she has made a conscious effort to complete local activities and tasks on the list her sister compiled for her as a birthday and high school graduation present.
Alix Scarborough, the first in her family to attend Texas State, posted the bucket list on her Facebook page with the disclaimer that she did not check off all the items on the list but that “most of them represent fond memories and/or wild stories.” She said it was a therapeutic process after graduating last May and preparing for her new job as a planner with Black + Vernooy Architecture and Urban Design in Austin.
Despite bearing physical similarities, Alix and Chloe Scarborough agreed they have very different personalities, making Chloe’s decision to attend Texas State a surprise for her sister.
“We’re alike in some ways,” Alix Scarborough said, who majored in urban planning and design. “In some ways I think she felt like she was living in my shadow.”
However, Alix Scarborough did stress that in the end, her sister’s decision to attend Texas State had nothing to do with her. They will, however, continue to share memories of going to Sonic after special events at Westwood High School, family vacations to Chicago and having their parents buy them groceries when they visit San Marcos.