The semester is almost over. Though the weather may not indicate the end of the fall semester, finals are rapidly approaching, and December graduates are itching to pull on their caps and gowns.
The editorial board would like to congratulate all December graduates. We wish them the best of luck as they head into the professional world and hope they strive to represent Texas State to the highest standard. The university has continually worked to uphold its title as the “rising star of Texas,” which can be achieved if graduates head into their respective fields and put their hard work in the Hill Country on display. Alumni build the reputation of the university as they move into the post-collegiate world and pave the way for future Bobcats.
Alumni must not forget where they came from once they walk across the stage. Graduates can choose to donate to the Alumni Association and should make time to visit the university as often as possible. Development and growth will continue to play a huge part in the future of the city and university. Alumni should be active in shaping how their alma mater and the city as a whole handle a growing student population and ambitious goals in the coming years.
Those who are not yet graduating should use the winter break to recharge their batteries and come back ready to learn. Students can start anew in the spring with refreshed dedication to their classes and a clean slate. If the semester did not turn out as planned, come back next semester with a good attitude, rested mind and maybe a replenished bank account.
In the meantime, all students should utilize the resources available to them to lessen the burden of finals week and avoid crashing at the end of the semester. The library is open 24 hours a day during finals week and has extended hours leading up to then, offering open computer labs and a quiet space to study. It may take hard work, but a high final grade will positively affect a GPA and ultimately be worth the dedication when the semester is over.
This year has been one of development and growth for the university. It is a good time to reflect on why more than 34,000 students have chosen to come to Texas State this year. The Hill Country is a beautiful backdrop for college years.
For students returning in the spring, remember to take full advantage of college and everything it has to offer. Texas State has knowledgeable faculty members who can assist students on their way to success, many like-minded students to meet and local sites and businesses to visit. Do not give up now. Winter break and graduation for many Bobcats will be here before we know it.