Bobcats should realize that the time to make the most of their college careers is today, not tomorrow.
Throughout my time here at Texas State, I have always wondered whether or not I was making the most of my university experience. This was a given in high school, a time of opportunity and activity for me. I took my high school years by storm, participating in as many activities as I could possibly manage. Three jobs, an internship, varsity athletics, Advanced Placement classes and student organization work consumed the majority of my time. I am still surprised I had time for anything else back then.
My involvement during high school pushed me to branch out in college—something I have been doing from the moment I stepped foot on campus in 2011. Since starting college, I have watched so many of my friends either fall aside or drop out. I was afraid that there was something missing in their Texas State experience. I eventually realized that these friends failed because they were not involved enough to stay motivated in and out of the classroom. That was when I figured out that college was about more than just classes.
It is imperative that students realize that both their academic performance and the opportunities they receive while in college lays completely in their own hands. College is completely different from high school. Here, guidance counselors are academic advisors, teachers are professors and instead of hallways, we have The Quad. Getting involved is not optional like it was in high school. University students are not simply being pushed through the pipes of public education anymore—here, there are no limits on the distances students can go but the ones they impose on themselves. It may sound silly to so adamantly encourage getting involved, but the truth is that community engagement is the key to success in university.
There almost 300 student organizations are up and running here at Texas State. It is hard for me to imagine that anyone among the entire 34,225 Bobcats enrolled would be unable to find at least one extracurricular that interests them. Besides the nearly 300 student organizations, there are so many other activities Bobcats can participate in. Students also have the ability to create and register their own organizations. On the off chance students are unable to find an organization for them, they can simply create their own. There is really something for everyone here, should you only look closely enough.
Personally, I have found several different ways to get involved at Texas State. For the past two years I have been a proud member of the Greek community. I have also had the pleasure of being an opinions columnist for this publication—something I have always loved.
If school involvement still does not interest you, the San Marcos community can also offer rewarding opportunities and experiences. Something spectacular about this place that we all share is that it is a hub of possibilities. While I hope that students can get involved in the school they chose to attend, it is understandable that not everyone will want to do that. Engaging with the city at large is a great alternative to campus involvement. Community members can often provide the motivation that peers fail to provide.
If I could leave any lasting impression on students, it would be to simply get involved. Be active, find something you love and chase it. Travel far and wide, and do not be afraid to broaden your horizons with something different. Make the most of this time you have here, because it will not last forever. Do not graduate doubting if you did enough or not. And always remember that every day is a great day to be a Bobcat.