Beautiful flowers in front of the Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC). (Photo taken by me)
This will probably be the first post of many about my experience at Texas State. I talk to a lot of people that are interested in the school, or at least interested in what goes on there, so I figured and hope that this post, and the series to come, will be helpful. With that being said…
I came to Texas State this semester as a transfer student. I was initially schooling at a junior college in Houston, prior to coming to San Marcos. The process of transitioning from home-life to living on my own at school wasn’t necessarily seamless, but not a terrible experience either. I didn’t get much assistance when it came to campus life and knowing my way around the school, but it seemed like whenever it was time for a payment for tuition, or anything related to that, I’d get an e-mail within seconds. I did an online orientation, however , it wasn’t very helpful. The online orientation wasn’t interactive and pretty much only displayed the ins-and-outs of the school website, and what buildings you would need to go to for certain services. It wasn’t at all what I expected out of “orientation. Thankfully, my roommate was generous enough to mildly show me around, and pinpoint me in the direction of where some of my classes were. She also gave me the gist of apartment living and the shuttles in our area. That’ll probably be one aspect of the school that I’d say needs improvement. There’s a lot of focus on the freshmen, which is understandable, but it is important to realize that freshman aren’t not always the only “new” students coming into campus, and others may need specific guidance, also.
Another thing I had to get used to at Texas State was the partying. My goodness, the partying. I figured that Texas State was a party school based off of what everyone was telling me, even my Houston friends from home, but I didn’t anticipate that folks were really out here in “the club going up on a Tuesday“. It was bizarre. It seemed like everyone turned up on every day of the week, at all hours of the day, for any occasion. I even found out there was a whole bar on campus. Of course, as a result of college kids viciously turning up every weekend in what many would call a “college town”, there are many more intoxicated drivers on the road. Thankfully (and not-so-thankfully at times), there is an increased amount of law enforcement on the roads on weekends as a direct correlation to that. It’s not 100% guaranteed safety, but it works out.
How about you? What were some of your first experiences of university life? Did you enter as a freshman, transfer, or perhaps an international student? Leave a comment below!