By Dedrion Weweh
Blog Content Contributor
Two years ago before I transferred to Texas State, I was deeply concerned as to how and where I would socially fit in. Having only visited San Marcos (and the university) a handful of times, I was not sure of the depth of the campus community and what was potentially offered. Being someone who heavily relies on social stimulation, apprehension was instilled due to my lack of knowledge about the student body, and not knowing anyone who attended. This feeling of uncertainty was put to rest shortly after I began my semester due to the massive amount of fellowship I encountered.
With over 370 registered student organizations, numerous campus related events (such as Bobcat Build and Cat Camp), and a vivacious nightlife downtown at The Square filled with live music and leisure, there is a social group and setting for everyone at Texas State. The university has set enrollment records for 19 consecutive years as of 2016, meaning that more students and organizations are constantly being introduced to the school’s community at a rapid pace, which some may find encouraging. The real question rests upon which organizations/groups closely correlate with individual interests, and how to get directly involved with such a vast, diverse community. Ranging from professional to recreational agendas, there are dozens of different types of organizations on-campus that cater to varying interests. I was lucky enough to find my established family over a year ago through Texas State’s own radio station, 89.9 KTSW.
If nothing on campus sparks an interest, there are groups outside of the university’s bubble such as the Olympic Outdoor Center (located next to The Woods) that specialize in “enhancing lives through creating river adventures for all ages and abilities” by having participants engage in casual, recreational leisure on the water.
The Square (downtown) is also a popular hub spot for unwinding through restaurants, bars, concert venues, and fun shops. Between the local flare and the deeply embedded community, downtown serves as a pinnacle for social butterflies looking to share themselves whole-heartedly with the community in a leisurely fashion. Regardless of being on or off campus, everyone can fit in somewhere in San Marcos, to come together via community fellowship and gathering.
Students may find more information regarding on-campus organizations and resources at Texas State here.
Featured image by Erica Fuchs.