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Stelos Superstar: Adam Odomore

27 Jun


Thomas Dugan Raffen was an exceptional student leader and friend to many at Texas State University. His had a strong work ethic, high integrity and deep dedication to the campus and its values. In a tragic turn of events, Tommy was killed in a car accident in May of 1991. To honor his memory and continue his legacy, the Tommy Raffen Memorial Scholarship was created in 2008 to recognize a Texas State student who exhibits the optimistic enthusiasm, integrity, and pride in the university that exemplified Tommy’s college life.

Adam Odomore, the 2014 recipient of the award perfectly represents the best of Tommy’s characteristics. Adam Odomore shows class in all areas of his life – from his clothes to his attitude. He is the type of guy who will give a smile to any stranger and mean it. Hailing from Nigeria, a place Odomore says has a deep sense community, Adam has developed the type of character that’s truly one of a kind.

Adam believes in leading through serving and says his love for people has grown his passion for service. His ultimate goal is to establish a college scholarship fund for women in Africa, because he believes in what he calls “the girl effect” – if you can educate the women, you educate the whole village.

Adam is a Stelos Superstar and we are proud to honor him as our 2014 Tommy Raffen Memorial Scholarship recipient.




The Right Kind of Stress

5 Mar

fwrgrfrFor the last three and a half years, I have been asking myself if it is wise to be so involved in college.

So involved that it takes a toll on your health, schoolwork, and relationships. I find myself at the breaking point some weeks, but I still wake up at 8:00am, shuttle myself to school, and work until the job is done. Day after day, week after week.

Many of my friends have time to go home during the afternoon and do nothing for a few hours. The less time I have, the more appealing the idea of leisurely TV watching becomes.

Why can’t I just drop everything I’m involved in when I’m overwhelmed?

Why is it so hard for me to say, “No, I can’t take on that task?”

Why can’t I just ignore the world’s needs and do what I want to do – which is go watch TV on a Wednesday afternoon in my pajamas and eat some cheese and wheat thins.


Because I find deep satisfaction in what I do. There’s a sense of happiness in working for others, a sense of joy that comes from putting in hard work. I have resolved that no matter what, I’m still going to get up at 8:00am, shuttle my butt up to school, and get work done.

Bottom line, people make me happy.

I’m lucky to be stressed out. I’m lucky that I have people who trust me enough to do hard work and take on stressful tasks. I’m fortunate that I’m able to take on these tasks and maintain a good GPA with the love of great friends and amazing family who are supportive of my endeavors and so helpful during my cry-fests.

I feel like I just did a 360 turn. I’m stressed. I’m happy. I’m happy, because I’m stressed. Just call me a girl, I guess. Full of emotions!

Seriously though, I am fortunate to be involved. The happiness I have earned from being involved has made me a strong, independent woman who pushes herself to take on endeavors, be bold and try new things.


_C9A5957Vanessa Cortez is a Senior from Harlingen, Texas. She is obtaining Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Political Science. Vanessa has served in leadership roles in various organizations on campus including College Republicans, Student Organizations Council, and Student Foundation. As the current Student Body President for Texas State University, she is very passionate about serving the students and university. She hopes to bring a positive impact to campus during her administration and encourages students to utilize ASG as a resource to improve Texas State University.

The Journey Ahead

23 Jan


“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Confucius

…Maybe Aristotle

…Wait, it was definitely Drake, that’s certainly the guy!

Regardless of who whispered the words, people from all over the world have relied on them for inspiration when stuck against a wall, making a decision or taking on a seemingly insurmountable challenge. I mean it’s simple, yet so very strong and profound!

But the use of this quote frustrates me when it is used without a true understanding the weight of its words. “Whoo! Journey! Thousand Miles! Single Step! I got this!” Yes, it’s motivational and inspiring, but we often sell it short. We tweet it and share it, but sometimes fail to consider what the words means below the surface.

In my opinion, the quote implicitly says: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step….and must be taken a step at a time.” The original quote is profound, but it’s only the beginning of the story. The real magic is found by reading between the lines and seeing that the journey requires many steps. Yes, the first step is important, but it’s only a piece of the picture. It’s the first in a long series of steps each being as important as the last.

Do you know how far a thousand miles is in a literal sense? It’s hard for me to wrap my head around. I do know how far a mile is, and I don’t even enjoy walking that. So, a thousand miles? That seems pretty intense. The thought of placing my foot tirelessly in front of the other over and over to walk a thousand miles doesn’t seem pleasant.

But, I know I could take a single step – not a problem.

While you should definitely begin with the end in mind and think about your end goal, that shouldn’t be the sole focus. When we look only to the end of the journey, it’s easy to become discouraged by how far there is left to go. That’s why we break the journey of a thousand miles into small achievable goals. Single steps. That’s where the magic is! See how this came full circle?

When you break a journey of a thousand miles into single steps, the decision is no longer one of taking a thousand mile journey – rather, it’s a lot of decisions to take many one-step journeys.

The message is not: start and you will finish.

The message is: start-finish, start-finish, start-finish.

And if you do that enough times, eventually you will succeed.


Jacob Lira is currently a full-time svsdvsdvtudent at Texas State University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies. Committed to developing as a peak performer and servant leader, Jacob is always proactively engaged in opportunities to sharpen his wide skill set and abilities. Currently this is best exemplified in his endeavor to build a new business and startup of his own.

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