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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.


Distinguished Young Bobcat Award

5 Feb

In August I officially graduated from the best university in Texas – Texas State University.

I was fortunate during my time at Texas State to have participated in the Stelos Alliance’s Housley Principled Leadership Program. I discovered a tremendous amount about myself, and those lessons put me on the path to becoming the young man I am today.

In the closing session we discussed the debt that we owe; that we all should pay it forward and give back to society immediately, not just when we’re older and have resources.

I’m excited to say, that two years after going through the Housley program, I am getting the chance to begin paying back my debt.

In collaboration with one of my close friends and fellow Texas State alum, Maggie Worthington, I’m excited to announce the establishment of a new statewide scholarship award called The Distinguished Young Bobcat Award.

This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior who has demonstrated success in both academics and extracurricular activities.

Maggie describes the Distinguished Young Bobcat Award this way:

“This award represents so much more than just standing out in the crowd; it represents ultimate dedication to academics as well as determination to be involved on campus. This award goes to someone who consistently goes out of their way and expects nothing in return.”

We’re seeking confident, determined and well-presented future Bobcats; we believe it is this kind of student who will carry on the legacy of Texas State University. We are excited to present the scholarship this April at the Stelos Alliance Awards Banquet in San Marcos.

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

This is our way of paying our debt and honoring our beloved alma mater. If you would like to contribute to this scholarship, please click here. To learn more about the requirements and to find an application, click here.

It’s a great day to be a Bobcat!


Andrew Henley is a935892_623275317693372_2145703198_n 2013 graduate of Texas State University, where he received his Bachelor of Public Administration. He currently works as the Marketing Coordinator for Commercial Wireless Solutions – a telecommunication company based in Houston. Andrew is a long time member of the Stelos Alliance family, as he is a Housley alum, a former Stelos Fellow and a past scholarship recipient. Andrew is actively “coming alive” through his job, volunteer work, this Distinguished Young Bobcat Award or his personal blog – My Freshman Year of Life. This native Houstonian is a proud Texan, but an even prouder Texas State Bobcat.

Stelos Superstar: Christian Carlson

11 Dec

1424391_10151783295701242_934630195_nWhen asked about his biggest takeaway from the fall 2013 Housley Principled Leadership Program at Texas State University, Christian Carlson said it was, “the realization that your leadership is not based on the position you hold in any organization, but how you assist others to achieve their goals.”

This semester, Christian began a journey of self-awareness; he was able to hone in on his strengths to identify what makes him truly come alive. During each class, Christian spent valuable time building relationships with others in the course, saying he was glad to have had the opportunity both grow as an individual and build a network with leaders who shared his same drive and passion.

After graduation, Christian intends to go to graduate school and study public affairs. He would like to pursue a career working in politics creating positive change in his community and to those around him.

Because of Christian’s dedication to the Housley course and, more importantly, to his own growth, we were honored to award him with a $500 Housley Principled Leader Scholarship.

Christian in an inspiring young leader and a Stelos Superstar.

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