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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.

WHY?

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.

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_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.

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Nathan McDaniel – Student Foundation Scholar

28 Jun

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Nathan McDaniel was one of this year’s Student Foundation Scholarship recipients.  Nathan was a member of Student Foundation for three years and served as the Director of Foundations of Excellence.

It would be easy to say that Nathan was an involved student, but that would be an understatement. During his time at Texas State, Nathan served as president of the Texas State Associated Student Government and president of his fraternity Pi Kappa Phi.

Nathan was involved with Stelos Alliance for three years and continually strived to help spread the mission of the organization.  Nathan took part in the inaugural class of the Housley Principled Leadership Program and was a recipient of a Student Foundation Scholarship in 2012.

When asked about his favorite leadership moment, Nathan talks about his experience campaigning for Student Body President.

“The final three months of planning, campaigning, and winning the election for student body president was truly a memorable time,” said Nathan.“Putting together a team, motivating them to work hard, sharing a vision, speaking to numerous students, and finally winning, was a wonderful feeling.”

Nathan graduated in May with a degree in Political Science. He plans to continue his education by attending law school in the near future. Currently, Nathan is interning for Texas representative Donna Campbell.

Nathan is a lifetime member of the Stelos family and a Stelos Megastar.

Ashley Brown – Student Foundation Scholar

19 Jun

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Ashley Brown was a dynamic young leader during her time at Texas State. She served as an officer in the Student Organizations Council, on the Student Judicial Hearing Board, and was active in the Texas State NAACP. In Student Foundation, Brown served as Director of Bobcat Pause — a memorial service held for members of the Texas State community who have passed away within the past year.

Ashley was awarded a 2013 Student Foundation Scholarship from Stelos Alliance for her dedication to Student Foundation and was also awarded the Student Foundation Director of the Year award for her work with Bobcat Pause.

“Ashley is very deserving of the recognition she has received,” said Andrew Henley, Executive Vice President of Student Foundation. “She was an exceptional member of Student Foundation and an even better director. She set a new standard for what the organization should expect when it comes to its membership.

Upon receiving her scholarship Ashley had this to say, “It means a lot to me to have received a Stelos scholarship. I felt blessed and very grateful to be a recipient of a Student Foundation scholarship because I hold the organization in such a high regard.”

Ashley has always been a dedicated leader.  One of her proudest moments as a leader was when she was a director for Ebony Players and led the cast through a successful show.

Ashley graduated May 2013 with a Bachelors of Public Administration degree. Ashley will begin the next chapter in her life at Bowling Green State University in Ohio where she will pursue a Master’s degree in Student Affairs.

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