On living in my car freshman year

IMG_2516So on Wednesday, USA Today College published my article about living in my car freshman year.  I seriously didn’t think it would be read and shared so many times. All of my other articles on the site didn’t get super high viewership. So when I submitted my car story, I naturally thought it would follow the other viewership patterns of the other articles.

Well…the article was read a lot. Many people gave very kind words (THANK YOU SO MUCH!). Others got deep into debate about the challenging nature of higher education in the country.

Because of the concise nature of the piece, some people naturally had questions after reading. So I will answer some questions below that were commonly asked.

Where did you shower?!?! Did you shower?!?!

Yes, I showered every day. I used the campus recreation center at Texas State along with some other places.

So how did you eat? What did you eat?

Not having a kitchen was a huge challenge but I got by. I mostly ate prepackaged food. There was a microwave in one of the dining halls at Texas State and I used that to cook Ramen noodles, soup and other microwavable foods.

Did you do laundry?

There are laundromats in San Marcos…and I used them.

This guy is lying! All freshmen are required to live on campus!

I did live in my car for my freshmen year of college. I was able to do it because I classified as a commuter. Go to the Texas State housing website  and click on the ‘Commuting from Home of Your Parent/Legal Guardian’.  Reading the paragraph, you will notice that if a student lives within 60 miles of the Texas State campus, then they are exempted from living in the dorms their first year. My parent’s house is within 60 miles. So, I was exempted from having to live in the dorms, meaning I didn’t have to pay for a dorm room (remember that dorms are an additional expense that are NOT included in the tuition and fees).  I instead lived out of my car.

Texas State University

I freaking love Texas State. I feel so lucky to be able to go here. It really is such a great school. The problem isn’t in the college I go to, it’s in the higher education system. Texas State has given me some amazing opportunities and I love going here. I don’t know what I would do without the Texas State advisors that helped me graduate in 2.5 years or the variety of student organizations they have. I’ve loved my time here so far.

Being a Mass Communications Major

Some people mentioned that I should have majored in something “better” than mass communications-public relations because supposedly I won’t be able to find a job after graduation. I understand the reasoning but I’d like to point out that my degree is more than just some typical liberal arts degree. Through my courses, I’ve been able to learn HTML, CSS, Photoshop, public speaking, news writing, campaign strategy and more.

Some of the jobs TXST mass communication grad’s get include: software engineers, public relations specialists, marketing coordinators, development, web designers, graphic designers and so forth. PR specialists, web developers and graphic designers are some of the fastest growing fields right now (and probably for a while). I feel confident in finding a job after graduation.

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5 thoughts on “On living in my car freshman year

  1. As a fellow Texan, and if I knew you, I would have told your parents and throw them in more guilt along with whatever else they’re going through. That’s not nice and not fair to you or them, but I don’t know what else I would do besides give you some money. But it looks like you’re doing great now!

  2. Those are the words of a spoiled, selfish the world owes me person. The world isn’t fair and this young guy realized that early in his life. Instead of whining and crying about it he did what he had to and decided he would make things work whatever it took. That makes him a better person and a strong resourceful individual. He has nothing to apologize for or explain to anyone.

  3. congrats on your accomplishments. I’m a student right now and can’t imagine having to do this.

    you have a very interesting and inspirational story. Best of luck to you!

  4. I don’t think you can call thinking you deserve a place to live while you are in college “entitlement” lol thats a little much. As a parent you are supposed to provide for your offspring and help them when they are in need. Kinda your job. Now i understand the extenuating circumstances and don’t really place blame on his parents. But yes, its kind of a shitty deal. But it is what it is, glad he made it through it ok.

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