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A bee enjoys a mealy blue sage on Texas State’s campus.


The wildflowers also attract a butterfly.

Another “Catastic” College Visit

Nice logo!

My younger son’s college tour made its second . . . and final . . . stop last Saturday in San Marcos. The destination? Texas State’s Bobcat Day.

Even though the Mister and the kid have played disc golf on the campus’ course several times, this was a new experience for me. My first reaction to walking around the many buildings? This must be the hill country! I’ve never seen so many stairs before! What goes up must come down . . . and that was us over and over and over. Gosh, I get tired just thinking about it.

Tanner and my #2 son pose.

A highlight for us was touring the rec center and eating lunch with my older son’s friend Tanner, who is a sophomore there. He was able to give us his point of view about Texas State and all that it offers, which is invaluable to an impressionable high school junior.

Texas State is a large, pretty campus with several different educational options for my #2 son. He seemed drawn to its marketing research classes for some reason, and he even talked to an enthusiastic senior philosophy major about that concentration, as well as checking into the Exercise and Sports Science program. Browsing all the academic departments was an eye-opener for him.

One of the many disc golf baskets on campus

Of course, Texas State’s major draw for the kid is the campus disc golf course and club team. Who wouldn’t want to matriculate where they could play their favorite sport every day and get the chance to travel and compete?

I’m not sure which college—the University of Houston or Texas State—my younger son eventually will choose. Will he end up as a cougar or a bobcat? Only time will tell which feline wins his heart.

The College Journey Redux

So welcoming!

Didn’t we just do this dance a few years ago? Same time of year but different places?

We sure did: The University of Texas, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Stephen F. Austin State University. Those were the colleges we looked at when our older son, who eventually chose UTSA, was a high school junior. Now it’s his younger brother’s turn to send my maternal emotions on a roller coaster ride.

Must I climb aboard?

The Mister studies a far-different campus map than when he walked the sidewalks.

Last Saturday we took those first tentative steps towards a collegiate destination for my #2 son by attending the University of Houston’s Preview Day. UH is less than an hour away, depending, of course, on traffic. My younger boy always has wanted to be a Cougar for one reason: It’s the Mister’s alma mater. But he hasn’t spent much time on the campus. The day finally had arrived to see if reality jibed with his long-lived fantasy.

Michael and my son check out the grounds.

It was nice for us to see other students from my son’s high school also attending the Preview Day, which attracted a big crowd. We toured the campus with his friend Michael (who he’s known since elementary school) and his dad, who coached both boys in flag football one season. Seems like it was only yesterday.

After spending time listening to the recruiting pitch (which included the spirited pep band playing an overkill three times), we attended an academic session. My boy chose the College of Technology; the digital media technology degree is right up my alley! We ate lunch at the impressive dorm cafeteria with my older son’s good friend Josh and his girlfriend Leslie, who had plenty of words of wisdom for us. I really came away very impressed with UH and definitely could see my baby boy matriculating there.

In fact, all three of us enjoyed our visit on campus.

Sheer beauty!

For me, it helped that there were azaleas posing for my Nikon 50mm lens.

Dad and son are glad the fierce cougar is just a statue.

The Mister, who is proud of his hometown school, would love for his son to walk in his footsteps.

As for the kid?

It’s bowling time!

He found the game place in the University Center and immediately wanted to bowl. After a couple cheap games, he had made up his mind.

“I don’t need to visit any more colleges,” he declared as we drove back home.

But we will see a couple more, so he can compare them to UH. After all, Texas State boasts a club disc golf team!