By TREVOR SMITH
Texas State Student
SAN MARCOS - Texas State University’s enrollment has reached record numbers this semester with 35,568 students joining the student body. Many students and residents are pleased by the increase, while others worry that the rapid growth will compound problems already affecting the university and the ever-expanding city of San Marcos.
Exercise sports major, Montreal Taylor, sees the growth in a positive light. “I like the diversity, I like seeing different people. It gets boring seeing the same people everyday,” Taylor said.
As well as a growth in diversity, students say that they have also seen a rise in opportunities.
PACE Peer Mentor, Isai Ramirez would not have a job if it weren’t for the increase.
“I've seen a lot of awesome opportunities come to Texas State since the growth…we get a lot more funding for programs at Texas State and then with the increase we've created the PACE program, so I wouldn't have a job if it wasn't for the increase,” Ramirez said.
Others, however, see the influx of students in a negative light.
Students said that they are concerned about increasing class sizes, the availability of classes, and transportation issues, such as lack of parking.
“There is never a parking spot, ever. Every time I am looking for one there is never one to be found. I would like to have a parking spot when I come to campus,” said Greg Arguello, a sophomore from Houston,Texas.
Tyler Patek, a 21-year-old junior, shared the same sentiment. “There is never any parking. I hate it.”
Students admit that there are alternatives to parking, such as bussing. However, this too has been affected by the recent growth.
“The buses are very crowded. There aren’t enough that go around so I’m late for class almost all the time even if I go out to the bus stop early,” said Casey Robinson, a 19-year-old sophomore.
Psychology major Carla Jara also had issues with the busses; specifically with their crowding. “It’s because like the first bus to come around would be so full, I’d have to wait for like the second bus. Waiting for a bus for like 40 minutes when it’s a 10 minute drive was a little ridiculous,” Jara said.
It’s not just the university that is growing. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of San Marcos is the fastest-growing city in the nation. This growth has caused even more congestion.
Texas State alumna Rebecca Swaim believes that parking and traffic are problems, but she does not blame the increase in enrollment.
“It has to do with all the students coming in, but this is the fastest growing area in the country, so I think regardless of the school growing, there is going to be traffic and the construction’s making it worse. It’s going to be a mess for like ten years. They’re just playing catch-up right now,” Swaim said.
With more time the university and city will change and the students and residents of San Marcos will have to change as well.
U.S. Census Bureau
“Texas State Sets Enrollment Record for 16th Consecutive Year”
University News Service