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Why Should I Leave Colorado For San Antonio, Texas?

By Meg Chase –

When I began the college search I knew the last place I wanted to end up was Texas. Why would I trade the Rocky Mountains, 300 annual days of sunshine, and refreshingly dry air for a state that at one point wanted to be its own country? I have a lot of Colorado pride, and I wasn’t about to let Texas try to take any of that away from me.

Meg Chase '18 and Andrew Cable '18 explore the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. 
Even though my love for my home state was intensely powerful, I knew I wanted to branch out and experience life for the next four years somewhere else; that way Colorado would be that much more special when I came home. I looked at schools on both coasts, I toured universities all over the country, and to my parents’ dismay I was plagued with a terrible case of indecisiveness that led to many nights spent crying and questioning my existence and worth as a student.

A recruiting letter came in the mail from Trinity University, a small liberal arts school in San Antonio that wanted me to swim for them. My pretentious pride was immediately turned off to Trinity after discovering my small high school and circle of friends had no idea what Trinity was.

“Texas?” They would ask. “C’mon, you’d come back loving oversized belt buckles and have big, poofy hair. You wouldn’t fit in.”

I reluctantly took a recruiting trip to see if there was any chance of me actually enjoying Texas. I came in with a closed mind, and left with a mind sealed shut.

“No way am I going here, Mom,” I said as I called her from a Trinity dorm. “It’s so humid, my skin is already burned, and everyone says ‘y’all’. I’m not about it.” I wrote off the school as quickly as I wrote off Texas. 

Chase and her peers enjoy an outing in San Antonio.
As spring was approaching I was frantically trying to decide where to go, where I could make a home away from home. Texas was still at the bottom of my list, and I planned on keeping there. A series of unfortunate rejection letters and an opportunity to visit Trinity one more time, however, forced me to reconsider Texas. I wish I knew then through the tears how incredible Texas would be.

As a native Coloradan and someone who had never lived anywhere else, I was shocked to discover that February could have 28 consecutive days of temperatures averaging 75 degrees, that authentic Tex-Mex is good for the soul, and, contrary to popular belief, Texas is not one giant desert filled with tumble weeds. 

One Texas stereotype that is true is that Texas. Is. HUGE. It takes a few hours to drive from one major city to another, but Texas’ size also means there are opportunities for adventure everywhere you turn. The Hill Country offers hikes completely different than those in Colorado, but just as stunning. In one single city you can find natural swimming holes, skyscrapers, and a multitude of music festivals. You can strut in your heels in the heart of downtown or grab your cowboy boots and escape to the rodeo. The options are endless.

Opportunities for adventure aren’t the only attraction to Texas, so is the food. After discovering Whataburger’s Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits and Cane’s Fried Chicken, I don’t think I could ever eat at any other fast food restaurant ever again. Texas is also filled with local restaurants everywhere you turn. From authentic street tacos to down home barbecue, you can get the best of the best less than a block away. Don’t worry, there are plenty of healthy dining options as well, including acai bowl cafes, farmer’s markets, and completely vegetarian restaurants. The best part is definitely being able to eat tacos for every meal of the day and still being accepted by your friends. Oh, and did I mention there’s a restaurant (Lulu’s) that sells three-pound cinnamon rolls?

Chase and Haile Duplantier '18 participate in San Antonio's MLK March. 
San Antonio specifically is a city filled with not only delicious tacos but also with a vibrant culture and addicting energy. I was afraid to leave Denver’s beautiful parks, its views of the Rocky Mountains, and the generous and happy population. San Antonio’s southern hospitality, however, invited me into one of the friendliest, happiest, and most welcoming cities I’ve ever been to. I quickly found my home away from home in a city which loves the Spurs more than I love chocolate, celebrates for an entire month with the incredible tradition of Fiesta, and has one of the country’s largest MLK marches. This big city has a small city feel and has something new to do or experience every day. San Antonio has stolen a piece of my heart, and for that I will be forever grateful.

The best part about leaving Colorado for Texas, however, is the experience of returning home for winter break and watching the snow fall over the mountains, eating at your favorite restaurant, and appreciating both Colorado and Texas for the incredible places that they are. Living in Texas has not only opened my eyes to a new, fantastic culture but has also made coming home to Colorado that much more special. Of course while I’m in Texas I miss the Colorado snow, the Rockies, and the dry air. But I am extremely grateful for Texas’ warm winters and magnificent people. I have learned how to two-step, how to not look like a tourist on the River Walk, and how to love Texas and make a second home in San Antonio.

Do it. Take the risk. Move to Texas. If your experience is anything like mine, you will not regret it.

About Meg

Meg Chase is a junior History major from Denver, Colorado. She is a student-athlete on Trinity’s Swim Team and a Resident Assistant in the First Year Area. In her spare time Meg enjoys binge watching Parks and Rec, searching for San Antonio’s best burger, and spending time with her friends and teammates. After graduation Meg hopes make a positive impact on the community in which she lives and make at least one person smile every day.

2 comments:

  1. Meg - I really enjoyed reading this! I experienced the same things when I attended Trinity in 1983 after graduating from Longmont High School. As fate would have it, my family and I are returning to San Antonio next year after completing a 30-year career in the Navy. I am extremely excited to be coming home to Texas, and San Antonio in particular. Thank you for sharing your experience!

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  2. I hear they have a pretty good basketball team! Lol
    JK, I've lived here most of my life.....

    Bruce S. '73

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