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Education is also about fellowship.

While academic performance is important to get through college, don’t forget to have fun while you’re at it.

College is not without stress. There is constant pressure to maintain good grades and avoid wasting tuition expenses.

That is why it’s important to find opportunities to relax and experience another side of college sometimes forgotten.

Take advantage of  low cost and free events — lectures, plays, dance recitals, concerts, planetarium shows and art exhibits — to make your college experience more than school work.

For example, if you missed Puppy Day Feb. 26, mark your calendar for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 26 and May 7 in the mall west of Moody Learning Center. Small animals, such as puppies, kittens and rabbits, are brought on campus to give students some stress relief and possibly a new companion.

Get better acquainted with administrators over free pizza and drinks, during Pizza with the President 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 10 in Room 218 of the nursing complex.

The Cheshyre Cheese Club hosts Open Mic events where students can freely express themselves before other students. As long as the content is suitable for all ages, expressions include, but are not limited to, speeches, poetry and song. Free coffee and cookies are provided.

Open Mic nights are scheduled 6-9 p.m. March 28 and April 25 in the cafeteria of Loftin Student Center.

Singers and wanna-be singers can line up for karaoke 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 25 and April 8 in the cafeteria of Loftin.

Engage in feedback sessions at student body hangouts with the Student Government Association at 2 p.m. March 25, 12:15 p.m. April 8, 22 and May 6 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. Free food will be served.

Tune in to KSYM 90.1 FM 7-9 a.m. Monday-Friday to listen to “The Sauce,” hosted by James “Hot Mustard” Velten. The show offers commentary, college announcements, rock and blues music.

The public relations office sends out “SAC Talk” emails every Monday, informing students, faculty and staff about events happening during the week.

And don’t forget your Alamo Colleges ID also gives you free admission to the McNay Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art and the Institute of Texan Cultures.

College is an important stage of life, and it should be experienced to the fullest, but education is also about engaging in culture and encouraging fellowship.

Attend some events to see for yourself. If you weren’t before, this will make you SAC proud.


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