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Month: October 2011

Homecoming 2011!

Pomping. The mere mention of this dreadful word makes me shudder. If any of you have the pleasure of not knowing what this activity is, I will explain. Pomping is the act of shoving small pieces of tissue paper into wire in order to make a sweet float. It is one of the most tedious, monotonous activities I have ever taken part in. After several hours, it all comes together and ends up looking pretty good, if I may say so myself.

Dear friends…last week may have been the one of the craziest week of my life. As a member of the Greek community here at K-State, I became very involved with all of the various activities happening. Even though it was busy, it was incredibly fun.

Here’s a clip of my house’s Wildcat Request Live performance!

We didn’t win..but we still had fun. It’s SO refreshing to have a little free time this week. Homecoming 2012..watch out.

xoxo, ellen

Mega doodle, get at me.

This, my friends, is how you doodle properly:

Some might say, “Hey girl, pay attention in class!”

I say, “Hey you, doodling helps memory and is a sign of an alert mind ACCORDING TO SCIENCE, and things.”

In conclusion, do not let the haters get you down for doodling in class, because in reality, you are just proving how awesome and intelligent you are. Yeah, you’re a boss.

Ye Ol Londontown

I have experienced so many firsts this week- first international flight, first trip to another country, and first time realizing how much I love London!

Our ILA (International Leadership Association) conference is but a day away, so the wildcats are at play. Our hotel is only a couple blocks from Buckingham palace! In a few hours, we’ve seen the Eye, Westminster Abbey, the Thames river, The London Tower and the Tower Bridge among a ton of other things I don’t the names of. This country, this city-the only word I can use to describe it is glorious.
This shall be the beginning of many adventures abroad for me. I can’t even express how much I love different languages and cultures. London only marks the start of my international antics. Look out London-Team Picadilly is here to take the conference (and town) by storm. GO CATS!

P.S: Pictures to come in the near future 🙂

Who Needs Sleep?

What a week!  I spent the beginning of the week preparing for our pumpkin carving function with a sorority.  The actual function was on Tuesday night, and it was a great success!  Over 100 people attended, and we created 30 pumpkin masterpieces.  Since I am the Functions Chairman for my fraternity, I was in charge of the whole event, so I wasn’t done with the event until around 11:30 P.M.  On Wednesday, I had two tests, and a paper due.  After a few energy drinks, I pulled my first college all-nighter!

As much as I wanted to get sleep the next few days, I didn’t really get the chance.  My Leadership group had a big project from Wednesday through Friday during the afternoons at Bosco Plaza.  We were registering K-Staters to vote in Riley County for the 2012 election.  Our project went really well; we even got Willie the Wildcat to help us out during one of the days!  I had another test on Thursday, another paper due on Friday, and my week was finally over.  I spent the weekend in Lawrence with some friends of mine from high school.  It was incredible watching the Cats beat up on another Big 12 team again- I can’t believe we’re still undefeated!

Well, kids…

As much as I’d love to gush about all of the wonderous things happening around campus…all that I can seem to think about is how awful today is. I’ve officially bombed my first mid-term…and it’s not a good feeling. Turns out macroeconomics doesn’t make as much sense as I thought it did. Good thing I’ve got some time to get a tutor and also, good thing it’s so easy to get one here. Ask and you shall receive!

On the bright side, the K-State/KU game is Saturday…whats that you say? 7-0? That’s what I thought.

xoxo, ellen

Meeting Sir Stonestreet

I didn't want to give it back. It wasn't as heavy as I thought it would be.

Yes, this picture is me holding an EMMY! No, it is not mine…yet. This one belongs to Eric Stonestreet-Emmy-award winning actor, K-State alumni, and really cool dude. Eric is one of the most down to earth actors one could meet. He is just Eric-no hoopla or fanfare. You could definitely tell he is midwestern born. In fact, he said when he is in ‘the city’ he can spot someone from this area from a mile away (and not because of their dress or accent). He said those from around here are always the ones working and getting things done, not stopping until things are done.

Hearing about Eric’s path from being a sociology major at K-state to being in a show that has 16 million viewers per episode was truly energizing. His one main motif to live by is risk failure. If you’re willing to do that, you can do anything.

It was amazing to see someone who is so proud of where they’ve come from, especially when they are at such a high status as Eric. He is, and will always be, wildcat proud.



Football Games Bring Everyone Together

Talk about a great start to the Cats’ football season! Off to a 6-0 start, K-State is looking to have a promising season. One of my favorite things about K-State football is whether you are at Bill Snyder Family Stadium cheering on the Cats in person, or simply cheering them on from the comfort of your home with a group of family and friends, K-State football brings everyone together. This is a picture from the home football game against Baylor a couple of weekends ago. It is by far one of my favorite photos as it features current K-State Students, a K-State athlete, local members of the Manhattan community, family members of K-State students, and even a future Wildcat. Spending the afternoon tailgating with this big group then sitting 10 rows from the 50 yard line in the student section, is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday! I am looking forward to more home games with our homecoming game featuring the announcement of the new K-State Student Ambassadors, as well as, a game in November, which my dad will be attending with me. K-State football games definitely bring our K-State family together, making it a great way to cheer on the Cats!

Eight Days a Week

       Late Night Snack for Champions                                                                                                                                                                                 Time is SO of the essence right now. Between presentation, midterms, organizational duties and going to an international conference, I am simply out of time. My diet now consists of water, sugar and caffeine. I am convinced vanilla chai lattes are the only thing keeping me sane 🙂





Halfway Through First Semester

I’m still having a great time in Manhattan, and the Cats are still winning! We had an awesome patriotic-themed date party Friday, a huge win against Missouri on Saturday, and a day to catch up on all the missed sleep on Sunday. After my one class Monday morning, I got four loads of laundry done, typed two papers, ran errands, and planned out a function with a sorority. It was such a productive day!

To anyone interested or even considering law school, I would definitely recommend joining Pre-Law. I’ve had so many cool opportunities this year already because of Pre-Law, including seminars regarding law school, informational meetings, and a chance to meet the Dean of a law school!

The rest of this week has gone really well. On Thursday, I aced a test and I had a really fun Leadership class. It’s been a long week- I’m so glad it’s the weekend! The Cats are playing at Texas Tech this tomorrow night, and I can’t wait to watch the game with some friends. I’m hoping to catch up on some sleep, and I’m hoping we’re still undefeated after this weekend. GO STATE!

Chillin in St. Louis

Three ways to enjoy a school sponsored conference:

1) Pack with styleIMAG0651.jpgWhatever you do, always make sure you have the most gangsta tools to get your luggage strapped in. We used bungee cords. I know, you’re jealous.

2) Arrive with classIMAG0663.jpg

Dress to impress. Look how classy we are, you want to be like this. Everyone will love it.

3) Take fun pictures


Grab someone who looks sophisticated and take creative pictures with them. You want to make your conference enjoyable, so have fun! Dr. Lehning proves to be an excellent source of sophistication, just so you know.