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Month: May 2012

Summer!

Hard to believe, but Summer is already here.  Freshman year wrapped up really well!  I cut a few grades pretty close, but I ended up with a cumulative 3.8 GPA for the year.  I’m going to be spending the Summer in Kansas City, working a part-time job.  But, I’m planning on heading back to Manhattan a few times for sure!  As far as Summer plans go, I’m heading to Texas a couple times, a couple lake trips, and a couple trips back to Manhappiness.  I’m really looking forward to having a break from school and all the responsibilities, but I can’t wait til school starts back up next Fall!

This Summer, I’m planning on catching up on some desperately needed sleep, working a lot, hanging out with high school friends, and hanging out with new friends I made at K-State.  I’ll be taking an English class at Johnson County Community College also; it’s great how easy it is to transfer classes taken at JCCC to K-State.  I took 29 credit hours through JCCC and my high school, and they all transferred to K-State no problem.  I ended up taking 29 more credit hours this year, so technically I’ll be a Junior by the time I get back to K-State.  I’m staying for at least four years though, already decided!

Hello Summer!

Ahhhh! It’s summertime. I can’t believe it. This semester has been such a rollercoaster and the fun hasn’t stopped yet. My favorite time of year has finally come and I have to say, I have everything I could ask for. Living at home has been a sharp adjustment, but it’s good to be back. Now it’s time to frolic with friends and spend as much time with my grad buds as possible.

So many of my friends are transitioning into BIG adults jobs with Teach for America positions and Fulbright scholars. I will miss them so much, but I can’t wait for the way they’re going to change the world! Time really does fly by when you’re having fun. I’ll see you soon then, friends.

Graduation – A Time for New Opportunities

It is that bittersweet time of year when cherished friends from the last four years leave the nest to embark on their next big adventure. As this was my fourth year at K-State, I had to face the unpleasant reality that some of my friends would be graduating and leaving Manhattan. At first, this was a difficult idea to comprehend because I will be at K-State for an extra semester. In my mind, if I was not graduating, then no one else was either. Sadly, this is not the case. However, throughout the process of goodbyes, so longs, and hope to see you soons, I’ve realized there really is no reason for graduation to be a sad time of year. It should be a time of celebration! Completing a college degree is a huge achievement, and if you already know your future place of employment – even better! While there are several friends I wish were staying closer, I know they are always just a phone call, text, tweet, or Facebook message away. Even though this post may be erring on the side of cheesy, it is important to acknowledge those closest to you. Besides, knowing I can now visit friends in their new locales gives me something to look forward to as I embark on my last semester at K-State.

Alma mater

I’ve recently began defining my inclination to develop intense, short-term obsessions over things as having an ‘addictive’ personality. I credit this post to my recent ‘addiction’ to the Latin language.

Here I am, sifting through hundreds of Latin phrases, simply amazed at the beauty this language has contributed to the spoken one we claim as our own today. As I’m searching, I come across “Alma mater”. Visions of strangers huddled close together, embracing one another, bound by the song we all share a deep connection with arise in my mind; along with the tune that instantly began streaming in my head:

I know a spot that I love full well,
‘Tis not in forest nor yet in dell;
Ever it holds me with magic spell,
I think of thee, Alma Mater…

The feelings that swept over me instantaneously were not what sparked this post—it was the words I read upon the screen soon after. It was this: “Alma mater” translates into “nurturing mother”. Alma mater was used as a title to different motherly goddesses or figures in ancient Rome…how incredibly fitting is that as the title of which we address our university?

Kansas State is so much more than a higher education institution. While it has countless impressive offerings in academics—its true wealth lies in the deep nurturing it provides to anyone who walks its grounds. K-State instills a drive to serve something bigger than yourself. It inspires you to volunteer your time and talents to aid in your own personal growth and development while giving back to those you share a community with. At this University, when you find that you’ve lost your way, you will find new lights to guide your path in an entirely new direction. The second you reach out your hand when you’re in need, you will receive tenfold in return, with hearts yearning to help you back on your feet. It provides you not only with a safe, welcoming home, but a network full of people who share similar wants and needs who are there to support you through and through.

For future students: I cannot wait for you to join this family. You have so much to look forward to, and you also have some high expectations. I hope you come, find your niche, and hit the ground running; K-State will build you into a better person from the very start of your journey here. Never be afraid to reach out to others for guidance—rest assured you are at a place that hosts open arms and a true sense of belonging to all.

For the students whose time is up: each and every one of you have made a lasting impression on this University. Through its direction and teachings, you have left behind a continuing legacy of excellence. I say with full sincerity and confidence that Manhattan is a better place because of you. And at least for those of you who have made a direct impact on my own life—I cannot thank you enough for the hope and inspiration you’ve provided to fuel me through the rest of my time left. It’s sad to see you go, but all that you’ve learned from the spot that we love full well will take you to incredible places.

Maybe it’s graduation or maybe just finals that are the cause for all of this sap. Regardless, it’s a pretty emotional time. As a close to my freshman year—I end with a heart full of hope and great pride that I can call this place home.

KSU, we’ll carry thy banner high.
KSU, long, long may thy colors fly.
Loyal to thee, thy children will swell the cry.
Hail, hail, hail, Alma Mater.

xoxo, ellen

Ready, Set, Go State!

I just love this picture!

I also like the fact that I was able to be involved in such a great organization because of K-State. I know I have been drilling this into your head all year, but seriously, GET INVOLVED. K-State has so many wonderful things to offer and so many wonderful people that are just like you, there is honestly nothing to lose. If you are new to campus and are afraid of the uncertainties that await you, don’t fret. College is one of the best experiences I have had thus far, and I have made so many unique friends, and met so many awesome people. Through what? K-STATE. Why? Because K-State is a magical land. Don’t believe me? Haha, nice joke. Of course you believe me. Purple Pride runs deep, mis amigos, real deep. I will miss the Wildcats so much when I leave to embark on a new journey, but hey, I bleed purple, eh?