Here is a first hand look at what Finals Week REALLY looks like!
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I know things are hectic in preparation for finals, but I just wanted to take a minute to remind you to look around you. I know a year ago about this time I was focused on graduation and AP testing and finals and never took much time to just enjoy the view. Resist the urge to put blinders on. Don’t let looking ahead get in the way of enjoying the present.
There is a Dr. Seuess book about “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” but what about the people you will meet your first year of college? Don’t worry! I have you covered. For this list I went down my recently added friends list from social media and described who the people were who made an impact on my first year here at K-State.
It is easy to see why being a part of the K-State family is special!
As another semester quickly comes to an end, it’s important to reflect on both the highs and the lows. It’s been a great semester and an incredible Sophomore year all together. I can’t believe that I’m almost halfway done with college; it’s so surreal! I sound like a parent or something, but I feel like it was just yesterday when I was at Summer Orientation enrolling in classes for my Freshman year. Time flies by so fast in college; it’s as if I just blinked and two years have gone by! There’s been ups and downs throughout my time at K-State, but I’ve got three important things I’ve learned from them that might help you out:
1. Enjoy your time in college, but try to balance fun and school work. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the fun things that K-State has to offer; it’s important to remember why you are here though. Getting all your responsibilities and schoolwork taken care of should always come first, but don’t forget to reward yourself for accomplishing your work. Too much fun can lead to poor academic performance, and too much work can drive you crazy! Finding the balance that’s right for you is a key to success in college.
2. You’re not alone — there are over 24,000 students here at K-State, and that means that there’s got to be people here that are going through the same thing you are. Whether you’re stressed about a class, trying to find someone to talk to, or trying to get involved with something, there’s resources out there available to you. The teachers, faculty, and K-State student body as a whole are collectively the best bunch of people you’ll ever meet. The community here is unlike anywhere else, and everyone here truly cares about your well-being. Joining a fraternity or sorority is a great way to become instantly plugged in to K-State and a guaranteed way to find people with similar interests to your own!
3. Get involved! Academics are the reason you’re in college, but involvement is what really makes your experience meaningful. It doesn’t matter what you get involved in either! There are literally hundreds of student organizations you can become a part of, and there’s something out there for everyone. Whether it’s a leadership role in your house or residence hall, joining the Sky-Diving Club or the Harry Potter Alliance on campus, playing intramural sports, or anything else, you’ll never regret trying something out. It’s important not to get too involved and become over-committed (like how I feel sometimes), because that can really burn you out and interfere with your academic performance. However, my college experience has been truly fulfilling so far largely due to the organizations I’ve been a part of.
I hope you find those tips helpful in your future or current college endeavors! I should probably catch you all up on what’s been going on with my life too. Since my last post I’ve finalized my schedule for next semester, continued training for my teaching position, completed the Professional Advantage Program for the year by attending some really interesting lectures, assisted with our new philanthropy – Miss K-State (we raised over $3500 for the Global Service Initiative!), got an A on a Finance 450 test(!!!!!), saw my fraternity brother perform at Sunset Revival and went to a sorority formal in the same night, attended the Spring Football Game (Jake Waters v. Daniel Sams), and started and selected members for the new Honors Ambassadors Program. It’s been so busy but so fun too! This week is dead week, and I think it might actually be pretty dead for me for once. The week after this is Finals Week, and then it’s Summer Break! I might be staying in Manhattan for part of the Summer, but I’m not sure yet. Be sure to check back; I’m going to post a picture of the girl I helped with Miss K-State and myself!
After living in the residence halls this year I have learned a few things about the residence halls that I wanted to share with you all.
1. The residence halls put on great programs: At the beginning of the school year I wasn’t sure what to expect when I heard about the programs and events that residence halls put on, but after I went to the first event that Haymaker and Moore put on together I found that they are really fun! There were inflatables, games, music, and cotton candy.
2. You can rent a lot of things from the front desk: I knew that you could rent remotes for the TVs in the lobby, or pool sticks for the pool tables, but after a while I found out that you can also rent board games, and cooking utensils. If you are ever wanting to make brownies or some cookies you don’t need to go to the store to get bowls or spatulas – you can rent them from the front desk!
3. The laundry room is a great place to study: I realized at the beginning of the school year that the laundry toom is a great place to study. There are tables in the room and you can sit in there while your laundry is in, and it is generally pretty quiet.
Calling all high school seniors! If you haven’t already, now is the time to get signed up for Orientation and Enrollment and Wildcat Warm-Up. Chances are that you are already signed up. So, this is the time to start getting excited about finally becoming a Wildcat! The Orientation Leaders and the Wildcat Warm-Up Counselors are going to start training soon, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome all of the new students into K-State! (I will be one of your Orientation Leaders this summer!) For those of you who don’t know, Orientation and Enrollment is your time to get oriented to our university and you will also be officially enrolling for your fall classes. (I will have another blog on tips to have a successful Orientation Day as the time approaches.) We have an exciting day planned for all of you, but I won’t dive into the specifics so as not to deflate any of the anticipation that you may have.
Wildcat Warm-Up is an optional (but highly recommended!) program that is open to all of our new freshman students going through Orientation and Enrollment. Wildcat Warm-Up is offered three different weekends in June in which students will get a preview of what it is like to be a K-Stater. You will stay in the residence halls for an exciting weekend packed with K-State traditions, insight on leadership, student involvement and much more. You may even get to see a couple of K-State celebrities! Wildcat Warm-Up is also a great way to start new friendships and make connections at your new school. It is definitely a program that I would recommend to every incoming K-State freshman.
Whether you are going to be at Orientation and Wildcat Warm-Up or just Orientation, start getting excited, because as you can see below, we are definitely excited to have you in Manhattan this June! It’s going to be a great summer!