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Month: March 2014

An Alternative Break

Spring break is a wonderful time for students to relax, hang out with friends, explore new places, and get reenergized for the second half of the semester. I had the opportunity to do all of these things, and more!

This spring break I went on an Alternative Spring Break to Memphis, Tennessee. Alternative Breaks is a program at K-State that provides students with opportunities to spend a week serving, and exploring various social issues.

Like I said, my team and I went to Memphis, Tennessee. We had the chance to serve with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Grizzlies Prep School, and St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen. I cannot even begin to express how awesome it was. I went to sleep everyday feeling incredibly inspired. My team and I met so many people that were doing amazing things and truly making an impact. There is something so beautiful about spending your days serving alongside others.

I truly loved my experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

Cruisin

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone is getting back in the groove of classes after what I hope was a great Spring Break!

My spring break was a ton of fun, as I went on a five day Caribbean cruise for my sisters wedding.  It was fantastic getting to spend time with my family, explore around the ship, and of course celebrate the marriage of my sister and her husband – a great guy that I have a ton of respect for.  It was my whole families’ first cruise, and none of us were really sure what to expect.  Other than some overpacking and a longgggggg layover on the way home (about 16 hours at the airport total), we made it home safely with hopes of going on another cruise soon!

The Bride and Groom!

Now classes are back in full swing, and cruisin time is over…. The spring semester is pretty scary on how quickly it flies by.  If your schedule is anything like mine, you can go through every weekend from now until the end of the school year and think of something that is going to be happening each weekend.  This is the time of year when teachers expect the most, and with weather getting warmer, is when you may be tempted to do the least.  Have it in your head that you will not just cruise through to the end of the semester.  Make the most of the last month and a half of school.  Find the balance of going out and enjoying the weather, while still staying ahead of the game on studying.  Set aside times to study, and have your reward be going outside to do something fun with your friends.  Go on a run to let your brain rest – my favorite place is old stadium!!

Most importantly, now is the time to go out of your way to welcome new students into the K-State family.  As a member of New Student Services, I have helped host tons of students as they make their final decision that will impact their next four years.  Remember to show them the K-State way – answer any questions you can, hold open doors, give people a smile, and most importantly, make them feel apart of our family. Wake up proud to be a Wildcat everyday, and I promise that will help motivate you to make the most of the rest of the semester.

Stay focused, and have fun!

Ryan

Hidden Gems

When I think about a lot of the “landmarks” on K-State’s campus I usually think about Anderson Hall, Leadership Studies Building, the Union, Old Stadium, McCain and the Alumni Center. However, through my time here at K-State I have discovered a lot of hidden gems here at K-State that aren’t often recognized.

Here is a list of my top 3 hidden gems at K-State:

3. Danforth Chapel: This is a chapel on Campus near McCain. It is dedicated to students who died in World War II and the Korean War. It has beautiful stain glass and is a good place to sit and think. You can sometimes find choirs practicing here.

2. Beach Museum of Art: Many students may know about the Beach, but may not have been there. It is beautiful from the outside, but even more beautiful on the inside. It is a great place to study or take a break from the normal grind of school. I think it is really cool that as students we have access to a place to go see some really cool art as well.

1. The Purple Masque Theatre: This theatre can be found underneath Old stadium on the side closest to the Union. There are often performances in this theatre, but I have found not all students know about it. It is a really interesting place with a lot of character. You forget that you are under old stadium because there is a whole theatre in there!

I hope you all have a chance to check all of these places out sometime!

Open Option Adventure Part Five

I’m always jittery before my advising appointments. It might have something to do with the decision-making nature of them. This time around I was especially nervous since it is about time for me to declare a major. Deciding on courses is one thing, but a major?

Luckily, K-State has allowed me 3 (now almost 4) wonderful semesters in Open Option. In that time I have investigated the areas of Communications, Spanish, Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology, History, Political Science and others that held my interest for a fleeting moment. What I appreciate most about my Open Option Advisor is that they have kept me on track towards my target graduation date while still letting me explore much of what K-State has to offer. In addition, when I need help processing my experiences it’s great to have someone who is just as excited about my academic experience as I am.

I thought the Open Option program would push me to declare a major so they wouldn’t have to deal with me anymore. That’s not the K-State way. I’ve received support and encouragement but the focus has always been on MY preferences and MY goals rather than filling out paperwork and choosing a flowchart to follow. Above is the clipboard and form from my appointment today. Will it be the last time I fill out an “Open Option” advising sheet? Will I declare in the coming weeks? Check back after Spring Break as I continue my Open Option Adventure.

Keep an eye out for compelling courses to take this fall!

Corinna

Fun Times in St.Louis

Hey guys,

A few weeks ago I got a chance to travel to St. Louis as a member of the Model United Nations club here at K-State. I had a such an awesome time! The six hour drive and then spending four days together really helped us to bond as a group. Even though the conference is now over, we still all talk and hang out with each other. I also got the chance to meet so many people from all over the country and the world. Not only did I meet interesting people, I also learned a ton about the country that I was representing. In Model United Nations you are assigned a country and you act as a diplomat for that country. That means you have to be familiar with that country in order to accurately represent them. I was assigned Senegal and I learned a lot about that country as I prepared for the conference.

The opportunity to travel and meet new people is a great reason why students should get involved in clubs at K-State!

From Pot Luck to Great Luck

We have all heard the saying “The greater the risk, the greater the reward” Most of the time we think about this in the context of monetary decisions, but what about when it applies to human relationships?

Some might say I took a “risk” my senior year in choosing to live out of my sorority house and live with two biological sisters who weren’t members of my sorority. The first sister named Mollie is someone whom I had frequent interactions with via a common student organization and the other, Maggie, I had only heard about from Mollie.

Flashback to January 2013, where Mollie and I were chatting away in the Program Suite of the Alumni Center where we both serve office hours for our student organization, Student Alumni Board. I was sharing with Mollie about my worries finding a place to live my senior year since I would be moving out of my sorority house. I knew I preferred to live south of campus and didn’t know where to even start looking. At that time, I had reached out to a few sorority sisters only briefly to see if they had wanted to live together. Unbeknownst to me, Mollie offered, “Hey, we have a roommate who is graduating and Maggie and I are stressing out trying to fill her spot for next year. We live to the south of campus and the rent is super reasonable. Would you be interested in living with us?” After a quick viewing of their house, a discussion about the lease and which room would be mine, my mind was made up. I would live with these charming sisters for my senior year.

Flash forward to today, I can say with firm sincerity that it was one of the best decisions I have made being in college. Mollie and Maggie welcomed me in with open arms and it has provided nonstop fun ever since for all three of us. Whether we are talking about our admiration of Benedict Cumberbatch (see Sherlock), grabbing blizzards from DQ, or chatting about life into the late hours of the morning, I always look forward to coming home at the end of the day to see them. They have taught me how to recycle, dance, dress with style, cook, and see the world through a different lens. We even have the fortune of going to Europe together after graduation, due to our parents’ generous graduation present.

I admit there are times when we have to give and take. I buy WAY too many tortillas and shredded cheese that fill up the fridge, while they have inside jokes that go way over my head. We had to figure out how to sort through what was clean and not clean in the dishwasher and we all let the recycling pile up for weeks before any of us take it out. But these things don’t stand a chance against ruining a great friendship that has been formed already.

For future freshman out there who are fearful about the idea of going “pot luck” or rooming with someone you don’t know or don’t know well, I am speaking from experience that it could turn out to provide you with some of the greatest friends you will ever meet. Although I can’t promise everything will turn out peachy for each and every person who decides to go pot luck, living with someone you don’t know as well will teach you compromise, respect, understanding, and general care for your neighbor that will benefit you the rest of your life. Plus, they already chose K-State, so that already entails them to be a great person 😉

This post is dedicated to two very special sisters in my life. Here’s to you Mollie and Maggie! May the rest of the semester provide more wonderful memories to come!

Go Cats!

Heidi

 

Blue Key

This past week, while busy, was full of anxious waiting.

Why?  Two Sundays ago I had my interview for Blue Key Senior Honor Society.  12 tables. 2 people per table. 4 questions per table. 5 minutes per table. Personally, I love these kind of interviews – you get an hour and a half to brag about yourself and reflect on things you have done! At the same time, it is scary knowing how qualified every single candidate who goes through the interview is!

Basically, an honorary is a group or organization dedicated to building leaders in scholarship, service, and leadership. We have an honorary at K-State for Freshman through Senior level, and each one is an extreme honor to be apart of.

Blue Key is something I have had my eyes set on since I was an eager Freshman involved with Quest Freshman Honorary.  Quest allowed me to see a lot of “behind the scenes” stuff at K-State, develop a passion for my university, meet some of the top freshman leaders on campus, and most importantly interact with Blue Key Mentors. I looked at them as the very best and brightest seniors on campus, whom everyone looked to with respect.  My Blue Key mentor my freshman year played a huge impact on my collegiate development, and after my time in Quest was done, I made it a personal goal of mine to leave that kind of impact on someone by earning a spot on the Blue Key team.

When the application became available a few weeks ago, I was in shock that the time to apply was already here – it is crazy how fast time is flying by!

We were told we would find out in person from 7:00pm-9:00pm on the Sunday following the interviews.  And boy did time move slow! At 6:00 I decided to watch a movie to take my mind off of the upcoming answer I was about to receive.  Here is how the time following went:

7:01….Why aren’t they here yet?

7:14…..Whelp.

7:28……Alright, guys. Just let me know already.

7:39……Maybe they forgot about me? (My anxious side jumping to conclusions)

7:50….. Knock on the door, and I am greeted by 3 current Blue Key Members, congratulating me on getting accepted into this prestigious society. After this warm welcome, I got introduced to the 16 other new Blue Key Members that I will have the great opportunity to work with this year – my excitement grew after each face that I saw!

I cannot express how honored and excited I am to be apart of Blue Key, and am eager to get to know all of my peers on a whole new level.  I look forward to pouring my energy and passion into this magnificent organization, and do whatever I can to leave a final mark on my Blue Key peers, incoming freshman, and K-State as a whole.

K-State Proud,

Ryan

To learn more about Blue Key, Visit here: http://www.k-state.edu/bluekey/membership/

Honors Business Field Trip to KC!

I can go ahead and add another awesome experience to the giant list of them that I’ve been afforded thanks to the University Honors Program.  Last week, seven Honors Business students and I got to go visit the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City.  During our time at the Fed, we got a tour of the whole facility, learned about the economic impact that it has on the United States, and gained insights as to employment opportunities they have.  Here’s some crazy numbers for you: the vault at any given time has $20-$40 BILLION dollars stored in it; they are one of only twelve Federal Reserves in the country; and they destroy over $4,000,000 every day due to currency unfit for circulation!  I told them that I would be happy to help them get rid of all of that money, so they gave me this:

I guess I wasn’t the first person to ask!  Here’s a cool picture of the outside:

After our visit to the Fed, the Honors Program got us lunch in the Power and Light District.  Once we were done gorging ourselves with delicious food, we heading over to the Legends to get a tour of Sporting Park!  It was a truly incredible day in Kansas City – one that I’ll never forget.  I’ll leave you with some sweet pictures from the stadium tour and a reminder to join the University Honors Program!

Answering some tough interview questions!

Sporting KC’s incredible locker room!

Down on the pitch, sitting on the team bench!