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Month: May 2014

The Value of Words

I once heard it said that “Sticks and stones can break bones, but words can change a heart.” My grade school principal would often times say this during morning announcements, instilling in us the ideal of gossiping and teasing can be hurtful to classmates during our school days.

Well, the days of listening to those school announcements are long gone, but that saying still rings true in many ways for me. I have held this saying in my heart for the last four years in particular through a collection of letters, notes, pictures, and written thoughts that I have accumulated over the course of my 4 years at college.

It all started when my sorority gave me letters on my initiation as a full-fledged member. We were asked to decorate a box so our sisters could have a place to put thoughtful notes, encouraging us on our special day. The day I brought that box home, I decided to maintain this idea of keeping all the letters that have been written to me until my graduation. That means any written thought someone has given me, whether it was a birthday card, a formal letter of congratulations on being accepted into an organization, or just a simple sticky note found on my dresser, I have kept them all. I made a vow to myself that I would not look through them until the day I had my own apartment after graduation, where I could cuddle up with a warm cup of tea and a tissue box by my side and read through all the meaningful things people have written.

During my college career, I kept this box in my closet or at my desk where I studied. When I had a rough day or wasn’t feeling self-confident, I would look to the box and smile, knowing that those words were still present in the hearts of those who had written them. At one point during my junior year, I had to recruit another box in order to hold the ever growing number of letters and kind words.

Why have I kept them all these years? Because I know I will need them when the thoughts of failure, unworthiness, self-denial, disbelief, and sometimes even despair may creep into my mind. We all have those days…..and that is when we need kind words the most.

During my time at K-State, I have been surrounded by an amazing community of believers…..believers in myself and all that I can accomplish, even if I didn’t believe it myself. As students here, no one tells you to go out of your way to spend kind words. It is expected.

My days are numbered here and I can’t tell you how proud I am to have spent my formative years here. I will miss K-State immensely and don’t know where the time went. I am slowly packing up my things, but the letters are still visible so as the day of graduation approaches, I can look to them knowing that the support of family, friends, and K-State community is what got me to where and I am……….and where I am going.

Whenever you receive words of encouragement, cherish them. A compliment is the most priceless gift you will ever receive.

This is my last blog post as a student here at K-State. As I sign off, know that it has been one of my favorite things to do on behalf of this outstanding university. Thank you for letting me share my words with you. Reading my blogs is one of the best compliments you can give me 🙂

Hail, hail alma mater!!


Tips for the End of the Year

As the semester is wrapping up, I’ve come up with some good tips on how to finish out your year strong.

1. Take the last few weeks of the year seriously.  It’s easy to put yourself on autopilot during the last few weeks, but these are some of the most important weeks of the semester.  Show up to all of your classes, turn in all assignments and extra credit, and pay extra attention.  This will set you up for a much better finals week.

2. Make the most out of your dead week.  Although dead week can be a really busy time, make sure that you make the most out of it.  Study for finals ahead of time, and you’re much more likely to do well!

3. Get everything in order!  It’s a real pain in the rear if you wait until the last minute to get all of your stuff together and figure out how you’re going to get home.  If you’ve got a plan in mind and start early, you’ll be able to enjoy your last few days in Manhattan.

4. Stay in Manhattan as long as you can!  The last few days of the semester before your house/dorm closes are sometimes the most fun!  It’s a chance for you to celebrate doing well on your finals and say goodbye to your friends that you won’t be seeing for a while.

5. Make plans to come back to Manhattan over the summer!  Summer break is a long three months without being in Manhattan.  If you’ve got plans to come back a few times, it’ll give you something to look forward to and make your summer go back much faster!

Hopefully these tips help you end your year on a good note!  I’ve done my best to do each of them.  I’ve got one final tomorrow, and then I’m done with my Junior year!  It’s crazy to think about the fact that I’ve only got one year left at this awesome place.  I just signed a lease for the house I’ll be living in next year, and I’ll be staying in Manhattan this summer!  I’m really excited to be here this summer, and I’ll be working at Tubby’s and for the Honors Program.  I can’t wait to see what all this summer has in store for me; I’ll keep you updated on the good times I’m having in the ‘Hatt!

Making the Most of Summer

Hello my friends!

For my future Wildcats: I hope your last few weeks of high school have been ending on a strong note.  Graduation is within reach, and orientation at K-State is right around the corner.  What an exciting time! I know that saying goodbye to high school is tough sometimes, but know that bigger and better things are coming once you get to college.  Foster the relationships you have with your high school friends, and enjoy the final summer with them before everyone heads to their respective schools!

Current Wildcats: Good luck on finals! When the going gets tough, take a break, and keep on going.  Finals can be stressful, but study study study, and know that an A in that class you’ve been working hard on all semester will be an extremely gratifying reward.

Last summer, as I was working and living at home, I seemed to find myself in a slump.  It’s not that I was unhappy, but I got tired of the same routine, day after day.  It is easy to do, and there is no denying that – but if you can wake up everyday, and think of one or two things that you can do differently to make the day better, it will have a high pay off.  I started looking at my schedule for the day, and seeing just any small things that I could change to add some variety.  And it worked! Just changing up a routine helps a ton, and gave me motivation to go and try new things when I wasn’t working.  Going and exploring a new area, catching up with an old friend, or making a weekend getaway;  Those are all easy things to do that really enhance the summer experience, and keeps you away from getting in the “same ol, same ol” slump.

When people ask how your summer is, responses can go one of two ways:

“Eh, nothing really. Just working”


“Well, I’ve been working, exploring, and I even took a trip up to see ____________.  It’s been one heck of a summer!”  ** This is the more exciting answer 🙂

There is always someone to see, some place to go, or some new adventure out there waiting to happen.  Think about the possibilities, and go try something new!  I promise by the end of the summer, you will not have regretted it!

Good luck on finals!!!

Go Cats.


Peak Week

The week before finals is one of my favorite times of the year. Studying is a necessary activity which fills up some time but you might be surprised what this week really looks like. Events spring up all around campus to help students keep the stress level down. Snacks at the Beach, movies on the grass (even if moved to Forum Hall) cookouts and classes are scattered throughout campus. I love seeing students and the community come together especially during the stress that surrounds finals week. A special thanks goes out to the delivery drivers working so hard to keep students fed during late night study sessions. This week is also one last chance to see friends before they leave for the summer or go off into the “real world” after graduation. This bittersweet reality hasn’t quite sunk in for me yet. Maybe next week? For now I will focus on today.

Today was an example of a long day of studying for me. I have learned so much in my courses (and surprisingly enjoyed something about each) but you can only stare at a computer screen for so long. I needed a study break so I took a walk around campus. Next thing you know, my floor is cleaned and my dishes are done. Getting things like chores out of the way before finals is another way to avoid stress later. It sounds silly but doing a load of laundry so that you don’t wear damp clothes to a final ensures your peak performance. After all, who tests well when soggy?

I’m settled in for the night with a good book. I hope everyone is able to enjoy these last few days before finals.