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Month: September 2014

Cats for Change: Adopting a Healthy Life Style

Picture by Nicollette Caselman

Big changes happen in college. Yes, mentally… you learn some things, but usually you experience some physical changes as well. We’re all familiar with the “freshman 15” which, unfortunately, seems a little too easy to accomplish. Some of you may be terrible cooks, especially compared to your parents’ (In my case, my mama’s) home cooking. Unless you’re blessed with the Derb’s meal plan, you may even experience weight loss. Whatever your situation, making your health a priority is something we should all take seriously. It may seem hard to do this with your new class schedule and the desire to watch multiple hours on Netflix to de-stress, but making time for exercise and nutrition can help you stay calm, prepare you for class, and may reduce the risk of getting the bug that everyone seems to be catching this week. K-State has some great resources to look into… and they are actually fun. Here are a few different ideas for you to try out your first semester without horizontal running (watch Pitch Perfect if you want to be cool and get that reference).

1.) The Konza Prairie is an ideal place for a relaxing hike. There are three different loops for you to hike depending on your fitness level. Go with a group or by yourself and enjoy being out in the wideopen space. The views will take your breath away, as well as the insanely long hill. This should be on everyone’s collegiate bucket list to do before they graduate. It takes a little time to drive there, but I promise it’s worth it. BONUS: If you’re a selfie lover, this is your perfect opportunity to snap a new profile pic, as well.

2.) Radina’s coffee shop is a great place to drink a green Smoothie from . A Radina’s is conveniently located right on campus in the Staley School of Leadership Studies. They’re delicious and jam packed with fruits and veggies. Plus, if you have a Campus Special coupon book they usually have a “buy one get one free drink “ ticket at the beginning of the semester. Go with a friend and help your body fight off the cold this fall.

3.) UFM has some great classes that you can sign up for. You can take these for credit or non-credit (the cheaper option). These classes range from archery to belly dancing -which I may or may not have signed up for already… Signing up for a class can help you stay committed, plus it’s a great way to learn a new skill and meet new friends.

4.) Utilize the Rec. It’s free for students if you’re a full time student (don’t forget to bring your ID). You don’t have to be a body builder to enjoy the resources it provides. The Rec offers free classes including Zumba, yoga, body pump,etc….. For a full schedule check it out online (http://recservices.k-state.edu/). Also, the rock-climbing wall is legit and provides a really fun, amazing arm work out without picking up the weights.

5.)  The Natatorium is another free resource. Like to swim? Swimming is low impact (perfect if you’re dealing with any injuries), but still offers a killer workout. If you’re feeling brave, the high dive is a way to get your adrenaline kick and help those endorphins flow. Happy thoughts peeps.

6.) Manhattan Running Company (http://manhattanrunningco.com/) has products to help enhance your workout. A local store in Manhattan that specializes in making sure you are in the proper gear. Making sure you’re in the right shoe is crucial to how you perform and helping prevent you from getting injured. When you only have ten minutes to catch your next class on campus, you know how important comfy shoes are. Plus the owners are awesome. They’re also my bosses 🙂

Remember, these are just a few suggestions to help you get the semester off to a healthy start! If you can think of more ideas, please comment below! I would love to hear how you take time for yourself to keep physically and mentally balanced. As a bonus, being in excellent shape will support all that tailgating and wabashing at the next home game. EMAW.

Cheers, Cajsa

Embracing the K-State Way

Today, as everyday, is a GREAT day to be a Wildcat.

I want to start this post off with a true story.  On the first day of classes this year, a student got dropped off in a taxi in front of Anderson Hall, the home of admissions.  I had just gotten back from giving a campus tour, and, since the student looked a little lost and had his hands full with luggage, I asked if he needed any help finding his way.  As it turns out, he had just arrived to Manhattan from Ghana, and was going to be studying here for the next 2 years.  He did not know where he was living, where he was supposed to go, or what he was supposed to do.  I walked him from building to building trying to figure it out until ultimately we discovered the residence hall to take him to. As we began our dissent from Anderson Hall to Moore Hall, the first words that came out of his mouth were “Wow, everyone is so friendly”.  I told him, “Ya know, you’re right.  But it’s not just a few people.. It is the K-State way”….

The ‘K-State way’ is very clear for anyone to see anytime they are on campus.  When someone is in front of you walking in a door, they will almost always hold it open for you and the person walking through will almost always give them a very sincere “thank you”.  Heck, I often see people apologize if they did not hold the door!  It is so refreshing to be able to tell that the person in front of you is part of the family, and looks at doing those little things not as a courteous action, but as a lifestyle.

It is not just the doors being held open that make the difference; I am still trying to figure out if it is something in the water here or what, but the people in Manhappiness just seem to be, well, Manhappier.  I play a little game on all of my campus tours called the smile game: You know those times when you are walking past someone, make awkward eye contact, and are not really sure whether to look away or say something? At K-State, we smile. Seriously.  Every time I am walking on campus, and make eye contact with someone I may or may not know, there is always a smile, a nod, or a “hey how are you” exchanged.  I encourage you to play this little game yourself the next afternoon you are strolling through campus.

These things may seem small, but when 24,500 students do all those small things, it creates a BIG difference.  It creates a family environment to where even if you don’t know everyone, you grow familiar with certain faces and people that are just automatically friendly.  This friendliness fills me with pride, and makes me want to be happier and friendlier so I can pay it forward to the next person.  It rubs off on you, and becomes a lifestyle.  That lifestyle creates the atmosphere of one of the happiest college campuses in the United States.

Do your part today in making K-State great!

Proud as ever,