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Month: February 2015

K-State Launch: Entrepreneur Competition

It is a great day to be a Wildcat! Congratulations to the mens AND womens basketball teams for defeating the KU Jayhawks this past week! It is quite an experience to be here on campus and feel the energy! It was even more of an honor to be present at that game! One for the ages!

As equally important was an opportunity I had this past month to be a part of an annual event held here on campus called K-State Launch. It is a relatively new program on campus that was started about six years ago. K-State Launch is a entrepreneur competition held by the school of Business that is open to every single student on campus! A total of $20,000 is given out to the top finalists! Here is a little bit about my submission.

Cats Vs. Cancer is an idea I’ve had since I moved to Manhattan. Growing up I had a lot of volunteer opportunities through my hometown hospital in Hutchinson. Throughout my high school years I accumulated just over 700 hours of service. Part of my job was to tri-fold and mail bills to recent patients. It was never one of my favorite things to do because healthcare is not cheap. While I was trusted with these medical bills and keeping the information confidential I was in awe at some of the amounts charged. I wanted to contribute somehow and help out those in need of assistance. When I moved to Manhattan and attended the K-State scrimmage football game I saw a player, Ryan Mueller, bring in the MVP of the game Kaiden Schroeder. A 9-year-old boy who is battling acutelymphocytic leukemia. It wasn’t until second semester that the door was opened in a business class of mine and I was introduced to K-State Launch.


At its core, Cats Vs Cancer is a fundraising event through large school functions such as football and basketball that would contribute to members of our ever expanding K-State family that may suffer from cancer. While the plan is still in the works this would be an amazing opportunity to give to those in need a break from the stress and toll that a disease like cancer can have on a family. Recently I have been in touch with the Children’s Mercy Hospital organization in Kansas City to begin laying the groundwork for this project. I am extremely excited to be a part of this and I cannot wait to see the impact the K-State Family can make. Stay tuned for updates!


Thawing Out

warming upToday I am thankful for not having to walk more than 10 minutes in this cold weather. I have perfected the “shivering speed walk” and learned to dress in layers. I finally accepted my mom was right about wearing gloves. Most of all I have learned some tricks to keep exposure to the elements as brief as possible. I figured I would take this opportunity to share some of the things I like to do to warm up in between classes.

  1. Foosball (or bowling or pool) in the basement of the Union is a great way to warm up and catch up with friends between classes.
  2. Yoga or meditation can be done anywhere but there are even designated spots within Hale for your moments of solitude.
  3. Stare at art and contemplate life in a gallery at the Beach, Union, or Willard. Hallways on the second floor of the Union and throughout the Leadership Studies building also have a diverse collection of art.
  4. Call home and check in. Brief calls to those you love can be a relaxing way to spend a few minutes.
  5. Make a new friend on campus. This may requiring you to keep your eyes off your phone while standing in line.

Do you notice something missing from this list? I left off studying and doing homework. Time management is an important skill but I have found that my stress level rises exponentially when I am rushing to read, type, and print assignments between every single class. I highly recommend making one break in your daily schedule to have some time to recharge those batteries and enjoy this beautiful campus of ours.

Stay warm out there Wildcats,


5 for 5: Five Ways to De-stress for under $5.00

Spring break is almost here… but first we have to pass midterms. Here are five ways to handle the stress without breaking the bank before your big spring break trip!

1.) Eat something great

  • Example: A cupcake from 4Cakes (They have gluten free!)
  • Cost: Standard size: $2.75, Mini-cupcake: $1.00
  • Why: Cupcakes make everyone happy.
  • Where: 121 S. 4th Street Suite 108, Manhattan, KS 66502.

2.) Stay warm

  • Example: Skip the workout… Go straight to the sauna.
  • Cost: Free if you have a K-State Student I.D.
  • Why: You can only handle this weather for so long.
  • Where: In the locker rooms at the Rec.

3.) Aromatherapy

  • Example: Buy a candle in your favorite scent
  • Cost: Around $3 for a smaller candle
  • Why: “One of the most effortless, yet effective ways to relieve stress is by using aromatherapy. Exposing your senses to strong smelling chemicals such as essential oils can positively affect your hormone production, brain chemistry, and stress levels.” (Read more here).
  • Where: Walgreens

4.) Listen to Music

  • Example: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  • Cost: $1.29
  • Why: 3 minutes and 39 seconds of shaking it off and forgetting about the haters.
  • Where to buy: iTunes

5.) Rent a movie

  • Example: Change this to a movie example (like a funny classic)
  • Cost: $1.50
  • Why: Escaping reality for an hour or two is okay… What gets you is a true
  • Netflix binge… avoid those at all costs. (I just reworded things here)
  • Where: At a RedBox near you.


Hi Friends,

One of my favorite traditions at K-State is K-State Proud, a student-led fundraising campaign.  With Proud week coming up, I sought out to find someone involved in helping plan this years campaign to learn a bit more.  I got the magical opportunity to meet with one of K-State PROUD’s most avid representatives:


Student Foundation Vice President of Membership, Sarah Lewis (Slew, as the cool kids call her).

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A Solution for New Year’s Resolutions: Pt. 1

Ah, mid-February. The coldest bite of winter is almost behind us (yay!), mid-terms are almost upon us (not yay!), and it finally seems like we’ve settled into the swing of things. Now that we’re all settled in for the semester, let me throw a small wrench into your day with a simple question:


How are your New Year’s Resolutions going?

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